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A RARE opportunity has arisen to hear the Winchester-based Band and Bugles of the Rifles perform at Winchester Cathedral.

They will be joined by the Luard Trio, a group of classically trained singers, in a celebration of British music at a concert on Saturday, April 26 at 7.30pm.

The occasion will raise funds for the Friends’ Windows Appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £800,000 towards the conservation of the medieval glass in the Presbytery of the cathedral, which needs urgent work.

Since last February, £550,000 has been raised.

Major Lawrence Sale said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the band to perform within the local community and engage with a worthwhile charity.

Tickets are available from the cathedral box office priced £25, £18 and £10.

There is an opportunity to meet the Band and Bugles of the Rifles at a preconcert reception for £30 (including a topprice ticket).

Call 01962 857275 or go to winchester- cathedral.

org.uk.