Claire Edwardes – Rhythms of Change

Claire Edwardes

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Claire Edwardes


Seven newly commissioned pieces of endless inventiveness.

About the artists

From the set of Play School to the main stage at Sydney Opera House, Claire Edwardes is the sorceress of percussion. Known for her genre-spanning solo concerts, broad spectrum of collaborations and advocacy for gender equity in music, her breadth of experience and energy is astonishing.

About the concert

Rhythms of Change will see her address the disparity in the representation of women in classical music, with a specific focus on solo percussion music. Spurred by a realisation that her past repertoires contained pieces mostly written by men, Edwardes commissioned seven of her favourite female-identifying Australian composers to write new works for solo mallet percussion.

This initiative ensures that the next opus of Australian percussion music will be more fairly represented by women, in works that exude inventive percussive textures and an endless variety of melodic material.

Praise for Claire Edwardes

‘To say she is virtuosic is redundant. She’s more transforming what must clearly look promising on manuscript paper into sonorous, shimmering aural opulence.’ Australian Stage

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Claire Edwardes percussion


Maria Grenfell
Stings and Wings

Ella Macens
Falling Embers

Elena Kats-Chernin
Poppy’s Polka
Violet’s Etude

Peggy Polias

Bree van Reyk

Anne Cawrse
Meditations & Hymn
Scamper and Scoot


This production is part of the following series: