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.


After a long break from live performances, we’re very excited to be back on stage! Our new project Ensonglopedia of the Human has both a digital and a live version. We launched the live version at Brighton Fringe in June (where it got this lovely review), and the first two webisodes of the digital version are out now – see the embedded videos to the right.

We’ve recorded a 20-track album of songs from the show and webisode series, which you can stream for free here.

We’re also starting to build a lovely tour for the autumn,  please see our list of upcoming performances to find out when we’re coming to a venue near you.

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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Upcoming performances

Date & timePlaceShowTickets & more info
Fri 20th & Sun 29th Aug ’21Green Man Festival, WalesEnsonglopedia – 40-minute compilation showFestival SOLD OUT
Sat 4th Sept
10:30am, 1:30pm & 4pm
St Helens Town CentreNow That’s What I Call A Lot Of Songs About Science x3FREE – details here
Sat 18th Sep ’21 @ 11:30am & 2:30pmThe Old Town Hall, Hemel HempsteadEnsonglopedia of Animals x2 Tickets here
24-25 Sept ’21, five short performancesScience in the City, Valetta, MaltaNow That’s What I Call A Lot Of Songs About ScienceCheck back soon.
Sat 2nd Oct ’21 @ midday & 2pmArts Depot, FinchleyEnsonglopedia of Animals x2 FREE EVENT, info here
Fri 8th Oct ’21Malvern Festival of Innovation, Great Malvern20 minute slot as part of Science & Technology Comedy NightTickets on sale soon, more info here
Sat 9th Oct ’21 @ 1:30pmWorld Space Week, GuildfordEnsonglopedia of SpaceFREE – details here
Sat 16 Oct ’21 @
11am & 2pm
Pegasus Theatre, OxfordEnsonglopedia of the Human x2Tickets here
Sat 23rd Oct ’21 @ 10am & 11:30Lancashire Science FestivalEnsonglopedia of the Human x2Tickets on sale soon, more info here
Sun 24th Oct ’21 @ 2pmThe Komedia, BrightonEnsonglopedia of the HumanTickets here
Thu 28 Oct ’21
@ 7pm
Kirkgate Arts, Kirkgate, CockermouthEnsonglopedia of the HumanTickets here
Fri 29th Oct ’21 @ 7:30pmLindow Hall, Bowness-on-SolwayEnsonglopedia of the HumanTickets here
Sat 30th Oct ’21 @ 2pm (with a songwriting workshop at 11:30am)Florence Mine Arts Centre, EgremontEnsonglopedia of the HumanTickets here
Sun 31st Oct ’21 @
11:30am & 2:30pm
Waterside, Sale, Greater ManchesterEnsonglopedia of Animals x2 Tickets here

“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!]