Critical Acclaim

2015 Quotes & Reviews

“The result of Broken Consorts was a fresh and stimulating blend of the old and the new.” – Peter Donnelly, The Mercury

“This collaboration between Ensemble Offspring and Ironwood offered many delights…There were delicate tunes, compelling rhythms and some moments of quiet contemplation, all rounded out by a blaze of percussive glory…A most unusual concert, with much to savour and plenty of surprises.” – Margaret Steinberger, classikON 

“This was an exceptionally beautiful performance by Ensemble Offspring and Ironwood Chamber Ensemble. A collaboration of like-minded musicians offering yet another new insight to modern musical performance for today.” – Alison Evan, Sounds Like Sydney 

“These musicians need to be flexible, open minded, versatile and fearless, as well as virtuosic. And, happily, they prove to be. I like to think of them as ‘free radicals’, reversing the aged patina of early music, while bringing panache to the new…It was a splendid repertoire, expertly and lovingly performed. I wish and want for more.” – Lloyd Bradford Syke, Syke on Stage 

“This collaboration has no shocking or unpleasant results. There is no jarring J.S Bach on the moog synthesizer here. The calibre of performers and thought behind the selections of music will ensure future concerts and recordings of this ilk are equally successful and consumable as a timeless twenty-first century treat.” – Paul Nolan, Sydney Arts Guide 

“Sizzle offered a challenging, vibrant exploration of sounds and music in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The format, which allowed the audience members to choose their own level of involvement, enticed the listeners to engage and interact with the music – a very different experience to being ‘force-fed’ in a concert hall! Sizzle left the audience not only open, but looking forward to whatever comes next from Ensemble Offspring.” – Angus McPherson, Cut Common 

“A World of Glass…was one of the most exciting listening experiences I have ever enjoyed.” – Jennifer Gall, Sydney Morning Herald

“Is there anything this group won’t take on?” – Matt Wakeling, Cyclic Defrost

“EO champions innovation, invention & adventure, epitomising all that is unconventional. It hasn’t merely pushed the envelope, but has created (if you will) a whole new cache of stationery.” – Lloyd Syke, Syke on Stage