a beautiful drawing by Beatrix Potter with mycological details of fungi


Oct 02 2021

ZOOM PERFORMANCE “Beatrix Potter’s Secret Kingdom”

1pm Saturday 2nd OctoberBSL Interpreted PREMIERE ZOOM Performance

“Beatrix Potter’s Secret Kingdom


a beautiful drawing by Beatrix Potter with mycological details of fungi

Hygrocybe coccinea by Beatrix Potter – Armitt Museum

Part of UK FUNGUS DAY, this unusual music-drama was created by EVT Artistic Director, Frances M Lynch and is performed live on ZOOM by electric voice theatre, BSL Interpreter Lauren Lister, and the Voices for the Future Virtual Choir with music by Dorothy Howell (1898 – 1982)and Nicola Lefanu with world premieres by Frances M Lynch, Kira Ramchaitar-Husbands, and a MEGASONG about Beatrix & her Fungi by Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School.

The performance will be introduced by leading mycologist Professor Lynne Boddy and our “BEATRIX POTTER FUNGI SONG” COMPETITION (open to primary school children) will be launched by Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music).


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Voices for the Future project featuring Mycologist and Author Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943

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!!!

She was not treated well by some men scientists so she stopped her studies – a loss to mycology but a gain for children’s literature and conservation, as the money earned from her books allowed Beatrix Potter to leave a legacy for the protection of the countryside in the Lake District National Park!

Voices for the Future – Beatrix Potter is a project in collaboration with UK FUNGUS DAY,  British Mycological Society, Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary SchoolCumbria Music Service,  Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Freshwater Biological Association (Cumbria), Armitt Museum

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Image by Ryoko Tamura


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Created by electric voice theatre, Minerva Scientifica is a project that brings together professional performers with community musicians and school children. Together, we raise awareness of the rich heritage and deep connections between music and science, and inspire the next generation of future scientists.

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