TICKETS to a candlelit piano performance to fund Salisbury Cathedral's choristers have gone on sale.

Director of music David Halls will join Alistair Watson, a concert pianist and member of the cathedral choir, to perform a series of duets in the cathedral's North Transept on Friday, February 16.

At the heart of the evening’s entertainment will be Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor, one of his most important piano works.

Composed in 1828 and finished shortly before Schubert died, the duet is dedicated to his pupil, the Hungarian countess, Caroline Esterházy, who was both a friend and his muse.

Salisbury Journal: The duets will be performed in Salisbury Cathedral's North Transept.The duets will be performed in Salisbury Cathedral's North Transept. (Image: Dominic Parkes)

Other late C19 and early C20 masterworks on the programme include Debussy's Petite Suite and York Bowen's Suite in Three Movements, providing many contrasting moments of virtuosity and tranquillity.

Bowen’s Suite was voted the ‘best pianoforte duet by a British composer’ in a competition organised by the Musical Opinion magazine in 1919.

Also on the programme are two famous dances by Brahms and Dvorak and lighter pieces such as Thomas Johnson’s engaging Rumba and works by William Walton.

Tickets cost £15 for adults and £7 for children and are available on the Cathedral website.

Doors open at 8pm and the performance will begin at 8.30pm.