One of Mozart’s best-known works is to be performed by a 50-strong German choir during a visit to the county next month.
The group, known as Semiseria, is from Durham’s partner area of Tübingen and will perform Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor at Durham Cathedral on Saturday, 4 November.
Members of the Cobweb Orchestra will accompany the choir alongside the County Durham Youth Orchestra for the concert, which aims to strengthen the well-established links between the two areas.
The mixed-voice choir, which has played in countries including France, Poland and Argentina, made the decision to perform Requiem in D Minor as November 2 is All Souls’ Day, when Christians traditionally honour the memory of the dead.
Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: “We are delighted to welcome Semiseria to Durham for this joint performance with local musicians.
“The event is just one example of the strong relationship between Durham and Tübingen and we are keen to continue this long into the future.”
The partnership between Tübingen and County Durham was officially established in 1969 and other upcoming events include a photography exhibition in the Pemberton Rooms in Palace Green over the same weekend.
Next year, further musical events are planned when St John’s School orchestra visits Tübingen in July and the Durham Singers take part in Bachfest in September.
Tickets for the event cost between £6 and £10 and can be bought by visiting www.galadurham.co.uk or calling the box office on 03000 266 600.