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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.

Hidden Heights

Following the need for conservation work on the central spire, we are pleased to introduce an alternative to our popular tower tour.

The new Hidden Heights tour will explore walkways through medieval beams and rooftop parapets which are not normally open to the public, where you can enjoy views over Lichfield and the surrounding countryside.

Tours last approximately one hour.

Please note the terms and conditions.

Tours are subject to cancellation in adverse weather conditions.
The tour is open only to adults and children 8 years old and over.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
The visit is unsuitable for anyone who suffers from heart or respiratory disorders or any medical or other condition (including pregnancy) which could be adversely affected by the climb.
Everyone taking part in the visit must have both hands free for the climb of 90 spiral steps to the roof.
All baggage must be left at ground level.
Sensible, sturdy footwear must be worn. No flip-flops, high heels, slippers, etc. For your own safety, you will not be allowed to climb if you are wearing inappropriate footwear.

Dates from April to August
Tickets Adult £8.00, Child (over 8 only)  £5.00
 

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.
 

Library Tour

Dates throughout the year | 10:30am

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 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.

Tickets £18

Lichfield Cathedral Chorus - Will Todd - Mass in Blue

Saturday 15 June | 19.30

Since its composition in 2003 as a commission for the Hertfordshire Chorus, Will Todd’s Mass in Blue has been widely performed both in the UK and further afield and has quickly established for itself a place in contemporary choral repertoire. Scored for soprano solo, four-part chorus, piano, bass, drums and optional alto saxophone, it offers a fine and exciting reworking of the Latin Mass in modern idiom.

If you have heard the work before then you will already know that you are in for a treat. If it’s new to you then come and have fun with Lichfield Cathedral Chorus and their Musical Director, Ben Lamb, as they enjoy a summer evening of Jazz and Blues.

Tickets £10

5A WELLNESS HOUR Pilates: Angela Chaudry (5A)

Friday 5 July | 10:00

For the first of our 2019 Wellness hours, we invite you to join our introduction to Pilates, led by qualified instructor, Angela Chaudhry. Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way. With particular emphasis on “core” strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing, it was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected.

Tickets £5
​If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

 

5B YOUNG ARTIST Curzon Brass (5B)

Friday 5 July | 12:00

Curzon Brass are a versatile quintet made up of students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. They enjoy playing a wide variety of music ranging from the sacred works of Giovanni Gabrieli to contemporary versions of modern classics. Their programme to open our 2019 Young Artist season will take us on a musical journey  from J.S. Bach through to Irving Berlin's Puttin' on the Ritz.

Tickets £14
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

 

5C KAKATSITSI West African Drummers (5C)

Friday 5 July | 15:00

Kakatsitsi are a group of drummers, dancers and singers from the Ga tribe in Ghana. Their music takes traditional rhythms and chants from their own tradition and those of a variety of West African cultures, rearranging them in a modern and accesible way . Regular festival appearances (including Glastonbury) have established Kakatsitsi as the leading African traditional group in the UK.

Tickets £16
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

5D Mansfield Park (5D)

Friday 5 July | 19.00

As part of our season to celebrate British composer Jonathan Dove's 60th birthday year, we are joined by students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for a performance of his witty and innovative chamber opera Mansfield Park, charting the life and loves of Jane Austen's heroine, Fanny Price, the Bertrams and the wealthy and worldly Crawfords.

Tickets £22
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

5 E 6C BALLET CYMRU Romeo and Juliet (5E/6C)

Friday 5 July | 19.30, Saturday 6 July | 15.30

Festival favourites, Ballet Cymru, return for 2019 to present a special adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Set to Prokofiev's stunning score, lyrical choreography, exquisite costumes and video projections create a world of danger and excitement where two young lovers are caught in an age-old feud.

​There will be a mini-bus taxi service to and from this event, with pick-up from a central location in Lichfield to be confirmed. If you purchase a mini-bus ticket, please ensure to leave an email address and/or phone number so that we can confirm details nearer the date.

