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Soundings from Essex (pt 1) – Echoes from Essex

Soundings from Essex (pt 1) – Echoes from Essex 27 July 2020

Join electric voice theatre and Chelmsford Theatres every Monday to celebrate Essex’s splendid women of science! Part of the Echoes from Essex Minerva Scientifica festival.


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.


Episode 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.


Speakers: Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge & Amy Petts – Analytical Chemistry Technician and STEM Ambassador, Battelle UK.

Art: Margaret Cavendish Animation by Jack Cornell.

Music: “Firmament” for soprano (Frances M Lynch) and tenor viol (Annabel Malton) by Frances M Lynch, words by Margaret Cavendish from Nature’s Pictures 1671:

“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.”

A Man that’s neither High nor Low” for Voice, 2 flutes, 2 violins and bass by Elizabeth Turner (1700 – 1756) performed by electric voice theatre singers with the instrumental parts realised at the keyboard.


The event includes a BSL interpreter.