Lullabies

Thula Mama: Composer Helen Yeomans leads U.K. mums in baby-on-board singalongs

A still from Thula Mama's 'Down to the River' videoThula Mama

January 26, 2016

All parents enjoy singing to their babies — but in the U.K., moms (or "mums," in British parlance) are getting organized and forming babes-in-arms choirs.

Helen Yeomans, a composer and choir director, first started organizing "Thula Mama" choirs several years ago when her third child was born. Yeomans decided to try some organized lullaby singing, and started a singing group for mothers and babies that still meets in her living room every Tuesday morning.

With Yeomans writing original music for the mums, they went public in what has become a big way. The 11th Thula Mama choir (named after a South African lullaby) just made its debut in Devon; the choirs have been heard on the BBC and have released three albums.

Thula Mama's website features a complete list of the lullaby groups (so far, they're all in the U.K.) and information about starting your own.