Please note this venue has stairs with no lift access. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

Performance tickets £17
Bus tickets £10

5F KT Tunstall (5F)

Friday 5 July | 19.30

Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album Eye To The Telescope in 2004, which sold over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent. Over the next decade, three further critically-acclaimed albums followed, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter's reputation as a major recording and live artist. She is a music festival favourite from Glastonbury to Belladrum and has won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, the Ivor Novello Best Song award for her huge, self-penned hit Suddenly I See, and a Q award for Track of the Year. She also landed a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and has lent her tunes to a host of movies and TV shows (including the iconic opening scene of The Devil Wears Prada). 

An opportunity to see world class, multi award-winning singer/song writer as part of a three piece band in the stunning surrounding of Lichfield Cathedral.

Tickets £11 - £38
​If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.


 

6A WELLNESS HOUR Relax Kids™ with Donja Martin (6A)

Saturday 6 July | 10.00

Relax Kids™ is one of the leading experts in child relaxation training, classes and resources offering quality services to help children become resilient and give them tools and techniques to manage their emotional, and mental health.

This event is free but booking is advised.
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150.

6B YOUNG ARTIST Jonathan Radford (6B)

Saturday 6 July | 12.00

Saxophonist Jonathan Radford (ROSL Gold Medal 2018) and pianist Kaoli Ono takes us on a journey to the Pyrenees, with music by Faure, Milhaud, Maurice, De Falla and Albeniz. 

Tickets £14
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

6D Albion String Quartet (6D)

Saturday 6 July | 15.30

In 2016, four of the UK's exceptional young string players came together to form the Albion Quartet, rapidly establishing themselves on the international stage. Current engagements include concerts at the Wigmore Hall, the Louvre and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The Quartet broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and in recording a Dvorak cycle for Signum Records.

Tickets £18
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

6E Olga Koch (6E)

Saturday 6 July | 19.30

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and self-proclaimed Taylor Swift of the comedy scene, Olga Koch, heads to Lichfield with a new story about finding love and computer programming (which she studied at University, and barely ever brings up). Equally hilarious and informative, Olga will teach you how to code, while delivering a razor-sharp insights into what happens when our expectations for love, happiness and Michael Buble no longer compute.

Tickets £15
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

6F A Celebration of Ivor Novello (6F)

Saturday 6 July | 19.30

As part of the Festival's annual Celebration series featuring classic music theatre repertoire, 2019 sees a bespoke Festival production on the work of song-writing genius Ivor Novello and his legacy through the Ivor Novello Awards, TV star and Novello superfan Russell Grant returns to the Festival to host a wonderful evening of new arrangements of Novello classics, including Keep the Home Fires Burning, And Her Mother Came Too, We'll Gather Lilacs and many more. 2019 Artists in Residence Rebecca Bottone, Polly Leech and the Atea Quintet are joined by guest dancers, as well as our Festival Director, Damian Thantrey, and returning 2018 Artist in Residence, Joseph Atkins.

Tickets £10 - £32
​If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

7 A 7E The Friendship Walk (in association with The Johnson Society) (7A/E)

Sunday 7 July | 10.30, 15.30

Samuel Johnson said "friendship should be in constant repair". The Johnson Society of Lichfield invites you to join them for a now annual walk to Johnson's Willow with the theme of "Friendship & Refreshment". Toast the memory of Johnson; see what he might seen, and celebrate his Lichfield friendships.

Tickets £9
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

7B Bobby Seagull (7B)

Sunday 7 July | 12.00

Long before his rise to cult fandom on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers. Here, he shows the incredible ways maths affects the world around us, all with an infectious enthusiasm for numbers that will change how you think about almost everything.

