It’s March and time for more Minerva Scientifica Birthday Celebrations.

This month we meet 4 very different composers whose work spans 100 years and includes a variety from songs to large scale orchestral pieces; there’s a C17th poet who promoted Newtonian science; an astronomer who began her stellar career singing arias by Handel and an ornithologist whose contributions to science were equalled by her passion for encouraging traditional crafts in Scotland.

On their birthdays you will find some of the music we are busy recording in the current lockdown – much of which has never been recorded before; we will share some exciting information that has come to light through our researchers, and release 2 riveting new PODCASTS.
Check out the links on their birth dates to find out more, and explore our EVENTS CALENDAR.

A blue moon and night sky with a diving whale and shooting star


8th   1903 Avril Coleridge-Taylor – Composer & Conductor
10th 1866 Amanda Ira Aldridge – Singer, Composer, Teacher
11th 1694 Elizabeth Tollet – Scientific Poet
14th 1901 Isobel Dunlop – Composer & Violinist
16th 1750 Caroline Herschel – Astronomer
19th 1907 Dame Elizabeth Maconchy – Composer
29th 1879 Evelyn Baxter Ornithologist


March PODCASTS in the series
Women in Science & Music: 30 Celebrations

Episode 16: Singing the Stars – Astronomers Caroline Herschel & Dr Anna Lisa Varri

Episode 17: Birds in a Family Tree – Ornithologist Evelyn Baxter