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Virtuosic & Curious Instrumentalists

About Us

Ensemble Offspring

“In a music industry that can often feel impenetrable - most of all for marginalised voices - its mission is not just honourable, but essential. In other words, it is not just doing the right thing, it is doing what’s necessary for the survival of new music in Australia.” Cut Common

Sydney’s musical mavericks Ensemble Offspring, unite the most innovative instrumentalists in Australia with a broad collective of collaborators to explore new ideas through living new music. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, the ensemble comprises a core line-up of some of Australia’s most well-regarded and virtuosic musicians: Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Véronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris & Freya Schack-Arnott (cello), Bree van Reyk (percussion) and Zubin Kanga & Ben Kopp (piano). Together we champion living composers and create musical experiences that stimulate the senses and pique curiosity. We support emerging and as-yet-unheard composers, in particular championing Australian female identifying and First Nations artists.

Our Community

Our varied collaborations stretch artistic horizons and advance the ever-expanding landscape of new music. Since 2014 our Hatched Academy program has nurtured the next generation of Australian musicians and composers, while our First Nations Composer Program has fostered the careers of Indigenous musicians since 2017. For a decade our Sizzle series has been experienced annually at local and regional bowling clubs, garnering a cult following along the way. Recent partnerships include Ensemble Adapter (Berlin), International Contemporary Ensemble (New York), Sydney Chamber Opera (Sydney) and The Living Room Theatre (Sydney).

Our Highlights

We have 26 years of innovative new music making behind us and the astounding journey we have taken from a student group – originally named the Spring Ensemble – to the internationally-esteemed ensemble we are today. In 2021 we were awarded the NSW State Luminary Art Music Award for our 25-year contribution and in 2019 we received the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award. Also in 2019 we were selected to showcase at the international music market, Classical:NEXT (Rotterdam), and were nominated for our first ARIA Award in the Best Children’s Album category. In 2016, we won the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation. Our recent tours have taken us as far afield as Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and we feature regularly at Tasmania’s Mona Foma Festival and Sydney Festival. Committed to subverting the classical music tradition with experiential concerts of living new music across genre, place and art form, Ensemble Offspring are navigating the future with open mindedness, flexibility and joy – we invite you to join us on our adventures ahead.

Benjamin Kopp
Blair Harris
Véronique Serret
Lamorna Nightingale
Jason Noble
Claire Edwardes
Claire Edwardes
Jason Noble
Lamorna Nightingale
Véronique Serret
Blair Harris
Benjamin Kopp

Musicians

Claire Edwardes

Percussion / Artistic Director

Internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion’. Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she went on to win the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performers Award in 1999. A resident …

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Internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion’. Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she went on to win the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performers Award in 1999. A resident of the Netherlands for seven years, she received many international awards and prizes. Claire was the 2005 MCA/Freedman Fellow and she is the only Australian to win three APRA Art Music Awards for Excellence by an Individual for her contribution to Australian Music (2016, 2012, 2007). In her role as Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring she commissions, programs and performs some of the most innovative and cutting-edge new music being presented worldwide today. Recent highlights include a residency at Music on Main (Vancouver), performances of the Australian premiere of James McMillan’s 2nd Percussion Concerto with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House and the creation of her dance show entitled ‘Recital’ premiering at Dance Massive in 2019, with director Gideon Obarzanek, dancer Richard Cilli and co-composer Paul Mac. www.claireedwardes.com

Jason Noble

Clarinet

Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists, spanning the classical to highly experimental and improvisatory genres. As a core member of Ensemble Offspring for about 20 years, Jason has performed contemporary new music at festivals from Warsaw to London, Shanghai to Kabul, and around Australia, working largely with living composers. His album releases …

