Mar 16 2021

Minerva Scientifica Birthday Celebration PODCAST

16th March 2021Caroline Herschel
BORN 16th March 1750 Hanover Germany

Women of Science & Music: 30 celebrations
Episode 16: Singing the Stars

The Images below are by kind permission of the Royal Astronomical Society and you will find them referenced in the podcast
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Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) is celebrated for being the first woman to discover a comet, but she is also important for playing a crucial role in the astronomical and musical careers of her brother William.

Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College Cambridge
Dr Sian Prosser – Librarian and Archivist Royal Astronomical Society
Dr Anna Lisa Varri – UKRI Future Leaders Fellow University of Edinburgh

“The Weaver’s Prayer”  by Maria Barthélemon (1749-1799) for mixed voices and instruments performed by electric voice theatre singers – Frances M Lynch, Jenny Miller (sopranos); Margaret Cameron (mezzo); David Sheppard (counter tenor); Julian Stocker (tenor); Gwion Thomas (baritone)

“Epitaph for a Comet Hunter” (2016) by Frances M Lynch for solo voice, chorus, harpsichord & electronics, with additional music by George Frideric Handel and William Herschel. It was especially recorded and produced for this celebration by Herbie Clarke & Frances M Lynch in March 2021

A performer sits writing with a quill pen, wearing 18th century dress

Frances M Lynch as Caroline Herschel

To find out more about Caroline Herschel please go to her page on the Minerva Scientifica Website

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Created by electric voice theatre, Minerva Scientifica is a 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.

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