Victoria Drummond and Megginch Castle

That final day began in the most unusual and poignant way as Artistic Director, Frances M Lynch was invited by  Catherine Drummond-Herdman to visit Megginch Castle and the grave of the Hero of Errol, Victoria Drummond……

Essex 2020

In 2020, Essex will be a hotbed of creative and scientific energy that demonstrates the outstanding STEAM learning and skills training opportunities; the extraordinary and pioneering businesses that are designing the future; and the rich cultural, arts and heritage offer that tells the stories of creativity, community and innovation around us…… and that’s where Minerva Scientifica comes in with a new Echoes Project

Echoes bhon Cridhe

An Cridhe on the Isle of Coll is a fantastic venue to visit. We created music there with children from the local primary school about the raucous, but endangered Corncrake in collaboration with the RSPB nature reserve on the Island……

Autumn 2019 – Echoes from Perthshire

Tickets on sale NOW! for these final performances in the 2018/19 ECHOES tour of Scotland based on a successful run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Five Star reviews and a special Editors Award.
“First class acting, singing …high spirited and entertaining” ThreeWeeks Review
“The singing is absolutely marvellous … and the music beautifully composed” Fringe Review

Echoes from Ben Lawers

Songs and stories about this beautiful wild landscape abound – from Beatrix Potter and her mycology to the rare Snow Pearlwort on Ben Lawers and a lot of earth worms inbetween………..

Echoes from the Stroud Green Festival

Echoes from our Stroud Green Festival  project in June 2019 are right now resounding through the pages of the Minerva Scientifica Website.  We investigated some fascinating women scientists and composers connected with Stroud Green during the 20th Century, with particular emphasis on the Suffragettes of World War 1

A Postcard of Stroud Green Road in the early 1900’s

 

You can delight in the voices of the children of Year 4 from Stroud Green Primary School who wrote a fantastic, and beautifully melodic song about the electrical engineer, physicist and inventor Hertha Ayrton.

Discover the fascinating story of a Stroud Green School Head and suffragette Agnes Metcalfe BSc. The whole story of her life and work (and her love of dogs!) is included in the song “Agnes Metcalfe – To my fellow countrywomen” created for the project by Frances M Lynch, which includes a homage to the London composer Ethel Smyth.

Fall in love with the music of composer Madeleine Dring, born in Harringey, very close to Stroud Green. We were thrilled to incorporate two of her songs into the programme – one with the very appropriate title of “Echoes”

Hertha Ayrton

Ethel Smyth

Madeleine Dring

Agnes Metcalfe







 

 

Created by electric voice theatre, Echoes is a Minerva Scientifica 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.

Stroud Green Festival Logo

Echoes from the Engine Shed

The Engine Shed sits at the feet of Stirlilng castle. It is a conservation hub for Historic Environment Scotland, and it hosted Echoes – Minerva Scientifica last year………. 

Minerva Scientifica – Domestic Laboratory Airs

Like Darwin at Down House, there have been many women whose laboratories were based at home.

13/06/19 ECHOES FROM LONDON

Echoes illustration by Amy Whiten

Reserve your free tickets now for our first performance at the Stroud Green Festival on Thursday 13th June at 6.15pm, HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, Granville Road, London, N4 4EL. The performance is preceded by a Touch Tour (5.45pm) for the visually impaired and has Integrated Audio Description. After a successful run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a Scottish Tour, Five Star reviews and a special Editors Award we are delighted to announce the first English performance of the ECHOES PROJECT at Stroud Green Festival, London 2019. 

6.15pm THURSDAY 13TH JUNE 2019
(5.45pm Touch Tours)
Holy Trinity Church, N4 4EL
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Stroud Green Festival
This performance is part of International Women in Engineering Day

Echoes from London is the first English species of our successful five-star Edinburgh Festival Fringe performance commemorating triumphs and histories of Scotland’s Superwomen of Science through a blend of music, song and spoken word. Featuring singer and composer Frances M Lynch, the show has been on a fabulous tour including the Highlands and Islands, entertaining its audiences and engaging with local communities. 

Check out our project last year in Eyemouth and St Abbs

Echoes from London has been specially created in collaboration with Stroud Green Festival, Stroud Green Primary School and the Women’s Engineering Society, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.  Among others, the “Superwomen” featured include two suffragettes: a Stroud Green School Head  Agnes Metcalfe BSc, and the electrical engineer and physicist Hertha Ayrton from Finsbury Technical College who was a friend of Marie Curie and a prolific inventor.

Their stories are told through the music of women composers from the early 1700’s to the present day, including Haringey – born composer Madeleine Dring. Others are Anne Hunter (better known as a poet who often worked with Haydn), Helen Hopekirk (known as the 2nd Clara  Schumann),  and our own local composer and performer Frances M Lynch.

Created by electric voice theatre, Echoes is a Minerva Scientifica 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.