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Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists, spanning the classical to highly experimental and improvisatory genres. As a core member of Ensemble Offspring for about 20 years, Jason has performed contemporary new music at festivals from Warsaw to London, Shanghai to Kabul, and around Australia, working largely with living composers. His album releases include THRUM (2020) – a collection of improvised ambient sounds created with Kim Cunio on piano – and Chi’s Cakewalk (2017), an album of new Australian works for clarinets. He has also made guest appearances on albums for Gurrumul, Sally Seltmann, ABC Classics, Paul Mac, Gondwana Voices, Ngarukuruwala and Halcyon. Jason collaborates with emerging composers, and is an in-demand music educator and examiner. He has been invited to teach two winter academies at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, and maintains links with staff and students there. www.jasonnoble-clarinettist.com

Lamorna Nightingale

Flute

Lamorna Nightingale is a freelance flautist, concert presenter, educator and publisher. She is a core member of the new music group, Ensemble Offspring, and has been performing with them since 2007. Lamorna has many years of experience working in the orchestral sectors performing regularly with many of Australia’s finest ensembles. In January 2016 she performed …

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Lamorna Nightingale is a freelance flautist, concert presenter, educator and publisher. She is a core member of the new music group, Ensemble Offspring, and has been performing with them since 2007. Lamorna has many years of experience working in the orchestral sectors performing regularly with many of Australia’s finest ensembles. In January 2016 she performed with early music ensemble Brugge Anima Eterna at the Sydney Festival and then the Lincoln Centre in New York. Since 2017 Lamorna has curated and produced a new concert series dedicated to new music in Sydney ‘BackStage Music’. Lamorna has created several recordings of new Australian flute repertoire selected to suit flute players with less experience with new music, which is now widely performed by students and professionals internationally, transforming for many flute players their experience of new Australian music. She has recently created an album of new Australian music for flute and electronics with an associated education kit designed to introduce school students to electroacoustic music. Lamorna has also created several pedagogical volumes of repertoire for young flute players through her publishing company, ‘Fluteworthy’. www.lamornanightingale.com

Véronique Serret

Violin

Véronique has established herself as a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary art music, folk, rock and improvisation. She is committed to new works and regularly collaborates with Australia’s composers. Véronique has a strong classical background and has worked extensively with Sydney Dance Company, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Darwin Symphony …

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Véronique has established herself as a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary art music, folk, rock and improvisation. She is committed to new works and regularly collaborates with Australia’s composers. Véronique has a strong classical background and has worked extensively with Sydney Dance Company, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Since 2010 Véronique has been a member of US folk harpist Joanna Newsom’s band as both violinist and backing vocalist touring with her internationally. Véronique is also an exponent of the 6-string violin paired with electronics. Recent highlights include performances at the Commonwealth Games with indigenous band The Spirit of Churaki, a residency with Laurie Anderson at HoTa, touring nationally with Kate Miller Heidke , leading the orchestra for Neil Finn’s Sydney Opera House shows, featuring at the APRA Screen Music Awards, collaborating with Bangarra Dance Theatre, duo performances at Woodford Folk Festival with William Barton and working on Gurrumul’s Djarimirri Live. When not on stage, Véronique can be found in the recording studio, climbing a mountain or on her yoga mat. www.veroniqueserret.com

Blair Harris

Cello

Hailing from New Zealand, and originally coming to Australia to attend ANAM, Blair Harris is a highly regarded Melbourne based solo cellist and chamber musician, known particularly for his strikingly individual interpretations and innovative collaborative projects. Blair is a member of Ensemble Offspring as well as the Southern Cross Soloists and performs regularly as a …

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Hailing from New Zealand, and originally coming to Australia to attend ANAM, Blair Harris is a highly regarded Melbourne based solo cellist and chamber musician, known particularly for his strikingly individual interpretations and innovative collaborative projects. Blair is a member of Ensemble Offspring as well as the Southern Cross Soloists and performs regularly as a duo with acclaimed pianist Caroline Almonte. Prior to this, he enjoyed many years performing with Syzygy Ensemble. Over his career, Blair has is in demand as a guest cellist with ensembles and orchestras alike. Most recently he has been guest cellist with the Australian String Quartet, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Streeton Trio, Seraphim Trio, Inventi Ensemble as well as the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria on numerous occasions. He has recently performed as part of the Canberra International Music Festival and Peninsula Summer Music Festival and alongside Ensemble Offspring at the Shanghai New Music Festival.

