Ensemble Offspring – Songbirds

 Ensemble Offspring Songbirds

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


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

About Ensemble Offspring

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.

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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Lamorna Nightingale flute
Jason Noble clarinet, bass clarinet
Claire Edwardes percussion


Fiona Loader
Lorikeet Corroboree

Hollis Taylor & Jon Rose
Bitter Springs Creek 2014

Nardi Simpson
Of Stars and Birds

Brenda Gifford

Felicity Wilcox
People of this Place

Ella Macens
Falling Embers

Gerard Brophy
Beautiful Birds

Gerard Brophy
Beautiful Birds


This production is part of the following series: