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Families, Music, film & theatre, Outdoors


Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June 2017

10.30am-4.30pm, with music playing from 11am-3.30pm

Adult £5, Child £3 Normal grounds admission applies

During spring 2017 an extraordinary experience of colour and light lands again on the Waddesdon lawns. A brand-new Colourscape with long sensational views will be installed on the Aviary lawn.

By popular demand we bring Colourscape back to Waddesdon with a brand-new structure created specially to exactly fit the Aviary lawn.  Long views of intense colour and light stretch out – the longest view ever created in Colourscape will appear in the ‘Aviary Colourscape’. Enter a new world where you can explore intense light, colour and space in 56 interlinked chambers and encounter unusual musical experiences during your journey.

Each day there will be different music and dance performances – resident musician, Michael Ormiston creates family-friendly free-flowing workshops for all on weekdays and at weekends

we present Hurdy-Gurdy, panpipes, dance, flutes from around the world and a spectacular theatre-piece with dance and acoustic costumes.

Returning to Waddesdon for its fourth year, Colourscape is for visitors of all ages and promises an experience you will not forget.

Important things to know:

  • Pay on the day for entry into Colourscape
  • Maximum capacity of 83 visitors at any one time.
  • Admission up to 30 minutes.
  • There may be a queue at busy times.
  • Pushchairs are not allowed inside Colourscape, please park them outside and collect when you’ve been through.
  • Please check Facebook and Twitter for real time updates on the weather and capacity.

Colourscape performances

Sat 27 May – Stevie Wishart
One of the most well known performers on Hurdy-Gurdy, her music flows seamlessly from Renaissance through to contemporary sounds. She’s joined by Festival Directors Lawrence Casserley and Simon Desorgher on computer-processing and flutes.

Sun 28 May – Flutes of the World
A new ensemble formed specially for Waddesdon. Ethnic flute player Clive Bell performs on instruments ranging from Chinese flutes to Japanese Shakuhachi. Simon Desorgher performs on the full range of concert flutes and Julian Elvira performs on the giant contrabass flute.

Mon 29 May – Symphony of the Senses
Come into the intense COLOUR AND LIGHT of Colourscape and experience all the senses fused into one amazing show. Hear music that represents the musical sounds of the human body – dancers play TOUCH surfaces and release FRAGRANCES and TASTES into the flowing air within Colourscape. This new show has been created by composers Simon Desorgher, Lawrence Casserley, David Stevens and Michael Ormiston. With movement and fragrances created by Tanya Richam-Odoi and theatrical producer Francisca Picon Asensio.

Weekdays – 30 May to 2 June – Michael Ormiston
Free-flowing performances and workshops for families. Fantastic for all ages from babies through to 100 year olds.

Sat 3 June – SPORE created by sculptor Jeff Higley
The 2013 Eye Music Commission was this Sound and Space project conceived by visual artist, Jeff Higley, working with composer, Michael Parsons for 4 dancers, 3 musicians, a vocalist and an engineer. Masked and costumed dancers with harmonic flutes spread through the chambers of Colourscape like “spores” given off by harmonic flutes and gongs.

Sun 4 June – Richard Durrant
An internationally recognised concert guitarist, a composer and an old friend of Colourscape. He’s equally at home whether appearing as a concerto soloist in the Royal Albert Hall or giving a ukulele recital in the wilds of Paraguay. Following recent concerts around the UK and in South America, Richard will arrive in Colourscape with his new concert guitar (made from 5,000 year old English, black oak) on which he will play his own original music and half improvised arrangements of music by JS Bach, Purcell, Elgar and John Renbourn. Richard will be playing JS Bach and British folk music on the Uffington Tenor Guitar.

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