Tickets £13
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

7C Emma Bridgewater (7C)

Sunday 7 July | 14.30

Lichfield Festival's newest Patron, Emma Bridgewater, has become a household name having spent over 30 years building up a successful business, most recognisable in her trademark hand-decorated kitchen pottery (all made in Stoke on Trent, where she has spearheaded a revival in traditional craft skills). Join us for this special event, as she talks about her career and inspirations, in conversation with Dr Kate Romano, a familiar voice on BBC Radio and the new Director of Lichfield Festival's Aspire! programme.

Tickets £13
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

7D 7G HMS Pinafore (7D/G)

Sunday 7 July | 15.00, 19.00

Charles Court Opera are delighted to bring their fresh take on HMS Pinafore to the 2019 Festival. The earliest enduring success of Gilbert and Sullivan's famous collaboration remains a firm favourite with audiences, telling the story of Josephine, the Captain's daughter, and her love for lowly sailor Ralph Rackshaw, despite being promised in marriae to the first lord of the Admiralty. With many well-known songs, this brand new production promises rollicking choruses, unique wit and infectious energy - suitable for all ages!

Tickets £20
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

7F Atea Quintet (7F)

Sunday 7 July | 17.00

2019 Artists in Residence, the Atea Quintet, became double prize-winners at the 2015 Carl Nielson International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark, and regularly perform across the world. Their programme features 19th / 20th Century works from Italy, France and Denmark by Briccialdi, Bozza and Nielson, alongside works by British composers Thea Musgrave and Doreen Carwithen. 

Tickets £15
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

7H Michael Petrov (7H)

Sunday 7 July | 21.30

Award-winning cellist Michael Petrov has impressed audiences and critics with his "captivating musical temperament" and has performed at major concert halls across Europe, the US and China. Michael was a Young Artist at the 2015 Lichfield Festival.

Tickets £15
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

8A WELLNESS HOUR Kabantu Relaxed Performance (8A)

Monday 8 July | 10.00

An acoustic hour in the company of world music group, Kabantu, perfect for anyone who would benefit from music in a relaxed setting, including those with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability.

For more information about the relaxed performace, please call the Lichfield Festival office on 01543 306270.

Tickets £5
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

8B YOUNG ARTIST Lauren Zhang (8B)

Monday 8 July | 12.00

A very special Young Artist concert brings the winner of the prestigious BBC Young Musician 2018, pianist Lauren Zhang, to the 2019 Festival. Her performance to win the competition was broadcast live on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3 to widespread critical acclaim. She went on to make her BBC Proms debut and is now in demand as soloist throughout the UK and further afield.

Tickets £14
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

8C The Messiah Audience tickets

Monday 8 July | 19.19

Your chance to star at the Lichfield Festival as a member of our “Come and Sing” Choir for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, in the splendour of the Cathedral, accompanied by Orchestra Nova and joined by international soloists Rebecca Buttone soprano and Polly Leech mezzo (2019 Artists in Residence) Robert Murray tenor and David Ireland bass, all under the baton of conductor and choral workshop specialist Patrick Craig (St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tallis Scholars.) For those who would rather listen, please join us in the evening and rejoice in the glory of Handel’s sublime oratorio, one of the greatest works ever written.

Tickets £6 - £25
​If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

8C The Messiah Singing Tickets

Monday 8 July | All day event with 19.15 performance

Your chance to star at the Lichfield Festival as a member of our “Come and Sing” Choir for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, in the splendour of the Cathedral, accompanied by Orchestra Nova and joined by international soloists Rebecca Buttone soprano and Polly Leech mezzo (2019 Artists in Residence) Robert Murray tenor and David Ireland bass, all under the baton of conductor and choral workshop specialist Patrick Craig (St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tallis Scholars.) For those who would rather listen, please join us in the evening and rejoice in the glory of Handel’s sublime oratorio, one of the greatest works ever written.

Timetable for singers
9.30-11.15 Choir rehearsal (Wade St Church)
Break allowing time to attend Laura Zhang recital
13.30-14.30 Rehearsal with orchestra (Lichfield Cathedral)
19.15 Performance
​When booking you will be asked to specify your voice type (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, or don't know)

Singers tickets £12
​Audience tickets £6-£25
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150.

