Mr Turner Comes to Lichfield – Views of Lichfield Cathedral

Monday 24 April – Sunday 11 June

This exciting exhibition has, as its centrepiece, a watercolour of Lichfield Cathedral painted by the world renowned artist J M W Turner in 1832 (pictured). Until recently this painting has been in a private collection since the early 1990s.

Alongside it will be Turner's sketches for the painting, kindly loaned by Tate Britain. The Turner exhibits are joined by 22 pictures showing how artists have portrayed the Cathedral over five centuries, seeing the same building in their own distinctive ways. These include paintings from the collection of the city’s Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum; from other private collections and a new work by Peter Walker, Lichfield Cathedral's artist-in-residence. Also included are the winning entries from the Cathedral's 2016 art and photography competition.

Other activity during the exhibition period includes a showing of the award winning Mr Turner film and a number of related talks.  

There is also a Midlands premiere of the play ‘The Painter’ starring Iain Fletcher, for more information and booking click on the following link http://www.visitlichfield.co.uk/content/painter

This exhibition is FREE but Lichfield Cathedral rely on your generous donations to stay open. Please visit www.lichfield-cathedral.org for more information.

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Latest News on Lichfield Jazz Gigs

Dear Jazz Lover

Welcome to the latest news on the Lichfield Jazz gigs at the Guildhall and George IV

Next one up is this Sunday 9 April at the Guildhall with swing and Gypsy Jazz from Fret and Fiddle book online www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223

Next gigs at the George IV are April 19, award winning pianist Olly Chalk, brings along his outstanding trio to perform exciting originals. A switch in style to some fine jump and jive from the aptly named ‘Jive Aces’ happens at the Guildhall on Friday 12 May www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223

This is followed on May 17 with ‘A Night of Swinging Standards’ performed by some of the Midlands finest youngest musicians.

Then it’s the Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival June 2-4, please see attached the new programme, if you would like a hard copy or posters please contact the office 01543-262223 or www.lichfieldarts.org.uk

Finally a big thank you for your support over the past twelve months, also to all the musicians who have supported us, not forgetting Russell Tomlinson landlord of the George IV

If you or your friends would like to be on our e-mail list just contact Nick or Brian on bpretty369@btinternet.com or nick.dewhurst@live.co.uk

Thanks again for your support

Nick Dewhurst                           Brian Pretty

 

 

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Lichfield Festival programme announced

7-15 July 2017

www.lichfieldfestival.org Box Office 01543 412121

View brochure online

Public booking from 10 April

Members’ priority booking from 27 March

 Ballet Cymru | BBC Concert Orchestra | Black Voices & Lichfield Gospel Choir | Hal Cruttenden | Dame Evelyn Glennie | Rich Hall | The Hallé | The Malachites | Mr McFall’s Chamber | Orchestra of the Swan | Oz Clarke & Armonico Consort | Seth Lakeman | Sir Tony Robinson | The Sixteen | Juliet Stevenson| The Swingles

 Extraordinary talent, amazing events and unique experiences are the hallmarks of the 2017 Lichfield Festival which runs from 7-15 July and features a vibrant mix of music, film, theatre, comedy, dance, family events, walks, talks and visual arts.  One of the most eclectic multi-arts festivals in the UK, Lichfield is 9-day melting pot of world-class entertainment, creativity and family fun set in the glorious surroundings of the beautiful Staffordshire city. 

 Headline performers include The Hallé orchestra, folk violinist Seth Lakeman, famed percussionist Evelyn Glennie, comedian Rich Hall, author Tony Robinson, actress Juliet Stevenson, theatre company The Malachites and Ballet Cymru. Festival themes investigate aspects of America and trans-Atlantic journeys and there are celebrations marking the anniversaries of Jane Austen and Lichfield’s own David Garrick.  Community and family events include a Hare and Tortoise city art trail, Festival Friday and a chance to join a giant choir in the Big City Sing.

For the Festival first night on 7 July, The Hallé orchestra perform Beethoven’s Third Symphony and are joined by young American pianist Andrew Tyson for Rachmaninov’s glorious Paganini Variations.  Other classical highlights include percussionist extraordinaire Dame Evelyn Glennie, wine writer Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort in an entertaining exploration of the links between wine and music, and a welcome return for The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage following their sell-out appearance in 2014.  A recital series features today’s best young musicians and there are three concerts by artists-in-residence – the versatile Scottish ensemble Mr McFall’s Chamber – including a new commission by Henning Sommero.  Seeing out the festival in style, the BBC Concert Orchestra play great movie and film scores of the last century for a Radio 2 broadcast. 

