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Image: Matthew Cooper

Photos: Matthew Cooper


Love Stories
Produced by ARCADE

Co-produced with Orchestras Live and Sinfonia Viva
Commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council 

With musicians from Sinfonia Viva and Scarborough Spa Orchestra

With support from the Stephen Joseph Theatre and North Yorkshire County Record Office



Donate your story -  Deadline 12th March


Hear back from us - End of March


Making music workshops  - Saturday 13th and 27th May​

Professional recording day -  Saturday 17th June


Trail open to audiences - Monday 24th July

What people say about taking part in similar projects with us:

As a newer and older member of the Scarborough community, I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a warm, inspiring and supportive group creating Scarborough Stories. I loved becoming part of Scarborough's vibrant artistic community and meeting brave and talented people. You are never too old to learn.



February - August 2023

We’ve been looking for people to come forward with real-life love stories connected to Scarborough South Cliff Gardens, to be part of a new project which will be a musical storytelling trail to be experienced this summer for the beautiful South Cliff Gardens.


A big thank you to everyone who has donated their story! Over the past month we’ve had 110 submissions with ages ranging between 11 and 102. Now, a selection of stories and themes will inspire the creation of a set of new orchestral love songs, created by our community with talented musicians drawn from the Scarborough Spa Orchestra and Sinfonia VIVA Orchestra. These will be professionally recorded and shared with audiences in the gardens via headphones this summer. 

If you didn’t get a chance to get your story in and would still like to be part of the project, or if you've submitted a story and are particularly interested in taking part in the music making workshops, just let us know at We’d love to hear from you!


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