For more than a century, the Festival has promoted the benefits of music-making and concert-going in Petersfield and the surrounding area. It now provides a varied programme of choral, orchestral, family and youth concerts, smaller-scale recitals and guest performances.

In its pursuit of excellence, the Festival engages renowned conductors, ensembles and soloists to share the platform with over 600 local singers and instrumentalists.

The Festival also operates the Michael Hurd Memorial Fund, which supports the development of young musicians through grants and events.

Extra fundraising is essential to ensure the quality and variety of the Festival’s concerts. Friends have a special role to play in ensuring that the Festival continues to thrive, through their donations and interest.

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Gift Aid scheme allows us to reclaim tax on your donation, making it even more valuable.

Here are some of the benefits you will enjoy.

Priority Booking

  • Choose your favourite seats before tickets go on sale to choirs, orchestra or the general public.
  • If you subscribe £50 or more, you will receive a voucher worth 25% of your subscription, which can be used towards concert tickets.

Advance Programme Information

  • Get full information about the festival in January so you can plan in advance, book from home and pick the best seats.

Have Your Say

  • Friends are entitled to attend and vote at the festival's AGM. This is how you can influence festivals of the future.


  • Get festival news and updates with our free newsletter.

To become a Friend, download and complete an application form, then return it to the address shown.  Please don't send standing orders direct to your bank. If you have any questions, please contact the Friends' Secretary, Nancy Buck, by telephone on 01420 85994, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by using the contact form here.