WHEN you’re a new mum it can be hard to get out and enjoy some ‘me time’.
But Rebecca Robertson has set up a choir in a bid to solve that problem.
Rebecca, who worked as a music teacher for 10 years, said she had always wanted to sing in a group.
But it was only when she had her first baby 11 months ago, that the 29-year-old came up with the idea to do something about it.
Rebecca, of Lennox Road North, Southsea, said: ‘After I had a baby I was teaching singing at home but I wanted an opportunity to get out of the house for a while.
‘I thought other women in a similar position might also like to have somewhere they can go and leave their responsibilities at home. It can be quite full on being a new mum so this is a chance to de-stress and get a couple of hours off.’
Cantando Chorus Community Choir has been meeting for three weeks at Eastney Methodist Church, on Highland Road, Eastney.
Each rehearsal has seen 10 to 15 women take part, including Joanna Todd, 40, of Heidelberg Road, Southsea.
Joanna joined the choir in the first week, leaving her two boys Archie, three, and Samuel, 11-months, at home with their dad Garry Dark.
She said: ‘It’s lovely to have the opportunity to get out the house once a week and have a bit of time to myself. And it’s close to where I live, so I know that if anything was to happen I’m not too far away.
‘I love singing. I used to be in the Salvation Army’s choir when I was young but I haven’t done anything for about 20 years so it’s nice to be able to do it again.
‘It’s not all about singing though, it’s really sociable too. I’ve met a lot of new people at the rehearsals and everyone is getting on well.’
The group sing a mixture of genres, from soul and motown to pop and modern day classics and are working towards a Christmas show, the details of which are still to be finalised.
The choir meets every Monday at 7.30pm to 9.30pm and entry costs £5 each. If you’re interested just pop along.
For more information, see cantandomusic.co.uk.