Birdsong at Dusk 2020 – 25th Birthday Australian Tour

Wednesday 27 May 8:30pm – Melbourne Digital Concert Hall: Satellite Concert
Tickets $24

Experience an intimate performance celebrating our 25th birthday featuring an array of original chamber works by nature’s own composers – butcherbirds, blackbirds, lorikeets and leafcutter ants, frogs and flamingos – as the sun goes down.

With a little help from eight Australian composers and three of our very own instrumentalists, their familiar calls and songs morph into surprising and beguiling chamber jewels for flute, clarinet and vibraphone. All seven works have been written by some of Australia’s leading composers especially for the members of Ensemble Offspring.

After many seasons spent listening and recording in Central Australia, Hollis Taylor brings us the song of the pied butcher bird in Bitter Springs Creek 2014, while Kate Moore takes the liquid melodies of the European blackbird and intertwines alto flute, bass clarinet and vibraphone in an intricate counterpoint. Fiona Loader’s Lorikeet Corroboree is an upbeat, punchy work which weaves the crazy chatter of Australia’s rainbow lorikeets in with some older, ground-dwelling composers, with fragments from Papageno’s magic flute, Vaughan Williams’ the Lark Ascending and the scintillating sound world of Messiaen. Meanwhile Gerard Brophy makes flamingos dance and humming birds buzz in his brand new 3 movement tour-de-force Beautiful Birds

And don’t miss the return of the otherworldly sounds of the waterphone, live, in its natural habitat. 

Creative Director (Sydney Festival)
Michelle St Anne – The Living Room Theatre


Sunday 12 January 3pm, 5pm, 8pm – Q Station Manly, Sydney Festival Salon Series
Tickets $89 SOLD OUT

Thursday 30 April, 6pm – CANCELLED – aMBUSH Gallery, ANU, Canberra International Music Festival (other Festival events – Bilby’s Bluegum Melodies, Banksia Sonata)
Tickets $25/$10 + booking fee

Saturday 23 May, 2:30pm – CANCELLED – Montsalvat Concert Series, Victoria,
Tickets $35/$25 + booking fee

Sunday 24 May, 2:30pm – CANCELLED – Mount Macedon Concert Series, Victoria
Tickets $50/$35 + booking fee

Wednesday 12 August, 8pm – Old 505 Theatre, Newtown

Sunday 16 August – Noosa Music Society, Noosa

Saturday 17 October – Spring Bay Mill, Tasmania


Kate Moore – Blackbird Song (flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone) (2018) 9.5′
Felicity Wilcox – People of this place (bass clarinet solo) (2016) 5.5′
Fiona Loader – Lorikeet Corroboree (flute, clarinet, vibraphone) (2016) 6.5′
Tristan Coelho – Daybreak (flute, electronics) (2018) 8′
Hollis Taylor/Jon Rose – Bitter Springs Creek 2014 (flute, clarinet, vibraphone, field recording) (2019) 10′ 
Claire Edwardes –  Screechers & Sorrows (waterphone solo) (2019) 8′
Gerard Brophy – Beautiful Birds (flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone) (2019) 13′


Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet/bass clarinet)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)


Download detailed Birdsong at Dusk 2020_Program notes


4 stars – Sydney Morning Herald
“Ensemble Offspring’s birdsong program…takes on a particular poignancy in the context of recent fires.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“…flautist Lamorna Nightingale, bass clarinettist Jason Noble and percussionist Claire Edwardes joined the contrapuntal web, matching the avian virtuosity with their own…”
– The Sydney Morning Herald

“Yet the charm of the song of birds…mingled with music in seven recent Australian pieces, did not fail. Most magical was Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose’s Bitter Springs Creek 2014…”
– The Sydney Morning Herald

“Ensemble Offspring played Gerard Brophy’s rhythmically demanding Beautiful Birds with precision and élan.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“Edwardes’ solo percussion work Screechers & Sorrows featured chirps and echoes from the waterphone, an instrument of metal spikes protruding from a water-filled disk which creates eerie resonance of surprising depth.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

Read the review from Sydney Morning Herald here>>>