As part of the Teesdale Community Music Festival held in various venues around Barnard Castle over the weekend of 9-10th June 2017, well-respected local musician and tutor Andy Yeadon led a Song Composition workshop in St Mary’s Parish Hall.
Several members of Cream Tees signed up to that, and Cream Tees also played their part in the Celebration concert held in St Mary’s Church on the Saturday evening. They were joined for Andy’s workshop by several other young musicians from the dale, and their brief was to compose a new song that would be performed at the Celebration concert that same evening. So no pressure then!
While one group worked on the song itself, and a percussion group (plagued initially by a lack of drums, till a handy black plastic dustbin was procured and brought into play) worked on the rhythms and third group worked with Andy on the tune.
All came together really impressively and the performance of the song created, ‘From the Rainbow’ sung by Cream Tees’ Kirsty McLachlan and Emily Dods with Evie Brenkley, was really well received by a very full and appreciative audience in the Church. In fact, so impressed was everyone with the new song, that we all readily took up Andy’s offer to record the tune with him in The Hub studios in the summer holidays. You can hear the result here!
As well as singing, Emily and Kirsty also played ukulele. Other Cream Tees musicians taking part were Matthew Hendry and Fiona Todd (on fiddles), Holly Hughes on guitar; Emma Piercy-Mycock and Helen Piercy-Mycock (on cello), Lizzie Hughes on percussion and Rachel Todd on accordion, with Ben Holmes on the Big Black Drum, Ethan Rawlins on trumpet and Kathryne Steel on viola.
We are very grateful to Andy who gave his time for free to make the recording, and both Annette Butters, who not only organised the whole Community Music Festival but helped share the costs of the recording, along with Sally McGrath, Head of Music at Teesdale School.
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