Claire Edwardes

Thursday 20 October 11:00am | Saturday 22 October 11:00am

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westbury

Internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion performing with ‘spellbinding intensity’ and ‘graceful virtuosity’. Her award-winning performances combine a theatrical energy with charismatic and original interpretations bringing to life the varied array of music she performs.

Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where Daryl Pratt was her teacher, she went on to win the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performers Award in 1999. She subsequently relocated to the Netherlands to undertake a Masters Degree at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories under Richard Jansen, Peter Prommel and Jan Pustjens.

Resident there for seven years, she was the recipient of many international awards and prizes including first place at the 2000 Tromp Percussion Competition and 2001 Llangollen International Instrumentalist. Claire was the 2005 MCA/Freedman Fellow and she is the only Australian to win three APRA Art Music Awards for Excellence by an Individual for her contribution to Australian Music (2016, 2012, 2007). In 2014 she was granted a prestigious Australia Council Music Fellowship and in 2016 Ensemble Offspring won the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation for 20 years in the industry.

Claire has performed concertos with all of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras as well as numerous European orchestras (including with Peter Eötvös and the Radio Chamber Orchestra in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) and has commissioned and premiered works by an array of composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Nicole Lizee, Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin and Ross Edwards. In her role as Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring she programs and performs to the highest level, some of the most innovative and cutting-edge new music being presented worldwide today. Claire is endorsed by Vic Firth and Adams Percussion. She teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and maintains a busy concert schedule throughout Australia and abroad. Recently appearing as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl and on Play School to an audience of thousands of children, Claire is extremely passionate about percussion and new sounds being widely disseminated to new audiences.


JS Bach/Hans Leo Hassler  Chorale O Sacred Head Sore Wounded (marimba solo)

JS Bach Lute Suite (3 movements)

Vincent Ho – Nostalgia (vibraphone solo)

Claire Edwardes – Screechers & Sorrows (waterphone solo) 5

Matthew Shlomowitz – Hi Hat and Me (hi hat solo)

Ella Macens Falling Embers (vibraphone solo) WP

Matthew Hindson – Flash (marimba solo)



Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westbury

94 Meander Valley Road, Westbury