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Oxford Lieder in Witney: The Thought Machine

19 October 2019, 11:00 - 12:30


A magical Thought Machine lets us use our imagination to go anywhere… Dynamic singer-pianist ensemble Songspiel, together with hand shadowgrapher Drew Colby, introduce a range of weird and wistful characters from anxious Viking warriors to the superhero Hamster Man. With music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, poetry by Kate Wakeling from her award-winning collection Moon Juice, and hand-formed shadow backdrops, this is a fun, participatory event for young people aged 6-11.


Drew Colby will give a hand shadow workshop following on from the performance which needs to be booked separately to the earlier performance.

Presented in association with Witney Music Society

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Artist Portrait




Formed at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama following a side-by-side project with pianist Alisdair Hogarth and The Prince Consort at Wigmore Hall, SongSpiel seeks to revitalise the song repertoire by exploring new possibilities of dramatic presentation, online content and an equal emphasis on both new and established repertoire. Recent concerts include Schumann Spanisches Liederspiel & William Marsey Austerity Songs (new commission) at St James' Piccadily, Brahms Liebeslieder and Hough Other Love Songs at the Sarah Abraha... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Drew Colby

Drew Colby


Drew Colby (born in Great Britain) has worked with puppets in Southern Africa and the UK for over 30 years. He began with glove puppets and marionettes at the age of 12, whilst at school in Namibia. His first professional work was from 1995 – 1998 at the Playhouse Puppet Company in Durban, South Africa. Work spanned traditional double-bridge, long-string marionette shows, open stage bunraku-style puppetry, and performances with mixed styles of puppetry, acting, mask work and dance. From this experience Drew developed work over the next... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

Beyond Oxford

We are delighted to work in partnership with two thriving promoters in Witney and Wallingford to present two days of song in these beautiful Oxfordshire towns. Both partnerships will follow similar formats: SongSpiel's fun and inspiring family concert; a talk given by the brilliantly engaging Katy Hamilton, aiming to demystify the song recital for anyone who previously felt it wasn't fo...

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