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After assessing many outstanding applications to our 2018 Hatched Academy Composer Summer School and Open Mic streams, we’re pleased to announce the successful candidates.

Six composers were chosen from around Australia to take part in our Hatched Academy Composer Summer School, Dec 10-14. Congratulations and welcome to Solly Frank (NSW), Samantha Wolf (VIC), Joanna Ward (NSW), Jakob Bragg (VIC), Joe O’Connor (VIC) and Josten Myburgh (WA). 

We also welcome our inaugural Hatched Open Mic performers, who are developing three sets for performance at 107, Redfern on July 7. Congratulations to Naomi Johnson and Henry Liang, Ensemble Onsombl and Freya Schack-Arnott.

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Just back from a road trip to Brewarinna where the ensemble performed at Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival, Claire Edwardes, Lamorna Nightingale, Freya Schack-Arnott and Jason Noble share their experiences. Read more

Ensemble Offspring is looking for an exceptional individual to be our new General Manager and lead our innovative organisation, now a national leader in the new music field. This position is ideal for a keen arts administrator with experience in production, management, grant writing and fundraising. If you’re someone who is looking to build strategic leadership experience and take the next steps in their arts career leading a small-medium organisation to its next phase of success, come and tell us how you can address the criteria below.
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With three exciting partnerships, three world premieres and the opportunity to showcase Australian work on an international stage, our Hong Kong Artistree Tour was a wonderful experience in artistic and cultural exchange. Claire Edwardes, Lamorna Nightingale and Jason Noble share their personal write-ups below. Read more

In 2017, with generous support from handful of donors passionate about supporting the work of female composers, Ensemble Offspring commissioned, developed and premiered, Pentography, a stunning new sextet by Fiona Hill at Hark The Machine earlier this year. Read more

What people said about our education workshops in 2013/2014

“It was so interesting to be asked by Ensemble Offspring to reconsider what music is. You took the audience including the kids at the workshop on that kind of exploratory journey – plus your energy and enthusiasm was truly palpable.”

David Schama, General Manager Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium (March 2014)

“Thanks for a great workshop on the weekend in humble Gosford Central Coast Conservatorium. I really enjoyed how you spoke to the kids as if you absolutely believed in their capability to embrace new music. I think you won a few new young fans!”

Shayne Leslie, Composer; CEO Leslie Group of Services (March 2014)

“We were delighted to have the Ensemble Offspring here for two wonderful concerts. Thank you for inspiring so many children with your music. It was a splendid team work with Sterre!”

Jan De Moor, Artistic Coordinator Concertgebouw Brugge (October 2013)

“It was a pleasure welcoming you here. The two concerts were just great.”

Jeroen Vanacker, Artistiek Directeur Concertgebouw Brugge (October 2013)

“Pleased to say last night was a big success. The group were in extremely good form (they nailed every piece) and the programme was well appreciated. There was a very nice atmosphere and everyone was super engaged with it. Jenny Walshe was really stoked with the performance of her piece and very impressed by the ensemble generally.”

Matthew Shlomowitz – lecturer Southhampton, composer & host London (October 2013)

“From my own perspective I agree that the workshop was a fabulous success. The experience benefitted not just those students who had pieces performed but everyone else who attended and observed too. The format of the session was very effective, beginning with student pieces followed by some performance and discussion of extracts from Ensemble Offspring’s repertoire. I’m glad to have included some workshopping of my own piece during this session, as it hopefully demonstrated the process involved in creating and realising a new work to our students.”

Jane Stanley – lecturer, composer & host Glasgow University (October 2013)

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“I thought the workshop was excellent all ’round. The ensemble obviously handled everything well. Playing the pieces certainly, as well as giving feedback and advice. I can’t really think of any way in which it might have been improved except to do things like this as often as possible.”

Glasgow University student workshop participant (October 2013)

“Even from the perspective of someone who was just watching, I learned a lot, I wrote several pages of smaller notes but as an overall impression it was a useful reminder that while composing I need to remember that I’m composing music for players with instruments to perform, in a sense it is a lot less abstract then how I was perceiving it before the workshop. I would also like to say that I really really enjoyed the concert on Friday night. Out of all the contemporary music I’ve seen in concert they somehow made it seem very accessible, it was a great programme. So thanks very much for that!”

Glasgow University student workshop participant (October 2013)

“I really enjoyed the workshop – it was a great way to try out new ideas and have them critiqued by a professional ensemble. I benefitted from their insight on aspects such as dynamics, articulation, phrasing, timbral effects, and performance technique. The ensemble gave feedback and ideas on how to improve the piece, which was very useful to hear from a performance perspective. Also, I found the workshop experience very interesting as it gave an insight into how a composer works with ensembles and how you go back and forth with ideas.”

Glasgow University student workshop participant (October 2013)

“Please do pass on my feedback – the concert was phenomenal in my opinion and I really enjoyed how the musicians changed instrumentation and how they moved to different parts of the concert hall for different pieces. It was very engaging. I’ve signed up to their website to get e-mails about what they were doing – I would love to see them again (especially Jason’s Rad poses!). It was just a very practical session – I wish we could be fortunate to have more ensembles come and play our pieces in lectures because it gives us an insight into how things sound together and how to notate parts so they make more sense to the performers!”

Glasgow University student workshop participant (October 2013)

“I found the ensemble the most useful since being at university. They were very in depth with discussing the instruments, and gave insight to the techniques of playing the instruments. I was very grateful that they presented their knowledge plainly.”

Glasgow University student workshop participant (October 2013)

“I don’t think I could give anything but positive feedback on the workshop! Although we didn’t get an enormous amount of time, I don’t think there’s any replacement for having your ideas tested with actual performers. I do feel that I learned a lot and it has helped me shape my ideas for the final submission in ways that would never have occurred to me otherwise. I’d also like to comment on how encouraging and helpful the ensemble were. They did very well in offering suggestions for improvements without ever being negative or harsh and, as a student composer, I felt comfortable taking on their points. They seemed like genuinely lovely people, who were open to ideas and experimentation. Thanks!”

Glasgow University student workshop participant (October 2013)

“I wanted to write you that this workshop On Friday was amazing. Very interesting to listen and watch, also very good tips were given for the composers. I find such workshops really motivating and helping to look at class work from a different perspective. Moreover, the Ensemble Offspring seemed to be professionals in participating in such a workshop. It was so lovely to watch how softly they are saying their critics to the young composers. The critics were said carefully but never swallowed. Also, the two hours of the workshop were not too long as the Ensemble Offspring were very enthusiastic and astonishing. Many thanks for organizing this workshop!”

Glasgow University student workshop participant (October 2013)

This month, Ensemble Offspring will say goodbye to its first ever General Manager, Janine Marshman, who has announced she is stepping down to move onto an exciting new opportunity as Digital Editor for ABC Classic FM.
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Ensemble Offspring is excited to be working again with Brisbane based composer Erik Griswold in 2018!
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We’re excited to announce Ensemble Offspring’s first-ever Associate Artist is clarinettist, Georgina Oakes. 

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“One of the challenges as a composer is what to do after the premiere of a new work – will it have a life beyond that initial performance or drift into the ether?” Tristan Coelho, Australian composer

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