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Rich Hall
Organisers of the Lichfield Festival are warning people that tickets are running out for a number of events. Events already sold out or nearly sold out include comedian Rich Hall, two afternoon concerts of Beethoven being played by the Endellion String Quartet, a late night candlelit recital by harpist Catrin Finch and the punk-folk music of Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds. The festival opens on July 8 with a Lichfield Cathedral performance of Vivaldi’s popular Four Seasons played by young Scottish violin sensation Nicola Benedetti with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. The concert also includes music by Tchaikovsky and readings by former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion. Other prestige Cathedral events include a commemorative concert to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of Carl Davis playing wartime favourites. Claire Sweeney is the singer. On the final night of the festival (July 17), the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky and with Guy Johnston as the soloist, include Schumann’s cello concerto and a Tchaikovsky symphony in their programme. The choir Ex Cathedra will be presenting a programme celebrating the 1610 music of Monteverdi, while Dame Evelyn Glennie will be giving a solo percussion performance. A spokesperson said:
“There are some tickets still available for all these events, but they are selling fast.”
For more information about the Lichfield Festival call 01543 306270 or the box office on 01543 412121. Alternatively, visit


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