Today at the Lichfield Festival – July 7, 2014

The Lichfield Festival’s commitment to showcasing young talent continues with a performance by pianist Ji Liu.

He will perform work by Rzweski, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt at the Lady Chapel in Lichfield Cathedral from 11am.

Kathryn Tickell and The Side

Kathryn Tickell and The Side

Classical music, comedy and popular culture will come together when Igudesman and Joo bring A Little Nightmare Music to the stage at the Garrick at 8pm, while author Sarah Dry will talk about her book, The Newton Papers, at the George Hotel from 3.45pm.

The Lady Chapel will host a poignant reflection on the Great War with Severn and Somme from 10pm.

“It tells the story of the life of Ivor Gurney who served as a soldier in the First World War,” a spokesperson said. “He longed for his beloved Gloucestershire when at war but on return his nightmare of the trenches was set to haunt him.

“Slowly going mad, he died in an asylum, but in his lifetime he was recognised as a brilliant poet and musical genius.

“The film explores Gurney’s life and how it was influenced by the great English composers of the day.”

Lichfield audiences will get a glimpse of new ensemble Kathryn Tickell and The Side appear at the Cathedral at 7.30pm, while the story of the discovery of Richard III’s body beneath a car park is explored by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones at the George Hotel from 2pm.

Elsewhere, comic Joseph Morpurgo brings his Odessa show to the Garrick Studio at 8pm.

Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01543 412121 or visiting the Lichfield Festival website.

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