Aug 19 2020


All Day

Echoes from Essex PODCAST

3pm Aug 19th

“Women of Science & Music: 30 celebrations”

Episode 10: The Ghost of Warley Place

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A wealthy horticulturalist with a passion for roses, Ellen Willmott(1858-1934) developed her family garden into a world-famous botanical centre and funded international expeditions to discover new plants.  Today her garden, which you can see above on the left, has transformed into Warley Place Nature Reserve, shown on the right, which is a magical natural landscape well worth a visit. In place of Willmott’s 100 immaculately dressed gardeners, the reserve is maintained by Essex Wildlife Trust and their committed volunteers.

Our speakers are Elspeth Manders – composer and artist; Helen Jacobs – ecologist from Essex & Suffolk Water; Sandra Lawrence – Writer and Author; Ailsa Wildig – volunteer at Warley Place.

a bright colourful drawing of Warley Place garden and house 100 years ago and the present day

Warley Place by Elspeth Manders

Music, sung by electric voice theatre singers includes:

“The Moon of Heaven” by Elspeth Manders for vocal quartet; text from ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ commissioned by electric voice theatre Aug 2020

The Moon of Heaven is rising once again
How oft hereafter rising shall she look
Through this same garden after me – in vain

The series presenter is Frances M Lynch, Artistic Director of electric voice theatre. Part of  electric voice theatre’s Essex 2020 Minerva Scientifica project “Echoes from Essex” in collaboration with Chelmsford Civic Theatre.

May 30th – September 20th 2020

Running throughout the summer, we are celebrating outstanding women in STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths & Medicine) from Essex past and present as part of ESSEX 2020.

Click Here for more details of how to get involved in ESSEX VIRTUAL CHOIR;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.


Minerva Scientifica – Connections 2020

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