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A new gender-equal opus

Rhythms of Change

March 8 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

From the set of Play School to the main stage at Sydney Opera House, Claire Edwardes is the sorceress of percussion. Known for her genre-spanning solo concerts, broad spectrum of collaborations and advocacy for gender equity in music, her breadth of experience and energy is astonishing.

Rhythms of Change will see her address the disparity in the representation of women in classical music, with a specific focus on solo percussion music. Spurred by a realisation that her past repertoires contained pieces mostly written by men, Edwardes commissioned seven of her favourite female-identifying Australian composers to write new works for solo mallet percussion.

This initiative ensures that the next opus of Australian percussion music will be more fairly represented by women, in works that exude inventive percussive textures and an endless variety of melodic material.

Ensemble Offspring is committed to ensuring our events are accessible to everyone. Please email admin@ensembleoffspring.com at the time of booking to inform us of any special access needs.

Note: all patrons above the age of 16 must present their COVID-19 vaccination certificate upon entry. Patrons aged 12 and above must wear face masks inside the venue.

$37 / $30 concession
31 Sturt St, Southbank
Melbourne, VIC 3006 Australia
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March 8, 2022


6:00 pm


Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt St, Southbank
Melbourne, VIC 3006 Australia


/ $30 concession



Maria Grenfell – Stings and Wings for solo marimba (2021)
Ella Macens Falling Embers for solo vibraphone & crotales (2020) 6’30
Elena Kats-Chernin Poppy’s Polka for solo vibraphone (2020)
Elena Kats-Chernin Violet’s Etude for solo marimba (2010) 4′
Peggy Polias – Receptor for solo marimba (2021)
Bree van Reyk – Slipstreams for solo vibraphone & objects (2021) 6′
Anne Cawrse – Meditations and Hymns for solo marimba (2020) 5′


Claire Edwardes (marimba, vibraphone, percussion)