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Claire Edwardes

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Random Audio Sample: Cradled in the peacock's tail (quartets: recorder, saxophone, vibraphone piano) by Andrea Keller, from the CD children's hospitals Hush collection

Articles by and about Claire Edwardes

15 Nov 2007 Rocking the Boat by Claire Edwardes

The 2007 Flametree Festival, directed by Heidi Jones and James Beck, was recently held at Bundanon – Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s ‘living arts centre’ on the South Coast of NSW. Percussionist Claire Edwardes, one of the performers at the Festival, described the event as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’...

15 Aug 2007 2007 Classical Music Awards by Danielle Carey

The new music scene is buzzing with anticipation. In just under four weeks, composers, music educators, performers, arts administrators, and writers from across Australia will gather in Sydney to celebrate the thriving talent and artistic excellence in our community at the 2007 Classical Music Awards.

13 Sep 2007 New Music Celebrations! by Danielle Carey

One couldn’t help but notice the strong presence of outstanding percussionists amongst this year’s list of winners at the 2007 Classical Music Awards held last night at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay...

24 Dec 2008 Ensemble Offspring: To the Max by Benjamin Millar

The cavernous Carriageworks foyer greets audiences with splashes of bold modernity slotted alongside time-capsule echoes of near-forgotten industry. If the 21st century is settling into an aesthetic, it appears to be this – not obliteration of the past through fetishisation of the new, nor a desperate attempt to preserve a past slipping from our grasp as we attempt to clutch it. This compromise between the old and the new, original form and necessary function, mirrors a struggle music presents every time a composer sits to write – the weight of history pushing back, the imperative that drives them to break or break through.

25 May 2009 Claire Edwardes - Coming a full circle by Anni Heino

A dozen or so years ago, Claire Edwardes was a talented young woman studying percussion at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and performing as part of the newly-founded 'Spring Ensemble'. In 2009, with a wealth of experience under her belt, she is working with young composers from the Sydney Conservatorium as part of the Kammerklang initiative – and remembering her own immersion into contemporary music as an opinionated, second-year student...

26 Jul 2011 Composer & performer news July 2011 by Australian Music Centre

Our regular news bulletin from the composing/performing world - featuring Georges Lentz, Peter Knight, Claire Edwardes, Andrew Ford, Wendy Hiscocks, Stephen Leek, Peter Sculthorpe, and Andrián Pertout, among others.

30 Aug 2011 Glass act in China by Claire Edwardes

Ensemble Offspring recently took Damien Ricketson's Fractured Again all the way to China - Claire Edwardes reports. Offspring's next event 'Partch's Bastards' takes place in Sydney (2 September) and Wagga Wagga (4 September).

4 Apr 2012 2012 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre

The Art Music Awards gala event held at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, on Tuesday 3 April 2012, honoured winners across ten national categories and in seven state awards. The comments below reflect the difficult task the judging panel members faced when choosing first the finalists and finally the winners from a considerable number of high-quality works. See also: '2012 Art Music Awards - winners' (news article on Resonate 4 April 2012.)

18 Dec 2013 Australia Council Fellowships & Project Fellowships: Edwardes, Schaupp, Ford, Tomlinson... by Australian Music Centre

Percussionist and Ensemble Offspring artistic director Claire Edwardes has been awarded a two-year Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts, following a particularly competitive round of applications. Other new fellows are Karin Schaupp, Paul McDermott, and Matthew Robinson. Project Fellowships, intended for creative or developmental projects by mid-career and established artists, went to Chris Abrahams, Andrew Ford ...

28 Nov 2013 Ensemble Offspring - roaring in 2013 & spawning hatchlings in 2014 by Claire Edwardes

'We were initially unsure of what sort of program we should be taking with us to the hallowed new music grounds that are the European concert halls, but I think that, in the end, touring an almost exclusively fresh and new Australian program was the right thing to do', writes Claire Edwardes. Offspring's European tour featured works by seven Australian composers, plus international repertoire.

18 Apr 2018 River Life – Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival in Brewarrina by Troy Russell, Claire Edwardes, Jason Noble, Freya Schack-Arnott and Lamorna Nightingale

4 members of Ensemble Offpsring report from Baiame's Ngunnhu Festival in Brewarrina NSW. This unique event is run by Moogahlin Performing Arts, and this April it included a performance of the new works completed last year as part of the AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative artist development program.

Composer Troy Russell captured the atmosphere fittingly in this paragraph: Down by the riverside, in the tranquillity of the fish traps, music was played. Everyone was taken in some form or another, as the children stopped to listen and the elders bent their ears, a smile and a knowing look to each other reminded them of their day at the river. I watched young children play down by the weir, building their own memories, as my pieces were performed. The view was fitting. One boy ran the whole length of the weir easily, and the musical passages kept up with him as he slipped and skidded and splashed as he ran along.

