Minerva Scientifica – Connections 2020
We are delighted to announce today that electric voice theatre have been awarded an Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund which will enable us to support our artists and continue our existing projects online. IT ALL STARTS TODAY!!!
Our first programme “Echoes from Northamptonshire” will last throughout the Brixworth Online Music Festival. Every day you can find fascinating stories of STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths & Medicine) women from Northamptonshire, where the Festival would normally be taking place. More details will arrive each day from May 8th – 17th bringing pages, stories and pictures to explore, music to enjoy and some to join in with!
On VE Day we celebrate an extraordinary WAAF Acting Corporal
Lilian Bader (1918 – 2015) Aircraft Instrument Engineer
Northamptonshire resident Lilian Bader overcame her disadvantaged background to become one of the first black women to serve in Britain’s Armed Forces during the Second World War and gain qualifications in aircraft engineering. She subsequently moved to Higham Ferrers, historic market town and picturesque birthplace of another determined woman – the militant suffragette, Alice Maud Shipley.
Find out more about Bader’s extraordinary achievements here: –
Amanda Ira Aldridge (1866 -1956) Composer & Singer
Aldridge studied singing with Jenny Lind, her father was a famous Shakespearean actor, and she taught Paul Robeson. She composed today’s song (recorded yesterday!) which was originally entitled “Azelea” but we have slightly altered the words to more closely represent the love story of Lilian Bader and her husband. It’s new title is “Her own dark eyed soldier” Listen here: –