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Ensemble Offspring

Ngarra-Burria: Melbourne Recital Centre

April 19 | 7:30pm 8:30pm

‘Ngarra-Burria’ are Dharug words meaning ‘to listen, to sing’. Initiated in 2017 by Indigenous composer Christopher Sainsbury, the Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers program exists to support and mentor emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers.

Ensemble Offspring’s performance as part of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s New Music Days 2023 presents an ambitious showcase of new First Nations music, featuring an astonishing array of new and established voices.

Focusing on the emergence of First Nations composers in the classical music landscape, the program features notable composers Rhyan Clapham aka DOBBY, Brenda Gifford, James Henry, Aaron Wyatt, Eric Avery, Nardi Simpson and Mark Ross, curated by Christopher Sainsbury and Claire Edwardes.

A joyous evening of ambitious and ground-breaking music not to be missed.

$29 – $49



April 19, 2023




Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt St
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia


$29 – $49


Brenda Gifford – Bardju (Footsteps) (2017)
alto flute, bass clarinet, cello, vibraphone

Nardi Simpson – Wilga’s Last Dance (2019)
flute, clarinet, cello, vibraphone

Troy Russell – Nucoorilma (Apple Tree) (2017)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone, cello

Rhyan Clapham – Pitara Yaan Murawariki (2017)
flute, bass clarinet, cello, vibraphone

Nardi Simpson – Of Stars and Birds (2020)
flute, clarinet, vibraphone

Aaron Wyatt – Cirrus (2021)
clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone

Eric Avery – Wind (Of Ancestors) (2022)
violin, marimba

Eric Avery – Gliding (2020)
flute, clarinet, cello, vibraphone

Nardi Simpson – Burruguu (Time of Creation) (2020)
voice, flute, clarinet, cello, vibraphone

Troy Russell – Tenersi per mano (To hold hands) (2022)
bass clarinet, piano

James Henry – Zoom Meeting (2020)
flute, clarinet, cello, vibraphone

Mark Ross – Streets of Sydney (2021)
violin, bass clarinet, cello, percussion

Brenda Gifford – Miriwa (Sky) (2018)
voice, bass clarinet, cello, piano

Rhyan Clapham – Talk To Me, I’m Listening (2018)
voice, bass clarinet, violin, piano, drums

MRC New Music Days: Ngarra-Burria Program



Claire Edwardes (Artistic Director, percussion)
Sonya Holowell (voice)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)
Jason Noble (clarinets)
Alexandra Osborne (violin)
Rowena Macneish (cello)
Roland Peelman (piano)
Maria Moles (drums)

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Ngarra-Burria: Melbourne Recital Centre