Australian Haydn Ensemble, Song Company and Ensemble Offspring

The National Art School is pleased to be a venue partner of Great Southern Nights, a music event which will bring 1,000 COVID-safe performances to live music venues in Greater Sydney and regional NSW in November (Australian Music Month).

This event is a NSW Government initiative, delivered by its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) to stimulate the revival of the live music and entertainment sectors and in turn the visitor economy in the recovery phase of COVID-19.

Venues will present 1,000 gigs showcasing established, emerging and local Australian artists, across a multitude of venues around NSW. Great Southern Nights will culminate in Australia’s premier music industry event, the ARIA Awards.

All music events will be programmed in line with current NSW Government health advice regarding physical distancing and venue capacity of public gatherings.

The National Art School will present a series of concerts in the Cell Block Theatre featuring Australia’s leading music ensemble’s including The Australian Haydn Ensemble, The Song Company, and Ensemble Offspring.

Australian Haydn Ensemble

Haydn’s Dream & Bach’s Goldberg

Friday 6 November, 7pm
Cell Block Theatre, National Art School

The subject of dreams has long occupied the imagination of composers, poets, and artists throughout history. AHE explores this subject with an intriguing collection of works including Haydn’s Dream Quartet, Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Tomb Scene from Romeo and Juliet.


Skye McIntosh – Violin
Matthew Greco – Violin
Karina Schmitz – Viola
Daniel Yeadon – Cello


String Quartet in F major Op. 50 No. 5 The Dream
Allegro moderato
Poco adagio
Tempo di Menuetto: Allegretto
Finale: Vivace

String Quartet in F major Op. 18 No. 1
Allegro con brio
Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
Scherzo: Allegro molto

Goldberg Variations BWV 988 arr. for string quartet (Selections)

The Song Company

Circle of Virtue

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November, 7pm
Cell Block Theatre, National Art School

A dramatic presentation of the earliest surviving music drama by 12th Century abbess, visionary and natural philosopher, Hildegard of Bingen.

One of the earliest-named composers in Western musical history and outspoken in her dealings with princes and popes in mediaeval Europe, Abbess Hildegard of Bingen created the earliest-known opera or music drama, Ordo Virtutum, for the female inmates of her Abbey at Rupertsberg. The Song Company presents a semi-staged performance designed specifically for social distancing directed by Leonie Cambage, with Roberta Diamond, Jessica O’Donoghue, Pip Dracakis, Janine Harris, Koen van Stade, Ethan Taylor and Hayden Barrington. Music Director Antony Pitts.

The Song Company | Close-Up: Esperar, Sentir, Morir

Saturday 14 November, 2pm
Cell Block Theatre, National Art School

Principal Artist, soprano Roberta Diamond is joined by Guest Artist, harpist Hannah Lane for voyages in music from the Iberian peninsula. Traditional melodies in Spanish and Ladino from the Sephardic diaspora are intertwined with theatre music from the Spanish Golden Age along with popular compositions that travelled to the other end of the continent.


Featuring: Roberta Diamond, soprano & Hannah Lane (Baroque Triple Harp)


Ensemble Offspring


Thursday 19 November, 7.30pm
Cell Block Theatre, National Art School

Celebrating spring, fertility, the moon and renewal Ensemble Offspring presents this tasting plate of living new music featuring works from home and across the globe. We remember the creative genius that was Cor Fuhler (NL/AUS), we premiere new works from Gerry Brophy (Aus) and Christopher Fox (UK) and we revisit duos by living legends Liza Lim and Kaija Saariaho. Be a part of the live music making experience after the longest hiatus in living history, as part of Great Southern Nights at the Cell Block Theatre this November!

Ensemble Offspring are Sydney’s musical mavericks, uniting the most innovative instrumentalists in Australia with a broad collective of collaborators to explore new ideas through living new music. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, the ensemble comprises a core line-up of some of Australia’s most well-regarded and virtuosic musicians. In this concert you will hear Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Freya Schack-Arnott (cello) and Claire Edwardes (vibraphone & percussion). Together the musicians of Ensemble Offspring champion living composers and create musical experiences that stimulate the senses and pique curiosity. They support emerging and as-yet-unheard composers, in particular championing female identifying and First Nations artists.


Cornelis Fuhler -Tinderbox (flute, bass clarinet, cello & percussion) 6’

Kaija Saariaho -Oi Kuu (bass flute & cello) 6’

Gerard Brophy -ne me quitte pas (flute and vibraphone) 3’ WP

Iannis Xenakis -Rebonds B (percussion solo) 7’

Kate Moore – Blackbird Song (alto flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone) 9’

Liza Lim -Inguz (cello & clarinet) 6’30

Christopher Fox – Trace (flute, vibraphone, clarinet & cello) 9’ WP

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