Booking for the 30th Lichfield Festival

Wednesday April 27 2011

Tickets for the 30th Lichfield Festival (6-17 July) go on sale on 6 May, with a whole host of exciting events now announced for this very special year.

•           The celebrated bass-baritone Sir Willard White will sing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the spectacular opening concert.

•           Film producer of Chariots of Fire and other favourites, Lord Puttnam, will give the inaugural Lichfield Lecture.

•           The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, will read the poem she has written specially for this City and this Festival.

•           Over 80 events in venues ranging from Lichfield Cathedral to the streets of the City.

The Lichfield Festival is celebrating its 30th birthday in July with an expanded programme of arts events. There will be new innovations, old friends will be welcomed back, and an increased emphasis on community projects will signal a fresh way of engaging with the local community.

The CBSO with soloist Sir Willard White and conductor John Wilson will play the opening concert on Thursday 7 July, joined by the Lichfield Festival Chorus for a performance of William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.

The Festival will close on Saturday 17 July with a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Karabits, playing Mussorgsky and Kataturian. Boris Giltburg will be the soloist in Rachmaninov’s wonderful second piano concerto.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will write a poem for the city that will be performed at a special poetry evening and used as the text for The Lichfield Banner created by artist Stephen Raw and the people of Lichfield.   

From 2011 the Festival is establishing an annual Lichfield Lecture with a high-profile speaker talking about cultural issues. The inaugural lecture will be held in Lichfield Cathedral and will be delivered by Lord David Puttnam.

A Pig Parade of 30 life-size model pigs, decorated by school and community groups and placed around Lichfield, will bring humour and celebration to the cathedral city, and a special Festival Birthday Party and an-open air cinema are also being planned.

Information: 01543 306270

Box office: 01543 412121 (from 13 May)

www.lichfieldfestival.org