5th July – Dancer’s Dream
Starring Strictly Come Dancing’s StarsJoin Neil and Katya Jones, multiple World Champions and stars of Strictly Come Dancing for the premier of their brand new show Somnium.Specially created for the Lichfield Festival and featuring supporting dancers.
6th July – Toby Hughes Accompanied By Benjamin Powell
Started playing double bass at age of 9 and attended the Junior Conservatoire in Birmingham. He was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He has performed with major international orchestras in Europe and in England.
Don’t miss out the largest free event, offering over 100 stalls with local crafters, activities and food producers. The Event is taking place down the streets of Lichfield around the Cathedral.
Willow’s Walk marks the favourite walk of Samuel Johnson. This year under a theme of Friendship & Refreshment.
Judith Weir, named Master of the Queen’s Music in 2014. First woman to be appointed to the post. She will be joined by musician, writer and producer Dr Kate Romano a familiar voice of Radio 3.
10th July – Festival Ramble
Join Lichfield for bit of fresh air. They will lead you on a 5 mile circular walk taking in local landmarks such as Beacon Park, the Clock Tower, Sandfields Pumping Station, Wyrley and Essington Canal, the heritage path to Pipehill/Fossway returning through Leomansley Wood to the starting point. The walk will start from Pipe Green Car Park off the A51, where free parking is available. Appropriate footwear and clothing required. Please bring refreshments with you.
11th July – National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Showcase for the UK’s finest young professional jazz musicians. Combining a hard swinging rhythm and hugely talented soloists.
12th July – The Time Machine Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Interpretation of the HG Wells Classic.
“ 2018: In this age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path into tomorrow, how much time do we have left? If civilisation falls today, what will become of us? A Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world – discovering the fate of our endeavours and uncovering our darkest fears. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun?”
13th July – Pop Up
Performances where you least expect them. The performers take over unusual spaces like shops, waiting rooms or corridors of the city.
14th July – Hansel and Gretel
World of light and shadow, darkness and deception. Journey into ghostly landscapes and feasts of sugar. Extended Lyrical poem entwined with chamber music by composer Matthew Kaner. With shadowplay and puppetry