17 Jan 2019 Four Australians on the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award longlist by Australian Music Centre

The 2019 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award Longlist has been revealed, with four Australians among nominees. Voting will open in March, and the winner(s) will be revealed during the Classical:NEXT industry event in Rotterdam in May.

22 May 2019 Australians shine at Classical:NEXT 2019 in Rotterdam by Cameron Lam

Classical:NEXT descends upon De Doelen in Rotterdam once a year, bringing with it hundreds of performers, composers, arts administrators, and companies from all over the world. This year that number included 24 Australians, between them presenting three showcases, a project pitch, and percussionist/artistic director Claire Edwardes chairing a panel on gender equity - in addition to the multitude of meetings, networking events and mentoring sessions

Works commissioned and written for Claire Edwardes

The Colour of Woods by Cameron Lam

Two interludes in space by Stuart Greenbaum

ne me quitte pas by Gerard Brophy

The styx by Peter McNamara

Golden kitsch by Elena Kats-Chernin

Finger funk by Michael Smetanin

Invisible dance for violin and marimba by Tim Dargaville

No One Could Relax around Jezebel by Andrew Ford

New ecstasies by Chris Williams

One sweet moment by Mark Pollard

Hol-Spannen-Luiden by Damien Ricketson

Hook by Andrew Ford

Celestial dance by Jane Stanley

Beginnings to no end by Dominik Karski

The armed man by Andrew Ford

More marimba dances by Ross Edwards

Black wind by Kim Bowman

Double resonances by Bruce Crossman

Three preludes and a fugue on Bach by Benjamin Thorn

Violet's etude by Elena Kats-Chernin

Chamber concerto by Stuart Greenbaum

April revisited by Stuart Greenbaum

woodthrow, yet whispering caress by Robert Douglas

Mirimba by Daniel Rojas

Flash by Matthew Hindson

Voltage by Peter McNamara

Amplitude by Peter McNamara

Deviations on White by Damian Barbeler

Invisible dance for marimba solo by Tim Dargaville

Dervish by Gerard Brophy

Re-echo by Katy Abbott

Glocken blocken by Amanda Cole

Invisible dance for soprano saxophone and marimba by Tim Dargaville

Rushing Spirit Breath by Bruce Crossman

Strange Invisible Perfume by Bruce Crossman

My breath is a swallow by Clare Maclean

Electors of Middlemarch by Elizabeth Younan

A line is a dot that went for a walk by Tristan Coelho

VERVE by Ella Macens

Hi Hat and Me by Matthew Shlomowitz

Drum Dreamer by Rhyan Clapham

Dance Vignettes by Anne Cawrse

Slipstreams by Bree van Reyk

Stings and Wings by Maria Grenfell

Dare to Declare by Anne Cawrse

World premieres given by Claire Edwardes

Steeling Fire : Concerto for Percussion and String Orchestra by Natalie Williams— 19 Nov 22 (Wollongong Town Hall, NSW)

Stings and Wings : marimba solo by Maria Grenfell— 28 Mar 21 (Private residence in Tempe, NSW, NSW)

Hook : for vibraphone by Andrew Ford— 26 Apr 20 (Live streaming event (online only))

Falling Embers : for vibraphone and crotales by Ella Macens— 26 Apr 20 (Live streaming event (online only))

No One Could Relax around Jezebel (soprano with percussion) by Andrew Ford— 13 Oct 18 (Reardon Theatre, VIC)

A line is a dot that went for a walk : for solo percussion by Tristan Coelho— 29 Sep 18 (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW)

Brief Moments : (miniatures) for vibraphone and guitar by Connor D'Netto— 29 Jul 18 (Mary MacKillop Church, Mundingburra , QLD)

Raqad : marimba solo by Paul Stanhope— 27 Jul 18 (Townsville Civic Theatre, QLD)

Compassion : for string quartet, piano, double bass, percussion and solo voice, a song cycle in seven movements, by Nigel Westlake and Lior— 12 Mar 18 (Adelaide Town Hall, SA)

Garden of Fire : for mezzo-soprano, percussion and piano by Bruce Crossman— 11 Oct 17 (Premiered with video artist Simon Killalea as part of the Shy Like Blushing Flowers Create NSW Development at Q Theatre, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW)

Fireflies (duos including other woodwind instrument) by Eve Christina Duncan— 11 Aug 17 (Playhouse Theatre, Perth, WA)

Rushing Spirit Breath : for taegŭm and percussion by Bruce Crossman— 11 Aug 17 (Playhouse Theatre, Western Sydney University, Penrith)

Alien avatar (duos including other woodwind instrument) by Diana Blom— 11 Aug 17 (Playhouse Theatre, Perth, WA)

There the dance is : for Taegum and wine glasses by Clare Maclean— 11 Aug 17 (Playhouse Theatre, Perth, WA)

