THE WORLD premiere of a new choral work by award-winning British composer Gabriel Jackson will be the centrepiece of a concert at Durham Cathedral.

The City of London Sinfonia, under the baton of Stephen Layton, will unveil the specially-commissioned work Countless and Wonderful are the Ways to Praise God, at Durham Cathedral, at 7.30pm on Friday (May, 3).

The concert is the first of ten staged at cathedrals as part of the orchestra's Faure Requiem tour and gives Durham Cathedral choir the chance to sing under one of the world's leading choral directors.

The concert programme starts with works by Thomas Tallis’s including Salvator Mundi - a motet he wrote in tribute to Queen Elizabeth I - and Why Fum'th in Fight,

The sinfonia will also perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' homage, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

Durham Cathedral sub-organist Francesca Massey will play Francis Polenc's grand Organ Concerto, with the concert rounded off by Faure's Requiem.

Adding an unusual twist to the event is the opportunity for people to support the City of London Sinfonia's crowdfunding campaign - Gabriel's Angels - by donating towards the new commission.

For details visit

Tickets are £22, £20 and £15 (limited view). To book, call the box office on 0191-332-4041 or visit