HUNDREDS of people are expected tonight to gather for an interfaith musical ensemble Space for Peace to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a candle-lit vigil at Winchester Cathedral.

Supported by the University of Winchester’s Foundation Music department, 180 performers from choirs, schools and faith groups come together to sing and pray for peace.

Space for Peace was devised by Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman, Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester.

The project brings together local musicians from different cultures and religions and has performed at the cathedral for the past four years, attracting audiences of up to 400 people.

Dr Vicky Feldwick, Director of Foundation Music, said: “Group performances will be held in the chapels around the Cathedral, allowing the sounds to merge and shift together. The evening will close with a candlelit peace procession.

“It will be a unique experience and one where peace can be encountered. If you are wondering if peace is ever possible, come along and see how music can bring us all together and yet celebrate the differences.”

Rev Prof Boyce-Tillman has arranged peace chants to be sung at the beginning and end of the Holocaust Memorial Day vigil. Additionally, there are multi-faith prayers and the lighting of candles representing peace.

Space for Peace takes place from 7pm to 9pm. Admission is free. A retiring collection will be taken.