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Festivals - Events - Workshops

bringing contemporary music and arts to the widest possible audience


Saturday May 27th to Sunday June 4th

Eye Music Trust and The Rothschild Foundation present the popular annual Colourscape Festival at Waddesdon Manor

In 2018 visitors to Waddesdon Manor were treated to a fabulous experience - our newest Colourscape created especially for the Aviary Lawn by artists Peter Jones and Lynne Dickens in the Waddesdon grounds was filled to capacity every day. This new site has been a great success for visitors and Colourscape is always very popular. The Aviary site has refreshments nearby.

In 2023 we are again presenting our magnificent Colourscape specially created for Waddesdon - the 56-chamber Aviary Colourscape with a special Silver performance Dome. This 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.

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 27th: Michael Ormiston and Domenic Deccico perform on a wide range of ethnic instruments from around the world
Sunday May 28th: Music and Dance with Alan Tomlinson (trombone); John Butcher (sax); David Stevens (computers and sensors) and Jemima Brown (creative movement)
Monday May 29th: Sylvia Hallett, Ansuman Biswas and Hannah Marshall. Instruments ranging from Waterphones to cello to amplified bicycle wheel!
Tuesday May 30th: Waddesdon closed!
Wed May 31st to Fri June 2nd: Resident festival musician Michael Ormiston presents free-flowing performances and workshops for families. Fantastic for all ages from babies through to 100 year-olds
Saturday June 3rd: Oxford Improvisers: Local improvising ensemble perform throughout Colourscape
Sunday June 4th: Rarescale ensemble perform new music with microtonal flutes, oboe and electronics.

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

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

ADMISSION: PRE-BOOKED ONLY £6 Adult; £4 Child. PLUS ground admission charge (or NT membership). TO BOOK TICKETS and for full admission details on the Waddesdon website CLICK HERE