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Introducing: Babysalmesang
Mothers and babies dancing in a circle


Discover Babysalmesang and meet new people in your local community

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Living abroad and particularly during the coronavirus can be a rootless experience at times. A great way to set down new roots, is through activities such as Babysalmesang - in English: baby-hymn-singing - with other parents in your local community.

Babysalmesang is a hugely popular musical activity for babies and new parents in Denmark, with weekly classes hosted by churches throughout Denmark. The classes are led by a church musician or specialised music teacher and provide an opportunity for you and your baby to:

- Enjoy music, movement and rhythm together

- Share a playful and stimulating experience while engaging the senses

- Learn songs and hymns in a beautiful setting

- Meet other local parents and babies

Some churches also offer the chance to socialize over a cup of coffee after class.


Sarah Maxted introduces Babysalmesang in Eliaskirken

Sarah Maxted Sarah is from the UK and has studied classical singing at the ‘Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff’. She has toured the world as a professional ensemble singer and worked as a musical educator.

Babysalmesang is so much more than just a music class for babies. Yes, it incorporates the very best of scientific research about the value of music and sensory stimulation in infant development, but it also goes far beyond that.

- Sarah Maxted, Instructor at Introducing Babysalmesang

Sarah Maxted, Instructor at Introducing Babysalmesang.

Since moving to Copenhagen in 2019, Sarah has worked professionally as a singer and become certified in Babysalmesang, running several workshops at Eliaskirken. She continues:

"Babysalmesang is such a beautiful experience and I’m so excited to continue sharing it with the amazing community of internationals here in Copenhagen!"

Mother and child attending Babysalmesang at church Holmens Kirke in downtown Copenhagen. Photo: Sille Arendt

Although the classes are usually held in Danish, perfect language is no requirement to take part. The teacher will guide you, your singing, movement and actions. Maybe you will pick up some new Danish vocabulary from the class too! You do not need to be a member of the National Church in Denmark to take part.

You can read more about Introducing Babysalmesang in your local community.

Find the nearest Babysalmesang classes in Copenhagen with our event search function. Choose the category ‘For børn’ or search for ‘Babysalmesang' in the calendar.