Shipley Arts Festival

Patrons: Mark Burrell DL, Gavin Henderson CBE, Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham and Shipley, The Earl and Countess of Lytton, Sir Charles and Lady Burrell, HM’s Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper, Mr and Mrs Mark Scrase Dickins DL,

John and Clare Davison

'One of the UK's most highly regarded Festival's'  West Sussex County Times


 To receive an invitation to the very exclusive 2017 Festival Preview, please fill in the contact form below


We are delighted to welcome you to join our very exclusive Festival Friends group of over two hundred key supporters:


Festival Friends and sponsors receive: 

  • An invitation to the Festival’s annual Friends’ Launch at Segwick Park
  • Advance notice of concerts to allow preferential booking for Festival Friends
  • Special reserved seating on request at concerts (please notify request 24hrs before concerts) 
  • Invitations to private concerts at the most exclusive stately homes
  • A new aspect is the exclusive Festival Friends Concert which will be free of charge to Festival Friends and details of which will be announced at the January Festival launch. 
  • Meeting the artists and young people who perform in the concerts
  • Special invitations to represent the Festival


We would be very grateful if you could support the Festival Friendship by donating as listed below, 


To renew or to apply to become a Festival Friend please fill in the form and donate or set up a direct debit at


£30 for Festival Friendship,

£200 for Silver Friendship

£500 for Gold Friendship.



Lifetime Festival Friendship; Business Sponsorship; Corporate Sponsorship: Details from Andrew Bernardi


If you have any questions please telephone Andrew 01403 741685

2015 Launch of Shipley Arts Festival at Sedgwick Park - Left to Right

Festival Patron Lord Maude of Horsham;

Festival Artistic Director Andrew Bernardi;

Pianist and founder supporter Christina Maude

2014 Lord High Sherrif Jonathan Lucas

2015 Launch of Shipley Arts Festival: 

Founder Festival musicians Left to Right

Andrew Bernardi (violin)

Maria Marchant (piano) 

Bruce Martin (flute) 

Jonathan Few (cello) 

Shipley Church 2nd May 2013: 

Festival Patron Lord Maude of Horsham in discussion with celebrated musician  John Rutter CBE amongst Festival Friends