8D Kabantu (8D)

Monday 8 July | 19.30

Kabantu is a world-music quintet from Manchester who unravel new marriages of music  from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures collaborate. The group has performed at the BBC Proms and at an array of prestigious Festivals and venues across the UK. For 2019, they are Folk Alliance International 2019 Official Showcase Artists, selected Making Music Magazine, live Music now and BBC Introducing Artists.

Tickets £17
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

9A WELLNESS HOUR Death Cafe (9A)

Tuesday 9 July | 10.00

Our Wellness hour “Death Café” is an open discussion group about death with no agenda, objectives or themes. hosted by Tamara Bibby, the discussion is very much led by the people that come and take part. (Please note that this event is an open forum to share thoughts and ideas on what can be a taboo subject; it is not a grief support group or counselling session.)

This event is free but booking is advised.
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150.

9B YOUNG ARTIST Daniel Lebhardt (9B)

Tuesday 9 July | 12.00

In 2014 Daniel Lebhardt won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Paris and New York, and was named Most Promising Pianist at the Sydney International Competition.  In the 2017/18 season, he made his debut in St Petersburg and with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, and played in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Tickets £14
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

9C Festival Ramble (9C)

Tuesday 9 July | 13.30

The Lichfield & District Ramblers will lead you on a 5-mile circular walk, starting from Pipe Green Car Park off the A51, where free parking is available. Appropriate footwear and clothing required. Please bring refreshments with you!

Tickets £6
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150.

9E Moonwalk (9E)

Tuesday 9 July | 19.00

As part of our celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, in collaboration with Music Share, local schoolchildren and musicians, the Festival is delighted to host the second performance of a work first premiered at the Civic hall in Lichfield in 1994. Written by local composer, Duncan Moon, Moonwalk is a musical account of the Apollo 11 Mission, and the profound effect it had one those most closely involved in taking that "giant leap for mankind".

Tickets £10
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

9F Ensemble Hesperi (9F)

Tuesday 9 July | Dinner from 19.00, performance 20.30

Award-winning Early Music group Ensemble Hesperi present a taste of 18th century Scotland through their unique collaboration, The Pheasant’s Eye. Inspired by haunting traditional melodies and infectious dance rhythms, Scottish composers created a new ‘fusion’ of folk and high baroque fashion, here brought to life with choreography by highland dancer Kathleen Gilbert. Make an evening of it with a delicious 2-course dinner at our hosts, McKenzie’s, or just settle in for the show at 8.30pm.
Regrettably, McKenzie’s has stairs with no lift access.

Dining and Performance £36
Performance only £17

9G The Mozartists (9G)

Tuesday 9 July | 19.30

The Mozartists specialise in the historically-informed  performance of music by Mozart, winning wide spread acclaim from public and critics alike. They explore Mozart’s travels across Europe, via works composed in London, The Hague, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Prague and Rome. They are joined by soprano Louise Alder (Audience Prize winner, 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World), former Feestival Young Artist, harpist Oliver Wass (soloist for the sublime Concerto for Flute and Harp) and Gavin Edwards, for the much-loved Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat (featuring the wonderful theme infamously set to words by Flanders and Swann in their “lost horn” song, Ill Wind!).

Tickets £10 - £32
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

9H Death Show (9H)

Tuesday 9 July | 20.00

Death. A bit grim, isn’t it. Morbid, macabre, unmentionable- but does it have to be that way? Drawn together by their shared fear of death, Lucy Nicholls and Antonia Beck invite you to embark on a journey of discovery, contemplation and courage, to celebrate your own mortality- laugh, cry, stick two fingers up at the Grim Reaper and discover why talking about death is ultimately life-affirming! Age guidance 14+ (please note this show contains adult language).

​Tickets £13
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150.

