Voices for the Future 2021/22

“Voices for the Future” discovers, honours, and promotes female voices past and present and to inspire, guide and build diverse VOICES FOR THE FUTURE.

These are the Scientists we have been celebrating with the help of their modern counterparts

These are some of the 26 Composers whose music we have performed and recorded

Click on the links below to read the stories, watch the videos and hear some of the music we made

Performances

Singers, musicians and British Sign Language interpreters from electric voice theatre, the Virtual Choir and Young Singers Programme gave 9 live performances – one in the Garden of a church at Stroud Green in London and the rest on ZOOM with connections to local and national organisations and events.

Sept 3rd 2021 Stroud Green Festival “Working from Home”

Extracts from “Working From Home” – Stroud Green Festival 2021

Sept 11th Yorkshire Fossil Festival Mary Anning (1799-1847) Palaeontologist
Oct 2nd  UK Fungus Day Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) Mycologist
Oct 17th Sidmouth Science Festival  Mary Anning (1799-1847) Palaeontologist
Nov 10th Beatrix Potter Fungi Song Competition Finale
Nov 18th Marine Biological Association Isabella Gordon (1901-1988)

Marine Biology Live: Isabella and the Emperor: “Isabella’s Footsteps”


Dec 7th St Columba’s Women Sacred music by women composers

St Columba’s Women Zoom Performance 7th December 2021


March 8th 2022 Songs & Stories from the Somerville Connexion
April 11th Women’s Nature A celebration for our Young Singers & Virtual Choir

Music

Singers, musicians and British Sign Language interpreters from electric voice theatre, the Virtual Choir and Young Singers Programme performed 55 songs, 7 of which were *world premieres, and made **recordings of 25 of the pieces including the new works and those we have plucked from obscurity!

Anon (14th C)                                               There is no rose of such virtue
Avril Coleridge-Taylor (1903 – 1998)     The Rustling of Grass
Maria Barthélemon  (1749 – 1799)           The Lacemaker’s Prayer

The Rustling of Grass by Avril Coleridge-Taylor for piano and mezzo
Lacemakers Prayer by Maria Barthélemon (Polly Young ) for vocal ensemble, violins, harpsichord and bass

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)     **Sweet Power of Song Joanna Baillie (1762 – 1851)
Jane Bianchi (1776 – 1858)                        **Winter’s Beautiful Rose Amelia Opie (1769 – 1853)
Hildegard of Bingen(1098 –  1179)          Quia ergo femina
Judith Bingham                                                  Mary Anning, a history and a mystery (2013)
Rebecca Clarke (1886 – 1979)                **Ave Maria
Rebecca Clarke                                             Down by the Salley Gardens
Marie Dare (1902 – 1976)                          The Four Maries
Lady Mary Dering (1629 – 1704)             **A false designe
Lady Dufferin (1807 – 1867)                      **The Charming Woman
Isobel Dunlop (1901 – 1975)                     The Sea Shell William Soutar (1898 – 1943)
Cheryl Frances-Hoad                                  Something More Than Mortal Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852)
Eliza Flower (1803–1846)                           Now Pray We for our Country    
Eliza Flower                                                  **Rebecca’s Hymn  Walter Scott
Isabella Scott Gibson (1786–1838)          Dark Lochnagar Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)
Imogen Holst (1907 – 1984)                      Round (1926)    
Imogen Holst                                                A Sweet Country Life      (1937)                                
Imogen Holst                                                May Day Carol: The Hedges And Fields  
Helen Hopekirk (1856 – 1945)                   Slumber Song
Dorothy Howells                                          **Two Frogs
Marjory Kennedy-Fraser (1857 – 1930) In Hebrid Seas
Nicola Lefanu                                               The Story of I Love You (Rory’s Rounds)                
Nicola Lefanu                                               **Wishing (Rory’s Rounds)                                     
Nicola Lefanu                                               **Teeth (Rory’s Rounds) 
Nicola Lefanu                                               **Paradise (Rory’s Rounds)
Nicola Lefanu                                               **I See The Moon(Rory’s Rounds)

“Teeth” from “Rory’s Rounds” by Nicola Lefanu for acapella voices
“Paradise” from “Rory’s Rounds” By Nicola Lefanu for acapella voices
“Without Fungi” by Frances M Lynch for acapella voices

Frances M Lynch                                          *Working from Home                                                               
Frances M Lynch                                         Small Atomes  (Margaret Cavendish 1623-1673)
Frances M Lynch                                 **The Grand Old Lady of Carcinology (Isabella Gordon 1901 – 1988)
Frances M Lynch                                       ** NOT Mary Anning  She sells sea shells on the sea shore 
Frances M Lynch                                          *Florence Nightingale Broadside Ballad (Traditional)
Frances M Lynch                                          Swallowtail (Papilio machaon britannicus)
Frances M Lynch                                       ** Beatrix Potter & the Postman
Frances M Lynch                                          *Without Fungi 
Frances M Lynch                                          Storm in C (2017)
Frances M Lynch                                          Trowelblazers
Frances M Lynch                                          *Lobsters and Limericks
Frances M Lynch *Stic Fìnealta (A fine Stitch)
                                       *Birth and Belonging Breith is Buntanas;
*Iona: Isle of Iona, O Lord, the Peaceof Iona; Ì: Eilean Ì, O Thì, Sìth Eilean Ì;
*Testament Tiomnadh (Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones)
Frances M Lynch                                          My Mother (2020)
Frances M Lynch                                          Firmament (2020)  Margaret Cavendish 1671
Frances M Lynch                                           Remember (2018) Christina Rossetti
Frances M Lynch                                          ADA BAB(BLE)
Frances M Lynch                                         **Entomologists Anonymous
Mary Maxwell Campbell (1812-1886)     The Mole and the Bat (1876)      
Mary Maxwell Campbell                             The March of the Women of Science 
Lynne Plowman                                           Seven Dark Lines Mary Somerville

