CORONA VIRUS UPDATE :

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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Published date: July 11, 2017
Last modified: July 11, 2017

Review by the Express and Star

John Watson of the Express and Star joined us for the opening of the festival, below is his review:

Lichfield Festival opens with top performers – review

The 36th Lichfield Festival opened in stylish fashion, with a popular classical programme featuring an outstanding young American pianist with one of Britain’s finest orchestras.

Andrew Tyson gave a dazzling performance of the demanding Paganini Variations by Rachmaninov, with Ryan Wigglesworth conducting the Hallé Orchestra. The concert in Lichfield Cathedral on Friday had opened with Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan, and concluded with an admirable performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Eroica.

The following evening the music in the cathedral, celebrating the works of Richard Rodgers, was lighter in character, but hugely enjoyable. An outstanding cast of solo singers – Katie Hall, Francesca Jackson, Kate Valentine and Damian Thantrey – brought Rodgers’ Broadway show songs to life in spectacular style, accompanied by the fine student musicians of the Chetham’s Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Threlfall. Songs including “ My Funny Valentine”, “Betwitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, delighted the crowd. Only the twee narration by TV star Russell Grant, offering what he irritatingly called “little factoids” about the songs, disrupted the flow of the music.

On Sunday, two contrasting concerts – featuring the ESTuudio Youth Choir at Lichfield Cathedral School, and Mr McFall’s Chamber Group at the Garrick theatre – brought considerable musical satisfaction. The purity and awesome power of the choral voices was breathtaking, with gorgeous Estonian works including the great national composer Arvo Pärt’s “Morning Star”.

The McFall quartet’s performance of works by Samuel Barber, John Adams and Steve Reich was exceptionally stimulating, with Reich’s masterpiece “Different Trains” played with tremendous zest.

The festival continues until July 15.

By John Watson