SETTLE-based singing group Octameron is preparing for a busy festive season, appearing in three concerts in December.

The first of these takes the group out of the Craven area and into Lancashire, where they will join with the Promenade Concert Orchestra of Morecambe under the baton of former Settle Orchestra conductor Howard Rogerson for a concert of railway favourites and seasonal sparkling melodies.

This concert, which takes place this Sunday, commemorates the opening of the Midland Railway Company's Promenade Station in Morecambe in 1907, and its transformation 90 years later into The Platform, a venue for great entertainment in the community.

The programme will include both railway-themed and seasonal pieces by well-known light music composers, and in addition to Octameron will feature songs performed by Valerie Baulard, and carols with audience participation.

This Sunday's concert at The Platform in Morecambe starts at 3pm.

The following weekend, on Saturday, December 9, Octameron will be singing in the community carol concert at Settle Parish Church, along with many other musical groups based in the town. The concert starts at 6.30pm.

To complete their festive season, Octameron will be performing a 45-minute concert of Christmas songs at The Folly in Settle at 2.30pm on Saturday, December 16.

The programme will include a mix of seasonal songs, from Gabrieli to Irving Berlin.

Refreshments will include mulled wine and mince pies.

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