Echoes from Essex
Episode 4: Music for Marconi’s Secret Engineer
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Essex born composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad is embarking on a commission for electric voice theatre’s Essex 2020 Minerva Scientifica project “Echoes from Essex” in collaboration with Chelmsford Civic Theatre.
Cheryl will be creating a work for 2 female voices and electronics which connects the famous concert given by Dame Nellie Melba broadcast from Marconi’s New Street Works in Chelmsford on June 15th 1920, with tests there by a local singer, Winifred Sayer earlier that year, and with Marconi’s Secret WW2 Radio Engineer Florence Attridge who was born in Chelmsford on June 14th 1901.
The series presenter is Frances M Lynch, Artistic Director of electric voice theatre and is joined by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and science historian Dr Patricia Fara, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College Cambridge.
The music will be premiered on September 20th at Chelmsford Civic Theatre by electric voice theatre and was commissioned by the company using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.
We are joining forces with Chelmsford Civic Theatre for the “Echoes from Essex” Lockdown Festival. Running throughout the summer, it will be celebrating outstanding women in STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths & Medicine) from Essex past and present as part of ESSEX 2020.
More details will be released over the coming weeks, so get ready to embark on a whirlwind of PODCASTS; SINGING & SCIENCE WORKSHOPS; LIVE DISCUSSIONS with SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS and COMPOSERS; and INCREDIBLE NEW ART WORKS, all intertwined with MUSIC made by, with and for ESSEX WOMEN, who have been busy BREAKING THE MOULD.