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Lichfield Festival 2016 Event Listing

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MUSIC EXHIBITION FAMILY FREE DANCE TALK FILM THEATRE COMEDY WALK Sonia Sabri Company Salaam Salaam, meaning peace, is Sonia Sabri Company’s latest stunning creation weaving live music and Kathak dance in a show that aims to refocus the mind on all that is good.  Garrick Theatre Studio 8pm £12

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Florette Festival Market A perfect free family day out.  Featuring craftspeople from across the region and local performers keeping you entertained throughout the day. Cathedral Close, Dam St, Minster Walk 10am - 4pm FREE Come and Sing The Marion Consort A singing workshop exploring Renaissance music with Rory McCleery, leader of the dynamic vocal ensemble The Marian Consort. St Chad’s Church 10am £12 Joo Yeon Sir  solo violin Young Artist Series The first in our Young Artist Series, Joo Yeon Sir plays a solo violin recital with a programme to include Bach, Paganini and Fritz Kreisler.  Wade Street Church 12pm £12 Tracy Borman The Private Lives of the Tudors Best-selling author and historian Tracy Borman returns to Lichfield Festival to take us behind the scenes and reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court.   Garrick Theatre Studio 2pm £10 Dinosaur Cove Chris Jarvis Incredible stories for children who love dinosaurs! Explore fossils with dinosaur expert Chris Jarvis and get to know your Tyrannosaurus from your Triceratops.  Wade Street Church 2.30pm £8 Frances Welch Rasputin: A Short Life Historian Frances Welch takes a wry look at the life of Grigori Rasputin, the Siberian peasant-turned-mystic and one of the most mysterious figures in Russian history.   Garrick Theatre Studio 3.45pm £10 Kate Rusby  Folk Britain’s most popular female folk singer comes to Lichfield with a selection of classics from her back catalogue and a variety of fresh new songs from her most recent album. Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm £9 - £25 Singin’ In The Rain Film Comedy, romance, great musical numbers and show-stopping performances from Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor in this screen musical classic.  Garrick Theatre Studio 8pm £9 Breaking The Rules with music by The Marian Consort Marking the 450th anniversary of the birth of Carlo Gesualdo – composer and murderer – this new one-man play is set to be an atmospheric evening by candlelight. St Chad’s Church 8pm £18 Luxmuralis Festival Light Show Celebrate our opening weekend with a light projection show on Lichfield Cathedral blending footage from 1916 with digital artwork and local archive material. Lichfield Cathedral 10pm FREE Small Worlds Mimika Theatre 1 day, 1 place, 5 stories.  What could a bug, a fox cub, a cat and a girl have in common? Find out in Mimika Theatre’s unique dome show for young families. The George Hotel 2pm, 4.30pm £8 Little Red Riding Hood Ballet Cymru Two stories from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes are set to dance for the first time.  With music by acclaimed composer Paul Patterson, this ballet production is fun for all.  Garrick Theatre 6pm £13 - £15 (£45 Family Ticket Deal) Hamlet The Malachites Shoreditch’s 5-star Shakespeareans, The Malachites return to Lichfield with a moving, site-specific production ahead of an international tour. Lichfield Guildhall 7pm £14 The History Wardrobe Great War Fashion Costume historian Lucy Adlington gives an inspiring insight into the women of the First World War through the clothing and fashions that they wore.    Garrick Theatre Studio 8pm £14 Mimika Theatre 1 day, 1 place, 5 stories.  What could a bug, a fox cub, a cat and a girl have in common? Find out in Mimika Theatre’s unique dome show for young families. The George Hotel 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm £8 Small Worlds WW1 Schools Remembrance Pupils from across the Midlands mark 100 year since the Battle of the Somme with a showcase of classic songs and poems from the First World War. Lichfield Cathedral 10.30am £5 Poppies Chetham’s School of Music Young Artist Series Current students at Chetham’s present a programme of Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.  With Harriet Butterworth (cello) and Lia Tang (violin). Wade Street Church 12pm £12 Mona Siddiqui OBE 2016 Peace Lecture In the 3rd Lichfield Peace Lecture, writer and BBC Radio 4 Thought For the Day contributor Mona Siddiqui explores the role that religion plays in the pulling apart of civilisations. Wade Street Church 3.30pm £12 I Fagiolini with Anna Markland Amuse-Bouche Celebrating 30 years together, I Fagiolini offer a tasting menu of French choral delicacies from Poulenc to Ravel. Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm £9 - £28 Rob Beckett Mouth of the South The star of Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week is back with an evening of funnies and he is taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbreads! Garrick Theatre 8pm £18 Dial M For Murder Film A right number gets the wrong answer and gleaming scissors become a deadly weapon in this Hitchcock suspense classic.  Garrick Theatre Studio 8pm £9 Manchester Camerata with Tine Thing Helseth - trumpet Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm £9 - £36 An evening of powerful music marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with composer in residence Deborah Pritchard and Lichfield Cathedral Chorus. Fanfares ASPIRE Project Various Locations Hourly from 11am FREE Marking 100 years to the day the Battle of the Somme began, we commemorate with a series of ‘Last Post’ fanfares played across the City and at key memorial sites in the district. Christopher Bragg Organ Recital Graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, Christopher Bragg plays St Mary’s historic organ with a programme of late 19th and 20th century music from Denmark and France St Mary’s in the Square 12pm £12 Heath Quartet Chamber Recital One of the most exciting chamber ensembles around, the Heath Quartet blend classical music with folksy charm in a programme including Mozart, Beethoven and Bartok. Swinfen Hall Hotel 3pm £18 Charlie Chaplin Silent Films Mark Kermode, Orchestra of the Swan Film critic Mark Kermode introduces two classic silent films starring the godfather of film comedy Charlie Chaplin, with live accompaniment from Orchestra of the Swan.  