A CONCERT at Worcester Cathedral will put a real spring in the step of our music-loving readers, especially as they have the opportunity to enter a competition and win free tickets.

The Evesham Journal and Worcester Festival Choral Society have joined forces to offer six pairs of tickets, plus free colour concert programmes, for a major Spring Classical Concert which has all the hallmarks of a real classic.

Worcester Cathedral's director of music, Dr Peter Nardone himself will be the conductor for a stirring rendition of the Brahms Requiem and Dvorák's Slavonic Dances.

A spokesman said: "A major spring classical concert will come to Worcester Cathedral, featuring one of the world's best-loved orchestral dance suites and an exquisitely moving choral requiem.

"The 150 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society will be performing Johannes Brahms's passionate Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) at the concert.

"The well-known work, which was thought to have been inspired by the death of Brahms’s mother, has been described as the most comforting requiem ever written. Appearing as the Requiem’s soloists will be internationally acclaimed soprano Helen Neeves, and baritone Andrew Davies. "

The spokesman added: "The concert also features a feast of orchestral folk dances that will really get the feet tapping. The eight, lively Slavonic Dances (Op.46) by Czech composer Antonin Dvo?ák will be performed by the 40-strong Meridian Sinfonia orchestra and are among the composer’s most popular works."

Ben Cooper, Chairman of Worcester Festival Choral Society, said: “People often ask why I sing, and the answer is Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem - it’s so full of colour, emotion, and passion. And the Slavonic Dances are a real treat for any music lover. We’re looking forward to a packed cathedral."

The date for the diary is Saturday March 25, from 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Worcester Live Box Office, on 01905 611427.

But six pairs are tickets are up for grabs, and each winner will also get a colour concert programme.

Each prize is worth a grand total of £43.

To enter, simply answer the following question: "Who is Worcester Cathedral's Director of Music?"

Entries should be sent to the Worcester News no later than Friday, March 17, by emailing the answer to: competitions@worcesternews.co.uk

The phrase "Choral Competition" should be in the email's heading.

Entries can also be by post, of course, and these should be sent to the Entertainments Editor, Gary Bills-Geddes, at The Worcester News, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JX.

The six winners will be the first six names drawn from a hat, and our decision will be final.