Te lucis ante terminum” by Elizabeth Poston (1905–1987)  for soprano, mezzo, female chorus & harp

Elizabeth Poston (1905–1987)                **Te lucis ante terminum
Elizabeth Poston                                          ** Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Elizabeth Poston (1905 – 1987)                Bonny at Morn
Kira Ramchaitar-Husbands                       *Subsurface 
Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)                            The March of the Women  

Subsurface by Kira Ramchaitar-Husbands an electronic mixed media work
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Elizabeth Poston for mixed choir

School Projects

There were 3 Workshop Programmes delivered by a team of experts in science, history, art and composition in 6 Primary Schools (mainly on ZOOM) based on local women scientists. The films below are the culmination of each project and were made by artists Hannah Fox, Jack Sewell and Herbie Clarke.

“Beatrix Potter’s Fantastical Fungi MEGASONG” by Hawkshead Primary School & Hannah Fox

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was not just an author but also a Mycologist who lived close to our chosen school in Cumbria

“The Story of Mary Anning and Ixy” by Sidmouth Primary School & Jack Sewell

Mary Anning (1799-1847), a famous Palaeontologist working on the Jurassic Coast which is also home to the Sidmouth Science Festival who chose 4 schools

“In Miriam’s Wildflower Garden” by Year 3, Thomas Hickman Primary School & Herbie Clarke

Miriam Rothschild (1908 – 2005) Entomologist & Conservationist links to the Rothschild’s Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury

Mary Anning and Doli the Dolichodeirus by Kingfishers, Awliscombe CofE Primary School & Jack Sewell
“Mary Anning and Dina the Dimorphodon” by Beech Class, Payhembury Primary School & Jack Sewell
“Mary Anning and Jane Dories the Dapedium” by Kestrel Class, Newton Poppleford Primary School & Jack Sewell

Find out more about the Mary Anning Project with Sidmouth Science Festival HERE

Virtual Choir

The Virtual Choir was free to join with no audition, for all levels of ability with weekly rehearsal on a project basis, each one connected to ZOOM performances with electric voice theatre singers, scientists, historians and British Sign Language interpreters – see the video below to see how it worked.

  1. FOSSILS & FUNGI: Sept 7th – Oct 19th 2021
    Featuring Mary Anning (1799-1847) Palaeontologist and Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) Mycologist and Author – MORE DETAILS HERE
  2. LOBSTERS & LIMERICKS: Oct 19th – Nov 23rd 2021
    A special celebration of Marine Biologist Isabella Gordon ( 1901- 1988) and her part in the 60th Birthday Festivities for Emperor Hirohito in Japan, 60 years ago! – MORE DETAILS HERE
  3. St Columba’s WomenNov 23rd – Dec 7th 2021
    The Virtual Choir sang “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” by Elizabeth Poston as part of a celebration of the life of St Columba, on the 1,500th Anniversary of his birth. – MORE DETAILS HERE
  4. FLEAS & FLOWERS, FIGURES & FOLKSONGS: Jan 25th – April 12th 2022 Featuring Miriam Rothschild (1908-2005) Entomologist and Conservationist and Alice de Rothschild (1847-1922) Garden Designer and Horticulturalist. –
Entomologists Anonymous by Frances M Lynch sung by the VIRTUAL CHOIR & YOUNG SINGERS
“Beatrix Potter and the Postman” by Frances M Lynch performed by the Virtual Choir with electric voice theatre as part of the “Beatrix Potter’s Secret Kingdom” for UK Fungus Day Oct 2nd 2021

Young Singers Programme

An online programme of training in vocal ensemble techniques through the music of Women Composers which was open to YOUNG SINGERS aged c. 15 – 25 of any gender and at varying skill levels. MORE DETAILS HERE

“Women’s Nature” – the finale event of the Young Singers Programme 11th April 2022 – Picture shows Juan Vidales singing “Bonny at Morn” by Elizabeth Poston
Young Singers trying out Harmonic Singing
Young Singers demonstrating the detailed techniques required to create online recordings of ensemble pieces – “Entomologists Annonymous”Chorus

Song Competitions

There were 2 Song Competitions open to all children of Primary School age – one for Beatrix Potter and the other for Mary Anning with a total of 76 children getting involved. You can hear the winning entries below:-

“A Song for Mary Anning” written by Cohen Baulch age 9; Year 3, Newton Poppleford Primary School; Sarah Mirkin age 8; Mabel Slade age 11; Class 1, Hawkchurch Church of England Primary School; Beech Class, Payhembury Primary School (Demo Recording)


Let’s Do Engineering


Let’s do engineering is a research project by Heriot Watt University providing free online materials for children aged 3 – 7 yrs to learn about the breadth of engineering disciplines through play.
I was commissioned to create 4 songs with 2 engineers looking at Acoustic and Aeronautical Engineering and to create music for a series of dance activities called “Mars Mission” (you can hear the music below). The songs were also recorded with our BSL interpreter Lauren Lister which you can also see below.
You can download the Amy Johnson story here, and there are additional tracks for learning the songs on https://www.letsdoengineering.com/listen.

“Let’s Build a Plane for Amy” (3-5 yrs)
“Amy Johnson” (6-7 yrs)
“I Can’t Hear” (3-5 yrs)
“Listen to the Sound” (6-7 yrs)
Mars Mission
Neutral buoyancy lab Mission
Arctic Mission
Desert Mission