Crowds at the Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park. Pic: Lichfield District Council
Crowds at the Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park. Pic: Lichfield District Council

Thousands turned out to wave their flags and sing along at the Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.

More than 8,000 people enjoyed the outdoor musical extravaganza on Saturday (September 3).

Now in its thirteenth year,  the festivities started at 5pm with activities for the children, before the City of Lichfield Concert Band started playing a selection of popular classics.

Lichfield TV personality and compere for the evening, Jane Dayus-Hinch, then took to the stage to introduce the main concert featuring The British Police Symphony Orchestra and soloists Joanne Mayling and Mitesh Khatri.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for leisure services, said:

“Thousands of people from across the region came to Beacon Park to enjoy our free Lichfield Proms. The music was superb, from the warm up band to the main concert. This year also featured encores of favourite pieces, including the Redetzky March and Nessun Dorma.

“On the night I felt so proud to be a part of this huge community event. The park was full of friends, family, neighbours and visitors who came together to enjoy good company and fantastic entertainment.

“It’s a huge event to stage and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to organise Lichfield Proms, as well as our sponsors, volunteers, and everyone who made a donation on the night – we couldn’t have done it without your kind support. A big thank you must also go to the orchestra, singers and compere, who made it such a memorable evening.”

The evening was brought to a close with a rousing sing-along to Rule Britannia and Jerusalem ahead of a fireworks display.

For more pictures of the event visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lichfieldproms.

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One reply on “Thousands enjoy the Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park”

  1. Along with members of our church I attended the proms and we were very disappointed. The compere was very ‘flat’ and the music choice was poor – more uplifting music was required. Craig Allen would have been a better choice as he would have not have needed to read from a script as was admitted on the night. There are members of Lichfield Operatic Society who could have done as good if not better than Joanne Mayling. The final ten minutes had us on our feet singing whereas the rest of the concert led to people talking amongst themselves. Did we really need a thirty minute interval? At the start of the second half the compere said “And now for something you have all been waiting for” to which someone shouted “The end!” This was greeted with cheers in our vicinity. Sadly we will not be attending next years proms unless there is an improvement.

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