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Ensemble Offspring is currently touring Europe. Flautist Lamorna Nightingale shares her experience of the group’s first gig in Berlin.

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During NAIDOC week, we were proud to announce Brenda Gifford as our inaugural ‘First Nations Composer in Residence’ for 2020.  

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Read Angus McPherson’s Limelight review of Kontiki Racket Festival highlighting our fun ‘instrument petting zoo’ as well as the fact that 14 of our 20 programmed composers were women. 

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Melbourne-based composer and pun enthusiast Samantha Wolf is quickly gaining recognition as one of Australia’s most distinctive young voices. A graduate of the Queensland and Melbourne Conservatoriums, and the recipient of numerous awards, her music has been described as ‘haunting’ ‘enigmatic’ and ‘inspired’. She uses elements of solo, chamber, choral, band and orchestral works, interdisciplinary collaborations, and electroacoustic and fixed media works that incorporate noise, speech, and found sounds.

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Alice Humphries is an incredibly versatile composer, arranging work across the jazz and contemporary classical worlds. Her world premiere “Patience” will be performed at Kontiki Racket Festival this month.

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Missy Mazzoli is truly one of a kind. With a reputation for “being consistently inventive” and “daring” she’s also been labelled as “Brooklyn’s Post-millennial Mozart”. We’ll be performing her work ‘Orrizonte’ at our upcoming Kontiki Racket Festival.

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Christopher Fox is a British-based composer whose work has been described as “impossible to categorise”. We’ll be performing his new work ‘Iron Rain‘ at our upcoming Kontiki Racket Festival.

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Hilary is the cellist and a driving force behind Adelaide’s premier string group, Zephyr Quartet. Her new work ‘Exquisite Peace’ will feature as part of the quartet’s eclectic program at our 2019 Kontiki Racket Festival.

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Ensemble Offspring needs a keen, sharp and talented individual to be our new Marketing & Development Coordinator, and support Artistic Director Claire Edwardes in maintaining the company’s international reputation for groundbreaking artistic work. We are looking for someone who possesses digital media as well as marketing skills, and has excellent relationship management capabilities too. If you’re someone who is looking to build stakeholder relationship experience and take the next steps in your career with a growing and successful small arts organisation, come and tell us about yourself.

About Ensemble Offspring:
Ensemble Offspring is a Sydney based chamber music group with almost 25 years of experience in championing adventurous new music nationally and internationally. Led by acclaimed percussionist, Claire Edwardes, and featuring some of Australia’s most innovative performers, the organisation is passionate about nurturing the work of emerging and living composers, and works with a remarkable array of local, national and international artists. The organisation has multi-year funding with both the Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW, and is based at the Red Rattler Theatre, Marrickville.

The Position:
The Marketing & Development Coordinator is a critical role for Ensemble Offspring. We are looking for a positive and energetic new face for the company who will promote our culture of innovation, excellence and agility, by supporting our vision. You will ensure that the ensemble’s marketing and promotional needs are being met by running the day-to-day operations of communications, maintenance of our website and online presence, with a focus on the technical skills for digital modes of dissemination a must. You will pursue development opportunities and plan fundraising events, diversifying an expanding range of potential income streams, including government grants, philanthropic, corporate and private donors, foundations and trusts, and business partnerships. This is a unique opportunity to join a vibrant and successful music organisation, working with a small and dedicated team in an exciting next phase of Ensemble Offspring’s trajectory.

Application Process:
Please find the full position description and list of selection criteria HERE. Candidates should submit enquiries and applications via email to nick@ensembleoffspring.com by 8 March, including a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and a current Curriculum Vitae.

We expect to interview shortlisted candidates in the week commencing 11 March and, ideally, would like the successful candidate to commence as soon as possible.

In February of this year Ensemble Offspring presented Hark the Machine, at Sydney Opera House. ABC Classic FM’s Stephen Adams has devoted one of his in-depth podcast episodes to this remarkable event, for New Waves: Read more