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Critical Acclaim

2020 Quotes & Reviews

EPIC FRAGMENTS (OLD 505)

“Ensemble Offspring’s Epic Fragments had virtuosic energy and exquisite ‘very very soft’ – Alan Holley, ClassikON

MESMERISM

4.5 stars “This vibrant and, yes, mesmerising work has become a favourite party piece for Ensemble Offspring…It’s a joyous conclusion.” – Harriet Cunningham, Limelight Magazine

“It is like an invocation, chords hanging in the air for a moment before the arrival of a lively perpetuo moto which showcases the virtuoso chops of the five-piece ensemble.” – Harriet Cunningham, Limelight Magazine

“Perfect program for the lockdown era.” – Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

NGARRA-BURRIA

https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/world-premiere-james-henrys-zoom-meeting/

INGUZ

4.5 stars “Live performance of new music returned with a big bang when Ensemble Offspring percussionist Claire Edwardes received a standing ovation…” – Steve Moffat, Limelight Magazine

“A welcome return to normalised music-making in the face of the overwhelming setbacks that have characterised 2020….there was a pervasive sense of community that must’ve felt somewhat cathartic for many.” – Adam Jeffrey, Classikon

Trace by Christopher Fox proved a great vehicle for the ensemble to meet on equal terms, with twisting, serpentine lines, now accompanied by the crickets, confidently negotiated by all four members.” – Adam Jeffrey, Classikon

BIRDSONG AT DUSK 2020

“Ensemble Offspring’s birdsong program…takes on a particular poignancy in the context of recent fires.” – Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald

“…flautist Lamorna Nightingale, bass clarinettist Jason Noble and percussionist Claire Edwardes joined the contrapuntal web, matching the avian virtuosity with their own…” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“Yet the charm of the song of birds…mingled with music in seven recent Australian pieces, did not fail. Most magical was Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose’s Bitter Springs Creek 2014…” – The Sydney Morning Herald