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Solitude – 2019 European Tour

2019 sweeps Ensemble Offspring all the way across the globe. In the northern hemisphere, we will once again present our Suppression Dam collaboration in Berlin (hosted by Ensemble Adapter), as well as the world premiere of a new commission by Scottish gem, Genevieve Murphy at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, with pop up performances in Amsterdam, Scotland and Ireland.


Ensemble Adapter + International Contemporary Ensemble + Ensemble Offspring
Sunday 1 September, 8pm
Radialsystem V, Berlin
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Wednesday 4 September 8pm
Splendor, Amsterdam
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Gaudeamus Muziekweek – Concert 1 
Friday 6 September 7pm
Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
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Gaudeamus Muziekweek – Concert 2 
Saturday 7 September 5.45pm
Theater Kikker, Utrecht
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The Night With… Belfast 
Monday 9 September 8pm
Black Box, Belfast
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The Night With… Glasgow
Tuesday 10 September 8pm
Hug And Pint, Glasgow
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The Night With… Edinburgh
Wednesday 11 September 8pm
The Scottish Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh
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The Night With… – Aberdeen
Thursday 12 September 8pm
Belmont Cinema, Aberdeen
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Natasha Anderson – Cleave (12 musicians) 
Sarah Nemtsov – Zimmer I-IV (12 musicians) WP
Kate Moore – Blackbird Song (flute, clarinet, percussion) 
Thomas Meadowcroft – Medieval Rococo (flute, clarinet, percussion, keyboard)

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The Netherlands

Kate Moore – Blackbird Song (flute, clarinet, percussion) 
Ned McGowan – Sydney Polypulse (sextet & metronomes) WP
Annie Gosfield – Cranks & Cactus Needles (violin, flute, cello, piano) 
Holly Harrison – bend/boogie/break (sextet)

Utrecht (Birds & Boogie)
Kate Moore – Blackbird Song (flute, clarinet, percussion) 
Ned McGowan – Sydney Polypulse (sextet & metronomes) WP
Holly Harrison – bend/boogie/break (sextet)
Nicholas Morrish – Life of Lines II (clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion)
Kate Moore – Fern (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano) 

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Utrecht (They Move Differently Here)
Genevieve Murphy – They Move Differently Here (septet) WP

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United Kingdom

Belfast, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh 
Jane Stanley – Glow (flute, clarinet, percussion) 7′ WP
Thomas Meadowcroft – Medieval Rococo (flute, clarinet, percussion, keyboard) 14′
Kate Moore – Blackbird Song (flute, clarinet, percussion) 10′
Matthew Whiteside – Rama (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano) 12′ WP 
Paul Mac (arr. Jessica Wells) – Mesmerism (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano) 6′ WP
Andrea Keller – Love in Solitude (flute, clarinet, percussion, keyboard) 15′ 

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Claire Edwardes (Artistic Director/percussion)
Véronique Serret (violin)
Blair Harris (cello)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Zubin Kanga (piano/keyboards)


With the generous support of Noisy Egg Creation Fund donors.

Feedback from overseas composers on the Solitude Tour:

“Ensemble Offspring just oozes personality. A lot of groups can play at a high level. What makes Offspring really special is that after a concert, you feel like you know each and every one of them. They are a ‘band’ in the truest sense of the word.”

David Dramm

“Ensemble Offspring is a great ensemble, embodying the classic Australia can-do attitude. They are both easy-going and take their art very seriously.

Their dedication to new music and bringing my creation to life, with all of its musical and technological challenges was inspiring! They are not just players but open minded committed musicians with living, breathing ideas about the current state of music – which is what made their performances such rich, multi-faceted experiences.”

Ned McGowan

Matthew Whiteside succinctly describes Ensemble Offspring as “fucking amazing!”

“With welcomed personality, Ensemble Offspring engage with the listeners and share context of the presented works, with stories of collaboration and rehearsal, and ongoing relationships with the particular composers they perform. That gesture, wrapped up with energy, commitment, and equity in the music they play, is why this ensemble has gained wide respect in new music.”

Miles Oakey

“On two of the earlier pieces, Jane Stanley’s Glow and Kate Moore’s Blackbird Song, it was Nightingale’s flute that particularly impressed. The latter was delightfully filmic and clearly a work – again written especially for the group – that the musicians have made very personal.”

Keith Bruce



January 1, 2019


8:00 pm

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Solitude – 2019 European Tour