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SEVEN STORIES, our genre-defying, cross-arts collaboration premiered at City Recital Hall on Saturday 3rd June, 2017. Watch the slideshow below and read our favourite review here.
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SEVEN STORIES, our genre-defying, collaborative work combining music, storytelling and film premieres on June 3rd, 2017 at City Recital Hall.
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Sizzle 2017 was huge! On the 23rd April we took over the Petersham Bowling Club once again with performances, a workshop and an interactive installation.
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With this year being all about championing female composers at Ensemble Offspring, we thought it apt to launch our first ever commissioning circle, NOISY WOMEN on International Women’s Day.

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After assessing 60 applications and sifting through lots of high-calibre work samples we finally have our 4 successful Hatchlings for 2017. Congratulations and welcome to Hatched Academy: (from left to right above) Ciaran Frame (NSW composer), Luke Carbon (VIC clarinet + sax), Jasmin Leung (QLD composer) and Kieran Welch (QLD viola). We look forward to working with you!

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We’ve put together a gallery of highlights from the year that was – and what a big year it was! Join us in fondly looking back through a truly wonderful 2016.
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“… joining choirs and children’s recorder groups, cows in the background and children swinging from the play equipment… Offspring brought the event to life and were perfect for this year’s Tyalgum Music Festival” – Anna McMichael, Co-Artistic Director of Tyalgum Music Festival
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Ensemble Offspring is honoured to have received the Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation on Tuesday 16th August in Melbourne at our industry event hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.
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We are excited to be premiering a new work by Lisa Illean in 2017, commissioned through the new APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. Read more

In a recent article in The Conversation, The sound of silence: why aren’t Australia’s female composers being heard?, it was proposed that only 10% of Ensemble Offspring’s 2016 programs featured music by women composers. We are unsure of how the authors collected their data, nor why that particular data set was chosen, however over 60% of our 2016 programs feature music created by women — both through notated composition or improvisation*. We question the research methods undertaken by the authors and believe that it is detrimental to quote one incorrect and seemingly shocking number of an ensemble’s activity in one year, without contextualising it. We would also like to draw attention and pay our respects to the many other individuals and organisations addressing this issue mostly in a quiet way, effecting change through their operations and actions. Read more