The Band of the Mercian Regiment

Published on: Wed, 17/10/2018 - 15:20

The Band of the Mercian Regiment

Join 'The Band of the Mercian Regiment' at Lichfield Cathedral for a spectacular evening of music and poetry on Saturday 3rd November, as part of a series of events to commemorate the end of the First World War.

The programme, which will include music to delight all audiences, promises pieces from the traditional through to film, contemporary and a few surprises. It will feature music to reflect, as part of the commemorations, up-lifting music to celebrate, and some pieces that are just thoroughly entertaining!

The concert will be compered by Michael Collie, who is a well known voice on the BBC in the Midlands area and beyond. Michael will also be reading poems from World War 1, some of which will be set to music. It is certain to be a fantastic evening!
The concert is set in the historic, beautiful and thought-provoking atmosphere of the nave at Lichfield Cathedral, which is the home of St Michael’s Chapel, the chapel of the Staffordshire Regiment. There are also Military Standards, and memorials to various conflicts including the Anglo-Zulu Battle of Intombe (Myers Drift), the First Sikh War and the Napoleonic Wars. It is also home to the Colours of The 3rd Battalion of the Mercian Regiment (Staffords) which were laid to rest in January this year.
The 32nd Regimental Mascot of the Mercian Regiment, Private Derby, will also be attending the event as a special guest, and there will be a display from the Regimental Museum inside the Cathedral.

Lichfield Cathedral costs around £5,000 a day to maintain and is always open free of charge to the public.

The event begins with the bar opening at 7.15pm, and a there is chance to view the Cathedral and Chapel before the concert begins at 8pm. There will be a 20 minute interval, and the concert is due to finish at 10pm. Tickets are £15, with £12 for concessions, and will be available through Eventbrite, the Lichfield Cathedral website, and will be available on the door if not sold out already.