Welcome to the world of Ensonglopedia

An Ensonglopedia is a musical and alphabetical adventure, with a series of super songs, some serious, some somewhat sillier some say, on a selection of (sometimes scientific) subjects.  All songs are siphoned from the synapses of semi-Swede John Hinton.

COVID-19 NEWS: Like the rest of the world we’re taking a little break from live performance for the time being, and have been releasing lots of stuff on YouTube instead – take a look and please subscribe. We hope to be back on the road again sometime in 2021, so please see our list of upcoming performances to find out what’s in the pipeline.

Our weekly alphabetical song challenge

John Hinton has set himself the challenge of writing and recording a song a week, for 26 weeks, on a topic of science suggested by viewers, one for each letter of the alphabet. Here’s how he’s getting on:


Our recent lockdown project:

‘Nature Under Lock(down) and Key(change)’

Over the summer we were commissioned by Live and Local to collaborate with the beautiful Foundry Wood in Leamington Spa and write a series of songs about people’s relationship with nature during the lockdown. We’re really pleased with the outcome and would love to share it with you: check out the online performance and here’s the studio-recorded album:

We have an enticing selection of six Ensonglopedias for your perusal. Please choose from the following menu:

Ensonglopedia of Science
Ensonglopedia of Animals
Ensonglopedia of British History
Ensonglopedia of the Human
Ensonglopedia of Plants

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© Alex Brenner

© Alex Brenner

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Upcoming performances

Date & timePlaceShowTickets & more info
Sat 20th Feb ’21
Komedia, BrightonEnsonglopedia of the HumanWill now be taking place online here
Sat 27 Feb ’21
Time TBC
Kirkgate Arts, Kirkgate, CockermouthEnsonglopedia of the HumanPOSTPONED
Sun 27 March ’21
Time TBC
The Assembly Rooms, PresteigneEnsonglopedia of the HumanPOSTPONED
Fri 4 June ’21 Time TBCThe Montgomery, SheffieldEnsonglopedia of the Human POSTPONED
Sat 5 June ’21
Pegasus Theatre, OxfordEnsonglopedia of the Human POSTPONED
Thu 17 June ’21
Time TBC
Sussex University, FalmerEnsonglopedia of the Human Free entry.
Sat 18 Sept ’21
Time TBC
The Old Town Hall, Hemel HempsteadEnsonglopedia of AnimalsCheck back soon.
Sun 10 Oct ’21
11:30am & 2:30pm
Waterside, Sale, Greater ManchesterEnsonglopedia of Animals x2 Check back soon.

“Wow!  What a selection. What a demonstration of the immense range of science… OUTSTANDING SHOW”
Fringe Review on Ensonglopedia of Science [Click for full review]

“Gloriously intricate lyrics and a few audacious rhymes complete a tightly-packed hour which demands your full attention but rewards it with plenty of offbeat humour… A geeky treat”
★★★★ Fringe Guru on Ensonglopedia of Science [Click for full review]

“Ensonglopedia of Animals is a riot and Hinton is a passionate and imaginative entertainer who deserves full marks for the energy, creativity and lyrical content of his work.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby [click for full review]

“Infectiously fun, genuinely clever, and impossible to dislike… Brilliant!”
Brighton and Hove News on Ensonglopedia of Animals [click for full review]

Ensonglopedia of Science: nominated for the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, Brighton Fringe 2017

Ensonglopedia of British History
Nominated for Brighton Fringe Broadway Bobby Award 2019
[click here for proof!]