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.

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(Last Updated: 17th March)

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The Planets & Noye’s Fludde


Sat 07 Jul 2018 7:30 pm


Lichfield Cathedral
Event Code: 7E
Price: £25, £22, £20, £18, £14, £10, Family Ticket £60

Chetham’s School Symphony Orchestra
Lichfield Cathedral School Orchestra/ Music Share

The Planets – Gustav Holst
Noye’s Fludde – Benjamin Britten

‘For vengeance shall noe more appeare, and nowe fare well, my darlinge deare’

Conflict and resolution: two giants of British composition see the Cathedral filled with local, young voices and instrumentalists, and the burgeoning talents of Chetham’s School. Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Fludde finds hope in both dove and rainbow after the great deluge; Holst’s The Planets, written during the Great War and in the centenary of its premiere, lifts us from the sodden earth to the heavens. The insidious threat of Mars, Bringer of War, and the stately calm of Venus, Bringer of Peace, are heard here alongside Colin Matthews’ latter day addition, Pluto.

Running Time: 135 mins (approx.)

Sponsored by: Lichfield Festival Association

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