It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Fri 13 Jul 2018 7:00 pm


Lichfield Cathedral
Event Code: 13D
Price: £39, £35, £29, £23, £17, £12

With Danny Driver (piano)

Artist in Residence Series

Hyde – Les at Leisure*
Shostakovich – Symphony no. 9
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto no.2

BBCNOW, in the first year of a new 3-year Festival residency, play two works written a mere 45 years apart, but separated by the most tumultuous era in Russia’s history: Rachmaninov’s beloved Piano Concerto no. 2 and Shostakovich’s playful Symphony no. 9. The latter was premiered in 1945, the same year the quintessentially British Brief Encounter cemented the former into our nation’s consciousness. Thomas Hyde’s comic overture brings a further British twist: a tribute to the legendary Les Dawson, 25 years after his death. With conductor Dalia Stasevska.

*World Premiere

Running Time:  110 mins (approx.)

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3

Sponsored by: Swinfen Hall Hotel

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