Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is enjoyed by thousands

The rousing firework finale to Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.
Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

Music lovers gathered in their thousands on Saturday to enjoy Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.

The free annual event, one of the most popular in the district’s calendar, delivered a musical extravaganza – a sensory feast for the groups of families and friends to savour with their picnics.

The end-of-summer concert, which attracted an estimated 12,000 people, featured performances from the City of Lichfield Concert Band and the British Police Symphony Orchestra and was compered by Danny Mizon.

The City of Lichfield Concert Band played a mixture of popular classical music, medleys, film scores and pop tunes as concert-goers arrived and settled themselves.

The British Police Symphony Orchestra then took to the stage conducted by Richard Jenkinson with featured performances by singers Claire Prewer and Anando Mukerjee.

Despite predictions of rain it remained dry in Beacon Park for the programme which included the Neopolitan song Core n’grato, the Star Wars Suite and Nessun Dorma from Turandot.

The rousing finale saw everyone on their feet waving their flags to the anthems Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp & Circumstance (Land of Hope and Glory) and they were treated to a spectacular fireworks display.

Richard Jenkinson, who conducted The British Police Symphony Orchestra, said:

“The audience was, as usual, incredibly warm and generous and I hope that they enjoyed the evening as much as we did.

“On a musical level it was a real delight to perform such a varied mix of eclectic pieces.”

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Andy Smith attended and said:

“I am delighted Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park was again, such a success, and that so many people enjoyed it.

“I would like to thank the Parks and Leisure teams at the council for all their hard work in organising the event, the musicians who provided such fabulous entertainment and everyone who helped to clean up afterwards.”

Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 2022 was sponsored by: BHB Architects, Strongs Plastic Products Ltd, Prizm Solutions, Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Morespece4U, Zest Education, Tenet Mortgage Solutions, Grasmere Garden Centre, In-Form Solutions, RHP Computer Solutions, Beacon Street Garage, Wilcox Refinishers, Blueprint Designs, The Best of Lichfield, GXO Recruitment, C residential, Keelys Solicitors, Morrison’s and Ivison The Lichfield Florist.

Lichfield City Council and Swinfen Broun Trust also supported the event together with county councillors Richard Cox, Janet Eagland, Colin Greatorex, Janice Silvester-Hall and David Smith who supported Lichfield Proms through their Staffordshire County Council 2022 Community Fund allocation.

Published: 6 September 2022