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What are the sonic possibilities when the oldest wind instrument in the world – the digeridoo – teams up with instruments that found their final form only two centuries ago?

And who better than distinguished artist William Barton, award-winning clarinetist and composer Paul Dean, plus the stellar line-up of Ensemble Q, to explore that question? 

Ensemble Q is a group powered by the passion and fizz of curiosity and underpinned by the virtuosic integrity of some of Australia’s finest musicians. It might just be the perfect playground for making music. Their ear-catching program includes new works from William Barton and Paul Dean alongside hand-picked masterpieces by Brahms and Ligeti which promise to wrap audiences in a multi-faceted kaleidoscope of sound.  

“[Ensemble Q was] quite possibly the best performance I’ve seen all year, and an astonishing feat of music-making.. frankly, this was a jaw-dropping performance."


“The possibilities are extraordinary. [William Barton] is a great man. He radiates.”

Sir Simon Rattle, Artistic Director, Berlin Philharmonic 


  • William Barton
    New work (2024)* 
    Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 (arr. Breuer)
    Six Bagatelles
    Paul Dean
    Concerto for Cello and Wind Quintet

    *World premiere performances. Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia with the support of the Hon Anthe Philippides SC’

  • Ensemble Q 

    Alison Mitchell
    Huw Jones
    Paul Dean
    Co-Artistic Director and clarinet
    David Mitchell
    Peter Luff
    Trish Dean
    Co-Artistic Director and cello
    Phoebe Russell
    Double Bass
    William Barton
    Didgeridoo / composer

    Alison Mitchell, Huw Jones, David Mitchell and Phoebe Russell appear courtesy of Queensland Symphony Orchestra