Claire Edwardes, Alex Morris, Eliza Shepherd, Freya Schack Arnott

Education Week 3-7 May 2022

In May this year Ensemble Offspring toured to Warren to perform in Education Week. 

Sydney’s musical mavericks Ensemble Offspring, unite 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 OAM, the ensemble comprises a core line-up of some of Australia’s most well-regarded and virtuosic musicians: Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet), Véronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris & Freya Schack-Arnott (cello), Bree van Reyk (percussion) and Zubin Kanga & Ben Kopp (piano).

Together we champion living composers and create musical experiences that stimulate the senses and pique curiosity. We support emerging and as-yet-unheard composers, in particular championing Australian female identifying and First Nations artists.

Ensemble Offspring prides itself on creating and performing music that excites and inspires, arouses and provokes. Commissioning, workshopping and premiering new musical works is at the heart of what we do, forging original pathways towards a thriving Australian musical culture for future generations.


General Information

Education Week 2022 was proudly supported by 

Create NSW

Fund for Rural and Regional Renewal [FRRR]

Warren Shire Council

Warren Services Club

Warren Rotary

Phil Arnell [private donor]

Below are the events that WCMF Education Week provided to over 800 rural listeners.

10am Wednesday 4th May

Just bring your applause and encouragement for our local students who will wow you with drumming, string playing, singing and dancing.

6pm Wednesday 4th May 

Ensemble Offspring performing at the official opening at the WOW Centre, Oxley Highway. This ticketed event will include light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the musicians. Drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Thursday 5th May

A variety of pre arranged workshops and performances are then in place at St Mary's Parish Primary School, Warren Central School, Calara House Warren's residential aged care accommodation, and a special performance and workshop for early childhood learners and educators from Warren Preschool and Kindergarten and Little Possums. 

Friday 6th May 4pm

Public Performance Lecture: “Schuman, Mendelssohn, Clarke: Not just a man’s world!”. Viva Voce style presentation by Frances Evans and cellist Freya Schack-Arnott

Excerpts taken from Clara Schumann Piano Trio Op.17, Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trio Op.19, Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio 1921

This event includes shared grazing boards celebrating local produce. Drinks available to purchase from the bar. Take in the Window on the Wetlands historic church. Seating is limited and catering numbers necessary- book your tickets soon!

Friday 6th May 7pm

Saturday 7th May 7pm

Purchase your tickets to attend two thrilling performances by Ensemble Offspring that will take place Friday and Saturday nights. Local instrumental students will perform a new Australian work composed by Fiona Loader alongside our wonderful professional musicians. The two concert programs are DIFFERENT so make yourself available for both!  

The COVID-19 epidemic has had a profound impact on arts organisations and our ability to function. Planning the 2022 festival event around the constantly evolving pandemic situation is tricky. We have developed a number of arrangements that we believe will ensure the safety of all participants and audience members who enjoy Education Week.

We will be taking all steps to ensure safe and sanitised venues and will meet all government guidelines surrounding social distancing.


Festival Experience

Your Festival. Your Memories.


A message from the Artistic Director

I grew up on our family farm just out of Warren. My parents travelled thousands of kilometres over many years so that as a young girl I could experience violin and piano lessons, workshops, masterclasses, and concerts. It is now a great privilege to welcome many friends made whilst studying and performing around the world, into our world.

Warren is full of both obvious and hidden treasures. Travel to Warren Shire and take the time to seek them out on your visit.

And for the locals reading this message. Thank you. 

Thank you for embracing music making. Thank you to the team of dedicated committee members who have brought this festival together.

With your continued support I have no doubt that this festival will flourish and become a unique event in the great Australian music landscape.


Good Eats

Enjoy delicious coffee and cake, something on the go or a sit down meal. Warren Shire has it all!

Bow and Beans Cafe

One One Seven Bakery Cafe

JC's Cotton Cafe

Kookaburra Kiosk

Warren Services Club

Club House Hotel

Warren Golf Club

Nervertire Hotel

Collie Hotel


Local Attractions

The Macquarie Marshes is one of the largest remaining inland semi-permanent wetlands in south-eastern Australia. It includes extensive areas of Phragmites reeds, River Red Gum woodlands and mixed marsh floodplains, and was listed as a Ramsar wetland of international importance in 1986.

The Macquarie Marshes is part of the traditional land of the Wailwan People who continue to maintain connections to country. The Marshes is particularly outstanding for its value as one of the most important nesting sites for waterbirds in Australia. A total of 77 waterbird species can be found in the Macquarie Marshes, including the threatened brolga, magpie goose, Australasian bittern and painted snipe. It also provides important habitat for 156 species of woodland bird and many other species of fish, turtles, frogs, snakes and mammals.



The Warren Chamber Music Festival wishes to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Wayilwan land on which the festival takes place. We honour their Elders past, present and emerging.


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Warren NSW 2824, Australia

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