Lichfield Cathedral 8pm £6 - £32 HITCH Mary Bijou Cabaret This cabaret, based on the work of Alfred Hitchcock, walks the line between hilarity and horror; see a Vertigo victim walk a wire in high heels and Tippi Hedren on a Chinese pole. Garrick Theatre 8pm £13 - £15 Those Magnificent Men The Foundry Group The thrilling true story of the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight staged with two actors, cardboard, chairs and some left-over props. Garrick Theatre Studio 8pm £14 Yenting Wang  piano Young Artist Series A student at Birmingham Conservatoire, Yenting recently made her professional debut at Symphony Hall Birmingham and plays a recital including Haydn and Chopin. Wade Street Church 12pm £12 Storytelling Walk Seeing Things Differently Put on your walking shoes and step into the world of your imagination on a gentle walk around the City to hear a tale or two that may just change your perception along the way. Lichfield City Centre 2.30pm £9 of Great Britain Combining their humour, originality and passion, with stories from original war diaries and memoirs of relatives of the Orchestra, this will be an unforgettable evening. Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm £9 - £36 Ukulele Orchestra John Roberts  oboe Young Artist Series The youngest ever oboe player to be appointed Principle Oboe of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; John’s programme will include a selection of works by Ravel. Wade Street Church 12pm £12 Storytelling Walk Seeing Things Differently Put on your walking shoes and step into the world of your imagination on a gentle walk around the City to hear a tale or two that may just change your perception along the way. Lichfield City Centre 2.30pm £9 Dahl In A Day Children’s Drama Showcase Students from across Lichfield celebrate the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl with a series of new performances adapted from his classic children’s books, poems and short stories. Garrick Theatre 6pm £5 Susan Calman Work in Progress Star of The News Quiz, QI, and Have I Got News For You, Susan Calman brings an hour of new jokes to Lichfield Festival ahead of her new tour. Garrick Theatre Studio 8pm £15 Sebastian Faulks Where My Heart Used to Beat The award-winning author of Birdsong and Engleby makes his first visit to Lichfield to discuss his career, work and latest novel. Garrick Theatre 8pm £14 Barbican String Quartet Gordon Clark Scholars The Barbican String Quartet feature an international line-up from Holland, Germany, Moldova and Bulgaria.  Programme includes Dutilleux, Deborah Pritchard and Ravel. Wade Street Church 12pm £12 Storytelling Walk Seeing Things Differently Put on your walking shoes and step into the world of your imagination on a gentle walk around the City to hear a tale or two that may just change your perception along the way. Lichfield City Centre 2.30pm £9 Matt Skelton, with Claire Martin A night of red carpet glamour with jazz singer and broadcaster Claire Martin, performing swing arrangements from the Hollywood era. Don’t miss our VIP Champagne package. Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm £9 - £28 / Red Carpet Package: Add £10 Hollywood Romance Sunset Blvd Film One of Hollywood’s best, this multi-Oscar winning film tells the ill-fated story of faded silent movie star Norma Desmond and penniless screenwriter Joe Gillies. Rating: PG Garrick Theatre Studio 8pm £9 Barokksolistene The Alehouse Sessions Blending folk traditions with classical repertoire gathered from the alehouses of the UK this ensemble is in high demand for their music and infectious humour. Garrick Theatre 8pm £13 - £15 Festival Fete Join us for a day of games, sweet treats, craft activities and entertainment including Three Spires Morris and Ceilidh dancing with live music. Cathedral Close 11am - 4pm FREE Flute, Viola, Harp Irish Easter Rising Blending folk traditions with classical repertoire gathered from the alehouses of the UK this ensemble is in high demand for their music and infectious humour. St Michael’s Greenhill Church 11am £16 Mahogany Opera Group Every year, the people of Hobsmoor gather to hear the legend of the Rattler.  This new retelling of Rumplestiltskin blends music and puppetry with inventive storytelling.  Ages 8+  Lichfield Guildhall  3pm £12, Family Ticket £40 (procession from Cathedral Close at 2pm) The Rattler Dinosaur Park Superbolt Theatre A laugh-out-loud spin on Jurassic Park in the unlikely setting of a Community Centre where a family go on a journey to a misty past and come face to face with DIY dinosaurs. Age 8+ Garrick Theatre 7pm £13 - £15 Peace Cabaret Jessica Walker A journey through the alternative war songs of the last century, drawn from the music halls of London the underground cabaret dives of Berlin and the nightclubs of Paris. Garrick Theatre Studio 8pm £12

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A Festival Opera Production A brand new production created for Lichfield Festival, places Don Alfonso at the centre of this operatic classic which tests four lovers in a game of chance and romance. Lichfield Cathedral 7.30pm £9 - £32 Mozart - Cosi fan tutte Cast to include: Kate ValentineRobert Murray Leigh Woolf Damian Thantrey Jonathan Gunthorpe Anna Dennis
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BBC National Orchestra of Wales: with Martyn Brabbins A first-class line up of soloists join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for our Festival finale concert featuring a world premier by Composer in Residence Deborah Pritchard. Lichfield Cathedral 7pm £9 - £40 29th & 30th June Intimate Theatre The Heiress Catherine, a shy, naive girl; heir to a considerable fortune meets handsome, penniless Morris.  Is his devotion genuine or do his attentions have another motive? The George Hotel 7.30pm £12 Composer in Residence Deborah Pritchard JOIN THE FESTIVAL FAMILY
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