Benjamin Kopp

Piano

Pianist Benjamin Kopp has performed as soloist with many major Australian orchestras, including The Metropolitan Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and WASO. In 2007 he was the winner of the keyboard section of the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Awards. In 2009, Benjamin co-founded the Streeton Trio, an all-Australian piano trio. As …

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Pianist Benjamin Kopp has performed as soloist with many major Australian orchestras, including The Metropolitan Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and WASO. In 2007 he was the winner of the keyboard section of the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Awards. In 2009, Benjamin co-founded the Streeton Trio, an all-Australian piano trio. As part of this trio, he has released four CDs (Mendelssohn Complete Piano Trios, Brahms/Ravel, Haydn/ Beethoven/Smalley, Kats-Chernin) which received favourable reviews in Limelight Magazine. In 2014 the trio performed in Wigmore Hall in London. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, China, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia. While living in Europe, Benjamin performed with the Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps and as part of the European Chamber Music Academy. Recently, Benjamin has also been performing with Umberto Clerici, Daniel Herscovitch and Sydney Chamber Opera. Benjamin moved back to Australia in 2013 to follow his dream of building a straw-bale home with a chamber music hall in the Blue Mountains. He now lives there with his young family. www.benjaminkopp.com

Musicians

Claire Edwardes

Claire Edwardes

Percussion / Artistic Director

Internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion’. Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she went on to win the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performers Award in 1999. A resident …

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Jason Noble

Jason Noble

Clarinet

Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists, spanning the classical to highly experimental and improvisatory genres. As a core member of Ensemble Offspring for about 20 years, Jason has performed contemporary new music at festivals from Warsaw to London, Shanghai to Kabul, and around Australia, working largely with living composers. His album releases …

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Lamorna Nightingale

Lamorna Nightingale

Flute

Lamorna Nightingale is a freelance flautist, concert presenter, educator and publisher. She is a core member of the new music group, Ensemble Offspring, and has been performing with them since 2007. Lamorna has many years of experience working in the orchestral sectors performing regularly with many of Australia’s finest ensembles. In January 2016 she performed …

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Véronique Serret

Véronique Serret

Violin

Véronique has established herself as a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary art music, folk, rock and improvisation. She is committed to new works and regularly collaborates with Australia’s composers. Véronique has a strong classical background and has worked extensively with Sydney Dance Company, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Darwin Symphony …

More
Blair Harris

Blair Harris

Cello

Hailing from New Zealand, and originally coming to Australia to attend ANAM, Blair Harris is a highly regarded Melbourne based solo cellist and chamber musician, known particularly for his strikingly individual interpretations and innovative collaborative projects. Blair is a member of Ensemble Offspring as well as the Southern Cross Soloists and performs regularly as a …

More
Benjamin Kopp

Benjamin Kopp

Piano

Pianist Benjamin Kopp has performed as soloist with many major Australian orchestras, including The Metropolitan Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and WASO. In 2007 he was the winner of the keyboard section of the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Awards. In 2009, Benjamin co-founded the Streeton Trio, an all-Australian piano trio. As …

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Board

Chief Executive Officer, TAD

Anthony is Chief Executive Officer at TAD, Vice President of TAD Australia, and Convenor of Actuaries Institute’s Public Policy Council Committee. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, co-lead of the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University. Prior to joining Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Anthony was Chief Operating Officer at the National Breast Cancer Foundation. He has held senior executive positions in the financial services industry in Australia, the US and UK, ultimately becoming Executive Director and Asia-Pacific business group leader at Mercer Wealth Solutions.

