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Ensemble Offspring

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Ensemble Bio

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Ensemble Offspring is Australia’s leading new music group. The multi-award-winning musical trailblazer presents gripping programs of living new music and commissions more new works than any other ensemble in Australia. Ensemble Offspring is led by percussionist Claire Edwardes OAM, with a core line-up of fearless instrumentalists: Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Véronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris (cello) and Benjamin Kopp (piano). 

Ensemble Offspring is passionate about underrepresented musical voices. Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers partnership enables important new voices, the Noisy Women Commission supports exceptional female-identifying and non-binary composers, and Hatched Academy nurtures the next generation. All three initiatives play an integral role in Australia’s musical ecosystem.

Ensemble Offspring is acclaimed on the national and international stage, with recent tours to Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Committed to subverting tradition with gripping performances that transcend time and place, Ensemble Offspring navigates the future with open-mindedness and equity for all.

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Ensemble Offspring is Australia’s leading new music group. The multi-award-winning musical trailblazer creates “visceral, joyous music” (Sydney Morning Herald) through “kaleidoscopically varied” (The Age) programs of living new music. With creation at the core of its mission, Ensemble Offspring has commissioned more new works than any other ensemble in Australia. It is acclaimed on the national and international stage, with recent tours to Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Ensemble Offspring is led by percussionist Claire Edwardes OAM, with a core line-up of fearless instrumentalists: Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Véronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris (cello) and Benjamin Kopp (piano). Ensemble Offspring is passionate about underrepresented musical voices, drawing inspiration from First Nations, female-identifying, and emerging artists. Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers partnership is a game changer, driving the creation of new repertoire by First Nations voices. In 2022, the project was recognised with a Classical:NEXT Innovation Award. 

Ensemble Offspring champions gender equity in classical music programming. The 2017 season was dedicated to women in music, and the annual Noisy Women Commission supports exceptional female-identifying or non-binary composers. Since 2014, Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy has nurtured the next generation, playing an integral role in Australia’s musical ecosystem. The group was recently recognised for its long term contribution to Australian culture with a 2021 NSW Art Music Luminary Award and a 2019 Sidney Myer Award.

Committed to subverting the classical music tradition with gripping performances that transcend genre, place and art form, Ensemble Offspring navigates the future with open-mindedness, flexibility and equity for all.

Musician Bios

Claire Edwardes

percussion

Lamorna Nightingale

flutes

Jason Noble

clarinet, bass clarinet

Véronique Serret

violin

Blair Harris

cello

Benjamin Kopp

piano

Photos

Claire Edwardes - Colour

Claire Edwardes - Colour

Photographer Keith Saunders

Lamorna Nightingale - Colour

Lamorna Nightingale - Colour

Photographer Keith Saunders

Jason Noble - Colour

Jason Noble - Colour

Photographer Keith Saunders

Véronique Serret - Colour

Véronique Serret - Colour

Photographer Keith Saunders

Blair Harris - Colour

Blair Harris - Colour

Photographer Keith Saunders

Benjamin Kopp - Colour

Benjamin Kopp - Colour

Photographer Keith Saunders

Acclaim

2022 Quotes & Reviews

2022 Quotes & Reviews

Jan 2022

-TIME AS REVELATOR 4.5 stars ★★★★½ “Claire Edwardes’ arrangement (of Vermont Counterpoint) for vibraphone, xylophone and tape is a banger, …

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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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