St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir launches new STEM in SONG project11:25, 11th February 2019
Today, Monday 11 February 2019, to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Girls’ Choir of St Catharine’s College in Cambridge launches STEM in SONG – a new outreach project to encourage girls to engage with STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) through music.
STEM in SONG will include several events throughout the year as well as a music video presenting a new composition by Gwyneth Herbert, setting the winning text in a science-song composition by 14-year old Isabella Bridge inspiring girls to pursue studies and careers in the STEM subjects.
2019 also celebrates the International Year of the Periodic Table and to celebrate, the Girls’ Choir will give two interactive performances of Mendeleev’s Dream – a newly commissioned musical work based on the Periodic Table by composer Christopher Fox – which children all over the UK can join in with. These performances will take place on 21 March at St Catharine’s College as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, and on 23 March at the Science Museum, London as part of ChemFest 2019.
Over the last two years, St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir has commissioned a number of new songs about science from composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Nigel Hess, culminating in a collection of works on the subjects for the choir to perform alongside live science experiments.
Edward Wickham, director of music at St Catharine’s College and conductor of the Girls’ Choir said: ‘We are delighted to have backing from chemist Dame Mary Archer and our very own fellow in engineering Jenni Sidey, who is now working at NASA. It is through role models like these and by engaging the girls in the STEM subjects that we can inspire the next generation of astronauts, chemists and engineers.’