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Library Tour

The Library, situated on the upper floor of our unique two-story Chapter House, is one of the Cathedral’s best-loved treasures. It houses a magnificent collection of early printed books and hand-copied manuscripts. Highlights include a 15th century copy of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, one of only three surviving hand-coloured 16th century printed copies of Christopher Saxton’s map book of Tudor England and Wales, and a manuscript set of orders signed by Charles I. Following completion of restoration and repairs to the Chapter House roof, the Library is offering a limited number of public tours this year. Climb 35 spiral steps to the historic library and view some of our best books and manuscripts.

Dates throughout the year - 10:30am
Tickets £18

Cathedral Chorus: Verdi Requiem

Verdi’s wife Giuseppina observed that: “A man like Verdi must write like Verdi”, and so he did! Filled with quite extraordinary drama and emotional intensity, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem was a resounding success in Italy from its first performance under the baton of the composer. In our day, there are few choral works which, as they explore the depths of humankind’s reaction to grief, can capture the imagination and stir up the spirit in quite the same way.

Come and join Lichfield Cathedral Chorus, under the direction of Cathy Lamb, with soloists and the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra as they give their own interpretation of this mighty work – and prepare to be moved!

April 13 19:30
Tickets £12.00-£25.00

A Celebration of British Folk Songs with Trinity Boys Choir

Wednesday 24 April | 19:30  

Trinity Boys Choir is one of the busiest and most successful boys’ choirs in the world. The choir is especially well known for its role in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, having appeared in over 150 professional performances of the opera, and is regularly invited to perform at the BBC Proms. The boys can also be heard on the soundtracks of numerous films, including Disney’s MaleficentThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 and Mockingjay 2, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and in Fantastic Beasts 1 and 2.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear them perform in concert at Lichfield Cathedral. The choir will be performing a selection of beautiful British folk songs, including arrangements by Benjamin Britten.

Tickets are £10. 

Six English Folksongs                                                 David de Warrenne
The Salley Gardens
Little Sir William
The Bonny Earl O’Moray
O can ye sow cushions                                               Benjamin Britten

Four British Folksongs                                                Peter White


The trees they grow so high                                       Benjamin Britten

On a Summer’s Morn (Four British Folksongs)          Grayston Ives
The Ash Grove                                                           Benjamin Britten

Lavender’s Blue
The Skye Boat Song
Oliver Cromwell                                                          David de Warrenne

Folk Evening with The Travelling People

Friday 24 May 2019 | 19:45  Doors open 19:15

The Travelling People, a folk group trio, have been together for more than 40 years. The group are calling time at the end of 2019 so don’t miss this final opportunity to see them perform at Lichfield Cathedral. The group sing an eclectic mix of folk whilst playing guitar, double bass, mandolin, washboard and more. 

Why not come along with friends and enjoy a relaxed evening of folk music at the Cathedral. There will be a bar to purchase drinks.

Tickets are £12.50.

Boudica: A Monologue by Lesley Smith

Tuesday 28 May | 19:30 at Lichfield Cathedral
The story of Boudica, although much of it is cloaked in poor evidence, is extraordinary. When Britannia was a remote outpost of the Roman Empire and still divided into many Celtic kingdoms, she led a rebellion against the Roman invaders. Gathering support from other tribes, the red-headed queen swept across England, and came close to driving the Romans out altogether. This is her story.
Lesley Smith has been curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire since 2000. She is a specialist 16th century medical historian and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scot.). She has appeared in over 120 television programmes.
Tickets are £10 (including a glass of wine).
Not suitable for children under 16.