21st Lichfield Proms goes off with a bang

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Photo by Will Brindley

Thousands of people descended on Beacon Park on Saturday 7 September to enjoy the end-of-summer event, Lichfield Proms.

Lichfield District Council’s free annual Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park took place on Saturday 7 September.

The outdoor event featured music from the City of Lichfield Concert Band and the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

The City of Lichfield Concert Band played as proms-goers found their spaces. This led up to the British Police Symphony Orchestra taking to the stage at 7.30pm. The 75-piece orchestra, conducted by Richard Jenkinson, was joined by compere, Danny Mizon and the singers Claire Prewer, Anando Mukerjee and Nick Pilborough.

Highlights of the main programme included music from The Greatest Showman and Frozen, along with Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona, and opera favourite, Nessun Dorma.

The evening ended with everyone on their feet, waving their Union Flags to the proms anthems, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance No 1, to a firework finale overhead.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure, said: “Lichfield Proms in the beautiful surroundings of Beacon Park is the perfect way to end the summer. We had amazing music and singing, fireworks and a fantastic crowd that waved their flags, sang along and cheered throughout the concert.

“It’s a huge event to stage and I would like to thank all the proms team who work so hard to organise it, 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.”

Lichfield Proms 2019 was sponsored by: BHB Architects, A Plan Insurance, Strongs Plastic Products, Allen Brown Jewellery, Wilcox Refinishers, Prizm Solutions, Friel Homes, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Premier Group, Beacon Street Garage, Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad, Blueprint Designs, The Best of Lichfield, Keelys Solicitors, Grosvenor Shutters, C Residential, Cosmetica and Secret Garden.

Lichfield BID, Lichfield City Council and Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust supported Lichfield Proms through grant funding.

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Countdown to Lichfield’s 2019 proms extravaganza

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With the big event taking place in just over a week, excitement is mounting for Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park on Saturday 7 September.

Lichfield District Council is working hard to make sure its twenty-first Lichfield Proms is a night to remember.

It is preparing for thousands of people to descend on Beacon Park for a night of music, picnics, entertainment and a firework finale.

The free entry event starts from 5.30pm with food stalls and activities for children, which are set to include inflatable fun, fairground rides and bungee trampolining.

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At 6pm the City of Lichfield Concert Band will play an hour of popular classical music, musical medleys, jazz, film scores and pop tunes. This will give audience members time to find their spaces and start on their picnics.

Then at 7.30pm the British Police Symphony Orchestra will take to the proms stage for the main concert, led by conductor Dr Richard Jenkinson and compered by PC Danny Mizon.

The 75-piece orchestra will play a varied programme, including music from The Greatest Showman and Frozen, along with with Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona, Nessun Dorma and all the proms anthems.

The orchestra will be joined on stage by three classically trained singers, including the soprano Claire Prewer, the tenor Anando Mukerjee and Nick Pilborough.

Councillor Liz Little, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure, said: “This year’s Lichfield Proms promises to be a night to remember, and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of people to Beacon Park on 7 September to celebrate great music and community cheer.

“We have been able to once again keep proms free entry, which would not have been possible without the 21 businesses and organisations who are supporting through sponsorship and grants. We also welcome donations on the night, which also helps to fund the event.”

Sponsors at Beacon Park waving flags

Sponsors launch 2019 Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park

Lichfield Proms 2019 is sponsored by: BHB Architects, A Plan Insurance, Strongs Plastic Products, Allen Brown Jewellery, Wilcox Refinishers, Prizm Solutions, Friel Homes, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Premier Group, Beacon Street Garage, Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad, Blueprint Designs, The Best of Lichfield, Keelys Solicitors, Grosvenor Shutters, C Residential, Cosmetica and Secret Garden.

Lichfield BID, Lichfield City Council and Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust are also supporting Lichfield Proms through grant funding.

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Music lovers are in for a treat at Lichfield Proms

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Photo by Will Brindley

With hits from The Greatest Showman, Batman and Frozen film scores, and opera pieces including Nessun Dorma and all the proms anthems, the British Police Symphony Orchestra has a fantastic programme of music in store for this year’s proms goers.

