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‘Seasons of Love’: Cream Tees and Opera North Collaboration

Valentine’s Day will soon be here, and just as soon gone again, but we’re getting excited about our ‘Seasons of Love’ collaboration with Opera North‘s youth choirs in March!
Tickets are available now for the concert at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington at 4pm on Sunday, March 18th. Follow the link here to book!

Cream Tees’ Christmas season gets underway this weekend with not just one but two gigs in Barnard Castle!


Cream Tees perform – and model! – at M&Co’s Fashion Show!


‘Tunes from Teesdale’ at Newbiggin Chapel


Cream Tees ‘Tunes from Teesdale’ at Newbiggin Chapel 2017 (Click for PDF)



Reasons to Be Cheerful

Posted on 13 February 2017

M@HoT received three pieces of really good news this week!

Cream Tees excited about Torchlight Procession and Dance Display at Sidmouth Folkweek 2016

Cream Tees musicians express delight at the news that the band has been invited back to Sidmouth this summer.
(Photo by Neil Diment)

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

Cream Tees can now look forward to performing again in the Sele, as they did last year at the Hexham Gathering.
(Photo by Rupert Philbrick)

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.

Cream Tees on Garden Stage at Sidmouth FolkWeek 2016

Cream Tees performing on the Garden Stage in Blackmore Gardens at Sidmouth last year.
(Photo by Simon Bettison)

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.

M@HoT Certificate Awarded on the night of the Presentation Evening.

M@HoT Certificate Awarded on the night of the Presentation Evening.

Longsword Dance tutor Patrick Langdon and members of Cream Tees proudly pose, having won their new certificate at The Witham.


Some of the parents of Cream Tees band members enjoying the evening at The Witham.