KATIE Melua will play a winter concert at York Barbican on December 12, but next winter, not this one.

The Georgian singer and songwriter, 33, has announced 13 British dates for next December with York as the only Yorkshire destination.

Born in the Georgian city of Kutaisi, Melua and her family emigrated to Belfast when she was nine years old and then moved to London in 1999, but she has returned to her roots to work with the Gori Women’s Choir, exponents of the ancient Georgian tradition of polyphonic singing.

They joined Melua for the Georgian recording sessions for her silver-certified 2016 Christmas album, In Winter, also accompanying her for 28 concerts spread across eight countries last year. Next winter, they will reunite for concerts that will complement songs from In Winter with new recordings and songs from Melua's repertoire adapted for the stage, performed by Melua, choir members and "a cast of stellar musicians".

The tour announcement follows the release of a double-disc special edition of In Winter that incorporates Melua's BBC Children in Need 2017 single Fields Of Gold. The second disc, recorded at Admiralspalast, Berlin, features live renditions of the entire In Winter album, plus new choral arrangements of Melua's hits Closest Thing To Crazy, Nine Million Bicycles and I Cried For You, performed with the Gori Women’s Choir.

Melua last played York Barbican in March 2004. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday from 10am at yorkbarbican.co.uk, on 0844 854 2757, in person from the Barbican box office or at gigst.rs/KM.