Cream Tees perform – and model! – at M&Co’s Fashion Show!
‘Tunes from Teesdale’ at Newbiggin Chapel
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Posted on 13 February 2017
M@HoT received three pieces of really good news this week!
Successful Arts Council Bid
First, we were delighted that our ‘G4A’ (Grants for All) Arts Council grant application has been successful. In short, the grant means that the future of the Music at the Heart of Teesdale project is secure for the next 12 months. The funding will run from April through to the end of March 2018 and will not only help support our regular activities such as our weekly Cream Tees Jamming sessions, but it means we will also be able to:
- Run residential workshops, such as to the Hexham Gathering in May
- Offer subsidised trips to see top professional folk musicians and dancers perform
- Offer subsidised Longsword dance programmes to local primary schools
- Support festival appearances during that period
We still have a lot of match funding to firm up to do all this, but we are nearly there!
We’ve Been Invited Back to Sidmouth!
Secondly, we heard this week that we have been invited back to perform at Sidmouth FolkWeek again, which is also just fantastic news. The invitation, together with the news from the Arts Council, means that we will be able to subsidise the costs of the trip.
We will be asking for a commitment soon from those who want to come with us again. But for now we have the offer of free festival passes, which includes free camping, for all Cream Tees band members who want to come and up to 9 accompanying adults. In return we will perform a number of spots on the Young Performers Showcase stage from Sunday-Friday.
We plan to travel down on Saturday 5th August and return home on Saturday, 12 August. As a first step, I have already confirmed our booking for the minibus with TCR The Hub!
High Sheriff Event
Lastly, we have also just received an invitation for Cream Tees to perform as part of the High Sheriff Awards 2017 event on the evening of Thursday, 6 April at The Bowes Museum. This is a very prestigious event on an emotive and inspiring subject.
The County Durham High Sheriff’s Award Scheme makes annual awards in recognition of groups in the community who encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for young people, supporting them to be upstanding citizens and deterred from criminal activities and/or to positively turn their lives around.
Over 100 VIPs from all over the County, including the current High Sheriff Gerard Salvin, will be there and they have asked us to perform for them in the main entrance hall from 5.15 – 6pm as the guests arrive. As it happens, that evening would have been our last regular Jamming session at The Hub, so I have said yes to us being there!
I’m not sure we’ll have all the guests dancing in the aisles again, like we did the last time we performed there for the Heart of Teesdale conference back in September, but I do think the fact that we have been invited to perform at such a high profile event shows what a great reputation our young musicians have built up for themselves over the past five years. It reflects really well on all of our young musicians. I am very proud of you all!
M@HoT Shortlisted for Community Pride Award
Posted on 20 December 2016
The Music at the Heart of Teesdale Project was recently shortlisted in the Teesdale Mercury Community Pride Awards as ‘Community Project of the Year 2016′, and was presented with the award at The Witham on Thursday 10th November.