Strange Invisible Perfume : for guzheng & percussion by Bruce Crossman— 20 Jul 17 (Night Concert at Poetic Energies Across Sonic Space, Playhouse, Western Sydney University, Penrith Campus (Kingswood) )

Serpentine : for erhu and percussion with video and spoken poetry by Daniel Portelli— 20 Jul 17 (‘Poetic Energies Across Sonic Space', Playhouse, Western Sydney University, Australia)

String quartet no. 4 : for string quartet and percussion by Matthew Hindson— 29 Feb 16 (Adelaide Town Hall, SA)

Dervish (duos: guitar, percussion) by Gerard Brophy— 26 Oct 15 (City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney)

Dances with devils : Concerto for percussion and orchestra by Iain Grandage— 17 Jul 15 (Costa Hall, VIC)

Afterwards : for choir with radios, and percussionist by Stephen Adams— 22 Jun 14 (The Great Hall, University of Sydney)

Calliope's nest (sound sculpture) by Damien Ricketson— 16 May 14 ('Micro Parks', Cooper St Reserve, Surry Hills, Sydney)

Amplitude : for solo percussion & pre-recorded electronics by Peter McNamara— 16 Nov 13 ("Numero Uno", Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW)

Gentleness-suddenness : for mezzo-soprano, violin, percussion and piano by Bruce Crossman— 29 Jun 13 (Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW)

Concerto for marimba and chamber orchestra (marimba with chamber orchestra) youth orchestra by Daniel Rojas— 22 Jun 13 (The Independent Theatre, NSW)

Action music : flexible instrumentation by Erik Griswold— 20 Apr 13 (Urban Art Projects, Brisbane, as part of The Listening Museum)

Clique : clarinet, percussion and accordion by Damien Ricketson— 13 Apr 13 (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

Kōan III : for shakuhachi, violin, piano and percussion by James Cuddeford— 13 Sep 11 (Adelaide Festival Centre)

woodthrow, yet whispering caress (trios: shakuhachi, marimba, cello) by Robert Douglas— 28 May 11 (Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen NSW)

Tesserae : Movement 4 from 'Fractured Again', for clarinet, violin and vibraphone by Damien Ricketson— 21 Jan 10 ('Fractured Again' concert, The Great Hall, University of Sydney)

Golden kitsch : Percussion concerto by Elena Kats-Chernin— 11 Jul 09 (Verbrugghen Hall, NSW)

The Colour of Woods : percussion by Cameron Lam— 28 May 09 (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW)

The styx : for solo percussion and chamber orchestra by Peter McNamara— May 09 (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

Rabbit on a Shovel by John Z Huie— 8 Feb 09 (Chinese Garden of Friendship, NSW)

Flash : for solo marimba by Matthew Hindson— 22 Oct 08 (City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney)

The path to the high ground : for cello, piano and percussion by Tim Dargaville— 4 Oct 08 (Freshwater Festival, Sydney)

Chamber concerto : for flute, percussion and large ensemble by Stuart Greenbaum— 7 Sep 08 (Music Studio, Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

Double resonances : for piano and percussion by Bruce Crossman— 19 Apr 08 (Aurora Festival, Sydney)

Ta-ka-tin-go-ba-kin : for percussion by Michael Atherton— 17 Apr 08 (Aurora Festival, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney)

Underground (quartet) : percussion quartet by David Young— 15 Jun 07 ( Underground at Filmhuis Den Haag, Netherlands)

Two interludes in space : for violin, vibraphone and piano by Stuart Greenbaum— 12 May 07 (Canberra International Chamber Music Festival)

The last whale (sextets: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass - with chamber ensemble) by Colin Bright— 26 Apr 07 (Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth)

Black wind : for string orchestra and percussion by Kim Bowman— 12 Nov 05 (Het Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam)

The Impulse within : for five players by Dominik Karski— 30 Oct 05 (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

War and peace : for violin and percussion by Andrew Ford— 29 Jan 05 (Noordekerk, Amsterdam)

More marimba dances : for solo percussion by Ross Edwards— 31 Mar 04 (Musica Viva Australia concert at the Arthouse Hotel, Sydney)

Inner stream II : for vibraphone and piano by Dominik Karski— 3 Sep 03 (International Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam)

Hol-Spannen-Luiden : for marimba and percussion by Damien Ricketson— 1997 (Sydney Spring Festival)

Analysis & Media

- Article: Untamed melodies at the frontiers of sound

- Article: Hope for WA music

- Article: Conductor Scores Bewitching Brew

- Review: The Song Company Cage Uncaged 15 September 2007

- Video: Stuart Greenbaum - Clockwork Lemon perf by Claire Edwardes

- Video: For Marimba and Tape

- Video: Clockwork Lemon

- Video: Flash

- Video: Hi Hat and Me

- Video: Temple

- Video: Electors of Middlemarch

- Video: Falling Embers

- Video: VERVE