Minerva Scientifica – Connections 2020 

During the Covid19 Lockdown, electric voice theatre will continue producing music by women composers. We are committed to promoting their work as well as that of the women scientists their music portrays and are delighted to announce that our efforts are being supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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CHECK OUT our first programme “Echoes from Northamptonshire” at the Brixworth Music Festival. Browse the calendar below from May 8th – 17th  for fascinating stories,pictures and music on Women in STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths & Medicine) from Northamptonshire.

Look out for Minerva Scientifica Birthday Celebrations as part of our  Podcast Series “Women of Science & Music: 30 celebrations” and more interactive projects starting on May 30th with “Echoes from Essex” a summer long Festival: – Join a Virtual Choir; Take part in workshops; Meet women scientists and engineers; Be part of discussions on STEAMM and ESSEX GIRLS with our special guests; listen to new amazing music and learn more about fascinating women in STEAMM.

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Echoes from Northamptonshire

May 9


“Echoes from Northamptonshire”

This is Madeleine Dring (1923 – 1977) a composer, singer and actor, who was born a stone’s throw from electric voice theatre’s base in North London. We have adopted her song “Echoes” (piano & voice) as the opening to our “Echoes” performances which we would normally be doing all over the UK.
We invite you to play the song while you read more about “Echoes” and see what we have in store from now until May 17th

This song might be a bit tricky for you to learn quickly – so we have a little song everyone can sing – luckily entitled Echoes from Northamptonshire”!
Look out for Zoom Singing this week to hear it and singalong!

What is “Echoes from Northamptonshire”?
Echoes – Minerva Scientifica has been touring the UK for four years celebrating the histories of the UK’s forgotten female scientists, through the medium of song, music, performance and spoken word. This special programme (NOW ONLINE!) features music by women composers and local connections with flight, from the bats and moths at Pitsford Water to Women Flight Engineers like Northamptonshire’s Lilian Bader – one of the first black women to join the WAAF – and whose family had 3 generations serving in the armed forces. Our researchers have found fascinating women from across the county whose exploits will astonish you and – if you are from Northamptonshire – make you very proud indeed!

electric voice theatre’s directors, Frances & Herbie, are here for you every day – this is us accepting an Edinburgh Fringe Award!

make sure you check back every day from 11am & find out how to join in live events

Fri May 8th VE DAY
We premiered our first Lockdown Recording of a song by Amanda Ira Aldridge – who taught the singer Paul Robeson who was in turn a favourite singer of Engineer Lilian Bader to whom it is now dedicated.


Today, Sat 9th, we would have been rehearsing together for our performance at BRIXWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL next week in their beautiful Saxon church. Instead we are rehearsing separately, for the online festival in our living rooms!

Sun 10th Echoes projects are all about women composers so we are delighted to be joining BRIXWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL for a look back at their annual Competition for Women Composers – that’s after recording some music with our singers in their homes for you to listen to/and sing on Tuesday

MAY 11TH Doctor Who?

Mon 11th find out why a composer links Doctor Who to Northampton

Tues  12th Let’s make a ZOOM CHOIR for the story of a young Lace Maker and Hymnodist from Piddington

Wed 13th when we will be contemplating nature with Brixworth Country Park

Thurs 14th Poetry from Northamptonshire with BRIXWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Fri 15th We would have been performing at BRIXWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL today but instead we will PREMIERE A NEW WORK online “Bats, Moths and Bi-planes” which combines the amazing Women’s Meeting at Sywell Aerodrome in 1931 with the wildlife at Pitsford Water Nature Reserve


MAY 15TH “Bats, Moth and Bi-planes”

Sat 16th – More flight today! Here’s one of the pieces we would have performed for you, it’s about ecology and 2 women working in the north of Scotland a century apart “Tystie and the Primrose”


Sun 17th – for the final day of “Echoes from Northamptonshire” We will  look back at the last 10 days and forward to 2021 and the next LIVE BRIXWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

We leave you with the foundation of all science and music – Maths. This music was written in 2017 by Frances for the new Winton Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum London and broadcast by BBC Radio3 during the Proms 2018 


Click the Pic to find out more about the ECHOES PROJECT

Minerva Scientifica – Connections 2020


May 9


May 9