Festival focuses include a look across the pond to America with a celebration of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers featuring a cast of West End and opera house singers and Chethams Symphony Orchestra.  Europe’s finest female a capella group Black Voices are reunited with Lichfield Gospel Choir – the community choir they created in 2009 – for an evening illustrating the wide appeal of African American Spirituals. There’s an American-inspired programme from Orchestra of the Swan including Dvo?ák’s New World Symphony and Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue played by 18-year old pianist Thomas Nickell, dubbed ‘The American Mozart’.  The Ferio Saxophone Quartet’s programme spans almost five centuries and both sides of the Atlantic, while Mr McFall’s Chamber perform music by American composers teamed with film projections by Lichfield-based Luxmuralis and include Steve Reich’s Different Trains featuring interviews with train passengers recorded before, during and after the Second World War. 

Closer to home, the bi-centenary of Jane Austen’s death is marked with a reading of Pride and Prejudice by actress Juliet Stevenson given in period costume in a drawing room setting and interwoven with music by Carl Davis from Matthew Trusler (violin) and Ashley Wass (piano).  There’s a chance to re-live the BBC’s famous Pride and Prejudice with an all-day screening of the entire six-part series starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.  Author Professor Emma Clery delves into new research on the Austen family relationships and Rebecca Vaughan brings 13 of Jane Austen’s heroines to life with illuminating observations of Austen’s Women.   

2017 is also the 300th anniversary of Lichfield’s own David Garrick.  His theatrical legacy is marked by a staged reading of the two winning plays selected from nationwide entries to the Garrick 300 Playwriting Competition. The Malachites theatre company return to the festival with a performance of Richard III (the role in which David Garrick made his name) and Garrick landmarks feature in several walking tours.

Other highlights include top comedians Rich Hall, Hal Cruttenden and Zoe Lyons, regular faces on TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You.  BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Seth Lakeman visits with acclaimed Anglo/Americana trio Wildwood Kin, and five-time Grammy winners, The Swingles’ musical tours around the world form the inspiration for their concert. On stage is The Pretend Men’s comedy blockbuster Police Cops and Ballet Cymru’s vibrant production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and, on screen, there are showings of The Jungle Book, Casablanca and Forest Gump

The city art trail returns by popular demand! This year’s decorated models are inspired by Aesop’s fable of The Hare & The Tortoise and will form a trail around the streets with associated activities.  Festival Friday marks the start of both Lichfield Festival and FUSE Festival (7-8 July) in Beacon Park and includes a Song Trail of local youngsters singing through the streets.  Another exciting collaboration with FUSE is Big Sing Day which involves a giant specially-formed community choir of experienced singers and beginners plus a performance by Estonian youth choir ESTuudio noortekoor.  The ever-popular Festival Market is back, and other events for families include Showstoppers for Kids – an improvised musical show where the audience decides where the show is set and what happens next – and an adaptation of David Walliams’s The First Hippo on the Moon with puppetry and music. 

A plethora of author talks includes actor and writer Sir Tony Robinson, acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg, round-the-globe adventurer Sarah Outen, historian James Evans on Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World and the colourful history of Watling Street with John HiggsExhibitions feature jewellery and metal crafts, a tranquil art installation at Stowe Pool Boat House by Luxmuralis and children’s own superhero creations transformed into comic book art by professional illustrators. 

 Sonia Stevenson, Artistic Director of Lichfield Festival said, “It has been a privilege to put together the West Midlands’ premier multi-arts festival which, once again, brings extraordinary talent, amazing events and unique experiences to the city.  With a rich programme, brimming with cultural goodies, I hope everyone will find a must-see event (or five!).  Join us in July for this summer’s hottest ticket and a fantastic day out in one of Britain's most picturesque cities."

Lichfield Festival enjoys the support of many contributors including its principal sponsors London-Midland and Cristaline, as well as Arts Council England, Lichfield District and City Councils, Staffordshire County Council, many local companies, individuals and over 500 friends of the Festival.