10A WELLNESS HOUR Mindfulness, Well-being and Chocolate (10A)

Wednesday 10 July | 10.00

Our second Just Relax ™ event at this year's Festival is once again led by Donja Martin and takes us on a 7-step mindfulness journey to relaxation and well-being. This event may also possibly include chocolate...! This session is primarily aimed at those aged 65+, although others are welcome!

​This event is free but booking is advised.
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150.

10B YOUNG ARTIST Mathilde Milwidsky (10B)

Wednesday 10 July | 12.00

Violinist Mathilde Milwidsky has already performed as a soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Albert Hall as well as across Europe in Finland, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Ireland and Sweden. Recent live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’, BBC Radio 4, Radio Swiss Classic, Classic FM and the BBC One Show.  She is joined by pianist, John Reid.

Tickets £14
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

10C Waterwalk (10C)

Wednesday 10 July | 14.00

Clare Whistler is an artist, performer, curator and writer with her roots in dance and choreography.  Join Claire and artist Charlotte Still, for an inspiring walk around the City. As they look with fresh eyes at the waterways of Lichfield, combining conversation, poetry and performative elements, using a Chantepleu (a medieval watering can) to mark the way.

Tickets £7
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

10D Watertalk (10D)

Wednesday 10 July | 16.30

In an age where we all need to more environmentally aware, Clare Whistler follows her Watertalk (Event 10C) with an interactive talk, sharing her experiences of the annual event, “Waterweek”, based in East Sussex.  For both of the events today, Clare is joined by collaborator, artist Charlotte Still.

Tickets £10
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

10E National Trust Fan Club (10E)

Wednesday 10 July | 19.30

The sequel to her hit show The O.S. Map Fan Club¸ a sell-out success when first performed at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for 2019 Helen Wood turns her comedic eye to that other bastion of Britishness, the National Trust. 'A charmingly eccentric ramble ... a quintessentially English outdoor geek, with a wonderfully nerdy sense of humour that’s dry, droll and genuinely funny.'  Fringe Review.

Tickets £14
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

10F Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening (10F)

Wednesday 10 July | 19.30

Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes: a composer, performer, educator and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria.  Awarded the OBE in 2015, her extraordinary career began with learning tunes from old shepherd friends and evolved to traverse genres from jazz and world music to large-scale orchestral works. Exploring and cultivating her bountiful native heritage of Northumberland have been a constant throughout.  With her new band The Darkening, she takes inspiration from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, so quintessentially Northumbrian, and yet, almost 2000 years ago inhabited by people from around the world, worshipping different gods and following different customs.

Tickets £8 - £22
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

10H INTIMATE THEATRE PRESENT The Horse, The Crook and The Little Chair (10H)

Wednesday 10 July | 19.30, Thursday 11 July | 19.30

1350 years ago,a man came to Mercia from the enemy kingdom of Northumbria. Without him there would be no Cathedral and no Lichfield, yet he was a meek man, thrust into the maelstrom of Dark Age changes. Chad, Bishop of Mercia, was a pupil of St Aidan of Lindisfarne, sworn to poverty. His diocese  stretched across the Midlands from the Wales to the Walsh. What was he like? What was Lichfield like? How did he survive as a servant of the gospel & a man of peace, in a kingdom where vengeance was the unwritten law. 

Tickets £12

10G Cleveland Watkiss Sings Nat King Cole (10G)

Wednesday 10 July | 20.00

A bespoke concert event for the 2019 Festival from Artist in Residence, singer/writer Cleveland Watkiss (MOBO award nominee; Best Vocalist in both Guardian Jazz and London Jazz Awards), to celebrate the centenary of music legend, Nat King Cole. Cleveland will be accompanied on bass and piano, for a very personal tribute to a trail-blazing hero of American music.

