THE University of York Choir and Symphony Orchestra perform Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at York Minster on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

"The final concert of the season also marks the centenary of the end of the First World War with Britten's searing non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass, commissioned for the 1962 consecration of Coventry Cathedral, re-built after its destruction in the Second World War," says conductor Peter Seymour.

The traditional Latin mass text is interspersed with settings of poems by First World War poet Wilfred Owen for a work where three soloists are joined by chorus, boys' choir, organ and both a full orchestra and a chamber one.

"The latter provides intimate accompaniment to the settings of Owen's poetry, here sung by English tenor James Gilchrist and German baritone Stephan Loges. Full orchestra is used for the Latin text sung by soprano Catrin Woodruff, a University of York alumna, and choirs. All forces come together for the devastating finale."

Tickets are on sale at £5 (students) to £25 on 01904 322439.