Executive Manager, Musica Viva Australia

Trish has spent over 30 years in arts management in Australia, first as CountryWide and Export Manager at Musica Viva, then as Relationship Manager in the Major Performing Arts division at the Australia Council for the Arts. She is now enjoying her second placement at Musica Viva. She was closely involved in managing the Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music which ran for 12 years in the 1990s/early 2000s. She sat on the Board of the Australian Youth Orchestra, served as Chair at Arts on Tour and on the Board of Governors of the Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion.

At Musica Viva from 1983-2002 she was also responsible for curating and implementing the Cultural Relations Program for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) internationally. Prior to her involvement in the arts, Trish spent ten years serving abroad in DFAT’s diplomatic service. She graduated from Deakin University with majors in Public Relations and Journalism.

Associate Professor, Universal Business School Sydney

Wayne is an Associate Professor at the Universal Business School Sydney and brings his wealth of experience in accounting, teaching and business in a number of national and international companies over a commercial career extending in excess of forty years. His senior finance positions include National Finance Director for Ernst & Young and Finance Director for the Bank of New Zealand in Australia. While his primary industry focus was in the financial services and insurance industry, Wayne has experience across many industries including manufacturing, services, logistics and teaching. Wayne is a qualified CPA, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and was a graduate member of the Australian Institutes of Company Directors. He also recently achieved Chartered Manager status at the Institute. In addition, Wayne is currently a member of the Academic senate for UBSS, a member of the Course Advisory committee and Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee.

CEO, Bundanon Trust

Rachel Kent is the CEO of Bundanon Trust, and was the Chief Curator of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for 20 years from 2001-2021. She has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the United States and Canada, working with artists such as Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Tatsuo Miyajima, David Goldblatt, Cornelia Parker and, forthcoming, Doug Aitken. Rachel’s exhibitions have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Rachel has extensive public speaking experience, interviewing Yoko Ono and Grayson Perry at the Sydney Opera House; delivering talks for Frieze London. She speaks on creativity and the visual arts, environmental themes, and human rights. Most recently she delivered a TEDx talk on Art & Interconnection in difficult times. She is passionate about creativity in all its forms, including live art, performance and music. Rachel completed her postgraduate studies at The University of Melbourne; and is a graduate of the Women and Leadership Australia (WLA) advanced leadership program.

Managing Director, OCT Emissions Solutions

Marni is the Managing Director of OCT Emissions Solutions, a technology incubation start-up delivering large scale climate action. As an experienced Sustainability executive, Marni brings an energetic and pragmatic approach to developing and delivering Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies to enable operations to move forward on their sustainability programs. As a power electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience in business and engineering roles, she is drawn towards cross-sector collaborations to drive industry defining solutions. Marni has a demonstrated history of working commercial and philanthropic partnerships. In addition to EO, Marni holds Board roles with Pollinate Group, and the Global Institute of Intrapreneurs.

She has an honours degree in Electrical (Power) Engineering from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She also is an Eisenhower Fellow, a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, Institute of Energy Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Alumni and Centre for Ethical Leadership Alumni.

Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Simon is a business leader in Australia, as a Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group and experienced for-purpose non-executive director. He founded and now leads BCG’s AI and advanced analytics business ‘GAMMA’ across the Asia-Pacific. He has deep experience in government, having held executive roles with both the Australian and NSW Governments. Simon serves as Chair of Mission Australia Housing and as a non-executive director at Mission Australia and Trinity Grammar School.

Artistic Director

Internationally acclaimed Australian percussionist and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes is the only Australian to win the ‘APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual’ three times and is a committed advocate of gender equity in classical music and new music more broadly. She has built a career out of innovative project and program development and has a great deal of experience at many levels of the music presentation and production scene in Australia and overseas. She is one of the biggest direct commissioners of percussion solo and instrumental ensemble repertoire in Australia evidenced in the number of listings on the AMC website with her name associated. Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy has grown to become one of the most competitive summer school opportunities in Australia. She has broad ranging skills in performance, ensemble leading, programming, curation, teaching, marketing, commissioning, audience development, funding applications, budgets, tour management, philanthropic development, lobbying, public speaking – all the while bringing up two girls and holding down a casual teaching position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Grammar School.

