Choir Profile: Folks and Bairns – Parent and Baby Choir

Details:

Location:

Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4EA

We are in the upstairs training room, accessed via the entrance to the right of Essential Maintenance.

There is a lift and we are the room on the left at the top. There are toilets next to the room.

Dates:

Mondays, 1130-1230

Group type: Performing occasionally

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Further information:

Folks & Bairns is a parent and baby choir based in Bristol enabling grown-ups to sing together in a relaxed and baby-friendly environment. Every voice is welcomed, no singing experience is necessary and all songs are taught by ear.
  • Mondays, 1130-1230 : Windmill Hill City Farm, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4EA
What people have said about us:
2020 Term 1 dates:
  • 13th Jan – 30th March
  • Half term break – Week of 17th February
  • Performance at St Nicks Market, Corn Street, Bristol – 130pm, Sat 28th March
How much?
If you haven’t been to the choir before, your first session is a free taster (contact Rosie Sleightholme on the facebook page www.facebook.com/folksandbairns or at folksandbairns@gmail.com to book). If you enjoy the session you then pay for the remainder of the term before your next session. The total cost for any given term varies depending on the term length but works out at £6 a session. This is prorated if you start later in the term.

Members get access to a private online Soundcloud page with all the songs and parts on it so they can listen at home.

“Rosie runs a wonderful choir, it is so welcoming and friendly. It’s lovely to sing something other than nursery rhymes but to still be in a really baby friendly environment. My daughter loves seeing all the other babies each week and really benefits from seeing the older babies. She sat for the first few times at choir copying the older children.” Beth Freeman-Coad

“As a mum to be the Womb Sisters choir really helped me in the last weeks of pregnancy to stay active and meet other likeminded mums. It made the last weeks’ wait a lot less stressful and it was lovely to have a little bit of sharing time at the beginning of each class. It really felt like I was not alone in this mad time of changes and excitement. The songs were fun to perform, with material I’d never heard before (which was exactly what I was after), there was humming and dancing and clapping and it all felt so good!

I think the songs also helped me bond with my baby; I am convinced he recognised the tunes once he was born. Some became very useful to calm him down when he was tiny – I would play the online choir recordings to keep him happy and entertained on a long car trip. He still loves the songs we sang while he was in the womb! The best of it all is that we are still singing with each other weekly at Folks & Bairns and it is a lovely network of friendly mums and dads. It’s so good to learn and perform new songs, and see the babies develop bonds, grow together and interact as the terms progress. It’s been very helpful and a mental break from worrying or stressing over things. I don’t think anyone can sing and be in a bad mood at the same time. I’d recommend the choirs to every mum-to-be and parent! Hands down five stars!” Ariadna Perrott

“The Womb Sisters choir was a really lovely thing to do. I loved singing to my baby in the womb, and it was so special doing this with others. Being pregnant together and sharing the woes and joys helped us create lasting bonds which were enhanced by coming together and singing in harmony. Listening to each other and creating something together created a warmth which was so important to me in the last weeks of my pregnancy.

After my baby was born I was grateful to have a store of interesting songs to sing her, and to learn new songs, continue singing with the Womb Sisters ladies, and meet other new parents in Folks & Bairns. The relationships we have developed have brought me joy and relief through the inevitable darknesses and bewilderments of new motherhood.

Rosie is a joy to be taught by, she has inspired me with confidence to sing out no matter how much I judge the sound I make, and the sessions are gentle and fun. I thoroughly recommend!”  Rebecca Burton