Upcoming Shows

An intimate trio setting brings together an array of original chamber works by Australian composers as breathtaking as a lyrebird. On flute, clarinet and percussion, with sounds both familiar and intriguing – butcherbirds, blackbirds, leafcutter ants and frogs – a journey into nature via the concert hall. Written especially for the members of Ensemble Offspring, these new works are inspired by birdsong and the weird and wonderful squeaks, croaks and creaks of the Australian bush to welcome in the dusk.

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Hatched Academy is Ensemble Offspring’s intensive performance and composition mentoring program designed to provide practical experience to the next generation of innovative young Australian artists. Hatched Academy participants are our artistic and cultural leaders of the future. Read more about all strands of the program HERE.

Come along to Sydney Hatched Academy performance in August & December.

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2019 sweeps Ensemble Offspring all the way across the globe. In the northern hemisphere, we will once again present our Suppression Dam collaboration in Berlin (hosted by Ensemble Adapter), as well as the world premiere of a new commission by Scottish gem, Genevieve Murphy at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, with pop up performances in Amsterdam, Scotland and Ireland.

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Inspired by Australian bush classics such as The Magic Pudding, Blinky Bill and The Muddleheaded Wombat, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney’s favourite musical mavericks, take toddlers and their families on a journey to experience the wonderment of chamber music for the first time. Featuring old-fashioned colonial folk tunes, sounds of the Australian bush, instrumental demonstrations, hands on percussion fun and music by much loved Australian composers.

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Improvisation, at its best, is a living experience; a timbrel, textural, visceral approach to music making. With one foot in the past and one foot in the future, the players give and take in equal measure, building a collective response to moment. This evening of ‘in-the-moment’ collaborations explores a global history of art music, folk music’s, and western classical music.

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Lone Hemispheres features chamber musicians as soloists in works inspired by masterpieces of the European avant-garde. Performing alone yet moving within each other’s orbit, Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet) and Claire Edwardes (percussion) explore harmonious solitude in world premieres by Damien Ricketson, 2017 Noisy Women Commission recipient Elizabeth Younan and local composer, Tristan Coelho. These new Australian works comment on and are framed in concert, by classics of the genre by Franco Donatoni and Luciano Berio.

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New soundtrack by Perth composer Chris Tonkin, performed live by Ensemble Offspring in a cinema near you. Released in 1922, this cult silent era film was an unauthorised adaptation of ‘Dracula’. Stokes heirs sued the makers and ruled all copies be destroyed – however a few survived and the film is now considered a masterpiece of 20th Century cinema. Presented by the Goethe Institute for their KinoKonzert series.

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A visceral world of living and breathing new sounds, sinuous, sculptural and sizzling, in the form of a two-day festival event at Paddington Town Hall. Kontiki Racket counterpoints Ensemble Offspring with Adelaide’s celebrated string ensemble Zephyr Quartet, and throws in Hatched Academy artists past and current as well as a live installation of our latest line up of Offspring Bites videos. An immersive event showcasing the latest new music from around the globe in an expedition of invention.

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Ensemble Offspring are playing at Classical:NEXT Showcase Festival in Rotterdam in May. This is a rare opportunity to share our music with people from all around the world. Across different formats including showcases, conference panels and pitches, Classical:NEXT presents artists and ensembles from every part of our globe that pushes the boundaries and extend the horizons of art music. The Showcase Festival shows artists and productions in a series of short, live concerts designed to put on display the most extraordinary talents available in contemporary music.

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From art music to pop music and everything in between, Sizzle returns to the Petersham Bowling Club for another year of free, family-friendly aural delights. 2019 will see Ensemble Offspring joined by a local school concert band, a remount of some of the songs of Seven Stories featuring Jodi Phillis of The Clouds, our Hatched Academy Associate Artist Henry Justo on viola, and much more musical goodness. Bring the family and revel in the fun and raucous variety show that is Ensemble Offspring’s annual Sizzle.

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