£25.00 pledged of £2,500 goal
By Petworth Festival
£25.00 pledged of £2,500 goal


Sponsorship has long been the life blood of what is a successful, thriving and ambitious festival, but in the build up to the Petworth Festival's 40th anniversary in 2018 we are looking to establish a means of supporting and creating new music and new performance. To kick this off, we are  commissioning the Brodsky Quartet - an ensemble known to be one of the most innovative and forward looking of all UK string quartets. The Brodsky's are appearing twice at this year's festival (Mon 25 and Fri 29 July) and on both occasions we are anticipating that they will perform ‘Heaven shall call her from this cloud of darkness', a new one movement work by Ned Bigham. Many festival supporters will know Ned by his alternative 'handle', Ned Mersey, and as both a composer with a growing reputation and a long term supporter of the festival - and host of festival events - this a match that has been long in the making. But there are costs associated with the creation of a new work, hence this request for financial support from both inside and outside our usual group appeal for financial support and sponsorship. We hope festival supporters will buy in - literally and metaphorically - to this important but modest mile stone in music creation.  

Of his new work Ned Bigham writes: ‘I am excited to be given the opportunity to compose music for the Brodsky Quartet in commemoration of Shakespeare’s quadcentenary, to be performed at the Petworth Festival. The Brodsky is one of the country’s leading quartets and it should be a rewarding challenge to compose music which stimulates both quartet and audience. The Petworth Festival holds a unique place in the UK musical calendar with its inspired programming, and with the support of my publishers Faber Music, this will also be an opportunity to add to the contemporary string quartet repertoire. My most recent chamber music commission, the ‘Nairne Ballads’, for the Scottish Ensemble, was rapturously received and reviewed, as well as receiving airtime on national radio.’

Risks and challenges

The Brodsky Quartet are already committed to performing this work and a rehearsal timetable is in place, a timetable that includes working with the young Fitzroy Quartet from the Royal Academy of Music - part mentoring, part in order that they join them for the second of the two Petworth concerts. In other words by supporting this, you are helping push the artistic ambitions of the festival. BUT these things cost money and as with all arts organisations we operate in a challenging financial environment for all the clear artistic success of the last few years. The risk in not doing this sort of thing in going backwards. And that is unthinkable...

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    A signed copy of Ned Bigham's recent CD Culebra with the Polish National Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Ensemble, and the RSNO conducted by Gregory Rose

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