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Classical Music Under The Stars As The Proms Return
Don't worry if you've never managed to obtain prized tickets for the Last Night of the Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall.

For classical music lovers in the Midlands have the chance to enjoy their very own Proms this Saturday, September 5, in the historic cathedral city of Lichfield.

Lichfield Proms, Beacon Park
Packed crowds enjoying last year's Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park

Now in its 17th year, this free family event brings thousands of people together from across the region to enjoy an evening of classical music, picnicking and fireworks in the delightful surroundings of Lichfield's Beacon Park.

This year's Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park concert will feature music from the City of Lichfield Concert Band and The British Police Symphony Orchestra.

Lichfield Proms, Beacon Park, Claire Prewer, Jane Stevenson, Lynne Lindner
Singers Claire Prewer, Jane Stevenson and Lynne Lindner in action last year

There will also be solos from singers Claire Prewer, Jane Stevenson and Richard Coxon.

And the night will be brought to a thunderous climax with a fireworks display and rousing proms anthems including Land of Hope and Glory.

The event will also feature activities for children, food and drink stalls and a proms shop, where concert-goers can stock up on their patriotic Union flags and hats.

Lichfield Festival, Beacon Park
Face-painting among the children's activities

Children's activities get underway in Beacon Park from 5.30pm, with the music programme starting at 6pm, followed by the main concert from 7.30pm.

Since the first concert in 1998, Lichfield Proms has grown from strength to strength, establishing itself as an eagerly anticipated date in the city's calendar.

Lichfield Proms, Beacon Park
Members of the audience enjoying Lichfield Proms

Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Parks, Coun Andy Smith, said: "Lichfield Proms is a fantastic way to celebrate the end of the summer in style. The event is only possible thanks to the generosity of the local businesses and organisations that are backing this ever popular event, and we thank them for all their support."

The Lichfield Proms is a free event, with everyone welcome to bring their own seating and picnic blankets.

Lichfield Proms, Beacon Park, fireworks
Fireworks help bring last year's event to a rousing climax

However, for a charge of 12.50, music lovers can book prime seats in front of the stage. These seats can be bought in groups of four.

To reserve a table in the prime seating area, please call Lichfield District Council on 01543 308775 or email

Parking will be available on the night at Beacon Park for a donation of 5, which includes a Lichfield Proms programme.
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Why? A Musical Must For Lovers Of Classical Tunes
When: Saturday 5 September 2015
Phone: 01543 308775
Where: Beacon Park, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6QZ
Cost: Free, but prime seats cost 12.50
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