Lichfield Festival 2017 runs from 7-15 July.  For full details visit www.lichfieldfestival.org

Festival Box Office 01543 412121

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LDTA Networking Meeting at The Guildhall – Rachael’s Update

Located in the heart of the city, the Guildhall is a charming historic Grade ll listed building. This was the setting for the LDTA networking meeting on Tuesday 14th March 2017. On arrival members had the opportunity to network while enjoying refreshments including an array of delicious cakes, provided by Sue Khan proprietor of Comfortin’ Food Café. We were pleased to welcome some new faces to the Association. Marie Garnett from The Lodge @ Cannock Chase B&B along with husband Lee, have recently joined the Association. Jane Pallister from Blue Orchid, offers business coaching, consultancy, advice and training. Jane, came along to the meeting to discover more about LDTA. Finally, Jonathan Oates from Jono’s Tourism. Jonathan is a new member but an old face! Many of you may know him from his time working at Visit Lichfield. Jonathan has now set-up his own business providing independent tourism services.

Lichfield has had a Mayor since 1686 and the present Mayor of Lichfield is Cllr Mrs. Sheelagh James. We felt extremely privileged when Cllr James offered to show us the Mayor’s parlour. Located next door in Donegal House and reached through connecting doors, the room is elegant and cosy with many artifacts depicting the traditions of the City. The Mayor described her many important roles and duties and the interesting guests she has received in the lovely parlour. LDTA partners were then invited to sign the visitor’s book for posterity!

Everyone was then sent down to the old prison cells! Surprisingly, there were several people who said they had never visited this part of the Guildhall. This was the perfect opportunity to discover the stories about debtors and felons and the history of law and order, from the martyrs burned on Lichfield Market Square in the 17th century to the fates of John Neve, William Wightman and James Jackson who were found guilty of forgery and were the last lawbreakers to be publicly hanged at Lichfield gallows in 1810.

It was then back up to the main hall on the first floor for another welcome cup of tea and cake. This room has a beamed roof and is perfect for displaying the banners of the various old wards of the city, made in 1975 by students of the Lichfield School of Art. The Hall is exceptionally versatile, frequently used for civic events, it can also be hired for meetings, wedding receptions, dances and craft fairs.

I was fortunate that this was the second time I had heard Ken’s talk about life as a Town Crier and there were still plenty of new anecdotes I hadn’t heard. The wealth of stories relating to this position and the history of the role is presented in an interesting and amusing way. If you haven’t already heard the talk, I would recommend doing so – you won’t be disappointed!

Ken was born in Aston and is very proud of his roots, something he refers to regularly in his talk. One of his ancestors was a rag and bone man, which may explain his commanding voice. After a successful teaching career Ken took over the role of Town Crier, Sword Bearer and Master of Ceremonies from Lonzo Atkin in 2009. He is employed by Lichfield City Council for 13 days per year -this does not include holidays!

The historic post of Town Crier goes back centuries to the first town crier, Thomas Roberts who came from Cirencester, which was an elected post. Town Criers ring a hand-bell before making a public announcement then shout the words Oyez, Oyez, Oyez which means ‘listen to this’. Dressed in a red coat, black breaches and a tricorne hat Ken explained that not many Town Criers wear leggings. Having to do up 11 buttons could be the reason. His consort Marilyn has the job of doing up buttons 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11!

Ken, a regular competitor around the world has many prizes under his belt. Competition rules are stringent and a shout has to begin with three oyez’s, and ending with God Save the Queen. Competitors are judged on volume, clarity, diction, confidence and accuracy. In 2015 Ken came out top in the World Town Crier competition in New Zealand and this year he is competing in Bermuda and Nova Scotia. For the third time in a row, he has won the Competition at Haslemere and taken the Tennyson Trophy home to Lichfield. The trophy is a bronze statue of a 17th Lancer of the Light Brigade, immortalized in the poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.
If you would like Ken to speak at one of your events, he can be contacted on 07760523406 of via email knowles49@btinternet.com                       

The next LDTA networking meeting will be held on:
Tuesday 11th May at 11am
At
Claymills Pumping Station

 

 

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Neil Morrissey: Why I Love Staffordshire

TV celebrity Neil Morrissey has thrown his weight behind Enjoy Staffordshire’s drive to attract more visitors into the county.

The Stafford-born actor, currently starring in ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital, spoke of his love for Staffordshire and his favourite places to visit, including Cannock Chase and The Trentham Estate, in a video for Enjoy Staffordshire’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/enjoystaffs

The two-minute interview, filmed at the Men Behaving Badly star’s pub, The Plume of Feathers in Barlaston, will be part of the campaign to promote Staffordshire Day, which takes place on Monday 1st May 2017.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council and Vice Chair of Destination Staffordshire said:

“We all know what a wonderful county Staffordshire is to live, work in and visit, with something for everyone. We are all looking forward to our second Staffordshire Day on 1 May which gives us a great opportunity to tell the world what a great place Staffordshire really is.  Plans are going incredibly well with more and more events and activities being added each day.  Last year we had a special video message from Robbie Williams and now it’s great to have Neil’s backing too. We want everyone to be able to join in the celebrations, so the more people that know about it the better.”

