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Late night entertainment on offer at the Lichfield Festival

Late nights have their own delights in the Lichfield Festival programme with everything from films to all kind of music .

There is a wide range of music planned for the beautiful setting of Lichfield Cathedral’s little east-end Lady Chapel.

The Penguin Cafe’s Arthur Jeffes

The Penguin Cafe’s Arthur Jeffes

Penguin Cafe were a huge hit at last year’s Festival and this evening (July 6) their leader, Arthur Jeffes, returns with a project called Sundog. He uses mainly a grand piano, but this being thoroughly 21st-century music, laptops are also involved, and the results are sure to be magical in this wonderful Cathedral space.

On Monday evening the same space is turned into a silent cinema with live percussion accompaniment for Sound Affairs’ reworking of the classic story Salome, while on Tuesday She’Koyokh bring their exuberant mix of Balkan and klezmer sounds into the Lady Chapel for a toe-tapping hour.

If you feel that voices blended in harmony are the most fitting sound for a chapel, then next Friday is your late night, with a candle-lit performance by Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir performing motets and choral part songs by Schubert.

All these events start at 9.45 or 10pm.

Meanwhile, over in the Chapters Restaurant garden, the Lichfield Festival Outdoor Cinema is screening a selection of films from around the world.

Tomorrow night South America is represented by the superb documentary about legendary racing driver, Senna; on Tuesday Invictus, set in South Africa at the time of the 1995 rugby World Cup, continues the sporting theme, while on Wednesday The Dish, a charming film from Australia, will be on the outdoor screen.

The following two nights feature two better known films, Slumdog Millionaire and the 2012 Academy Award-winner, The Artist.

All screenings start at 9.30pm and there is limited seating, so bring a blanket and a deckchair.

And as if all that late-night activity wasn’t enough, the Sundown Jazz sessions return for a third year in the Back Room at the George IV pub in Bore Street.

This year Lichfield’s finest young jazz musician, trumpeter Nick Dewhurst, is leading the band in collaboration with Dutch trombonist Joris Bolhaar. They will be covering a wide range of jazz from Count Basie through Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck to modern jazz fusion. There is also a mid-week jam session

The Sundown Jazz sessions start at 9.30pm, Monday to Friday next week, and entrance is free.

For more information call 01543 306270, or to book tickets call the box office on 01543 412121 or visit

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