Testimonials

“It is the best part of my ‘working’ week, for sure! Since joining HM, I have made lots of firm friends – there’s something very bonding about singing together. And especially ‘performing’ together. Everyone I’ve met through Hummy Mummies has been really fun and ‘up for it’! Hummy Mummies has a lovely community feel. Richard even agreed to have Hummy Mummies come and sing to support my son’s school fete. You don’t have to be a great singer to enjoy the singing. There’s a bit of a rabble-rousing feel when something like ‘Eternal Flame’ comes on…”

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“Singing with a lovely group of women, songs that I love, an entertained toddler, a teacher who is always enthusiastic, warm, writes great harmonies, is very understanding of kids – ok I better stop there before Richard gets a big head. What’s not to love! It’s great for the soul and I get a warm fuzzy every morning when I go to get my one year old up from his cot and he’s humming our vocal warm-up exercises to me. Clearly bubba loves it too.”

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“Hummy Mummies is a great place to meet people and sing your heart out!  I’ve been taking my daughter since she was 8 weeks old and it’s been the best thing I’ve done on my maternity leave by miles.  It’s so great to do something for you and sing something other than nursery rhymes.”

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“My two boys and I have LOVED our time with Hummy Mummies, it puts a spring in our steps each week and has greatly expanded my bedtime song repertoire. I’ve made lasting friendships and loved every minute of it. Thank you Richard, your choir should come on prescription for all mothers.”

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“Hummy Mummies on Monday mornings sets up my week! While the kids entertain themselves, we plough into rehearsing that term’s numbers, which can be anything from Elvis to Erasure. The fabulously talented Richard (on keyboard/acoustic guitar/backing tracks) keeps everyone relaxed and after a while you don’t hear the kids’ racket as you’re concentrating on your harmonies (while breastfeeding/sorting out a drink for your toddler) and really getting into the music. You don’t have to have sung in a choir before, just bring some enthusiasm and Rich will do the rest. I REALLY recommend Hummy Mummies.. Without knowing it, your kids also get a brilliant introduction to voice warm ups, singing in a group and new songs. Well worth it!”

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“Always a lovely bunch to have a singalong with. Nice and relaxed and yet your lungs get a good workout :-)”

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“Hummy mummies is a great feel-good end to the week… me and Ella always head home with big smiles on our faces… We’ve been coming every week since Ella was 9 months old and she’s now 2.  I’m not sure who enjoys it most”.

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“My son and I love our weekly attendance in the Hummy mummies choir. I find it a very uplifting and soulful way to spend an hour and my son really benefits too- from the interaction with the other children and learning to really enjoy music from a young age. When we go home, he practices the songs and plays along on his little keyboard and guitar. Not many 2 year olds know most of the lyrics to ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay and ‘Perfect’ by Fairground attraction, it’s really sweet to behold! We also use the songs to help him fall asleep at night and to soothe him when he’s upset. I can’t recommend it enough :)”
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“My 2 year old son and I have enjoyed HM so much since we joined just after it started in East Dulwich last year and we both get so much out of it. I initially thought of it as something I was really doing for myself more than him, to make a change from all the baby and toddler groups we’d attended over more than 2 years as a stay at home parent. I’ve always loved a good sing-song and wanted to share that with him. However, I had no idea how taken he would be with the choir and how much he would enjoy it and learn from it. Within a few weeks he had learned entire songs which he could sing with me and I would also hear him singing alone sometimes. The lyrics may not all be entirely suited to the vocabulary of a 2 year old but his ability to learn and memorise was truly impressive – and I have to say him singing the whole of “You make me feel like a natural woman” word for word brought smiles to many faces!
After a few months, he would ask when we were going to choir and look forward to it as much as I did. He could recognise all the songs if they ever came on the radio and sing-along and “choir” became a major topic of conversation of his with friends and family. Most amazing of all for me, who spends the other 6 days and 11 hours running around after him, is how his attention is held at almost every session and he is totally engaged, either joining in or just listening. He is the usual active 2 year old who can find sitting still quite a challenge at times but HM has become the one hour a week I can pretty much guarantee he will sit still on my lap regardless of other toddlers and babies playing and doing their own thing, often quite noisily, all around – he is quite captivated.
Most recently he has started playing an imaginary game at home with me where he is the “choirmaster” with a xylophone and I have to sing along. He chooses the song, counts me in and “accompanies” me. And on his first day at a new nursery school last week when he was asked what his favourite songs or nursery rhymes were by a member of staff, she was a little surprised when he replied “My Guy” and “Perfect” and told her he sang them at his choir; who needs Baa Baa Black Sheep!”
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“Hummy Mummies is truly a life-enhancing addition to our week; an hour when I get to sing my heart out amongst friends whilst my three year old nestles on my lap for the entire duration, enjoying it as much as I do. It gives me an endlessly changing repertoire of bed time songs and puts a spring in my step for the rest of the week. If I could go daily, I would. I can’t speak highly enough of Richard or the choir, we just love it!”
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