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Waddesdon Colourscape Festival

Saturday May 26th to Sunday June 3rd

Eye Music Trust and The Rothschild Foundation present

The fourth annual Colourscape Festival at Waddesdon Manor

Last year visitors to Waddesdon Manor were treated to a fabulous experience - a brand-new Colourscape was created especially for the Aviary Lawn in the Waddesdon grounds. This new site has been a great success for visitors. Colourscape is always very popular and attracts queues. The Aviary site has coffee and ice-cream stalls and the nearby Aviary - so at busy queuing times there are activities and refreshments nearby.

We are presenting our magnificent new Colourscape specially created for Waddesdon - the 56-chamber Aviary Colourscape with a special Silver performance Dome

This new Aviary Colourscape has some of the longest views ever created by the Colourscape artists and a long journey of intense colours leads to music and dance which can be found anywhere inside on the journey.

Put on a coloured cloak and enter into a new world of colour, light and music where you become part of the experience!

Each day there will be public performances - sometimes you will be able to join in. On weekdays our resident musician, Michael Ormiston, performs on ethnic instruments (you can take part too); on weekends we have many varied ensembles.


Saturday May 26th - Max Eastley and John Butcher perform: Max Eastley plays his own extraordinary invented instruments - long string instruments that create haunting sounds. He is joined by John Butcher with his own brand of extended sax playing and Festival Director Lawrence Casserley on computer-processing.

Whit Sunday May 27th - "Imaginary Music": Sylvia Hallett plays unusual instruments including bicycle wheels, hurdy-gurdy and shells. Mike Adcock plays his own created slate xylophones, accordian and other instruments.

Whit Monday May 28th - Ansuman Biswas and friends: Ansuman Biswas is a regular composer/performer in Colourscape. His playing includes Asian percussion and instruments new and old. In Waddesdon Colourscape he performs with Paul Johnson (bagpipes from Ireland, Galicia, Portugal and other ethnic instruments)

Weekdays May 29th to June 1st - Michael Ormiston: free-flowing performances and workshops for families. Fantastic for all ages from babies through to 100 year-olds

Saturday June 2nd - Consortium The young award-winning recorder ensemble play music from baroque to present-day on a huge range from the massive contra-bass through to tiny sopranino.

Sunday June 3rd - Kristiina Ilmonen plays traditional Finnish wind and percussion instruments. Her playing is vibrant and inspirational. She is joined by Colourscape regulars Michael Ormiston (Mongolian Overtone Singing and Far Eastern instruments) and Festival Director Simon Desorgher on flutes.

TIMES: From 10.30am to 4.30pm Continuous performances throughout the day (music plays from 11am to 3.30pm).

PLEASE NOTE that at busy times there may be a queue to enter Colourscape. We aim to keep queuing times as short as possible

LOCATION: Waddesdon Manor HP18 0JH - the main Visitor entrance is via Silk Street

ADMISSION: Adults: £5; Children £3 plus normal Garden admission charges. See Waddesdon Manor website for full admission details click HERE