Clarinettist

Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists, spanning the classical to highly experimental and improvisatory genres. As a core member of Ensemble Offspring for about 20 years, Jason has performed contemporary new music at festivals from Warsaw to London, Shanghai to Kabul, and around Australia, working largely with living composers. His album releases include THRUM (2020) – a collection of improvised ambient sounds created with Kim Cunio on piano – and Chi’s Cakewalk (2017), an album of new Australian works for clarinets. He has also made guest appearances on albums for Gurrumul, Sally Seltmann, ABC Classics, Paul Mac, Gondwana Voices, Ngarukuruwala and Halcyon. Jason collaborates with emerging composers, and is an in-demand music educator and examiner. He has been invited to teach two winter academies at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, and maintains links with staff and students there. www.jasonnoble-clarinettist.com

Dr. Anthony Lowe

Chief Executive Officer, TAD

Anthony is Chief Executive Officer at TAD, Vice President of TAD Australia, and Convenor of Actuaries Institute’s Public Policy Council Committee. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, co-lead of the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University. Prior to joining Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Anthony was Chief Operating Officer at the National Breast Cancer Foundation. He has held senior executive positions in the financial services industry in Australia, the US and UK, ultimately becoming Executive Director and Asia-Pacific business group leader at Mercer Wealth Solutions.

Trish Ludgate

Executive Manager, Musica Viva Australia

Trish has spent over 30 years in arts management in Australia, first as CountryWide and Export Manager at Musica Viva, then as Relationship Manager in the Major Performing Arts division at the Australia Council for the Arts. She is now enjoying her second placement at Musica Viva. She was closely involved in managing the Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music which ran for 12 years in the 1990s/early 2000s. She sat on the Board of the Australian Youth Orchestra, served as Chair at Arts on Tour and on the Board of Governors of the Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion.

At Musica Viva from 1983-2002 she was also responsible for curating and implementing the Cultural Relations Program for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) internationally. Prior to her involvement in the arts, Trish spent ten years serving abroad in DFAT’s diplomatic service. She graduated from Deakin University with majors in Public Relations and Journalism.

Wayne Smithson

Associate Professor, Universal Business School Sydney

Wayne is an Associate Professor at the Universal Business School Sydney and brings his wealth of experience in accounting, teaching and business in a number of national and international companies over a commercial career extending in excess of forty years. His senior finance positions include National Finance Director for Ernst & Young and Finance Director for the Bank of New Zealand in Australia. While his primary industry focus was in the financial services and insurance industry, Wayne has experience across many industries including manufacturing, services, logistics and teaching. Wayne is a qualified CPA, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and was a graduate member of the Australian Institutes of Company Directors. He also recently achieved Chartered Manager status at the Institute. In addition, Wayne is currently a member of the Academic senate for UBSS, a member of the Course Advisory committee and Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee.

Rachel Kent

CEO, Bundanon Trust

Rachel Kent is the CEO of Bundanon Trust, and was the Chief Curator of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for 20 years from 2001-2021. She has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the United States and Canada, working with artists such as Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Tatsuo Miyajima, David Goldblatt, Cornelia Parker and, forthcoming, Doug Aitken. Rachel’s exhibitions have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Rachel has extensive public speaking experience, interviewing Yoko Ono and Grayson Perry at the Sydney Opera House; delivering talks for Frieze London. She speaks on creativity and the visual arts, environmental themes, and human rights. Most recently she delivered a TEDx talk on Art & Interconnection in difficult times. She is passionate about creativity in all its forms, including live art, performance and music. Rachel completed her postgraduate studies at The University of Melbourne; and is a graduate of the Women and Leadership Australia (WLA) advanced leadership program.

