2018 was a special year for the Petworth Festival – its 40th anniversary.
Festivals come and go but for a festival to both survive and prosper is somewhat of a rarity. Petworth Festival‘s secret?
A form of alchemy; a fizzing fusion of passionate supporters (audiences and sponsors), an amazing dedicated team of staff and volunteers and most important of all a bottomless well of wonderful artists who seem to love Petworth.
The Piano Extravaganze
The “Piano Extravaganze” was made up of four wonderful pianists – Harry the Piano, James Pearson, Joe Stilgoe and Ben Waters.
The moment the programme was announced it was an obvious choice by us at Tudor Rose Antiques for sponsorship and an evening of jazz, classical, requests, duets, trios, quartets and solos.
Harry the Piano is an extraordinary talent and has been likened to a human jukebox with his note-perfect knowledge of literally tens of thousands of tunes.
No other musician can spontaneously reinvent Michael Jackson in the style of Mozart and improvise a seamless medley of audience requests ranging from James Bond to Shostakovich via West Side Story!
James Pearson is a concert pianist as well as a composer, creative tour de force and Artistic Director of Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. He is equally at home as a concert pianist, graduating from the Guildhall School of Music, he has played concertos with the Philharmonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Amongst the many people he has worked with are Dame Cleo Laine, Joss Stone, Buddy Greco and Paul McCartney.
Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter, tours the world with his band as well as being a solo act and working extensively on radio.
Ben Walters a truly international artist who along with his band have played worldwide – Canada, Hong Kong, Scandinavia. They have just returned from a hugely successful tour of Singapore, New Zealand and Australia performing twice at the Sydney Opera House.
His career began with a remarkable apprenticeship working and recording with with many of the legendary rock ‘n roll greats, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland to name a few. Last year saw him on Broadway with his son Tom.
So, with four such greats it was an unforgettable evening to help celebrate the Petworth Festival 40th Birthday