The Petworth Festival doesn’t just happen in Petworth, it happens for Petworth. From the outset the festival has sought to engage and reach out to all parts of the community, inspiring audiences with music and performance from across the spectrum and engaging them directly in hands-on, participatory and specifically targeted events.

Besides its regular events for families the festival is particularly proud of its track record of working directly in schools, with young musicians associated with the West Sussex Music Trust whether students of classical, jazz and world music, and more recently with young talents emerging from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Royal Academy of Music.

“There is scarcely anyone whose life will be untouched when working with the kind of inspirational artists and performers we regularly partner up with at the festival. It may sound like a cliché but it genuinely is life-changing!” Stewart Collins, Artistic Director