Muso Mums, a collective of freelance musicians, have got creative for Christmas and come up with a musical advent calendar to connect with audiences and raise some much needed funds.
Freelance mums in the arts have faced more challenges than most during Covid. Unable to give live performances and sometimes excluded from Government support schemes or, if they have been on maternity leave since 2016, facing reduced support, some have taken jobs in other sectors or had to be extremely inventive to keep earning a living doing the thing they love.
A group of mum musicians have come up with an ingenious idea for Christmas – a time traditionally celebrated through music, whether that is Christmas carols, Christmas number ones, panto singalongs, parties or concerts.
The Muso Mums, a collective of UK-based freelance musicians, have created a musical advent calendar both to celebrate a particularly difficult Christmas, to connect with audiences around the country – and to provide some much needed income.
The calendar features a mix of styles and instruments including an award-winning concert pianist, a West End star, a Royal Opera House soprano, instrumentalists, new and established ensembles and a few surprises. The first of December, for instance, features concert pianist Caroline Tyler playing a special arrangement of Silent Night.
The Muso Mums collective began as an online community helping one another with the challenges of being a musician and mother, such as practising loud instruments with babies in the house and organising childcare for tours. Then Covid struck and the community has kept going, supporting each other and keeping spirits up.
The Musical Advent Calendar costs £24.99 and will provide financial support to all the freelance musicians involved, many of whom have lost all their work for the foreseeable future.
*You can preview the December 1st Advent window for free at www.musicaladvent.com.