Tickets £18
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

11A WELLNESS HOUR Singing for Well-being (11A)

Thursday 11 July | 10.00

A physical activity that releases endorphins and helps to relieve stress: singing is good for you – it’s official!  Join us for an interactive workshop, led by VOCES8’s Paul Smith, investigating the benefits that a vocal workout can have on your mind, body and soul…

Tickets £5
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

11B YOUNG ARTIST The Chloé Piano Trio (11B)

Thursday 11 July | 12.00

The Chloé Piano Trio was at the Royal College of Music in 2017. The Trio has performed across the UK and in France, and were prize-winners at the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in 2018.   Their programme includes Clara Schumann’s delicate Piano Trio, Op. 17 (celebrating the 200th anniversary of her birth), as well as a work by her great friend and supporter, Felix Mendelssohn. The Chloé Piano Trio are Maria Gilicel violin, Jobine Siekman cello and George Todica piano.

Tickets £14
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.


 

11C ORGAN RECITAL William Fox (11C)

Thursday 11 July | 14.00

William Fox has been Sub-Organist of St Paul's Cathedral since July 2018.  He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 19, winning the Turpin and Durrant prize for playing and, as an organist and continuo-player, his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Television, and Classic FM.  Alongside his busy work at St Paul’s, he currently studies the organ part-time at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on the Personal Study Programme.   His Festival programme includes works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Elgar.  

Tickets £14
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

11D Jonathan Dove (11D)

Thursday 11 July | 16.00

Touring globally, British vocal ensemble VOCES8 perform an extensive repertoire both in a cappella concerts and in collaboration with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos. Their typically stylish and thought-provoking programme for the 2019 Festival includes a new work by our 2019 featured composer, Jonathan Dove (a Lichfield Festival co-commission). Following on from the VOCES8 Cathedral concert this evening, please join us for Festival Compline, a meditative, candle-lit service sung by the Cathedral Choir, with music to include an anthem by our 2019 featured composer, Jonathan Dove.

Tickets £11
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150. A 50% discount is available to essential companions and carers.

11E Whaddya Know... We're in Love! (11E)

Thursday 11 July | 19.30

All aboard! Full steam ahead on SS Freedonia for the craziest show to set sail. Four musicians with a secret, a girl in a green velvet gown, stowaways, a Mediterranean monarch, and much more…The Foundry Group return to the Festival with their new show Whaddya Know – We’re in Love.  Hilarious, foot-tapping family fun, with live music and new songs, featuring Radio 4 regular David Mounfield (Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show), Amy Sutton and Joshua Crisp.  Age suitability: 7+

Pay what you can - reserve your ticket via the Box Office in advance, then on the night, make your anonymous cash payment!  
If you are a wheelchair user, please book in person or by phone on 01543 306150.   

11F Great Jamaican Songbook (11F)

Thursday 11 July | 19.30

2019 Artist in Residence and MOBO award nominee, Cleveland Watkiss MBE, brings a second, very personal project to the Festival, as he explores his Jamaican roots, celebrating many of Jamaica’s internationally renowned musicians and the pioneering sounds of Reggae and Ska.  Joined by a superb hand-picked band in the courtyard at Swinfen Hall Hotel (with room for dancing!), The Great Jamaican Songbook features songs by Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and Delroy Wilson, and takes inspiration from musicians who came out of that great institution The Alpha Boys School, under the tutelage of (the nun) Sister Mary Ignatius Davis.

Tickets £18
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11G VOCES8 (11G)

Thursday 11 July | 19.30

Touring globally, British vocal ensemble VOCES8 perform an extensive repertoire both in a cappella concerts and in collaboration with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos.   Their typically stylish and thought-provoking programme for the 2019 Festival includes a new work by our 2019 featured composer, Jonathan Dove (a Lichfield Festival co-commission). Following on from the VOCES8 Cathedral concert this evening, please join us for Festival Compline, a meditative, candle-lit service sung by the Cathedral Choir, with music to include an anthem by our 2019 featured composer, Jonathan Dove.

