TEIGNMOUTH’S budding youth choir, which boasts about 30 members, is hard at work preparing for its first ever public performance... and what better stage than the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

With singers from at least half a dozen local schools, Teignmouth Youth Choir has gone from strength to strength since forming in September and is now ready to show their achievements in public.

On Saturday, November 24, at 3.45pm, the choir is to perform at the Teignmouth Christmas Lights Switch On, on The Triangle.

‘We are so excited to have this opportunity to perform and will be accompanied on the keyboard by the talented local, young pianist, Jack Rodwell’ said the choir’s musical director, Ilana Jacobs

‘It’s just wonderful to see and hear all these young people enjoying singing and working so hard together - sometimes in unison, sometimes in harmony, but always with a smile!.

‘Our rehearsals are just 45 minutes long and we only have four left before our first public performance.

‘We still have some work to do with our harmonies but I’m confident this talented group of young people will pull it out the bag and put on a great show.’

As well as being the choir’s first performance, the concert will be special for another reason because it will serve as a colabortion.

At the end of their set, the new choir will be joined on stage by members of The Rowcroft Hospice Choir, for a rousing finale.

The choir will also be singing for residents of a local care home in December and hope to bring them extra warmth and Christmas cheer.

There is still time for young people to join the choir, which caters for seven to 16 year olds, and perform with them - email [email protected] for details