Margaret Cavendish


Jul 27 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Soundings from Essex 1

Margaret CavendishMonday July 27th  7 – 8pm  ZOOM EVENT

1. Margaret Cavendish:
The Blazing Star from Colchester

Renowned author of The Blazing World, Margaret Cavendish (1623-73) married one of England’s richest aristocrats but dedicated her life to challenging scientific orthodoxy and the subjugation of women.  Join us for our celebration of this Essex icon with mesmerising music, artful animation and creative conversation .


Lauren Lister – British Sign Language Interpreter

 “A Man that’s neither High nor Low” for Solo Soprano, 2 flutes, 2 violins and bass by Elizabeth Turner (1700 – 1756)  (pdf download of the text here)

Performers from electric voice theatre:
Jenny Miller – Soprano/Margaret Cavendish
Frances M Lynch – Narrator

PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSION (including audience Q&A)
Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge
Amy Petts – Analytical Chemistry Technician and STEM Ambassador, Battelle UK

Firmament  Words – Margaret Cavendish; Music – Frances M Lynch;  Animation – Jack Cornell; performed by the composer with Annabel Malton on tenor viol

 “Thoughts are like stars in the firmament; some are fixed, others like the wandering planets, others again are only like meteors.
Understanding is like the Sun, which gives light to all the thoughts.
Memory is like the Moon, it hath its new, its full and its wane.” Nature’s Pictures 1671


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(The illustration is the frontispiece of Margaret Cavendish’s book Natures Pictures (1671). Line engraving by Pieter Louis van Schuppen after Abraham Dierenbeek 1655-8)


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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