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Now You Hear Her

March 31, 2021 @ 5:30pm

The Now You Hear Her program utilises the spaces within World Square to build a social and creative hub. During the day project developments, rehearsals and workshops with a lunch time ‘showing’ of work will be hosted. In the evening, key artists will curate and host longer form programs of diverse music making including live performances, talks, film screenings and recorded music. These free-flowing events will be relaxed and sociable and a chance to listen and learn from some of our most inspiring woman artists in the country! Come along and experience performances and presentations from Eve Klein, Freya Schack Arnott, Claire Edwardes, Chloe Kim and many more in the month long series!

Presented by BackStage Music
Corner George St & Goulburn St
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Date & Time

Tuesday 23 March 2021 @ 5:30pm – Another Future Panel
Tuesday 23 March 2021 @ 7:00pm – Offspring Bites 3: En Masse CD & Video Launch
Wednesday 31 March 2021 @ 7:00pm – Rhythms of Change: Concert & Keychange Panel


World Square
Corner George St & Goulburn St
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia





Tuesday 23 March
5:30pm – Another Future
Ensemble Offspring’s 2020 Noisy Women Composer Eve Klein has created an in depth project inspired by climate change based on the book by Elaine Kelly “Dwelling in the Age of Climate Change” where Elaine argues for an orientation of care as the foundation for an ethical response to the climate change crisis. As part of the project Eve has gathered objects from communities effected by bushfire which will be used as musical instruments in the work.  

7:00pm – Offspring Bites 3: En Masse CD Launch
Offspring Bites celebrates the most stunning chamber works commissioned by Ensemble Offspring through our Noisy Egg Creation Fund, recording them for release and pairing them with bespoke visual content. Offspring Bites 3: En Masse features a trio of modern chamber masterpieces by Australian composers Alex Pozniak, Holly Harrison and Thomas Meadowcroft with new video art by Melbourne artist Cobie Orgers and Sydney based Juan Withington and Andrew Morgan.

Live composer introductions
Thomas Meadowcroft – Medieval Rococo (video screening) 13′
Bree van Reyk – Light for the First Time (video screening) 10’40
Alex Pozniak – En Masse: Mvt 1 (video screening) 10’40
Alex Pozniak – Instruction for Improvisation 4 (cello solo) 5’30
Holly Harrison – bend/boogie/break (video screening) 10’30

Wednesday 31 March
7:00pm – Rhythms of Change
Claire Edwardes teams up with emerging young drummer Chloe Kim to present an evening of percussive rhythms and new works by a smashing line up of Australian female composers including Maria Grenfell, Anne Cawrse and Peggy Polias. The live performances will be followed by a Keychange panel focusing on the issues raised by Catherine Strong in her research of the broader music industry – “Women are…afforded less symbolic and cultural capital than men, a point illustrated through the systematic devaluation of women as both producers and consumers of music” – with panelists including Olivia Ansell (Sydney Festival Artistic Director), Nardi Simpson (composer/author/singer), Amanda Brown (composer/singer), Emma Dunch (CEO, Sydney Symphony) and Claire Edwardes (percussionist/Artistic Director).


Freya Schack-Arnott (cello)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Chloe Kim (drums)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Olivia Ansell (panellist – Artistic Director, Sydney Festival)
Nardi Simpson (panellist – composer/author/singer)
Amanda Brown (panellist – composer/singer)
Emma Dunch (panellist – CEO, Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

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