Echoes from Essex Podcast – Music for Marconi’s Secret Engineer

Minerva Scientifica Connections 2020

Echoes from Essex is a collaboration between electric voice theatre and Chelmsford Civic Theatre for Essex 2020 and celebrates remarkable women from the county’s past and present.


We are very excited about Echoes from Essex! This innovative festival will see Essex based female composers, artists and scientists come together to tell the story of some extraordinary Essex women of STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths and Medicine). The series of digital events will culminate in a physical performance at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on September 20th (as long as it is safe to do so).

More details will be released over the coming weeks, so get ready to embark on a whirlwind of PODCASTS; SINGING & SCIENCE WORKSHOPS; LIVE DISCUSSIONS with SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS and COMPOSERS; and INCREDIBLE NEW ART WORKS, all intertwined with MUSIC made by, with and for ESSEX WOMEN, who have been busy BREAKING THE MOULD.

Frances Lynch, Electric Voice Theatre

Women of Science & Music: 30 celebrations
Podcast – Music for Marconi’s Secret Engineer

Essex born composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad is embarking on a commission for electric voice theatre’s Essex 2020 Minerva Scientifica project “Echoes from Essex” in collaboration with Chelmsford Civic Theatre.

Cheryl will be creating a work for 2 female voices and electronics which connects the famous concert given by Dame Nellie Melba broadcast from Marconi’s New Street Works in Chelmsford on June 15th 1920 with tests there by a local singer, Winifred Sayer, earlier that year, and with Marconi’s Secret WW2 Radio Engineer Florence Attridge who was born in Chelmsford on June 14th 1901.

The series presenter is Frances M Lynch, Artistic Director of electric voice theatre and is joined by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad  and science historian Dr Patricia Fara, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College Cambridge.

The British Type 3 Mark II radio (From Wikipedia / Chelmsford Museum)

Echoes from Essex is part of electric voice theatre’s Minerva Scientifica – an evolving music-theatre project reflecting the lives and work of British Women Scientists told through the music of British Women Composers.