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A new gender-equal opus

Rhythms of Change

October 12, 2022 @ 6:00pm 7:30pm

Percussionist Claire Edwardes presents a unique collection of new works for solo mallet percussion instruments (marimba and vibraphone) by female Australian composers. These works were written with intermediate percussionists in mind, and are part of Claire’s latest commissioning project Rhythms of Change (funded by the Australia Council for the Arts).

Claire says, “Righting the current gender sway towards male composers in solo percussion repertoire (especially solo Australian percussion repertoire) is integral to making broader long term change in classical music programming – especially for an instrument such as percussion which is so new!”

Claire Edwardes was described recently as ‘the wonder woman of percussion’ (Seesaw Magazine) and has built a career out of innovative collaborations, working with many of Australia and the world’s leading and emerging composers to expand the percussion repertoire. As the Australian Keychange Ambassador, Claire is a committed advocate of gender equity in classical music and this project is an extension of Ensemble Offspring’s 2017 programming of only female composers for an entire season.

“I am very grateful for your project and feel that the gender balance among composers for percussion is the most important challenge we face currently – I feel the need for greater equity more than ever right now. Thank you for your efforts Claire!” – Steve Schick, American percussionist extraordinaire

Building 1/2 Bradford St
Mount Lawley, 6050 Australia
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October 12, 2022




Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Building 1/2 Bradford St
Mount Lawley, 6050 Australia



Maria GrenfellStings and Wings
marimba solo (2021)

Peggy PoliasReceptor
marimba solo (2021)

Ella MacensFalling Embers
vibraphone & crotales solo (2020)

Elena Kats-CherninPoppy’s Polka
vibraphone solo (2020)

Bree van ReykSlipstreams
vibraphone & objects solo (2021)

Anne CawrseDance Vignettes
marimba solo (2021)

Elena Kats-CherninViolet’s Etude
marimba solo (2010)

Program duration: 60 minutes


Claire Edwardes (percussion)

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Rhythms of Change