Musical partners celebrate 20 years of performing together

Musical partners celebrate 20 years of performing together

Philip Dewey

Musical partners celebrate 20 years of performing together
Clair Ross-Masson and Zita Newcome celebrate 20 years of Teddies Music Club.

A musical partnership between two women passionate about making live music for babies and toddlers has celebrated 20 years.

Claire Ross-Masson and Zita Newcome run the Teddies Music Club at venues in Maidenhead, Marlow, and Windsor.

The act sees the pair perform various nursery rhymes with guitar and percussion, backed by a number of musicians, in order to get both children and their parents singing and dancing.

Claire, originally from Suffolk, met mother-of-two Zita at a coffee morning 23 years ago and began performing for their children.

Mum-of-three Claire, from Ray Lea Road, said: "We started with our own small children when they were tiny and they loved singing and dancing so we started to set up something in Maidenhead for a bit of fun. It has just kept growing so we can't give it up."

The pair are now putting on shows every day of the week at church halls, village halls and community centres, incorporating action songs as well as large projected visuals.

Guitarist and artist Zita, from a naval family, said the success stemmed from their passion of bringing parents and children together through singing.

Teddies Music Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with two performances at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on Saturday and show no signs of slowing down.

Claire added: "Me and Zita have been working together 20 years and it just keeps getting better and better."

Zita, from Ray Park Road, echoed her comments. "We are very similar people and similar feeling about music so when we play together we're pretty seamless," she added. "Music has come to dominate our lives."

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