Minerva Scientifica – The Franklin Effect Voice and Composition Workshop

FREE Voice and Composition Workshop

1.30 – 3.30pm   Wed 25th Feb 2015

Music Department, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS

The Workshop is free but you must register in advance as places are limited (see details below). Open to singers and composers.

 Patron – Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music)                                                                                                                 Project Consultant – Siân Ede

 Can you name 10 important women scientists and composers?


The Franklin Effect project is an electric voice theatre initiative based at King’s College London with funds from Arts Council England and support from Cultural Institute at King’s. This stage of the project builds on Minerva Scientifica (premiered November 2013), an evolving music-theatre programme reflecting the lives of British Women Scientists told through the music of British Women Composers.

The Franklin Effect involves 4 composers  – Lynne PlowmanCheryl Frances-Hoad, Shirley Thompson and  Kate Whitley (mentored by Judith Weir), 4 scientists from King’s College London and 4 singers from electric voice theatre. We are exploring new ways of collaborating – creating a-cappella music-theatre sketches, examining parallels between music and science, inspired by King’s alumna Rosalind Franklin – molecular biologist and crystallographer, whose photo 51 was the key to unlocking the mystery of the structure of DNA.

 The scientists on the project represent a wide spectrum of scientific research  –  Professor Ellen Solomon, Prince Philip Professor Of Human Genetics; Professor Elizabeth Kuipers, Institute of Psychiatry’s chair of their Women in Science Initiative (Athena Swan) and Professor of Clinical Psychology; Dr. Claire Sharpe, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Renal Sciences and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist;  Professor Mairi Sakellariadou, Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology.

The evaluator of the project is Professor Nicholas Till, Director of the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre at Sussex University

 The Franklin Effect Voice & Composition Workshop

This 2 hour workshop gives students of singing and composition, an opportunity to get up close with some of the ideas and music that has already been created in our team workshops. The Artistic Director, Frances M Lynch, will take the group through the processes and musical ideas, focusing on microscopic details and vocal diversity within an ensemble. Individuals will be encouraged to explore their potential as singers and composers, to experiment and try out new ideas and vocal sounds.

If you wish to attend please email Frances directly – frances@electricvoicetheatre.co.uk  with the following info: _

  1. Name
  2. Mobile number
  3. Your interest in the workshop (ie. Are you a singer, composer, or interested in any other way)
  4. Your college/university + area of study if applicable

Once you have registered you will be sent further details.

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