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Lichfield & Tamworth Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber Patrons


Contact: Marilyn Castree T: 0845 603 6650


TV dancing duo to headline festival


Two of the stars of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing will be performing their own story at this year’s Lichfield Festival, which takes place in July. The dance duo are husband and wife team


Neil and Katya Jones, whose show, Somnium – A Dancer’s Dream, has been designed exclusively for the festival. The show is based on the lives of the pair, and


will be performed at Lichfield Cathedral on 5 July. The couple are British national dancing


champions, and both have starred in Strictly – Katya was partnered by politician Ed Balls in one of the shows’ most famous pairings. Other performers at this year’s festival include


Ballet Cymru, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Jazz Orchestra. There will also be six ‘artists in residence’ –


Danny Driver (piano), the Carducci Quartet, Matthew Hunt (clarinet) Joo Yeon Sir (violin), Jessica Walker (voice) and Joseph Atkins (piano) – who will be performing individually and collectively throughout the whole festival. Also featuring during the whole festival is the theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’, which will take


Showcasing a


vision of the future Lichfield-based consultancy Giosprite is launching an interactive demonstration suite to help local authorities visualise what the towns and cities of the future could look like. A multi-media display will demonstrate


how ‘smart city’ networks can be used to incorporate such services as transport, waste management and tourism. The demonstration suite will feature an


illustrated cityscape depicting interactive bus stop displays and signage, smart car parking functionality, street waste collection, noise and air pollution monitoring, a High Street shopping area and a visitor attraction. This new digital facility will give council


leaders an opportunity to learn how technology can make cities more sustainable, as well as helping towns and cities become better places to live, work and visit. Giosprite CEO Nick Wilcox said: “We


understand it can be challenging for local authorities to visualise a fully integrated, affordable system so our new demonstration suite will give decision makers the opportunity to see these technologies in action and visualise how smart city concepts can become working realities for everyone.”


34 CHAMBERLINK May 2018 All electric: Jeff Longley and Christopher Pincher go for a drive in an electric car Local MP takes electric ride


Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher has experienced a taste of the ‘green’ future, by visiting leading electrical business Mr. Electric. Following on from the news that Mr Electric


was among the first to obtain Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) accreditation, Mr Pincher was given a tour of the business by company director Jeff Longley. The MP said: “It was great to see Mr Electric, a


local firm, being supported to promote such vital, forward thinking work. Electric vehicles have the ability to revolutionise travel; making the roads quieter, the air cleaner, and creating a more pleasant environment for our children. “The statistics show that more electric cars are


coming on the roads so it’s important that our infrastructure keeps up.


“I would also like to encourage anybody to


have a ride in an electric car if you get the opportunity. I was very surprised by their power and speed – obviously within keeping of the local speed limit.” Mr Longley said: “It was great to welcome our


local MP to our premises in Tamworth and to have the opportunity to show him how we are helping our customers across the West Midlands to both install and apply for grants for EV charging points at their home or workplace. “We really appreciate all the interest and input


we attain from the Government and hope this will encourage many more people and businesses to switch to electric and reap the economic and environment benefits that EVs brings.”


a look at female pioneers, famous and forgotten names, and also events inspired by the women’s suffrage movement, such as the Malachites Theatre Company’s reworking of The Taming of the Shrew. Also appearing will be Judith Weir, the first


female Master of the Queen’s Music, who will discuss her life and career. The festival runs from 4-14 July and the first


event will be Trench Brothers, a reminder of the contribution made by ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War, staged in an outdoor setting at the National Memorial Arboretum. The festival’s guest artistic director, Damian


Thantrey, said: “It has been a great privilege to be entrusted with the artistic planning of this year’s 37th Lichfield Festival. We’re particularly delighted to have woven into the festival a season of events to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, which will celebrate the craft of female writers, artists and composers.” Lichfield Chamber director Marilyn Castree


said: “Lichfield Festival is big in the city and is very well supported by Lichfield businesses and others across the area.”


Let’s dance: the Lichfield Festival will feature Neil and Katya Jones’ Somnium show


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