Joanna MacGregor. Pic: Pal Hansen
Joanna MacGregor. Pic: Pal Hansen

Pianist Joanna MacGregor is set to dazzle the Lichfield Festival.

Her 7.30pm performance at Lichfield Cathedral will feature piano music spanning more than three centuries.

A spokesperson said:

“One of the most innovative musicians in the world, committed to expressing musical connections across increasingly diverse and original concert programmes, Joanna has been the artistic director of the Bath International Music Festival since 2006, and takes up the post of Head of Keybord at the Royal Academy of Music later this year.”

A different sort of musical performance will take place at the George IV pub at 9.30pm when Nottingham-based Fat Digester bring together jazz, funk and hip-hop in their high-energy set.

Harpist Mariann Rumy will be playing at St Chad’s Church at noon, while the Lichfield Festival market will see handmade goods and creative activities on offer for visitors to Cathedral Close, Dam Street and Minster Walk from 10am.

Author and historian Robert Hutchinson will offer an insight into the royal court of Henry VIII at the George Hotel at 11am, before Roger Crowley discusses his book City of Fortune at the same venue at 3.45pm.

An hour of mayhem will be on the agenda when Cirque de Legume bring their vegetable circus to the Garrick Studio at 8pm.

And for those who want to pick up circus skills, a workshop will take place at 10am in Cathedral Close.

Zic Zazou

Shakespeare’s King Lear will be performed in Stowe House Gardens by the MDCC Theatre Company at 2pm, while Pig Tales continues for young children at Erasmus Darwin House.

The unique musical talents of Zic Zazou will be at the Lichfield Garrick at 8pm. Alternatively, film fans can see an outdoor showing of The King’s Speech at 9.30pm in the Chapter Gardens.

Meanwhile, food writer Josceline Dimbleby talks about her book Orchards in the Oasis at the George Hotel at 2pm.

People will also play detective when they begin the hunt for Trevor, the Festival’s pig.

Every day the decorated statue will be in a different location across the city. The first person to spot him and report back to will win two tickets to a Lichfield Festival event.

The Lichfield Festival runs until July 17. For the full programme and ticket information visit

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