2019’s Lichfield Proms is on Saturday 7 September, when thousands of people will gather in Beacon Park for a spectacular evening of entertainment.

The free entry event, which is set to feature The British Police Symphony Orchestra, the City of Lichfield Concert Band, children’s entertainment and a fireworks finale, is the night to end the summer in style.

The City of Lichfield Concert Band will warm up the crowd from 6pm with its repertoire of show tunes, film themes, pop hits and classical greats.

Then at 7.30pm the British Police Symphony Orchestra will take to the proms stage for the main concert, led by conductor Dr Richard Jenkinson.

The 75-piece orchestra will play a varied programme, including scores from popular films as well as opera pieces and other classics.

Conductor Dr Richard Jenkinson said: “Our line-up has something for everyone, including music from The Greatest Showman and Frozen, side by side with Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona and everyone’s favourite, Nessun Dorma.”

The orchestra will be joined on stage by three classically trained singers, including the soprano Claire Prewer, the tenor Anando Mukerjee and Nick Pilborough.

Councillor Liz Little, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure, said: “With its varied musical programme, the British Police Symphony Orchestra promises to take us on a musical journey at this year’s Lichfield Proms. The night will be a brilliant way to end the summer in style.

“Lichfield Proms is of course free entry and everyone is welcome to bring their chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the outdoor concert. However, for the best seats on the night, you can book a table in front of the stage. Our prime seating sells out fast, so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment.”

To book your prime seating, call the proms team on 01543 308869 or visit our online booking page and select ‘Lichfield Proms prime seating booking.

Lichfield Proms 2019 in sponsored by: BHB Architects, A Plan Insurance, Strongs Plastic Products, Allen Brown Jewellery, Wilcox Refinishers, Prizm Solutions, Friel Homes, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Premier Group, Beacon Street Garage, Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad, Blueprint Designs, The Best of Lichfield, Keelys Solicitors, Grosvenor Shutters, C Residential, Cosmetica and Secret Garden.

Lichfield BID, Lichfield City Council and Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust are also supporting Lichfield Proms through grant funding.

Main concert programme

First half

• Sunrise from Also Sprach Zarathustra – Richard Strauss
• Fledermaus – Johann Strauss
• Batman Suite – Danny Elfman
• The Greatest Showman – Joseph Trapanese and John Debney
Sung by Claire Prewer and Nick Pilborough
• Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci – Ruggero Leoncavallo
Sung by Anando Mukerjee
• Baba Yaga and Great Gate from Pictures at an Exhibition – Modest Mussorgsky

Second half

• Radio Days – David Howles
• Suite from Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
• Ebben! Ne andrò lontana from La Wally – Alfredo Catalani
Sung by Claire Prewer
• Nessun Dorma from Turandot – Giacomo Puccini
Sung by Anando Mukerjee
• Barcelona – Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran
Sung by Claire Prewer and Nick Pilborough
• Fantasia on British Sea Songs – Henry Wood
• Rule Britannia – Thomas Arne
Sung by Claire Prewer, Nick Pilborough and Anando Mukerjee
• Jerusalem – Hubert Parry
• Pomp and Circumstance no.1 (Land of Hope and Glory) – Edward Elgar

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Lichfield Proms 2019 sponsors launch 21st proms

Sponsors at Beacon Park waving flagsThe sponsors of this year’s Lichfield Proms congregated at Beacon Park on 27 June to officially launch the end of summer event.

2019’s Lichfield Proms is on Saturday 7 September, when thousands of people will gather in Beacon Park for a spectacular evening of entertainment.

Set to feature The British Police Symphony Orchestra, the City of Lichfield Concert Band, children’s entertainment and a fireworks finale, it is the night to end the summer in style.

Lichfield District Council organises the free outdoor concert every year, and is keen to thank all its sponsors and supporters for their contribution.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure, said: “Lichfield Proms is such a fantastic way to come together as a community and share a night of music, the beautiful surroundings of Beacon Park, picnics, flag waving and the firework finale. It is one of the highlights of the events calendar and is attended by thousands of people.

