Noisy Women Commission

What is Noisy Women Commission?

The Noisy Women Commission is Ensemble Offspring’s annual award for an emerging, female-identifying and non-binary composer. Inaugurated in 2017, our Noisy Women have gone on to produce a broad array of provocative and thrilling new chamber works. The commission provides significant creative freedom to an emerging Australian composer, and an opportunity for the new work to be workshopped with members of Ensemble Offspring and presented and documented in a high-profile concert.

The value of the prize is: $3500 commission fee, several workshops with Ensemble Offspring and professional documentation of the premiere. The work should be approximately 10 minutes in length and should be for the Ensemble Offspring core line up of flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello, or an agreed subset thereof. Use of electronics and multimedia to be discussed.

The 2021 Noisy Women Commission recipient is Nirmali Fenn.


Nirmali Fenn (2021)

Nirmali Fenn received her initial music education at the universities of New South Wales and Melbourne, and later completed her doctorate in music at Oxford University. Project details coming soon!

Eve Klein (2020)

Eve Klein, hailing from Brisbane, has a new installation style work on climate change, Another Future which will be digitally premiered in 2021 as part of Zeitgeist with a live premiere in 2022.

Nicole Murphy (2019)

Nicole Murphy Brisbane based Nicole Murphy’s piece Click Farm will be premiered in 2021 at the Sydney Opera House as part of Shivers on Speed (due to COVID-19).

Elizabeth Younan (2018)

Elizabeth Younan From Sydney but now based in the USA studying, Elizabeth Younan’s piece Fantasia for Solo Flute was premiered in 2019 by Lamorna Nightingale at Carriageworks as part of Lone Hemispheres 2019.

Fiona Hill (2017)

Fiona Hill lives in the Blue Mountains and her piece Pentography was premiered in 2018 by Ensemble Offspring at the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera house as part of Hark the Machine.