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VOICES FOR THE FUTURE aims to discover, honour, and promote female voices past and present and to inspire, guide and build diverse Voices for the Future

Beatrix Potter is one of the voices from the past uniquely placed to do this for both Arts and Sciences with a particular geographical link to Cumbria and the Lake District.

Electric Voice Theatre is exploring her life and scientific work through artistic, musical and creative elements, in relation to current women working in natural sciences and arts who, like Potter, are connected to Cumbria.

We all love Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and others - but author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, was also a scientist who made important discoveries. In her early years, she was passionately interested in mycology, studying fungi (mushrooms) and ferns with the help of a Scottish Postman!

Beatrix Potter

Project elements and activities

Voices-for-the-Future VIRTUAL CHOIR - weekly meetings from early September, encouraging families to enjoy singing together and participate in the creation of a Fungi Fun choral piece.

ONLINE VOCAL TRAINING PROGRAMME for 10 diverse singers (ages 15-25) from Cumbria, exploring music by UK women composers, with MODULES to develop musicianship, singing, creativity, ensemble & dramatic techniques

SCHOOL WORKSHOPS - Children from Years 3 & 4 at Hawkshead Primary will compose and record a MEGASONG of Microscopic Music about Beatrix, fungi and conservation; learn to perform it with British Sign Language and create ecological drawings which will be used in an accompanying film.

The children will work online with Electric Voice Theatre, leading mycologist Professor Lynne Boddy, Science Historian Catherine Booth (Retired Science Curator, National Library of Scotland), and with local visual artist Hannah Fox, a female ecologist from Cumbria Wildlife Trust and musician from Cumbria Music Services.

Performing the MEGASONG and competition launch!

The MEGASONG will be presented for the first time on UK Fungus Day!  The children of Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School introduce their MEGASONG for Beatrix Potter’s Fungi  and launch the national competition for children to create their own verses for the song!

Premier performance of “Voices for the Future – Beatrix Potter”

A 30 minute music-drama created by EVT Artistic Director, Frances M Lynch, Performed by electric voice theatre, BSL Interpreter, and the Voice for the Future Virtual Choir with music by Frances M Lynch, Kira Ramchaitar-Husbands and more.

1:00pm on Saturday 2nd October.   More details coming soon...

Electric Voice Theatre LogoVoices for the Future – Beatrix Potter is a project in collaboration with UK FUNGUS DAY,  British Mycological Society,  Cumbria Music Service,  Cumbria Wildlife TrustFreshwater Biological Association (Cumbria)Armitt Museum

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