Aug 24 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Soundings from Essex 5

B2 Spy RADIO Set from WW2 in a suitcase built at Marconi's, New Street, Chelmsford The British Type 3 Mark II radio Florence Attridge may have worked on (Image courtesy of Tim Wander)

Monday Aug 24th 7pm  ZOOM EVENT

Florence Attridge: The Secret Radio Pioneer from Chelmsford

Florence Attridge (1901-75) spent her whole career with Marconi, winning a British Empire Medal after the Second World War for her classified contributions to developing radio spy sets. Don’t miss this exciting event which connects her to another woman engineer who worked at Marconi’s in the 1980’s and a scientist from BAE Systems. Florence herself makes an appearance in a new work by Essex born composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, especially commissioned for the “Echoes from Essex” project and there will be a stunning new animation by Jack Cornell.


Lauren Lister – British Sign Language Interpreter

WORLD PREMIERE “Thinking I Hear thee Call”  for soprano, speaker and electronics by Cheryl Frances-Hoad
A music-drama with two contrasting scenarios –  one with Florence herself being interviewed at home after receiving her medal and letter from the King, and the other with a secret agent teaching spies how to set up one of the radio sets Attridge has built.
“On a dark lonely night” a broadside ballad about Florence Nightingale, music for solo voice by Frances M Lynch
“Absent” by John Metcalf, words by Catherine Young Glen

Performers from electric voice theatre:
Frances M Lynch – Soprano / Florence Attridge
Margaret Cameron – Mezzo/Speaker / WW2 Spy / Winifred Sayer
n Thomas – Broadside Ballad Singer

PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSION (including audience Q&A)
Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge
Ingrida Juraite – Mathematician and Systems Engineer, BAE Systems
Caroline Rixon – Marconi Engineer and Maths Teacher
Cheryl Frances-Hoad – Composer

The March of the Women(Women’s Suffrage Anthem) by Ethel Smyth (1910); arranged for 4 female voices by Frances M Lynch; Words – Cicely Hamilton;  Animation – Jack Cornell; all voices performed by 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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