Singing Legend Tony Hadley Raises a Glass to Lichfield Festival

Friday July 14 2017

Picture by Redlock Photography

Singing legend and TV personality, Tony Hadley, has made his first visit to Lichfield Festival after becoming a patron in May.  The Spandau Ballet singer and I’m A Celebrity star was a guest at ‘Oz & Armonico Drink to Music’ at Swinfen Hall Hotel where he enjoyed an evening of music, wine and anecdotes in the company of wine critic and broadcaster Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort. 

Oz Clarke recounted tales of the musical and alcohol-fuelled exploits of some of the greatest baroque composers.  These were illustrated with musical interludes sung by Eloise Irving and James Hall, accompanied by the critically-acclaimed musicians of Armonico Consort directed by Christopher Monks.  Along the way, there was a chance to sample craft ales from Kings Bromley-based microbrewery Quartz Brewing and a range of specially-selected fine wines. 

Tony became a patron of Lichfield Festival earlier this year, lending his support to the Midlands’ premier multi-arts festival which brings world-class music, arts and entertainment to the city, attracting around 40,000 visitors annually.  He joined the Festival’s existing patrons Michael Fabricant MP, Julian Lloyd Webber and Valery Gergiev.

The final weekend of this year’s festival, which runs until Saturday 15 July, features Black Voices & Lichfield Gospel Choir, Pride and Prejudice live with Hayley Mills, Sir Tony Robinson, BBC Concert Orchestra, Showstoppers’ Kids Show, Festival Tea Party and Hare & Tortoise auction. For more information visit www.lichfieldfestival.org