Aug 31 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Soundings from Essex 6

A hawker hurricaneWW2 fighter plane flying in a blue sky

Hawker Hurricane WW2 Fighter Plane

Monday Aug 31st 7pm  ZOOM EVENT

Beryl Platt: Baroness of Writtle and Aeroplane Engineer

Trained at Cambridge University, Beryl Platt (1923-2015) was a distinguished engineer and campaigner for female education who worked on fighter aircraft during the Second World War. She is the final  historical character featured in our  “Echoes from Essex” project. We have two special guests who will reflect on her life and work – one is Vicky Platt, Beryl’s daughter and the other is a modern day engineer working at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. With music by Essex mother and daughter composers Elizabeth Maconchy and Nicola LeFanu and the Victorian radical Eliza Flower and a stirring new animation by Jack Cornell this promises to be unmissable!


Lauren Lister – British Sign Language Interpreter

“The Story of I Love You” from “Rory’s Rounds” by Nicola LeFanu – a beautiful acapella exposition of love
“She Flies” by Frances M Lynch for solo voice – a tribute to pilot Amy Johnson
“Harp Song of the Dane Women” by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 -1994) for unison voices and piano, words by Rudyard Kipling from Puck of Pook’s Hill

Performers from electric voice theatre:
Frances M Lynch – Soprano
Margaret Cameron – Mezzo

PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSION (including audience Q&A)
Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, CambridgeARU LOGO
Vicky Platt – Accountant, Maths Enthusiast and Sailor (daughter of  Beryl Platt)
Dr Maryam Imani
– Civil Engineer, Senior Lecturer in Water Systems Engineering, Anglia Ruskin University

“Now pray we for our country”  by Eliza Flower (1803 – 1846) for SATB acapella chorus; Animation – Jack Cornell


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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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