A number of events, special offers and competitions have been organised with key attractions like World of Wedgwood, the National Brewery Centre, and the National Memorial Arboretum, with more to be added to the programme as the day approaches.

Enjoy Staffordshire is urging community groups to get involved in the celebrations by putting together their own events, which will be promoted on the Enjoy Staffordshire website and social media.

Details on Staffordshire Day, including listings of local events, are available at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/Staffsday

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Serco Business Training

Serco are offering a wide range of  training available to businesses in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent - Click on the link for more information

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Lichfield Jazz

Lichfield Jazz continues it’s sessions at the George IV Bore Street Lichfield on Wednesday 15th March with the Nick Brown Quartet. All are final year students at Birmingham Conservatoire and besides local lad Nick on Saxes the rest of this talented line up are Charlie Bates piano, Aram Bahmaie bass and Charlie Johnson drums. Expect a mixture of original material plus a number of swinging standards.

Gig starts at 8pm and entry is just £5.

Details of all Lichfield Jazz gigs can be found on  www.nickdewhurst.wordpress.com/jazz-at-the-george IV

Guitarists are in for a real treat on Friday March 24th when the master Martin Taylor makes an appearance at Lichfield Guildhall.  It’s his dazzling solo concerts with his virtuosity, emotion and humour that makes him one of the world’s finest solo jazz guitarists.

Book tickets on www.ichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223

Not forgetting the Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival June 2nd- 4th check out www.lichfieldarts.org.uk  and take the advantage of early booking discounts

 

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Free Business Support for Lichfield and District Residents

Blue Orchid, a local enterprise for success programme, have free business planning courses available for Lichfield and district residents thinking of starting an enterprise, plus some post-start support.  

The courses will run every 6-8 weeks and will also offer support after the course, to get people up to speed with their business planning and start. Finally, many post-start businesses can also have a free business diagnostic and advice meeting (subject to criteria).  

The programme is funded by ERDF, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and Lichfield District Council.

Please see below a course information sheet and dates.  

Course

A must for any would-be entrepreneur in the early stages of planning their business.

This FREE two-day course covers all aspects of setting up a business from getting the right mind set to basic financial control techniques, market research and writing a business plan. The course is led by an experienced Blue Orchid Business Advisor and will cover:

Day One

  • What it means to be self-employed and the options available to you
  • Understanding which legal structure is right for your business
  • Information and tools to help you research your business idea, identify your target market and your competition
  • Help you to start to put your ideas into a structured Business Plan which you can use to develop your business and raise finance.

Day Two

  • Understanding your customers and how to effectively target them
  • Branding and promoting your business
  • Understanding your business start-up costs and raising finance
  • Developing financial forecasts to assess the viability of your business idea
  • Help you to start to put your ideas into a structured Business Plan which you can use to develop your business and raise finance.

Why should I attend?

  • To help you find a clear path to self-employment whilst not missing any key issues
  • To determine whether self-employment is right for you
  • To access tools and resources to be able to fully research and plan your business
  • To enable you to fully assess the viability of your business idea.

How to Join?

This is a Two Day Business Start-up Course and places must be booked in advance.

To reserve your place please contact either;

 Blue Orchid on 0121 516 0330 or email startup@blueorchid.co.uk

Or

GBSLEP Growth Hub on 0800 032 3488 or email info@gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk

 

 LOCAL ADVISOR JANE PALLISTER ( 07775 730466 email j.pallister@blueorchid.co.uk

TWO DAY BUSINESS START UP COURSE SCHEDULE

 

