About Pram Chorus...
Pram Chorus was born in 2012, when Musical Director/new-mum, Ruth Routledge, decided to combine her two main roles in life. She started a choir for parents in Balham, South London, UK, where parents could bring along their babies/toddlers. The focus however, was very much on the parents as Ruth felt, and experienced herself, a lack of supportive and child-friendly activities for new parents. Over time Pram Chorus expanded to run more fun, friendly, non-auditioned community choirs in Streatham, Brixton, Beckenham, Tooting and Balham, London and further afield in Sheffield, UK.
Pram Chorus is more than a choir - it's a community, where everyone is welcomed and supported in a non-judgemental way. The experience of becoming a parent can be a lonely one as you are thrust into a brave new world of sleepless nights and being at the mercy of a tiny one's needs, so having a friendly, non-judgemental place to go, where you don't even have to make small talk, can be a lifesaver.
Based on her own experiences, reports from choir members and new research, Ruth has become more aware of the positive mental-health benefits of group singing, so Pram Chorus has now evolved to focus on that, running singing groups with family-support charities in South London, Homestart Wandsworth and Little Village. The emphasis in these groups is on mental health, wellbeing, inclusion and community. Aside from getting you to make sounds you’ve never even dreamed of, Ruth is supportive and understanding of the challenges of parenthood and creates a warm, welcoming place to come together. You don't need to have any singing experience or talent, nor do you have to make small talk or discuss the intricacies of your baby's feeding/pooing-habits (although of course you can) - you can just rock up and sing!
The existing weekly parents’ choirs in Streatham, Brixton, Beckenham and Balham are continuing under this new name. Go to cribnotes.co.uk for information and to book.
Have a listen to Antonia, talking about Pram Chorus giving a sense of belonging and connection as well as just making you feel better.