Announcing Ensemble Offspring’s new “Hatched Home Academy”

Our Associate Artist for 2021, Will Hansen, looks down at his double bass while performing. He is standing in front of a pink, brick wall.

We are delighted to present Hatched Home Academy: Mentoring Sessions for emerging artists and a new commission up for grabs!


Ensemble Offspring is committed to supporting young performers and composers who might be feeling a little bit frustrated with the current state of affairs and offer up our musicians as mentors for a month. They will be offering career advice sessions, instrumental lessons, composition lessons, instrumental part try-outs, mini one-on-one composition workshops, industry advice or whatever you need – get your questions ready and ask away! Participants over 18 from around Australia are encouraged to apply. If you are based in Sydney there will be the option of meeting up with your mentor in person but the majority of meetings will occur online via Zoom. 

Approximately 15 x 1 hour sessions will be offered to budding young artists from around the country. You will have the choice of the following mentors who are our core instrumentalists first and foremost but have a huge amount of general industry expertise to impart. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick our brains and ask all those questions you have been burning to ask for years!

One-on-one mentor sessions to occur between 29 June – 31 July 2020.

Mentors – Claire Edwardes (artistic director/percussion), Veronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris(cello), Jason Noble (clarinet), Zubin Kanga (piano), Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Roland Peelman(conductor/artistic director)


You’ve been stuck at home for the past 2 months and either your creative juices have been stifled or they have been generously flowing. But whatever your situation, you’re probably not making a mozza right now. So with the extra incentive of $2000 now could be the time to be inspired by the offer of Ensemble Offspring workshopping and premiering your new work.

We are looking for a simple project, which is original, creative and inspiring for us to perform or document. It doesn’t have to be digital but it can be – it doesn’t have to be rolled out during COVID restrictions but it can be. It could be a piece, which we will premiere live in our 2021 program or it could be an original concept for online dissemination. We aren’t picky and want you to lead the way. So let your imagination run wild and send us your ideas!

Artists of any age can apply as long as they consider themselves emerging. Applications close 12 June and advised by 26 June.

For more information, head to our Hatched Home Academy page