bringing contemporary music and arts to the widest possible audience
Saturday May 25th to Sunday June 2nd
Eye Music Trust and The Rothschild Foundation present
The fifth 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 25th- Oxford Improvisers perform: Musicians will be found anywhere within the intense colour labyrinth. Spontaneous ensembles form and change throughout the day leading the public on a journey of colour and music.
Sunday May 26th- Sounds Positive Ensemble perform "How far away is a Rainbow?"
An exploration of the seven colours of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) and the ‘invisible’ colours (infrared and ultraviolet) through music, story and dance.Specially composed music for acoustic instruments and semi-improvised music with live electronic processing will explore the relationships between colour, sound and space and be performed throughout Colourscape. From time to time a ‘mythical bird’ dancer will lead audience members through the Colourscape structure to various coloured chambers where musicians will be performing and children will be invited to participate on hand held percussion instruments. Rainbow stories from various cultures interspersed with short scientific facts about rainbows (suitable for adults and children alike) will punctuate the performance. These will be related live by a storyteller whose voice, like the music, will be projected throughout Colourscape. Music composed by Avril Anderson and David Sutton-Anderson
Whit Monday May 27th - Young composer Aurora Nishevci creates sonic representations of colour. The public are also invited to draw their responses to the music and the musicians respond in music. Resident musician Michael Ormiston and dancer Jemima Brown also perform.
Weekdays May 28th to 31st - Michael Ormiston: free-flowing performances and workshops for families. Fantastic for all ages from babies through to 100 year-olds
Saturday June 1st - JUICE The young award-winning female vocal ensemble perform music from baroque to present-day.
Sunday June 2nd - Beibei Wang plays traditional Chinese Percussion and contemporary music on instruments as varied as electronic marimba and Water Bowls. She is joined by Colourscape Festival Directors Simon Desorgher on flutes and Lawrence Casserley on computers.
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. THIS YEAR WE ARE RUNNING OUR "VIRTUAL QUEUING" SYSTEM SO THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO STAY IN A QUEUE AND CAN ENJOY THE GARDENS WHILE YOU WAIT.
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