EVENT TYPE

DATE

TIME

AREA

VENUE

Two Day Business Start Up Course

12/13 Jan

10:00 - 16:00

Wyre Forest

Wyre Forest house

Two Day Business Start Up Course

17/18 Jan

10:00 - 16:00

Solihull

Solihull Library

Two Day Business Start Up Course

24/25 Jan

10:00 - 16:00

Cannock

Cannock Campus South Staffs College

Two Day Business Start Up Course

1/2nd Feb

10:00 - 16:00

Bromsgrove

Wellbeing Centre

Two Day Business Start Up Course

7/8 Feb

10:00 - 16:00

Tamworth

Tamworth Library

Two Day Business Start Up Course

15/16 Feb

10:00 - 16:00

Redditch

Redditch Library

Two Day Business Start Up Course

21/22 Feb

10:00 - 16:00

East Staffs

The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton

Two Day Business Start Up Course

2/3rd March

10:00 - 16:00

Lichfield

Lichfield Library

Two Day Business Start Up Course

8/9th March

10:00 - 16:00

Solihull

Solihull Library

Two Day Business Start Up Course

16/17 March

10:00 - 16:00

Wyre Forest

Wyre Forest house

Two Day Business Start Up Course

23/24 March

10:00 - 16:00

Cannock

Cannock Campus South Staffs College

Two Day Business Start Up Course

28/29 March

10:00 - 16:00

Bromsgrove

Wellbeing Centre

Two Day Business Start Up Course

5/6th April

10:00 - 16:00

Tamworth

Tamworth Library

Two Day Business Start Up Course

11/12 April

10:00 - 16:00

Redditch

Redditch Library

Two Day Business Start Up Course

19/20 April

10:00 - 16:00

East Staffs

The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton

Two Day Business Start Up Course

27/28 April

10:00 - 16:00

Lichfield

Lichfield Library

 

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Celebration of the 1st Birthday of Lichfield Real Ale Trail and launch of new beer to celebrate David Garrick’s 300th Birthday – Wednesday February 10th 2017

The enterprising Lichfield District Tourism Association (LDTA) celebrated the 1st birthday of the Lichfield Real Ale Trail and the launch of a special beer by Blythe Brewery to celebrate David Garrick’s 300th Birthday ‘David Garrick Golden Ale’ in fine style at Dr Johnson’s Birthplace. With over 30 members of the LDTA attending, enjoying fine food, fine company, fine ale and superb birthday cake supplied by LDTA member Comfortin Food.                                                                                                                             

Copies of the trail brochure can be obtained from participating venues, Lichfield Tourist Information Centre or downloaded on www.visitlichfield.co.uk

 

Credit Image to Lichfield Photography

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Music Legend Roy Wood New Patron of Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival

Internationally renowned musician and songwriter Roy Wood has joined Lichfield Councillor David Smith in accepting an invitation from Lichfield Arts to become Patrons of this year’s Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival which takes place in and around this historic city June 2nd – 4th.

“As a massive fan of live music in the Midlands area, I was delighted to be asked to be the patron of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 2017,” comments Roy. “My career as a writer, musician and performer since the 1960s has provided me with many of the highlights of my life, and it is great that festivals like this one continue to help and develop local talent, as well as giving local audiences the chance to see performers from the national circuit on their door-step.”

Adds Councillor Smith: “My joy at the “Lichfield Blues and Jazz festival” is that it musically reflects on our wonderful heritage whilst looking forward to the future and how our music will progress”.

This popular music festival promises a mouth-watering variety of blues and jazz, performed by some of the best known and loved names on the national and regional music circuit. These include the Climax Blues Band, Sticky Wicket & his Swing Orchestra, Chris Gumbley & Anything Goes, Remi Harris Trio, Fred ‘T’ Baker, Emma Johnson Boogie Woogie Quartet, Masai Blues, Dunnettbaxter Big Band, Callum Roxburgh ‘Swing’ Orchestra, Lichfield Jazz All Stars, Blast Off, Lindy Hop dance workshop and a wide variety of street events. Visitors will be treated to a wide range of concerts and performances in pubs and historic venues right across this picturesque city.

New venues this year include a ‘Festival Hub’ based at the George IV public house, complete with pop-up blues and jazz stage, the Angel Inn and the Kings Head public houses. For more information on who is on and where visit www.lichfield-jazz.co.uk.

Roy continues; “I remember my early instruments as being a nightmare to play, with high actions, and temperamental tunings being par for the course, and although the instruments that are available today are better, the pure thrill of playing for a live audience remains the same for all of us, whether or not it is playing to a small audience in a pub, or in massive arenas. As musicians we never take our audiences for granted, and we hope that you enjoy the festival, whether it is for one gig, or a workshop, or for the whole weekend, and if you want, bring a friend, because good music is always better when it is shared”.

For further information on Festival bands and tickets visit: www.lichfield-jazz.co.uk Day Stroller tickets are available this year

For further information please contact Lichfield Arts Office: 01543 262223; info@lichfieldarts.org.uk

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