Acoustic Ritual @ Old 505

‘I was pleased to attend a concert win a new venue in Sydney. It reminds me of the 1970’s when new music was played in all sorts of environments…This series is an important addition to the vibrant cultural life of Newtown.’

Allan Holley, ClassikON

Read more about educational mission here.

A new monthly new music series launches in Sydney’s inner west at the Old 505 Theatre, Newtown. Known for its jazz, 505 on Cleveland Street closed its doors at the end of 2019, making way for a week of acoustic music each month as part of ‘Acoustic Ritual’. 

Curated by Lamorna Nightingale and Claire Edwardes, true to their roots the pair have put together a program of original music featuring established artists alongside emerging voices and international guests.   

5 Eliza St, Newtown
8pm doors, 8:30pm show (1 hour)
Tickets $25


5 February BackStage Music presents FLOATING SHADOWS

Elisabeth Harnik (piano), Ben Ward (double bass), Freya Schack-Arnott (cello), James Nightingale (saxophone), Siân Lindsay (modular synth)
Concert Details >>>

4 March Ensemble Offspring presents EPIC FRAGMENTS

Jason Noble (clarinet), Ben Kopp (piano)
Works by Berg, Polias, Maxwell Davies, Wieland, Pertout & Widmann

8 April BackStage Music presents LOVE-DEATH MUSIC – CANCELLED

Sonya Lifschitz (piano), Christine Johnston (vocals & more)
Works by George Crumb

6 May OPUS NOW presents #19 – CANCELLED

Anna Fraser (soprano), Adam Jeffery (bass drum), Gurtrud Leopard (bass drum), Kristian Winther (violin), Victoria Bihun (violin), Elizabeth Woolnough (viola), Chris Piddock (cello)
Works by Grisey, Bartok, von Bingen & Gubaidulina

3 June Ensemble Offspring presents REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS – POSTPONED TO 2021

Will Hansen (2020 Associate Artist – double bass), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Sonya Lifschitz (piano)
Works by Davidson, Kirkland Snider, Saariaho, Fox, Macken & Moore 

1 July Halcyon presents HALCYON

Jenny Duck-Chong (voice) and Friends

6 August Ensemble Offspring presents SONGBIRDS

Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Sonya Lifschitz (piano)
Works by Wilcox, Rose/Taylor, Brophy, Moore, Edwardes, Coelho & Loader

Concert Details >>> 

30 Sept BackStage Music presents CARCASSES OF ANGELS

Clocked Out: Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion), Erik Griswold (piano/keyboard) + Cat Hope (flutes/electric bass), Kayleigh Pincott (vocals)
Works by Griswold, Tomlinson, Hope & Pincott

4 November Ensemble Offspring presents NGARRA-BURRIA: First Peoples Composers 

Freya Schack-Arnott (cello), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet)
Works by Simpson, Avery, Henry & Gifford 

Concert Details >>>

16 December BackStage Music presents PHOTOPLAY

Jane Aubourg (violin), Elizabeth Jigalin (piano), Naomi Johnson (flute), Peter Leung (saxophone)


‘Ensemble Offspring’s Epic Fragments had virtuosic energy and exquisite ‘very very soft’  – Alan Holley, ClassikON Read the full review here.