Marni Oaten

Managing Director, OCT Emissions Solutions

Marni is the Managing Director of OCT Emissions Solutions, a technology incubation start-up delivering large scale climate action. As an experienced Sustainability executive, Marni brings an energetic and pragmatic approach to developing and delivering Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies to enable operations to move forward on their sustainability programs. As a power electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience in business and engineering roles, she is drawn towards cross-sector collaborations to drive industry defining solutions. Marni has a demonstrated history of working commercial and philanthropic partnerships. In addition to EO, Marni holds Board roles with Pollinate Group, and the Global Institute of Intrapreneurs.

She has an honours degree in Electrical (Power) Engineering from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She also is an Eisenhower Fellow, a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, Institute of Energy Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Alumni and Centre for Ethical Leadership Alumni.

Simon Miller

Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Simon is a business leader in Australia, as a Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group and experienced for-purpose non-executive director. He founded and now leads BCG’s AI and advanced analytics business ‘GAMMA’ across the Asia-Pacific. He has deep experience in government, having held executive roles with both the Australian and NSW Governments. Simon serves as Chair of Mission Australia Housing and as a non-executive director at Mission Australia and Trinity Grammar School.

Claire Edwardes

Artistic Director

Internationally acclaimed Australian percussionist and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes is the only Australian to win the ‘APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual’ three times and is a committed advocate of gender equity in classical music and new music more broadly. She has built a career out of innovative project and program development and has a great deal of experience at many levels of the music presentation and production scene in Australia and overseas. She is one of the biggest direct commissioners of percussion solo and instrumental ensemble repertoire in Australia evidenced in the number of listings on the AMC website with her name associated. Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy has grown to become one of the most competitive summer school opportunities in Australia. She has broad ranging skills in performance, ensemble leading, programming, curation, teaching, marketing, commissioning, audience development, funding applications, budgets, tour management, philanthropic development, lobbying, public speaking – all the while bringing up two girls and holding down a casual teaching position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Grammar School.

Jason Noble

Clarinettist

Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists, spanning the classical to highly experimental and improvisatory genres. As a core member of Ensemble Offspring for about 20 years, Jason has performed contemporary new music at festivals from Warsaw to London, Shanghai to Kabul, and around Australia, working largely with living composers. His album releases include THRUM (2020) – a collection of improvised ambient sounds created with Kim Cunio on piano – and Chi’s Cakewalk (2017), an album of new Australian works for clarinets. He has also made guest appearances on albums for Gurrumul, Sally Seltmann, ABC Classics, Paul Mac, Gondwana Voices, Ngarukuruwala and Halcyon. Jason collaborates with emerging composers, and is an in-demand music educator and examiner. He has been invited to teach two winter academies at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, and maintains links with staff and students there. www.jasonnoble-clarinettist.com

Dr. Anthony Lowe

Chair

Trish Ludgate

Deputy Chair

Wayne Smithson

Treasurer

Rachel Kent

Regular Member

Marni Oaten

Regular Member

Simon Miller

Regular Member

Claire Edwardes

Regular Member

Jason Noble

Regular Member

Patron

Shane Simpson AM

Shane Simpson AM

Special Counsel, Simpson Solicitors

Shane is a chairman of Studio A (NSW’s only supported studio for artists with intellectual disability), a director of the UNSW Foundation and the Peggy Glanville Hicks Composers’ House Trust. He is also on the Council of the National Library of Australia and is the independent director on several private foundations. Shane Simpson was the founder of the Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Prelude Project (a national network of composer houses). He is Special Counsel at Simpsons Solicitors, a firm specialising in the arts, entertainment, cultural property and copyright. He was formerly chair of the Bundanon Trust; Advisory Council of the Faculty of Art + Design, UNSW; The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation; the NSW Film and Television Office and Museums and Galleries NSW and a non-executive director on numerous boards in the cultural industries including the Australian Maritime Museum the New Zealand Film Commission, the Australian National Academy of Music, the National Association for the Visual Arts, the Crafts Council of Australia, the Music Council of Australia and the Copyright Agency. He is the author of many books including ‘Visual Artists and the Law’, ‘Music Business’, and ‘Collections Law: Legal Issues for Australian Archives, Galleries, Libraries and Museums’. In 2015 he was commissioned by the Australian Government to conduct an independent review of the protection of movable cultural heritage: “Borders of Culture”. He was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “service to the law and to the arts through leading roles in intellectual property and entertainment law, and as a contributor to a range of cultural organisations.”

