A CHARITY dedicated to easing the plight of asylum seekers has joined one of Winchester’s leading choirs for a fundraising concert with a regal theme.

Southern Voices will be exploring four centuries of music composed for royal occasions at St Michael’s Church in Winchester on Saturday March 15 in aid of Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG).  All proceeds will support the charity’s work with asylum seekers and refugees.

Conducted by Katherine Dienes-Williams and accompanied by Paul Provost, sub-organist of Guildford Cathedral, the performance will include Handel’s rousing anthem Zadok the Priest, William Walton’s Te Deum, written for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and music by John Rutter and Paul Mealor commissioned for the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Tickets for the March 15 concert, which begins at 7.30pm, are £14 and are available from choir members or by contacting SWVG direct: email secretary@swvg-refugees.org.uk or telephone 07503 176350.