Critical Acclaim

2020 Quotes & Reviews


5 stars ★★★★★ “Simply but beautifully filmed and presented, the solo performances can be appreciated on an individual basis, but together they capture a mood of stillness and unease that permeated much of 2020.” – Angus McPherson, Limelight

“There is such musicianship on display in every single performance, combined with an integrity and devotion to the pieces being performed. It really is a very special project.” – Mandy Stefanakis, Loud Mouth

4 stars ★★★★ “Lone Hemispheres: The Solo Sessions has an almost timeless, and surrealist feel.” – Lynne Lancaster, ArtsHub


“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


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


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




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


“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