THE Langcliffe Singers will open its 2017-18 season with a Christmas concert starting at 7.30pm on Saturday in Settle Parish Church.

They will begin the concert with a performance of Bach's Magnificat in D. This musical setting of the biblical canticle Magnificat is one of Bach's most popular choral works.

The programme will also include On Christmas Night by Bob Chilcott, a musical celebration of the Christmas story, presented as a sequence of eight original carols.

Several well-known carol tunes are woven into Chilcott's own beautiful, melodic settings, combining tradition with invention and encompassing an array of styles and moods.

The carols are intended to be interspersed with readings suggested by Chilcott, and these will be included in this performance.

Soloists and readers for the Bach and the Chilcott will come from within the choir.

Completing the programme will be The Lamb by John Tavener, a seasonal choral favourite.

It is a setting to music of the William Blake poem The Lamb from his collection of poems Songs of Innocence, and is one of Taverner's best known works.

The concert will be conducted by the choir's musical director Nigel Waugh and accompanied by organist Alistair McKenzie.

Tickets are available from Cave and Crag, Bentham Post Office and Skipton Camera Centre, and on the door.