AboutEnjoy eleven days of fabulous entertainment and culture in and around the beautiful cathedral city. From ballet to cabaret, steel pans to symphony orchestras, live cooking, story-telling and laugh-out-loud comedy, Lichfield Festival has it all.
Amazing vocalists top the line-up at Lichfield Cathedral including British Queen of Soul, Mica Paris, Brit-award winning folk star Eddi Reader and singer Liza Pulman. Also in the Cathedral are Ballet Cymru, fiery flamenco from Xuefei Yang and Maria Vega, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, I Fagiolini, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen and impressionist turned pianist Alistair McGowan.
There's also comedy from Justin Moorhouse (star of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights) and Lichfield expat Katie Arnstein, and four resident artists perform cabaret, chamber music, songs from bygone eras, and much more. Among music of all sorts are the Metronomes Steel Orchestra at Swinfen Hall's courtyard, world music and folk group Kabantu, plus late evening concerts by baroque violinist Rachel Podger and jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith.
The Festival's Aspire! Family Day takes place outdoors on the final Festival Saturday (17 July), centred around the Cathedral lawn, with a new version of Peter & the Wolf, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Lichfield Mystery Plays among the entertainment.
With distancing and regulations expected still to be in place, things will be a little different this summer, with shorter event times and repeated performances, particularly those in the smaller venues. It also means capacity is limited and shows are quickly selling out, so the Festival is operating a waiting list so that it can contact people should government restrictions be eased.
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