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Avant Gardens 1

February 26 @ 5:00pm 6:00pm

Avant Gardens 1 presents chamber music in its most relaxed and real setting. Soprano Jane Sheldon, percussionist Claire Edwardes and flautist Lamorna Nightingale perform a unique mash-up of sound worlds. International giants Takemitsu, Crumb, Druckman and Furrer meet new music by locals Brenda Gifford and Courtney Cousins. Coming to you from a stunning Alexandria home, this is chamber music that’s part of the real world and so close that you can touch it.

Experience Ensemble Offspring’s unique brand of living new music up-close. In 2023, our Avant Gardens series offers two distinctive programs presented in the homes and backyards of our trusty supporters. Hear every breath and feel every beat in this intimate musical exchange.

$35 – $75

Please note that this private home is not wheelchair accessible, and entry to the venue is via stairs only. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.


Date & Time

February 26, 2023 | 5pm
Ticket holders will receive the address before the show


$35 – $75


Brenda Gifford – Mungala (Clouds) (2018)*
flute, percussion

Courtney Cousins – Daphne (2023)*
soprano, flute, marimba
World Premiere

Tōru Takemitsu – Toward the Sea (1981, arranged 2023)†
flute, marimba

Frank Nuyts – Une fille comme Anne (2022, arranged 2023)^
soprano, flute, marimba

Beat Furrer – auf tönernen fussen (2001)
flute, soprano

Jacob Druckman – Reflections on the Nature of Water (movements 2, 4, 6) (1986)

George Crumb – Madrigals, Book II (1965)
soprano, flute, percussion

I. Drink the tranquil water of the antique song
II. Death goes in and out of the tavern
II. Little black horse, where are you taking your dead rider?


* Composed for Ensemble Offspring
^ Arranged for Ensemble Offspring
† Arranged by Ensemble Offspring

Avant Gardens 1 Program



Claire Edwardes (Artistic Director, percussion)
Jane Sheldon (soprano)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)

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