Testimonial from Petworth Festival Manager Kate Wardle
“It has been my pleasure to work with Harsha Desai over some eighteen months from September 2015 until May 2017.
Harsha was contracted on a monthly fee to supervise and develop the Petworth Festival’s social media presence. Harsha worked diligently throughout the period often giving more than asked by attending events to take immediate pictures and liaise with our artists for social media purposes.
Harsha also helped to develop our MODX website in conjunction with a designer. Harsha took our site forward introducing review and archive pages, setting up events pages and generally keeping the site up to date as required.
This was integrated with Harsha’s work on Twitter and Facebook.
Harsha left us in May 2017 as, as the Festival evolved the job requirements changed. Harsha also wanted to explore new ventures and further expand her local business.
Harsha is a delightful person; enthusiastic, professional and always worked in a timely fashion, not only when deadlines approached.”
Kate Wardle – Festival Manager
Tel 01798 343055
About the Petworth Festival
Petworth Festival was founded in September 1979 – the brainchild of local composer Robert Walker, with the support of Lord Egremont and a determined group of like-minded people. Lord Egremont is still very much involved, as the President of the Festival, and his business, The Leconfield Estates, is Principal Sponsor.
Robert Walker, and his successors the broadcaster and pianist, David Owen Norris, local composer and musician, Terence Allbright and Petworth resident Michael Follis, each spent seven years in the role of Artistic Director.
1979 saw a September weekend of English music staged in the wonderful acoustic of Petworth’s parish church, St. Mary’s. The Festival’s popularity grew, especially during Michael Follis’s tenure as Artistic Director, until it is now three weeks in July. It still retains its intimacy and style by using St. Mary’s church and other local, small, prestigious venues, so tickets are valued and highly sought after. The Festival audience comes from London, all areas of the south east and is strongly supported by local people.
The Festival has evolved to include all forms of smaller scale classical music, jazz, schools’ participation, world music, visual arts, theatre and comedy. The core of the Festival remains classical music, with some of the world’s finest recitalists, singers and chamber groups performing in Petworth each summer.