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Ensemble Offspring

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Ensemble Bio

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Ensemble Offspring are Sydney’s musical mavericks, uniting the most innovative instrumentalists in Australia with a broad collective of collaborators to explore new ideas through living new music. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes OAM, the ensemble comprises a core line-up of some of Australia’s most esteemed and experienced chamber musicians, championing living composers and creating musical experiences that stimulate the senses and pique curiosity. Ensemble Offspring supports emerging and as-yet-unheard composers, in particular Australian female-identifying and First Nations artists. Ensemble Offspring were awarded the 2019 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award and the State Luminary Award in the 2021 Art Music Awards for consistently high-quality performances, breadth of repertoire, and commitment to collaboration for 25 years. Committed to subverting the classical music tradition with experiential concerts of living new music across genre, place and art form, Ensemble Offspring are navigating the future with open mindedness, flexibility and joy!

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Ensemble Offspring are Sydney’s musical mavericks, uniting the most innovative instrumentalists in Australia with a broad collective of collaborators to explore new ideas through living new music. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes OAM, the ensemble comprises a core line-up of some of Australia’s most well-regarded musicians: Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Véronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris (cello) and Benjamin Kopp (piano). Together they champion living composers and create musical experiences that stimulate the senses and pique curiosity. Ensemble Offspring supports emerging and as-yet-unheard composers, in particular Australian female-identifying and First Nations artists. The ensemble’s varied collaborations stretch artistic horizons and advance the ever-expanding landscape of new music. Since 2014 their Hatched Academy program has nurtured the next generation of Australian musicians and composers, while their First Nations Composer Program has fostered the careers of Indigenous musicians since 2017.

Ensemble Offspring were awarded the State Luminary Award in the 2021 Art Music Awards for consistently high-quality performances, breadth of repertoire, and commitment to collaboration for 25 years. They are also winners of the 2019 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award, and in the same year were selected to showcase at the international music market Classical:NEXT (Rotterdam), and were also nominated for their first ARIA Award in the Best Children’s Album category. Recent tours have taken them to Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and they are featured regularly at Mona Foma Festival and Sydney Festival. Committed to subverting the classical music tradition with experiential concerts of living new music across genre, place and art form, Ensemble Offspring are navigating the future with open mindedness, flexibility and joy!

Musician Bios

Claire Edwardes

percussion

Lamorna Nightingale

flutes

Jason Noble

clarinet, bass clarinet

Véronique Serret

violin

Blair Harris

cello

Benjamin Kopp

piano

Photos

EO 2022 - Wall

EO 2022 - Wall

Photographer Keith Saunders

EO 2022 - Yellow

EO 2022 - Yellow

Photographer Keith Saunders

EO 2021 - The Surge

EO 2021 - The Surge

Pip Farquharson

EO 2020 - Colour

EO 2020 - Colour

Photographer Keith Saunders

EO 2020 - Blue

EO 2020 - Blue

Photographer Keith Saunders

EO 2020 - Phoenix

EO 2020 - Phoenix

Photographer Elin Bandmann

Acclaim

2022 Quotes & Reviews

2022 Quotes & Reviews

Jan 2022

-BARRA 4.5 stars ★★★★½ “From each and every performer, joy radiated from their eyes, their smiles, their hearts.” – Rebecca …

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2021 Quotes & Reviews

2021 Quotes & Reviews

Jan 2021

COMPOSING SONGLINES 4 stars ★★★★ “A sense of spirit from the Dreaming washed over my senses as the music carried …

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2020 Quotes & Reviews

2020 Quotes & Reviews

Jan 2020

LONE HEMISPHERES: THE SOLO SESSIONS 5 stars ★★★★★ “Simply but beautifully filmed and presented, the solo performances can be appreciated …

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2019 Quotes & Reviews

2019 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2019

LONE HEMISPHERES “Designer Michelle St Anne emphasises isolation with, in turn, each soloist half-shadowed at the base of a high …

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2018 Quotes & Reviews

2018 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2019

“Ensemble Offspring never fails to deliver exciting programs and vibrant performances.” Angus McPherson, Limelight “I could continue listing milestones…but when it …

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2017 Quotes & Reviews

2017 Quotes & Reviews

Jan 2017

“It’s a ballsy move to open a concert of such uncompromisingly demanding (albeit beautiful) music with a work which systematically …

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2016 Quotes & Reviews

2016 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2016

“…not afraid to try new things, pushing the boundaries as an ensemble – both individually as performers but also in …

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2015 Quotes & Reviews

2015 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2015

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

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2014 Quotes & Reviews

2014 Quotes & Reviews

Feb 2014

“The Ensemble Offspring orchestra excelled, especially in the quickfire transition to a demented big band uproar…The interplay..with the acoustic instrumentation …

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2013 Quotes & Reviews

2013 Quotes & Reviews

Mar 2013

“While the quartet’s six-part program (in Ligeti Morphed) showed these Sydney musicians to be confident in their fusion of improvisation, …

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2012 Quotes & Reviews

2012 Quotes & Reviews

Sep 2012

“the best I ever heard the piece played. Really, I’m serious. It really is. It absolutely is.” – Steve Reich …

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2011 Quotes & Reviews

2011 Quotes & Reviews

Apr 2012

“This hour-long promenade performance has its audience free to roam like wide-eyed shoppers. Scenes take place around and among us. …

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2010 Quotes & Reviews

2010 Quotes & Reviews

Apr 2012

“World New Music Days’ resident musicians Ensemble Offspring took over with chamber music from Canada, Denmark, France and the Antipodes. …

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2009 Quotes & Reviews

2009 Quotes & Reviews

Apr 2012

“This program, conducted by Roland Peelman explored this approach with considerable intellectual and musical subtlety. The last section, in which …

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Touring Packs

The Surge
The Surge

The Surge is an innovative and exciting show featuring new Australian music paired with live visuals. An homage to the 1990s, the program draws on masterworks from composer royalty Sculthorpe and Westlake, alongside newly-commissioned works that were inspired by key ’90s environmental, social, political and technological developments by Davidson, Wilcox and Wells. Leaning heavily on nostalgia, this production is designed to be engaging to a broad audience.

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Songbirds
Songbirds

Featuring Jason Noble (clarinets), Lamorna Nightingale (flutes) and Claire Edwardes (percussion). The all-Australian works are new commissions inspired by birdsong and the Australian bush. In 2020 our Songbirds album was released on ABC Classic and since 2018 Ensemble Offspring have toured this show around Australia with performances at Sydney Festival, Noosa Music Society, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Blackheath Chamber Music Festival.

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