in association with
Peter Smithers –Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society,
Biomedical & Biological Sciences, Plymouth University
Dr. Ruth Gilbert - Senior Lecturer in English, University of Winchester
and Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute,
University of Southampton
solo voice and bass clarinet
celebrating the eminent entomologist
“Miriam” is currently in development, supported by Ento '13 (Royal Entomological Society International Symposium
and Annual National Science Meeting) at St. Andrew’s University. There was a private ‘work in progress’ showing at Ento on 4th
solo voice, gravel and rocks
premiered at St. Magnus Festival 2012 by Alison Wells
of the famous Victorian paleontologist
In the UK, young women approaching their final school exams are not rushing to join the scientific professions.
is aimed at providing them with female role models in both science and the arts. The stories of eminent women
scientists are told through the medium of arresting and powerful music-theatre.
Supported by living scientists
this project will grow over the next few years, commissioning work from British Women Composers, collaborating with British Women
Scientists, and performing, lecturing and workshopping at schools across the UK and scientific and arts events.
Roman goddess of wisdom, war and the arts and crafts, daughter of Jupiter and an inspiration to women in pursuit of
Often portrayed fully dressed in armour, “she is the thinking, calculating and inventive power personified, (Smith, 1867)” She
is also said to have invented musical instruments, and bestowed the gifts of the arts to a few chosen individuals. Marrying the twin
concepts of scientific intellect and musical creativity, Minerva stands as the perfect figurehead for what the Minerva Scientifica project
sets out to do.
A workshop session with composer Karen Wimhurst
Frances M Lynch as Mary Anning, looking for fossils on the beach