The idea behind Scribble is to develop an alternative approach to musical collaboration and ensemble playing, taking full advantage of rapidly evolving new technology. We work to help participants find their own unique musical voice and vision. Our most recent project was called The Butterfly Suite.

The Butterfly Suite celebration concert took place on July 12, 2013 in Windermere Library garden. The project was lead by MusicLinks and benefited from the help of two key organisations: Lake District Holocaust Centre and the new Music Hub.

Participants from local schools, and schools for those with special educational needs, performed wonderfully on the day. The concert debuted a new song-cycle and was performed by groups under the umbrella of Scribble Orchestra. The show consisted of improvised pieces, newly composed songs and solo performances of music from the Jewish tradition.

The preceding workshop programme explored the story behind the Butterfly Suite relating to the kinder-transport, and the death camp where the original butterfly images were found. Within the workshop plan there were two artistic focuses, one was the composition, learning and rehearsing of soundscapes/music, poetry and song. The other was the development of themed artworks such as paper painted butterflies, banners / set dressing and hand drawn on-body / CD artwork

We would like to express our gratitude to Arts Council England, Cumbria Music Hub, Lakeland Disability Support, Cumbria Community Foundation, The Frieda Scott Trust, Another Space, The Lake Disdtrict Holocaust Project and Our Big Gig for their recent support of The Butterfly Suite Project. We would also like to thank Lakeland Radio, BBC Radio Cumbria, The Bay Radio, ITV News, The Westmorland Gazette and The Cumberland News for helping us to raise awareness of the project. Thanks also go to Lakes Leisure and to The Marcesi Centre for their kind contributions. Nicki Smith did an amazing job enabling the creation of hundreds of wonderful paper butterflies.Thanks also to the brave musicians Yo, Chuck and Ahsha who hit the streets of Windermere busking, to help draw the crowds to the celebration concert, and to Beak Davidson, Phil Saunders, Martin Buck, Trevor Avery, Chris Atkins, Jude Connelly and Andy McKay for helping bring the show together and make the music sound great on the day. Our biggest debt of gratitude is to others like them who volunteered their time and energy for free, including the young performers who brought so much joy to the celebration concert. Thank you.

The workshops took place at:

Sandgate School
The Lakes School
Whinfell School
St Cuthberts School
St Oswalds Primary School
Windmill Centre
Lake District Holocaust Centre

We are grateful to each of these organisations and for all the hard work their respective teams put into helping make the project a success.

As a result of all this positive activity Scribble has:

  • Garnered favourable publicity across the region on various media platforms.
  • Succeeded in offering an opportunity for people with Special Educational Needs and those in mainstream settings to make new music together.
  • “Inspired a sense of wonder and happiness” – Audience member.
  • Enabled young people to perform with joy and display a much deserved sense of achievement, both soloists and those playing and singing as part of an ensemble.

Scribble members from Sandgate School perform a short improvised piece: ‘Live’.mov

Here are some pictures from the show:

The Show as viewed from the shade
We were fortunate to have glorious weather for the concert
We are grateful to The Lakes School Flute group for their wonderful playing on the day