Shar­ing pas­sion for the power of singing

New group set up for young chil­dren and mums

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

IF YOU’RE go­ing down to the woods to­day, you might not find any bears.

In­stead, Ted­dies Mu­sic Club has started a new singing class for young chil­dren to en­joy in Chal­font St Peter.

A club for which has been run­ning in the south east – pre­dom­i­nantly Berk­shire – for the past 23 years, the founders be­lieve in the power of singing in the help­ing with the de­vel­op­ment of young brains, say­ing the ben­e­fits are ‘huge’ for young­sters.

“We’re just pas­sion­ate about live mu­sic for chil­dren and how im­por­tant it is for their de­vel­op­ment,” said Claire Ross-Mas­son, one of the founders.

“There

is an amaz­ing ef­fect singing has on the young brain. It’s amaz­ing the amount of ben­e­fits that singing has for smaller chil­dren,” she added.

Along with this, Claire said that her classes, which she runs along with her part­ner Zita New­come – the pair own the busi­ness to­gether – are unique in that they en­cour­age a fully in­ter­ac­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

She said: “With this the par­ents re­ally in­ter­act with the chil­dren which we find is re­ally im­por­tant for them and makes a re­ally dy­namic singing group.”

“It is also im­por­tant, she said, that they of­fer some­where for new par­ents and young fam­i­lies to meet new friends and make new con­nec­tions with oth­ers in the area.

She said: “It’s a chance for peo­ple who have just had ba­bies to get out and meet new peo­ple.”

Orig­i­nally they had in­tended to have classes in Lon­don but had to re­con­sider af­ter they re­alised the lo­gis­tics of trav­el­ling along the M25 in the morn­ing.

How­ever, de­scrib­ing the vil­lage as ‘some­where lovely’, the pair are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing their classes for as long as they can.

Claire said: “As long as the group builds to a good size, we’ll stay for as long as any­body wants us to be there.”

The first class in the vil­lage was on Septem­ber 8 – classes will be ev­ery Tues­day from 10am on­wards at Chal­font St Peter Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, for chil­dren aged up to five-years-old.

Visit http://ted­dies. ted­dies­mu­s­ic­club.co.uk/ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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