Staff

Ella Howard

Producer

With thirteen years experience in arts management and administration, working and liaising with the largest and busiest arts companies in the country, Ella has demonstrated a strong passion and commitment to contributing to the artistic and cultural landscape of Australia. Prior to joining Ensemble Offspring, Ella enjoyed a decade long career in orchestra management at Opera Australia (OA), having worked on diverse projects such as Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, OA’s New Years Eve Gala, OA and The Australian Ballet’s main stage seasons at the Sydney Opera House and tours with opera superstars such as Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann.  

Ella has previously held roles at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has been successful in being selected for fellowships with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, Backbone Youth Arts 2high Festival and Oz Opera.

Ella is a trained clarinettist having completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Ella is a passionate audience member and is particularly excited by new Australian music.

Ben Robinson

Marketing Administrator

Ben Robinson is a promising young composer and recent graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was awarded the Raymond Hanson Memorial Prize for excellence in composition. Studying under Paul Stanhope, Michael Smetanin and Ben Carey, Ben has developed a passion for chamber music and a style that is rich in rhythmic excitement. His music evokes elements of Bartók, Andriessen, Adams and Stanhope, creating an engaging musical trajectory from start to finish, and appealing to a wide audience.

Ben’s music has been performed internationally including the U.S., the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and China. His recent work includes commissions for The ANAM Set, Ensemble Apex, the Sydney Opera House, Konzertprojekt, and in 2021 he has been selected to take part in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Composition Program and Ensemble Offspring’s own Hatched Academy Composers School.

Ben also has a passion for living music and supporting the creation of music events, particularly those that showcase young musicians. He recently designed and produced Konzertprojekt’s online series Unspoken, which digitally premiered four new works by emerging composers.

Eitan Muir

Administrator

Eitan Muir is an electric guitarist and musical thinker with particular interests in chamber music, improvised music and Balinese gamelan. He currently plays in experimental guitar duo Rich Fish and modern improvising quintet Anoesis (2MBS Fine Music Jazz Artists-In-Residence 2021 & 2nd place, Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2019).

Eitan has been fortunate to work alongside artists from a breadth of practices including rapper Envee, producer Sam Antony, baglama virtuoso Muharrem Aslan, poet-pianist Annabelle Riger Bregovic and dancer Sarah Elliot. More a dabbler than a serious composer, Eitan’s works have nonetheless seen performances by the Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble, Sydney-based Balinese gamelan Suwitra Jaya and the UNSW Jazz Orchestra.

Eitan is deeply passionate about supporting Sydney’s wealth of emerging musical brilliance, and since 2020 has been mixing and live-streaming concerts voluntarily for underground nonprofit venue The Splinter Factory. Before starting with EO, Eitan accumulated five years of myriad experience in music tuition, performance, transcription, engraving and live audio whilst completing his BMus (Hons, Class I) in Composition at UNSW Sydney.

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Associate Artists

BREE VAN REYK

Drummer, percussionist and composer who makes tradition-challenging performance works. Info

FREYA SCHACK-ARNOTT

Danish/Australian contemporary cellist, composer and curator. Info

ZUBIN KANGA

London and Sydney-based pianist, composer and Director of Cyborg Soloists. Info

ROLAND PEELMAN

Pianist, conductor and Artistic Director of Canberra International Music Festival. Info

ANDREW BLANCH

Classical guitarist armed with formidable talent, passion and conviction. Info

WILL HANSEN

Sydney-based double bassist, improviser and composer. Info

KIRSTY MCCAHON

Australia’s leading practitioner of Historical Performance on Double Bass and Violone. Info

ALEXANDRA OSBORNE

Australian violinist, orchestral and chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. Info

