The Music at the Heart of Teesdale project set up the ‘Friends of M@HoT’ group in September 2014 to support the project in its work of reviving the folk and traditional music, song and dance traditions of Teesdale.
The group includes parents, friends, volunteer tutors, supporters, sponsors, etc. – and, most importantly, representatives of Cream Tees and our Teesdale Longsword Dance team themselves so our young folk can have a say in what we do and what we are planning. ‘The Friends’ meet once a term on the first Thursday after our Cream Tees Jamming session, for an hour or so at The Hub in Barnard Castle. The group provides a two-way communication forum for a whole range of ideas — both practical and strategic — for taking the project forward.
Among the sorts of help and support given by the Friends so far have included:
- Setting up, hosting and maintaining this M@HoT website
- Giving support as volunteer tutors to assist or lead music and dance sessions and workshops
- Assisting with the production of our M@HoT Newsletter
- Providing a taxi service to ferry our Newcastle University Folk Degree student tutors to and from the Darlington station for our after school Jamming sessions on a Thursday (mileage payment is offered!)
- Fund raising through raffles at our concerts and sale of CDs, etc
- Taking photographs of Cream Tees and the Longsword dancers in action for use in our Newsletter and both M@HoT’s and our sponsors’ publicity, etc
- Accompanying us on trips, e.g. to the Hexham Gathering and festivals such as Towersey Festival and Sidmouth FolkWeek
- … and providing really important practical ideas and suggestions, such as changing the time of our regular Cream Tees Jamming sessions so they are more child and parent friendly!
If any of the above appeal to you, we are always looking for more support and help to run the project, and can at the same time offer useful practical experience in a range of activities.
If you are interested in supporting the M@HoT project, financially or otherwise, please contact the M@HoT project co-ordinator Neil Diment in the first instance by phone (01833 638263) or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (click to e-mail Neil Diment).