Mustard video: The singing baby and toddler group where the mums take centre stage

Created by Camilla Webster(on piano), Harmummies, a choir for mums where parents bring their children but the songs are pitched at parents, get together for a sing at The Wharf in Norwich.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Created by Camilla Webster(on piano), Harmummies, a choir for mums where parents bring their children but the songs are pitched at parents, get together for a sing at The Wharf in Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
9:00 AM

It’s a baby and toddler group with a twist, where the mums are the centre of attention and the babies are almost incidental.

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Reporter Martin George inflicts his singing voice on the members of The Harmummies as they sing Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. Photo by Simon Finlay.Reporter Martin George inflicts his singing voice on the members of The Harmummies as they sing Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. Photo by Simon Finlay.

A group of Norwich mums has found its voice after forming a choir for mummies which combines a passion for song with childcare.

The Harmummies has more than doubled in size since launching last month, and holds its sessions at The Wharf on Oak Street, Norwich, on Wednesday mornings.

Founder Camilla Webster, 32, said: “When I was in London I was on maternity leave and I went to lots of groups with my own daughter – baby music, baby massages, baby gym – and they were all focused on the babies, and the mums came along as an added extra.

“I wanted to flip it on its head and make a group for the mums where they would be doing something special for themselves and make themselves feel like humans, rather than just mummies, and the children come along as an added extra.”

The group held its fourth session this week, and has proved so popular Ms Webster is now planning to start a second day in April.

And she has big plans for the group, and is planning for them to sing at the Baby and Bump Show at the UEA, and the Good Health Show at the Forum in Norwich, both in April.

Hannah Critten, 33, is a founding member of the group, and has been bringing her seven-month-old son Oscar to the group since the choir first got underway.

She said: “Oscar loves it, they all do. You can see that they are all transfixed. As soon as we start singing they stop.”

For more information, see facebook.com/harmummies or email harmummies@gmail.com, and watch the Mustard TV video to see what happened when reporter Martin George added his voice to the fun.

Are you part of an usual nursery or baby and toddler group? Contact newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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