Tonbridge Baptist Church : Fridays 10-11.30 : BOOK HERE
We invite women at all ages and stages who would need the healing power of music and community in their life.
Why do we sing?
Because it feels good! And there’s science behind it...
Studies have found that group singing
-eases postpartum depression
-reduces stress hormones
Music making exercises the brain and body. It improves breathing, posture and muscle tension.
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We welcome tiny babies and children at our class, but this is a rare group that is focussed on women’s wellbeing. The little ones who witness their mum joyfully singing soak up the magic, and sometimes join in too.
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We start with a simple warm up and then sing uplifting songs from all over the world!
We create beautiful sounds and layer up our voices in harmony.
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Singing Mamas Choir is all about escaping from your daily stresses and feeling connected, so your session will always begin with a short meditation.To prepare for singing we warm up our voices with some vocal exercises, to relax the body and stretch the vocal chords. And then we sing! I will teach songs by ear (no word or music sheets are needed)
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Singing Mamas Choir has proven again and again that all people have their own unique singing voice to be revealed. Have you ever wondered how you can sing quite well in the shower or in the car when nobody is listening but as soon as you open your mouth to sing with others you FREEZE and a strange noise comes out?
In no time at all you will find out just how to let go of all that holds you back and sing for joy with freedom!
I’m so worried that if I come I’ll be put on the spot. Is it better that I don’t risk it?
You will never never never be put on the spot to sing alone or asked to demonstrate your part unless you have made it very clear that this is something you are comfortable with or would like to try.
I’m an experienced singer and I can read music is Singing Mamas still for me?
Yes. Definitely. You certainly won’t be bored, if you are new to learning by heart, this might be a challenge you will enjoy. You’ll soon learn that there is no ‘wrong’ and your choir leader can also challenge you with more complicated parts if you desire
I don’t have children, can I still come along?
Please do! We have plenty of women who come who are not mothers, are mothers-to- be, or who’s children are at school or even older. We’ve even had grandmothers and child-minders. Some women who are mothers prefer to come without their children which is also fine.
I do have children but I want to come without them, is that ok?
Of course. some women adore to bring their wee one for the special time together, others prefer to have the singing time totally for them! or a mixture of is also totally fine. Listen to what you really need most.
What do I do when my mama is singing?
While your Mamas sings, you are most welcome to play on the rugs in the middle with some little toys and enjoy the beautiful music that is surrounding you. You might want to crawl onto a lap for a snuggle and have a sleep or simply enjoy watching your beautiful Mama and all the other women take a little bit of time to recharge her batteries and take a few deep breaths ready for the rest of her busy, busy week!
But what if I have needs to be met, like I’m hungry or I need a new nappy?
That’s ok little one! Mama will be absolutely aware of your needs and she will listen and watch you carefully while she sings, she’ll know if you need a feed or a snack and she will scoop you up and look after you. The singing will carry on and she will join back in as soon as you are settled.
It’s even ok for you to cry if you need to, all the women are there to look out for all the little ones.
You are in good care. If you get to know your choir leader well, she might even pick you up for a snuggle mid-song!
Do I need to come each week?
Yes, Please do. It makes a huge difference to your own and to everyone else’s experience to have a full group of voices and to be able to build week-on- week new songs. Committing to a regular practise will give you the maximum benefits of singing and will also support everyone else’s learning. There is usually a waiting list of women keen to join your group.
It’s understandable that sometimes missing a session for illness etc. is unavoidable, but do please let your choir leader know in advance so that she doesn’t wait for you at the start.
Can I bring my man along?
Sorry, but this is a no! Singing Mamas choir is crucially a space for women and children only.
Maybe one day there will be a Singing Papas choir! but until then, your male family members will have to wait to see if your choir group ventures out to public performances (which they often do!).
In my experience, the menfolk absolutely LOVE to watch the Singing Mamas Choirs in action, this will be up to your choir leader to organise.