SOUTH Bank Singers are presenting an evening of contemporary choral music on March 17 at the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York.

Conducted by Christopher O'Gorman, the 7.30pm programme varies from a gorgeous setting of Eric Whitacre’s I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day to Jonathan Dove’s The Passing Of The Year, complemented by settings of poems by William Blake, Emily Dickinson, George Peele, Thomas Nash and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

"Jonathan Dove is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music, and his writing for choral forces is charged with intensity and beauty," says South Bank Singers' Caroline Lewis. "The Passing Of The Year is dedicated to the memory of his mother and sets seven texts with moving directness and a beguiling sense of the seasons passing."

Among the other works will be Morten Lauridsen's Mid Winter Songs and Gabriel Jackson's To Morning. Entry is free but look out for the collection plate in aid of SASH, the charity that seeks to help the homeless in York.