LICHFIELD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES GUEST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR 2018
7-15 July 2017
Lichfield Festival has named Damian Thantrey as Guest Artistic Director for the 2018 Festival. The Midlands’ premier multi-arts festival announced that he will take over the reins from Sonia Stevenson, currently in her third year as Artistic Director, during her maternity break.
Born in Burton-on-Trent, Damian trained first as a lawyer before becoming a professional singer appearing on stages around the world. More recently he has also moved into producing, and runs his own festival in the Northamptonshire village of Hargrave.
Damian Thantrey has produced several shows for Lichfield including the Mozart operas The Magic Flute in 2015 and last year’s Così fan tutte in which he also sang the role of Guglielmo. This year, he will produce a celebration of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers with a cast of West End soloists and talented musicians from Chethams Music School, co-commissioned with Cheltenham Festival.
Speaking about the role, Damian Thantrey said, "I'm delighted to be appointed guest Artistic Director and am very much looking forward to planning next year's Festival. Being involved in a small way over the last three years has shown me the huge commitment, hard work and support that goes on behind the scenes and enables the Lichfield Festival to thrive; I will endeavour to match that with my own efforts for 2018!"
This year’s Lichfield Festival runs from 7-15 July and is one of the most eclectic multi-arts festivals in the UK. Among the first artists to be announced are The Hallé Orchestra, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, comedian Rich Hall, world-famous gospel ensemble Black Voices, and The Sixteen, as well as events celebrating the anniversaries of Jane Austen and Lichfield’s own David Garrick. Add to that, literary events, drama, film, dance, poetry, family shows and a packed Festival Market, for this summer’s hottest ticket. Early bird tickets for Rich Hall and The Sixteen are on sale on 6 March from www.lichfieldfestival.org with full Festival details announced and booking from late March.