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Education Week 3-7 May 2022

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, 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

Event Details

Where can I stay during the Education Week?

Warren boasts a variety of excellent accommodation options that will suit all sizes and budgets. 


  • Macquarie Valley Motor Inn Oxley Highway Ravenswood 02 6847 4396

  • Warren Motor Inn 1 Chester Street 02 6847 4404


  • Club House Hotel 138 Dubbo Street 02 6847 4315

  • Nevertire Hotel Mitchell Highway 02 6847 6234

  • Collie Hotel Oxley Highway 02 6847 9119

Caravans, Cabins and Camping

  • Macquarie Caravan Park  2 Hospital Road 02 6847 4706

  • Bob Christensen Reserve Industrial Access Road

*Free parking for up to 96 hours for self contained motorhomes, campervans and caravans only. No facilities are on site​

  • Private grounds at local residence for caravans contact Sue Green on 0419 604 957

Farm Stays

  • Far Away River (32km from Warren) amandaferrari@me.com Insta @farawayriver Call 0427888777

  • Billabulla Country Quarters 30 minutes drive from Warren 0499874614

  • Kiameron Riverside Cottage 45 minutes drive from Warren 0427 253 804

  • Haddon Rig Jackaroo Lodge 20 minutes drive from Warren 02 6847 3183
    *Groups only

For private home stay in a clean, warm and friendly family home please call Jan Hardman on 0459 290 835. Jan is also available to share prized local knowledge!

Only $35.oo per night!

What's happening?

Education Week opens with an exciting public street performance!

10am Wednesday 4th May

Don't miss this performance on Dubbo Street (main street) at 10am! Just bring your applause and encouragement for our local students who will wow you with drumming, string playing, singing and dancing.

5:30pm Wednesday 4th May 

Enjoy the first performance by headline act Ensemble Offspring at the official opening at the WOW Centre, Oxley Highway 5:30pm. This ticketed event will include some 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. 

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

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!  

Where do I pick up my tickets?


Tickets will be available to purchase through our website.

Limited tickets will be available to purchase at the door. Don't miss out and pre purchase online!


The COVID-19 epidemic has had a profound impact on arts organisations and our ability to function. Planning the 2022 festival around the constantly evolving pandemic situation is tricky. We have developed a number of contingency arrangements that we believe will ensure that Education Week will be able to proceed, short of a full scale community lockdown in late April. We will announce changes as required.

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

In the event Education Week must be cancelled due to government orders, patrons will receive a full refund for any tickets pre purchased.


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.


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Warren NSW 2824, Australia

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