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It’s true – Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley is named as Lichfield Festival patron

We know this much is true – Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley is the new patron of the Lichfield Festival.

Tony Hadley at the House of Commons preview event. Pic: Peter Blanchflower

Tony Hadley at the House of Commons preview event. Pic: Peter Blanchflower

The communication that the I’m A Celebrity Star had been given a new role came during a festival preview held at the House of Commons.

To cut a long story short, Mr Hadley said he he was keen to explore the possibilities of the position – and insisted he did need this pressure on.

“This is the first arts charity I’ve been invited to support and I was delighted to be asked,” he said. “For me, the importance of supporting the arts is in the impact that it has on individuals of all ages.

“I know Lichfield well through family connections and I’m really excited to see where my patronage of the Lichfield Festival will lead in the future.”

Guest Festival Director Damian Thantrey, Michael Fabricant MP, violinist Joo Yeon Sir and Tony Hadley

Guest Festival Director Damian Thantrey, Michael Fabricant MP, violinist Joo Yeon Sir and Tony Hadley

The singer joins Michael Fabricant, Julian Lloyd Webber and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev as patrons of the event.

Helen Wiser, Chair of Lichfield Festival said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled that Tony Hadley has accepted the invitation to become a patron.

“Tony’s support really helps emphasise the Festival’s broad appeal and wide-ranging programming as we continue to reach wider audiences.

“We’re really looking forward to working with him.”

The 2017 Lichfield Festival runs from July 7 to 14 and will include appearances by Rich Hall, Juliet Stevenson, Seth Lakeman, The Halle orchestra, Sir Tony Robinson, Dame Evelyn Glennie and the BBC Concert Orchestra. For more information visit www.lichfieldfestival.org.

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6 Comments

  1. The Scribbler

    3rd May, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    That’s gold, that is.

  2. Darryl

    4th May, 2017 at 9:47 am

    First article I’ve read that has made me believe Ross needs a copy editor.

  3. Ross

    4th May, 2017 at 11:12 am

    C’mon Darryl, I don’t need this pressure on. Anyway, to cut a long story short, it’s only when you leave you realise how good these puns are.

  4. Darryl

    4th May, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Ha ha! We all appreciate what you do!

  5. Ken

    4th May, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Christ, Hear’Say have not aged well.

  6. Five Spires Live

    4th May, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    True