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Ensemble Offspring: Songbirds

March 3, 2024 @ 2:00 pm

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Photo: Ben Saunders

Ensemble Offspring is Australia’s leading new music group. Under the leadership of internationally acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes OAM, it is Australia’s foremost champion of contemporary classical music.

Songbirds celebrates the breathtaking virtuosity of Australian birdsong with an array of original Australian chamber works commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.  Be transported into the Australian bush by the familiar sounds of nature’s own musicians, with a little help from Australia’s leading composers.

Performed by Lamorna Nightingale (flutes), Jason Noble (clarinets) and Claire Edwardes (percussion), Songbirds captures the magical bird calls of the red centre, virtuosic avian displays and Indigenous musical perspectives on these beguiling creatures of the sky.

The Courtroom, a “uniquely exceptional” chamber music venue with excellent acoustics and historic ambience, is a terrific sound space in which to enjoy music up close and personal with the performers.

Tickets for the general public begin at $28, with the best prices available for early bird pre-Christmas purchasers now at https://events.humanitix.com/ensemble-offspring-songbirds-gunning.   Enquiries to Gunning Focus Group are also welcome at 0429 906 834 or gunningfocusgroup@gmail.com

Gunning has all the makings for a delightful afternoon out. This historic little village is within easy reach of Goulburn, Yass and Canberra. It has three good cafes for pre-concert dining and art, craft, and antique shops in an appealing historic streetscape. And 10 minutes away, you’ll find the little town of Dalton, which boasts a well-preserved leaf fossil deposit, various sculptures around town, and a historic pub with great meals, coffee, and cakes.