Mar 19 2021

Minerva Scientifica Birthday Celebration

19th March 2021Dame Elizabeth Maconchy
BORN 19th March 1907 Broxbourne Hertfordshire

Harp Song of the Dane Women by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 – 1994)
(click the blue button above to listen)

Performed by electric voice theatre singers Jenny Miller (Mezzo) and Frances M Lynch (soprano/piano)
They recorded their parts individually in their homes and the work was constructed at Birnam Studios, London, during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It was first “performed” for a Soundings from Essex event in August 2020. The score for this work is now out of print, but was kindly provided by Maconchy’s daughter, composer, Nicola LeFanu, who also gave us permission to record it.

Elizabeth Maconchy is one of the most important British/Irish Composers of the 20th century. Her music is some of the most beautifully crafted we’ve come across. You will love it. Listen to the song above (click the blue arrow), which we recorded during Lockdown 2020, find out more about her in a short biography by her daughter, composer Nicola Lefanu and discover more of her music on her British Music Collection page.

A lady with white hair sitting by some music written on manuscript

Image from British Music Collection 

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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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