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music of the skies


October 13 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

An intimate trio brings together an array of original chamber works by the who’s-who of Australian composers in Songbirds, capturing the calls and songs of Australia’s birds to create something unique, engaging and exciting!

As birdsong drifts in on the summer breeze, flute, clarinet and percussion take inspiration from the weird and wonderful sounds of the Australian bush. Gerard Brophy’s impressive Beautiful Birds is joined by beguiling pied butcher bird song from Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose alongside Nardi Simpson and Brenda Gifford’s unique indigenous musical perspectives on creatures of the sky. Songbirds is a journey into nature through an intimate instrumental chamber setting. 

Get a taste for the evening with the showreel and full album!

($29 concession)
31 Sturt St, Southbank
Melbourne, VIC 30062000 Australia
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October 13, 2021


6:00 pm


Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt St, Southbank
Melbourne, VIC 30062000 Australia



Fiona Loader – Lorikeet Corroboree for flute, clarinet & vibraphone (2015) 6′
Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose – Bitter Springs Creek 2014 for flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone & field recording (2019) 8′
Brenda Gifford – Mungala for flute & percussion (2019) 5’
Jane Stanley – Desert Rose for flute & vibraphone (2010) 3′
Felicity Wilcox – People of this Place for solo bass clarinet (2016) 6’30
Nardi Simpson – Of Stars and Birds for flute, clarinet & vibraphone (2020) 4′
Gerard Brophy – Beautiful Birds for flute, bass clarinet and vibraphone (2019) 14′



Claire Edwardes (vibraphone, percussion)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)
Jason Noble (clarinet, bass clarinet)