Tickets £10-£26
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12A WELLNESS HOUR Massage with Mustafa Baygun (12A)

Friday 12 July | 10.00

Therapist Mustafa Baygun leads us through a selection of basic techniques, showcasing the mental and physical benefits of massage.

Tickets £5
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12B YOUNG ARTIST Sirius Chau (12B)

Friday 12 July | 12.00

Hong Kong born flautist Sirius Chau studied at the Royal College of Music, supported by a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.  In 2018, he was selected for the Tillett Trust’s Young Artists Platform and was also the winner of the Royal College’s prestigious Concerto Competition and Solo Woodwind Competition. His programme includes Poulenc’s Flute Sonata and works by Fauré, Dutilleux and Chaminade.  Alongside these are a work by featured composer, Jonathan Dove's The Magic Flute Dances, which imagines what might have happened to Mozart’s eponymous Flute, once the opera had ended. Sirius is joined for this recital by pianist Kumi Matsuo.

Tickets £14
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12C Tracy Borman: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot (12C)

Friday 12 July | 14.00

Inspired by her debut novels (The King’s Witch and its sequel, The Devil’s Slave), this talk by author Tracy Borman takes us into the turbulent world of the early Stuart court, where King James I waged war on witches and Catholics alike.  It was not long before a dark campaign to destroy both King and Parliament gathered pace, culminating in the Gunpowder Plot. The heroine of the novel is Frances Gorges, daughter of Elizabeth I’s favourite lady in waiting, who finds herself accused of witchcraft and becomes embroiled in the plot to oust James from the throne.  Interweaving fact and fiction, Tracy will tell Frances’s story, and in so doing will bring one of the most dramatic periods in British history vividly to life.

Tickets £11
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12D Lev Parikian: Why do Birds Suddenly Disappear? (12D)

Friday 12 July | 16.00

601 bird species have been recorded in Britain (although one, the Great Auk, is now extinct).  As a child, author Lev Parikian was somewhat economical with the truth when claiming numbers of sightings; as an adult, reviving his dormant mania later in life, he vowed to right those childhood wrongs, keeping an honest tally of each species spotted, setting what he believed was a realistic target of 200 to aim for…a doddle, surely? Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? is not just the story of a challenge undertaken by a lapsed and hopeless birdwatcher - it’s about family, music, nostalgia…the nature of obsession and obsession with nature.   Not to mention being a professional musician who can’t recognise the song of a blue tit…

Tickets £11
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12E THE MALACHITES: Macbeth (12E)

Friday 12 July | 19.00

Political ambition, lies, civil war, treason and murder…something wicked this way comes. “The Scottish play” comes to the Festival, in the expert hands of Festival regulars, The Malachites. Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth lays bare a marriage, as the love of power for power’s sake leads to madness and bloody death. 

Tickets £17
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12F Moon (12F)

Friday 12 July | 19.30

Moon is a comedy double-act starring Jack Chisnall and Joshua Dolphin, two proud sons of England’s provincial backwaters.  Their eponymous debut show garnered critical acclaim and sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.  Expect dark, unexpected and immersive sketches, alongside some nifty soundtrack trickery and plenty of acting chops, in this eye-catching and hilarious show.

Tickets £13
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12G BLACK VOICES: Celebrating Nina (12G)

Friday 12 July | 19.30

Festival favourites Black Voices return to Lichfield with their own unique take on the legendary Nina Simone, an artist whose uncompromising stance for social inclusion could not be more relevant in today's climate.  Black Voices had the honour of supporting her in concert many times in France, Germany and the UK and are joined for this special celebration by a 4-piece band and a 5-voice backing ensemble.

Featuring her classic songs, Celebrating Nina rejoices in the music, faith, love and life of a much-loved and accomplished musician and vocalist, whose artistry still speaks to everyone who hears her…                           

Alongside their work with Nina Simone, during their career Black Voices have shared the stage with Ray Charles, Miriam Makeba, Take 6, and Wynton Marsalis. They have also had the honour to sing for Nelson Mandela, Pope Jean Paul II, and Queen Elizabeth.  Co-founder Carol Pemberton was awarded an MBE in 2014 for her contribution to music.