BERNADETTE HARVEY

Absolutely fabulous piano chamber musician and soloist from Sydney. Info

BOB SCOTT

Experienced and versatile sound designer and engineer from Sydney. Info

PEACHEY & MOSIG

Blue Mountains-based video artists with a twist. Info

LIVING ROOM THEATRE

Independent theatre group in Sydney led by Michelle St Anne. Info

HOSPITAL HILL

Matt McGuigan’s home as a photographer and videographer. Info

PERCUSSION AUSTRALIA

Internationally acclaimed Sydney-based percussion ensemble. Info

MOOGAHLIN PERFORMING ARTS

Sydney-based First Nations theatre and performing arts organisation. Info

ENSEMBLE ADAPTER

German-Icelandic ensemble for contemporary music based in Berlin. Info

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE

Straight out of Chicago and New York. Joined us for Sydney Festival 2019. Info

AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA

Music exploring meeting points between cultures and disciplines. Info

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2021 Quotes & Reviews

2021 Quotes & Reviews

Jan 2021

SHIVERS ON SPEED 4 stars ★★★★ “Now this resilient bunch of thrill-seeking virtuosos present the first post-2021-lockdown show at the …

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2020 Quotes & Reviews

2020 Quotes & Reviews

Jan 2020

LONE HEMISPHERES: THE SOLO SESSIONS 5 stars ★★★★★ “Simply but beautifully filmed and presented, the solo performances can be appreciated …

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2019 Quotes & Reviews

2019 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2019

LONE HEMISPHERES “Designer Michelle St Anne emphasises isolation with, in turn, each soloist half-shadowed at the base of a high …

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2018 Quotes & Reviews

2018 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2019

“Ensemble Offspring never fails to deliver exciting programs and vibrant performances.” Angus McPherson, Limelight “I could continue listing milestones…but when it …

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2017 Quotes & Reviews

2017 Quotes & Reviews

Jan 2017

“It’s a ballsy move to open a concert of such uncompromisingly demanding (albeit beautiful) music with a work which systematically …

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2016 Quotes & Reviews

2016 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2016

“…not afraid to try new things, pushing the boundaries as an ensemble – both individually as performers but also in …

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2015 Quotes & Reviews

2015 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2015

“The result of Broken Consorts was a fresh and stimulating blend of the old and the new.” – Peter Donnelly, …

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2014 Quotes & Reviews

2014 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2014

“The Ensemble Offspring orchestra excelled, especially in the quickfire transition to a demented big band uproar…The interplay..with the acoustic instrumentation …

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2013 Quotes & Reviews

2013 Quotes & Reviews

Mar 2013

“While the quartet’s six-part program (in Ligeti Morphed) showed these Sydney musicians to be confident in their fusion of improvisation, …

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2012 Quotes & Reviews

2012 Quotes & Reviews

Sep 2012

“the best I ever heard the piece played. Really, I’m serious. It really is. It absolutely is.” – Steve Reich …

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2011 Quotes & Reviews

2011 Quotes & Reviews

Apr 2012

“This hour-long promenade performance has its audience free to roam like wide-eyed shoppers. Scenes take place around and among us. …

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2010 Quotes & Reviews

2010 Quotes & Reviews

Apr 2012

“World New Music Days’ resident musicians Ensemble Offspring took over with chamber music from Canada, Denmark, France and the Antipodes. …

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2009 Quotes & Reviews

2009 Quotes & Reviews

Apr 2012

“This program, conducted by Roland Peelman explored this approach with considerable intellectual and musical subtlety. The last section, in which …

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2008 Quotes & Reviews

2008 Quotes & Reviews

Apr 2012

“Considerable intellectual and musical subtlety.” Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

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Company Plans and Reports

Strategic Plan 2021-2024

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2020

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2019

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2018

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2017

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2016

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2015

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2014 - Part 1

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2014 - Part 2

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2013

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Ensemble Offspring Annual Report 2012

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