Baking the GRANT LOAF
with Herbie Clarke
in the evt kitchen!
electric voice theatre set out to test a recipe for
THE GRANT LOAF
by historian Catherine Booth
which she adapted from the original by
who was born on January 23rd 1905
– and very tasty and easy it all was…!
for String quartet, speaker and 2 female singers
written & recorded on January 21st – 22nd 2021
The voices are all performed by the composer and currently the strings are simulated as a proper recording is not yet possible (Covid-19).
Grant was ahead of her time, advocating for organic whole foods and against chemicals (she called them “chemical dragons”) and some of the nasty things then added to flour like chalk and agene (nitrogen trichloride, used for bleaching white flour). She was an early voice shouting about the evils of white sugar and white bread – or “murdered bread” as she called it. She was a firm believer in the Hay diet and generally encouraged a healthy approach to eating, starting during WW2 and continuing into her 90’s. The picture below shows the many titles she produced during her long career, all aimed at encouraging better food choices. You can find out more about her food and health campaigning and the impact it had in the UK on our sister site here
We spent 2020 promoting the composers and scientists on our Minerva Scientifica Website through online Birthday Celebrations; creating our Podcast Series “Women of Science & Music: 30 celebrations” ; running projects in UK regions – eg: “Echoes from Essex” for Chelmsford Civic Theatres & “Echoes from Northamptonshire” for Brixworth Music Festival.
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.