Aug 17 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Soundings from Essex 4

bright yellow slime mold on bark

Slime Mould Image by Wildschuetz from Pixabay

Monday Aug 17th 7pm  ZOOM EVENT

Gulielma Lister:
Leytonstone’s World Expert on Fungi

A meticulous observer, illustrator and collector, Gulielma Lister (1860-1949) was world-famous for her research into slime mould and her continual support of younger female scientists. Join us for this celebration of Essex’s world famous mycologist whose work is still referenced by scientists today. We discuss her with a modern day scientist from the Natural History Museum and illustrate her story with music by Imogen Holst and Avril Coleridge-Taylor.


Lauren Lister – British Sign Language Interpreter

“The Rustling of Grass” for solo voice and piano by Avril Coleridge-Taylor, text by Alfred Noyes

“I cannot tell why, But the rustling of grass,
As the summer winds pass thro’ the fields where I lie,
Brings to life a lost day, Long ago, Far away,
When in childhood I lay, Looking up at the sky,
and the white clouds that pass, Trailing isles of grey shadow
across the gold grass, O, the dreams that drift by,
With the slow flowing years, hopes, memories, tears
In the rustling of grass.”

Performers from electric voice theatre:
Simone Ibbett-Brown – Mezzo-soprano
Frances M Lynch – narrator

PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSION (including audience Q&A)
Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge
Dr Gothamie Weerakoon – Senior Curator of Lichens and Slime Moulds at the Natural History Museum, London

“May Day Carol: The hedges and fields” for three unaccompanied equal voices by Imogen Holst; Words & Original Song from  Journal of the Folk-Song Society; Collected by Lucy E Broadwood in 1898 from Mr Faircloth, carpenter of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire; Botanical drawings, water colours and illustrations by Gulielma Lister; performed by electric voice theatre singers: Jenny Miller, Margaret Cameron & Frances M Lynch 


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A celebration of Essex’s splendid women of science!
Every Monday at 7pm on Zoom from July 27th – September 14th

In eight weekly episodes of music, art and conversation, historian Patricia Fara and modern scientists will discuss the achievements and frustrations of Essex’s female pioneers. Two special editions in September will feature music, art and science created by local people over the summer. All events include a live BSL interpreter.

Part of  electric voice theatre’s 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.

 Minerva Scientifica – Connections 2020

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