LANCASTER and District Choral Society is to stage its most ambitious concert in years next weekend.

The choir will be conducted by John Perrin and joined by a host of guests as it performs Verdi's Requiem in The Ashton Hall next Saturday, May 19.

The dramatic choral work has not been performed in the city for 34 years, when the society was joined by a choir from Ulverston.

This time, singers from choirs and groups from all over Lancashire and Cumbria will swell the numbers to around 130 voices and an orchestra of 50 musicians.

A new arrangement of staged seating will be in place for the evening in a bid to convert the Ashton Hall into a more authentic concert venue and accommodate the larger than usual number of singers and instrument-alists.

Joining the choir will be soloists Helena Leonard (soprano) Tamsin Dalley (mezzo-soprano) and Terence Robertson (tenor), while bass-baritone Anthony Cun-ningham, who has sung with the choir on several occasions, and makes a welcome return.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 (£11 at the door) from 01524-791634.