Tickets £10 - £30
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13A WELLNESS HOUR Sharon McCormick: 10 Top Tips for Well-being (13A)

Saturday 13 July | 10.00

Sharon's session will be an interactive experience, filled with advice and guidance on trying out some simple tools to help you feel good and function well.

This event is free but booking is advised.
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13B Planetarium (13B)

Saturday 13 July | Various times

Cosmos Planetarium is a 360 degree mobile dome where you can experience space-themed voyages of discovery. 

There are two shows available: 

Apollo 11 Anniversary: Travel back in time to the Apollo era; learn how an amazing group of space pioneers changed our history. Show lasts 25 minutes.

Destination Space Station: BLAST OFF to the International Space Station with UK astronaut Tim Peake to learn how we live and work in space. Show lasts 25 minutes.

10.00 Apollo 11 Anniversary
10.30 Destination Space Station
11.00 Apollo 11 Anniversary
11.30 Destination Space Station
12.30 Apollo 11 Anniversary
13.00 Destination Space Station
13.30 Apollo 11 Anniversary
14.30 Destination Space Station
15.00 Apollo 11 Anniversary
15.30 Destination Space Station

​Tickets £4

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13C YOUNG ARTIST Emily Sun (13C)

Saturday 13 July | 12.00

Australian violinist Emily Sun is rapidly gaining international recognition as a rising soloist. She was recently named the 2018 ABC Australian Young Performer of the Year, following her performance of Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House.  She was awarded the Gold Medal and named Commonwealth Musician of the Year at the 2016 Royal Overseas League Music Competition UK - the first violinist to win the award since 1981. Emily returns to the Festival following her 2017 Young Artist appearance with the Elysian Piano Trio.

Tickets £14
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13D 13E Peter Rabbit's Musical Adventures (13D/E)

Saturday 13 July | 13.30, 15.30

A dynamic music and storytelling experience for children and families based on Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Brought to life by a narrator and a classical string quartet, Peter Rabbit’s Musical Adventure is a storytelling family show adapting Potter’s timeless tale as an intimate music theatre experience for young ones.  It allows children the opportunity to get up close to the performers and experience classical music in an informal an stimulating way. At the helm of this performance is actor-musician, Oskar McCarthy, who brings an energy and commitment to the stage like no other.  Not to be missed! Recommended ages: 4-8 years

Tickets Adults £10, Children £7
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13F Miloš Milivojević (13F)

Saturday 13 July | 16.00

Award-winning Serbian-born classical accordionist Miloš Milivojević presents a solo programme featuring works from his debut solo CD Accord for Life.  His versatility as a musician, performing different genres including classical, world music and tango (the latter performed live to millions of homes on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing), has ensured he is demand internationally and as a recording artist.  His Festival programme will include works by J.S. Bach, Scarlatti and Mendelssohn.

Tickets £15
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13H BBC National Orchestra of Wales (13H)

Saturday 13 July | 19.15

In the second year of their Festival residency, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs two major works featuring “codes” in music, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto no. 1, with its theme taken from a musical cryptogram of the composer’s initials, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, featuring Last Night of the Proms favourite “Nimrod”, arguably his best-known work. The programme celebrates a second quintessentially British work, Elgar’s sumptuous song cycle Sea Pictures.

BBCNOW are joined by conductor Ainars Rubikis, cellist Andrei Ioniță (BBC New Generation Artist) and 2019 Artist in Residence, Polly Leech (mezzo-soprano).

Tickets £12 - £35
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13G Andrew Maxwell (13G)

Saturday 13 July | 19.30

Andrew Maxwell presents a memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos. As one of the Edinburgh Festival’s universally-acclaimed acts, his show was awarded a barrage of five-star reviews at the Fringe in 2018.

Tickets £17
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