Thousands enjoy patriotic Lichfield Proms

Richard Jenkinson conducting BPSO

Richard Jenkinson conducting BPSO

The sun shone and thousands of people descended on Beacon Park on Saturday to enjoy Lichfield Proms.

Lichfield District Council’s free annual Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park took place on Saturday 2 September.

The end-of-summer event featured rides and bouncy fun for children, as well as music from the City of Lichfield Concert Band and the main concert, performed by the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

The City of Lichfield Concert Band played as proms-goers found their spaces. Their programme included music from Beauty and the Beast, How to Train Your Dragon, a Disneyland celebration, a James Bond medley and many more popular classics.

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.

Together they took the crowd through the main programme, playing music from Madame Butterfly, Romeo and Juliet, Dances with Wolves, Lawrence of Arabia, The Lord of the Rings, The Magnificent Seven as well as 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 a firework finale overhead.

Councillor Mark Warfield, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “The evening was a tremendous success, with thousands of people coming together to enjoy a superb evening of good music in the beautiful surroundings of Beacon Park.

“The musical line-up had something for everyone, combining popular film and TV soundtracks with some exciting not so well known pieces.

“The audience clapped and cheered, waved their flags and sang in all the right places, and seemed to have a thoroughly good time.

“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.”

Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park was sponsored by: Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad, Four Oaks Plumbing and Heating Ltd, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Friels Homes, Allen Brown Jewellery, Strong Plastic Products Ltd, Wilcox Refinishers, Beacon Street Garage, Blue Print Designs, Grosvenor Shutters, Keelys Solicitors, Moseleys Solicitors, Secret Garden, Young Ideas and Staffordshire County Councillors Janet Eagland, David Smith, Natasha Pullen and Colin Greatorex – through Staffordshire Local Community Fund.

Lichfield City Council and Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust also contributed to Lichfield Proms through grant funding.

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