Ensemble Offspring Songbirds

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Concert Rescheduled

Due to Victoria and New South Wales lockdowns, we regret to advise that Ensemble Offspring’s concert on Thursday 22 July has been postponed. This concert will now take place on Wednesday 13 October.

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Event details

A who’s who of Australian composers conjure nature with trios inspired by songbirds.

Ensemble Offspring is an extraordinary force in Australian music. Bold, brave and inspired champions of living composers, the musical mavericks of Ensemble Offspring have brought to life over 300 new works. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, the Ensemble unites some of Australia’s most well-regarded and virtuosic musicians to explore innovative new ideas.

About the concert

As birdsong drifts in on the summer breeze, flute, clarinet and percussion take inspiration from the weird and wonderful sounds of the Australian bush. Gerard Brophy’s impressive Beautiful Birds is joined by beguiling pied butcher bird songs from Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose, together with a blackbird inspired work from Kate Moore.

Praise for Ensemble Offspring

‘Beautiful, honest, and truly moving.’ Limelight magazine

‘Ensemble Offspring started with dreams and opened up the world.’ The Age

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Claire Edwardes percussion
Lamorna Nightingale flute
Jason Noble clarinet


Fiona Loader
Lorikeet Corroboree

Hollis Taylor & Jon Rose
Bitter Springs Creek 2014

Brenda Gifford

Jane Stanley
Desert Rose

Felicity Wilcox
People of this Place

Nardi Simpson
Of Stars and Birds

Gerard Brophy
Beautiful Birds