Coming up: Shivers on Speed

Tickets for our Sydney show Shivers on Speed (June 24) are now on sale via Sydney Opera House – and you can use your Dine & Discover vouchers to book!

This adventurous program features 4 world premieres of sparkling new works by Nicole Murphy, Jack Symonds, Nicole Lizée (Canada) and Alice Humphries, plus contemporary sonic masterpieces by Brigitta Muntendorf and Karen Tanaka. The show was originally planned for 2020 and postponed, so we’re beyond excited to finally bring this daring music to Sydney audiences.

Now here’s the trick: Dine & Discover vouchers can only be used to purchase tickets over the phone or in person, but not for online sales – so give the SOH Box Office a call on 9250 7777, or drop by in person.

Thursday June 24, 7pm @ Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Tickets $50/$25 – Book online or call the SOH Box Office on +61 2 9250 7777 (9-5pm).

Read on for sneak previews and exclusive content about the show, and check out our Shivers on Speed page for the full program!


Shivers on Speed will feature the world premiere of the full version of Canadian composer Nicole Lizée‘s Ribbon Windows, commissioned by our Noisy Egg Creations Fund. Get in the zone with the first movement, Ribbon Windows A, performed by our Artistic Director/percussionist Claire Edwardes at Kontiki Racket Festival in 2019.

A few years ago we invited Jack Symonds (Sydney Chamber Opera director and all-round talented individual) to write a new sextet for Ensemble Offspring. He decided to feature our wonderful flautist Lamorna Nightingale in a 15 minute tour de force titled Memory. No spoilers, but if you happened to catch some of our Ensemble Offspring players at Ukaria for Adelaide Festival this year then perhaps you’ve heard Jack’s piece Blühen – and if not, hear it now on ABC Classic!

Brisbane composer Nicole Murphy was our Noisy Women Commission recipient in 2019. Thanks to COVID-19 her Noisy Women sextet Click Farm will receive its world premiere at the Utzon Room this June – we can’t wait! While you wait for the premiere, treat your ears to Claire & Jason’s recording of Nicole’s gorgeous duo Dissemble for clarinet and percussion, which was co-commissioned by Ensemble Offspring and MLC School last year for the Australian Music Days.

Our pianist extraordinaire Ben Kopp will be performing Karen Tanaka‘s Techno Etudes, a funky and demanding suite of minimalist miniatures for solo piano. Tanaka’s Etudes perfectly encapsulate the frantic energy from the start of this crazy millennium, and it is only fitting to rediscover them following the global digitisation we experienced throughout 2020. Of course, nothing beats a the thrill of a live show, but in the mean time you can watch a different version of Techno Etudes here!

And of course, the grand finale. We can’t wait to present the Australian premiere of Brigitta Muntendorf’s Shivers on Speed. This work has to be up there among the most powerful and intense pieces we’ve played as Ensemble Offspring, and you’re invited to join us down the rabbit hole and discover a world of sound like you’ve never imagined (though you can definitely sneak a preview here). Muntendorf’s Shivers is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser – not to be missed!