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Songbirds (2018-present)

Also known as Birdsong at Dusk, Songbirds is Ensemble Offspring’s ongoing touring project featuring a trio line up of flutes, clarinets and percussion, inspired by the sounds of the Australian bush. In 2020 ABC Classic released Songbirds digitally and a limited print run was also produced garnering positive reactions from all over the globe.

Ensemble Offspring has presented a range of the new works from the project as part of Sydney Festival 2019 Salon Series, at the Sound Lounge (Wollongong 2018) and more recently at the Old 505 Theatre in Newtown (6 August, 2020) as well as a Melbourne Digital Concert Hall broadcast (2020). Videos of many of the works can be viewed here.

The touring presenter pack can be downloaded here.

Bookings via Musica Viva Australia


“Stunning…Songbirds is an album of splendid, thought-provoking and evocative new music.” – Helen Musa, City News

“These avian studies are fascinating and immersive.” – Jessie Cunniffe, The Sydney Morning Herald

“A beautifully conceived and richly rewarding album” – Lisa MacKinney, Limelight

“… an injection of warmth and colour with new and recent pieces influenced by, and depicting, birdsong and nature all expertly played with energy and commitment.” – Roger Heaton, Tempo Magazine

“It gives us a good view of what is happening in this genre on the other side of our planet.” – Ben Taffijn, Nieuwe Noten


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A current list of works in the project are:

Nardi Simpson – Of Stars and Birds (2020 – ABC Freshstart commission) 4′
Gerard Brophy – Beautiful Birds (2019) 14′
Hollis Taylor/Jon Rose – Bitter Springs Creek 2014 (2019) 10′
Claire Edwardes – Screechers and Sorrows (2019) 8’30
Tristan Coelho – Daybreak (2018) 9′
Kate Moore – Blackbird Song (2018) 9’30
Felicity Wilcox – People of this Place (2016) 6’30
Fiona Loader – Lorikeet Corroboree (2015) 6′
Brett Dean – Notes from the Twittersphere (2015) 3′
Hollis Taylor/Jon Rose – Owen Springs Reserve 2014 (2015) 6’40
Jane Stanley – Desert Rose (2010) 3′
Brenda Gifford – Mungala (2019) 5’



Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)
Jason Noble (clarinets)

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Songbirds (2018-present)