“We couldn’t stage Lichfield Proms without the support of local companies, organisations and individuals who sponsor it or support it with a grant. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you – we are very grateful for your help.”

2019’s Lichfield Proms sponsors are: BHB Architects, A Plan Insurance, Strongs Plastic Products, Allen Brown Jewellery, Wilcox Refinishers, Prizm Solutions, Friel Homes, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Premier Group, Beacon Street Garage, Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad, Blueprint Designs, The Best of Lichfield, Keelys Solicitors, Grosvenor Shutters, C Residential, Cosmetica and Secret Garden.

Lichfield BID, Lichfield City Council and Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust are supporting Lichfield Proms through grant funding.

“It’s not too late to sponsor the event, so if you are a small business and would like to support this huge community event, please get in touch with the team,” added Cllr Little.

To find out about sponsorship packages, email proms@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call George Beesley on 01543 308029.

To find out more about Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park, including how to book prime seating at tables in front of the stage, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lichfieldproms

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Sponsors sought to support Lichfield Proms

proms stage and crowd

Photo by Michelle Williams Photography

Lichfield District Council is calling for local businesses and organisations to sponsor its twenty-first Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.

Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is a free event for the whole family, and the council is urging local businesses to come forward to help raise the money needed to stage the end-of-summer concert.

This year’s Lichfield Proms is on Saturday 7 September, when thousands of people will gather in Beacon Park for a spectacular evening of entertainment.

Set to feature The British Police Symphony Orchestra and the City of Lichfield Concert Band, along with classically trained singers and a fireworks finale, it is the event to end the summer in style.

Sponsoring proms gives companies an unrivalled opportunity to promote their businesses to thousands of local people and visitors, while supporting a much-loved community event.

Sponsors can benefit from their logos appearing on posters, leaflets, the glossy programme, stories in the press, and website listing.

Lichfield Proms sponsors also get VIP seating and parking at the event. Sponsorship packages start at £250.

Richard King, Director of Place & Community for Lichfield District Council, said: “Lichfield Proms is enjoyed by thousands of people each year, and we couldn’t stage it without the generous support of local companies and organisations. Sponsoring Lichfield Proms is an excellent way to give something back to the local community, and we’re hoping plenty of businesses will come forward to sponsor the event.”

Businesses signed up to support this year’s event so far, include: Under Pressure, Beacon Street Garage, Blue Print Designs, Keelys Solicitors, Grosvenor Shutters, C residential and Secret Garden.

If you are interested in sponsoring Lichfield Proms, please visit our sponsorship page or email proms@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call 01543 308029

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Thousands enjoy patriotic Lichfield Proms

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Record numbers at this year’s anniversary proms

The sun shone and an estimated 15,000 people descended on Beacon Park on Saturday to enjoy the council’s twentieth Lichfield Proms.

Lichfield District Council’s free annual Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park took place on Saturday 1 September.

The end-of-summer event featured music from the City of Lichfield Concert Band and the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

The City of Lichfield Concert Band played as proms-goers found their spaces. This led up to the British Police Symphony Orchestra taking to the stage at 7.30pm. The 75-piece orchestra, conducted by Richard Jenkinson, was joined by experienced compere, Danny Mizon and the singers Claire Prewer and Anando Mukerjee.
 
The main music programme included music from La Bohème, Star Trek, Adagio from Spartacus, the Dambusters March, a World War One medley, Sea Songs and more.

The evening ended with everyone on their feet, waving their Union Flags to the proms anthems, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance No 1, to an extra special firework finale overhead.
 
Councillor Bob Awty, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “What a fantastic evening. We had record numbers, with thousands joining us to celebrate our twentieth year of Lichfield Proms. It was a joy to see everyone having such a great time, waving their flags, enjoying the music and the atmosphere.

“A big thank you must go to all the proms team who work so hard to organise Lichfield Proms, and to all the sponsors who help to support this spectacular event, and to the brilliant musicians for thoroughly entertaining us.”
 
Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 2018 was sponsored by: BHB Architects, Strongs Plastic Products Ltd, Friel Homes, Wilcox Refinishers, Prizm Solutions, Allen Brown Jewellery, Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce, The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad, Beacon Street Garage, The Best of Lichfield, The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, Keelys Solicitors, Movecorp, Blue Print Designs, Moseleys Solicitors, Secret Garden and Michelle Williams Photography.

The Staffordshire county councillors Janet Eagland, Colin Greatorex, Natasha Pullen and David Smith also supported Lichfield Proms through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund. Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust and Lichfield City Council supported the event through grant funding.

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Lichfield Proms 2018 musical programme

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BPSO on stage

There are plenty of musical treats in store for the audience at Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park on Saturday 1 September.

Festivities will start with children’s activities from 5.30pm, then the City of Lichfield Concert Band will warm up the audience from 6pm, and The British Police Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage at 7.30pm for the main concert.

The City of Lichfield Concert Band has a treat in store for movie lovers, as they will be playing a mixture of popular classical music, musical medleys, jazz, film scores and well known pop songs.

This will build up to the British Police Symphony Orchestra which is a 75-piece orchestra conducted by Richard Jenkinson, who will be joined on stage by experienced compere, PC Danny Mizon.

Together they will take concert-goers through the main programme on the night, which includes music from La Bohème, Star Trek, Adagio from Spartacus, the Dambusters March, a World War One medley, Sea Songs and more.

The evening will end with a fireworks finale and all the proms anthems, including Pomp and Circumstance No 1 and Jerusalem.

Richard Jenkinson, Music Director & Conductor of the British Police Symphony Orchestra, said: “Our line-up includes something for everyone, combining popular film and TV music, with Opera and rousing classical pieces that I know the audience will love. A highlight for me is the World War One medley, which includes The Last Post, Pack Up Your Troubles, and It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, which is very fitting as we mark the centenary of the end of the war.”

Claire

Claire

Anando

Anando

Lichfield District Council’s free annual proms will also feature the two singers, Claire Prewer and Anando Mukerjee.

Councillor Bob Awty, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “With top class music, picnicking under the stars in the beautiful surroundings of Beacon Park, and plenty of community cheer, our twentieth Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park promises to be a fantastic event for the whole family. We will be celebrating 20 years of proms so this year is very special and will have some extra surprises.”

Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 2018 is sponsored by: BHB Architects, Strongs Plastic Products Ltd, Friel Homes, Wilcox Refinishers, Prizm Solutions, Allen Brown Jewellery, Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce, The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad, Beacon Street Garage, The Best of Lichfield, The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, Keelys Solicitors, Movecorp, Blue Print Designs, Moseleys Solicitors, Secret Garden and Michelle Williams Photography.

The Staffordshire county councillors Janet Eagland, Colin Greatorex, Natasha Pullen and David Smith are supporting Lichfield Proms through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund. Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust and Lichfield City Council are also supporting the event through grant funding.

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Lichfield Proms 2018 sponsors gather in Beacon Park

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Our fabulous sponsors – we couldn’t do it without you!

The sponsors of this year’s Lichfield Proms congregated at Beacon Park on 11 July to officially launch the end of summer event.

2018’s Lichfield Proms is on Saturday 1 September, when thousands of people will gather in Beacon Park for a spectacular evening of entertainment. Set to feature The British Police Symphony Orchestra, the City of Lichfield Concert Band, children’s entertainment and a fireworks finale, it is the night to end the summer in style.

The free entry proms for the whole family is now in its twentieth year, so audience members can expect some special treats this time round.

Lichfield District Council organises the free outdoor concert every year, and is keen to thank all its sponsors and supporters for their contribution.

Councillor David Leytham, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “We’re all really looking forward to celebrating 20 years of Lichfield Proms on 1 September. It is one of the highlights of the events calendar, and is a chance to come together as a community and share in an evening of quality music and merry making.

“We couldn’t stage Lichfield Proms without the support of local companies, organisations and individuals who sponsor it or support it with a grant. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you – we are very grateful for your help.”

