A CHORAL event at Winchester Cathedral to promote peace is being held next Wednesday (January 27).

Organised by the city's university, it aims to bring together several choirs and a host of musical styles from across the globe.

Professor June Boyce-Tillman will lead the interfaith event, and it follows on from a similar concert at the cathedral in early 2009.

The performers will tackle a range of motets, hymns, religious songs, chants and music from other alternative faiths.

The audience will be able to join in with the singing, with choirs dotted all around the interior of the historic landmark.

Prof Boyce-Tillman said: "My experience of pieces involving choice of this kind is that people become very sensitive to their surroundings and to one another.

"It is envisaged that the overall effect would include sound and silence. Some of the soundscapes will be very complex as a number of pieces are performed simultaneously in various areas of the cathedral and sometimes it will be quite simple with only one piece being performed."

The concert takes place from 7 to 9pm. Entry is free, but there will be a collection for St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London.

For more details contact the university on 01962 827466 or e-mail foundation.music@Winchester.ac.uk.