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Ensemble Offspring

Bilby’s Bluegum Melodies (2018/2019)

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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Written by Anna Kamaralli

Media & Acclaim

“It was with great delight our young audiences at The Joan received Bilby’s Bluegum Melodies, Ensemble Offspring’s new show, earlier this month.

The Ensemble Offspring trio gently guided the youngsters through a magical world of the Australian bush with tales of our own bush creatures brought to life through the music of contemporary Australian composers using many fascinating instruments many of the audience members both young and old, would have never experienced before.

Clearly Claire, Roland and Jason revelled in their story telling roles and their talents were beautifully showcased with each tale told. The comments from the audiences were positive and the engagement shown with each performance was encouraging to say the least.

The future of Australian classical music is in very good hands with this exceptional ensemble.” – Cath Dadd, EP Penrith Regional Gallery


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Date & Time

Friday 27 September 2019 – 1:30pm & 3:30pm Tamworth Regional Conservatorium

Sunday 29 September 2019 – 5pm Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour

Monday 30 September 2019 – 11am Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour

Wednesday 2 October 2019 – 10.30am & 12pm Byron Theatre and Community Centre, Byron Bay

Wednesday 6 November 2019 – 10am & 12pm Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Q Theatre, Penrith


Elena Kats-Chernin – Butterflying (piano solo)

Elena Kats-Chernin – Violet’s Etude (marimba solo)

Ann Boyd – Kakan (bass clarinet, marimba, piano)

Ross Edwards – Marimba Dances (marimba solo)

Margaret Sutherland – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (clarinet, piano)

Ross Edwards – Binyang (clarinet, clapsticks)

Matthew Hindson – Nintendo Music (clarinet, piano)

Percy Grainger – The Gum Suckers March (piano, clarinet, percussion)


Claire Edwardes (Artistic Director/percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Roland Peelman (piano)

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Bilby’s Bluegum Melodies (2018/2019)