21st Lichfield Proms goes off with a bang

photo of orchestra on stage

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.