Multi award winning jazz vocalist, Jacqui Dankworth, the daughter of two giants of the genre, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, is joined by acclaimed American pianist-vocalist, Charlie Wood and a leading group of musicians, for a unique concert of duets celebrating a century of song.
Inspired by some of the great musical partnerships, such as Ray Charles & Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, George & Ira Gershwin and Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway - the concert will feature numbers including: Alone Together, Autumn In New York, It Don’t Mean a Thing, A Foggy Day, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and You’ve Got a Friend.
‘Had I not been sitting about three feet away from the action, I would have suspected some kind of electronic trickery because the arrangement was so complex, the timing so nifty and Ms Dankworth’s vocal control so exquisite” The Observer
More about the 2015 Petworth Festival
Stewart Collins - Artistic Director says ... The last few years have been consistently exciting for everyone at the festival as we have steadily grown in size and also, I believe, in ambition. That ambition will continue to be the driving force as we seek to do newer, bigger and better things, but hopefully we will never lose the commitment of our ‘founding fathers’ to Petworth, to our local area and to our local audience.
This year we once again stretch the boundaries whilst at the same time welcoming a superb group of ‘A-listers’ to our various stages. It couldn’t be more exciting than to be opening in the company of Steven Isserlis, whilst a little later in the festival extending a welcome to Paul Merton and his Impro Chums for our headline comedy event.
This year’s main ‘unusuals’ are a sequence of three performances of Bach’s Coffee Cantatastaged at Sofas and Stuff’s new HQ in Fittleworth and a first dance event for a
number of years – The Bo Diddlers. They are VERY funny, by the way.
As ever I really urge you to take in some of the events that you might not ordinarily do if you had to travel for them. All festival events are designed with the highest standards in mind whatever the genre and hopefully the artistry will always come shining through…
Looking forward as ever!...
Whilst in Petworth do visit our lovely antiques shop with its two floors of antiques which, some say, is a destiation in its own right.