Mums in harmony
PUBLISHED: 10:15 19 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:44 19 May 2014
When Camilla Webster moved back to Norfolk from London with her daughter Clara, she wanted to a create a new mother and baby club where mum comes first. So two months ago she launched Harmummies - Norwich's latest choir - and now they are preparing for their first public performance.
When Camilla Webster moved back to Norfolk from London with her daughter Clara, she wanted to a create a new mother and baby club where mum comes first. So two months ago she launched Harmummies – Norwich’s latest choir – and now they are preparing for their first public performance.
“When I was on maternity leave, I loved being with Clara, but it struck me that all of the activities were baby-orientated, like yoga, gym and massage. So I decided to flip it on its head and start a choir for mums during the day where the babies could also come along too,” she says.
The choir is proving so popular that Camilla is running a trial second session. “When I first started, there were about eight of us, mostly friends of friends. I brought along rugs, books and toys for the little ones and it has just grown from there. I have 15 mums already and have been asked if there are more spaces, so we are hoping to start another class as well. Choirs are incredibly popular at the moment, although I think we are more Glee than classical,” says Camilla who lives in Norwich with two-year-old Clara.
“Singing can make you feel so fantastic. It is great for your confidence, you are learning a new skill and also you meet other mums.”
Camilla, who worked as a primary school teacher specialising in music, says that anyone is welcome, no matter what their experience or ability. “We don’t use sheet music, we do everything by ear so there is no need to worry if you don’t have a musical background.”
The choir meets every Wednesday morning at The Wharf on Oak Street, in Norwich, and every session ends with a vintage tea party, all served on Camilla’s mother’s vintage china.
“Although we all love the singing, of course it is a great social thing as well, and the opportunity to have a chat and a cake afterwards is part of all the fun,” she laughs.
For more information, see facebook.com/harmummies or email firstname.lastname@example.org.