SHE is the singer who took the world by storm with songs like The Closest Thing to Crazy and Nine Billion Bicycles.

But after fulfilling a six-album recording contract she signed as a teenager with their composer Wombles creator Mike Batt, Katie Melua seemed to pull away from her recording career.

The good news is the 33-year-old singer is back - with an extensive European tour for winter 2018, including a date at Bournemouth Pavilion on November 28.

Katie will be joined by a cast of stellar musicians, as well as members of Gori Women’s Choir who featured on the silver-certified 2016 album ‘In Winter’. ‘In Winter’ was recorded in Georgia, and commanded some of the finest reviews of her career with the Sunday Times describing it as "bewitching…ravishing…spellbinding" and the Independent as “exquisite” and “remarkable." The associated 2016 tour, which saw Katie and the choir undertake 28 performances across 8 countries received universal acclaim from music critics and audiences alike.

Next winter will see another expansive set of live performances, which will include songs from ‘In Winter’ alongside brand new recordings and catalogue classics adapted for the stage.

The announcement follows the release of the 2xCD Special Edition of In Winter, which includes the BBC Children in Need 2017 single Fields Of Gold. The second disc, recorded at Admiralspalast, Berlin, includes live renditions of the entire In Winter album, as well as new choral arrangements of hits such as Closest Thing To Crazy, Nine Million Bicycles and I Cried For You performed with the Gori Women’s Choir.

Born in the Georgian city of Kutaisi, Katie and her family emigrated to Belfast when she was 9 years old. She has released seven studio albums to date and is one of the UK’s highest-selling female recording artists of all time.