2018’s Lichfield Proms sponsors are: BHB Architects, Strongs Plastic Products Ltd, Friel Homes, Vantage Motor Group, Wilcox Refinishers, Prizm Solutions, Allen Brown Jewellery, Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Beacon Street Garage, The Best of Lichfield, The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, Keelys Solicitors, Movecorp, Blue Print Designs, Moseleys Solicitors, Secret Garden and the Staffordshire County Councillors Janet Eagland, Natasha Pullen and David Smith through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund. Lichfield City Council is also supporting Lichfield Proms through grant funding.

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Sponsors sign up for Lichfield Proms

An amazing night!

Nearly 20 sponsors have signed up so far to support this year’s Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park. However, more are needed to make Lichfield Proms’ twentieth even more spectacular.

Lichfield District Council is grateful to the sponsors who have already come forward to make sure its annual outdoor concert in Beacon Park can take place.

The council is still keen to hear from businesses who have been involved in the event over the past 20 years who are interested in helping to celebrate in style. 

Lyn Hammant, Lichfield Historic Parks Manager, said: “It would be amazing to welcome back previous supporters, to see and experience the fantastic event it has now become, so please do give me a call on 01543 308866.”

2018’s Lichfield Proms is on Saturday 1 September, when thousands of people from across the region will gather in Beacon Park for a stunning evening of entertainment.

The free entry event is set to feature The British Police Symphony Orchestra and the City of Lichfield Concert Band, along with classically trained singers and a fireworks finale.

Sponsoring proms gives companies an unrivalled opportunity to promote their businesses to thousands of local people and visitors, while supporting a much-loved community event.

Sponsors benefit from their logo appearing on posters, leaflets, in the glossy programme, stories in the press, and a listing on Lichfield Proms’ website.

Lichfield Proms commercial sponsors also get VIP seating and parking on the night. Sponsorship packages range from £250 and up.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “A huge thank you to all our sponsors so far – without you we couldn’t offer Lichfield Proms each year and keep it free entry.

“We are now seeking more sponsors and hope local and regional companies will come forward and get involved. It’s such a brilliant night and this year’s event is set to be extra special as we celebrate 20 years of Lichfield Proms. So, do get involved and help us end the summer in style.”

2018’s Lichfield Proms sponsors so far include: Keelys Solicitors, Allen Brown Jewellery, Moseleys Solicitors, Strongs Plastic Products Ltd, Vantage Motor Group, Beacon Street Garage, Secret Garden, Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Friel, Blue Print Designs, Wilcox Refinishers, Prizm Solutions, Movecorp, and the Staffordshire County Councillors Janet Eagland, David Smith and Natasha Pullen through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund. Lichfield City Council is also supporting Lichfield Proms through grant funding.

If you are interested in sponsoring Lichfield Proms, please email proms@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call 01543 308866.

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Council seeks sponsors for Lichfield Proms

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Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park attracts thousands of local people

Lichfield District Council is calling for local businesses and organisations to sponsor its twentieth Lichfield Proms Beacon Park.

Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is a free event for the whole family, and the council is urging local businesses to come forward to help raise the money needed to stage the end-of-summer concert.

This year’s event is on Saturday 1 September, when thousands of locals will gather in Beacon Park for a spectacular evening of entertainment.

Set to feature The British Police Symphony Orchestra and the City of Lichfield Concert Band, along with classically trained singers and a fireworks finale, it is the event to end the summer in style.

Sponsoring proms gives companies an unrivalled opportunity to promote their businesses to thousands of local people and visitors, while supporting a much-loved community event.

Sponsors can benefit from their logos appearing on posters, leaflets, the glossy programme, stories in the press, and a listing on Lichfield Proms’ website.

Lichfield Proms sponsors also get VIP seating and parking at the event. Sponsorship packages range from £250 and up.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “Lichfield Proms is such a wonderful evening that’s enjoyed by thousands, and we could not stage it without the generous support of local companies and organisations. This year is set to be extra special as we’re celebrating 20 years of this fantastic event. Sponsoring Lichfield Proms is an excellent way to give something back to the local community, and we’re hoping plenty of businesses will get in touch with us to find out more.”

If you are interested in sponsoring Lichfield Proms, please email proms@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call 01543 308866.

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