Lamorna Nightingale

Lamorna Nightingale - flautist

Lamorna Nightingale is a freelance flautist, concert presenter, educator and publisher who is passionate about the future of art music in Australia. Full Biography

Photo credit Richard Hedger (Ensemble Offspring)

Photo credit Richard Hedger (Ensemble Offspring)

Ensemble Offspring

Lamorna Nightingale is a core member of the new music group - Ensemble Offspring and has been performing with them since 2007. Recent performance highlights performing with the ensemble include  

  • Liza Lim ‘Turning Dance of the Bee’ (AP) and Kaija Saariaho ‘Cendres’ 2017 Arc Electric Program
  • Shanghai New Music Festival 2015 Ensemble in residence
  • Fausto Romitelli ‘Index of Metals’ with Sydney Chamber Opera

Ensemble Offspring have released several recordings including their annual project Offspring Bites which showcases chamber works commissioned by the group. 

Ensemble Offspring also have an extensive collection of performance videos on YouTube

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Other Voices

‘Other Voices’ is a performance, recording and education project based on new Australian electroacoustic works for flute. The project aims to enable young composers, performers and their teachers to have a richer understanding of the electroacoustic genre through the development of an Education Kit, related Professional Development Courses and student workshops. The album includes new works by Cat Hope, Tristan Coelho, Fiona Hill, Rosalind Page, Peggy Polias and Kate Moore. More information about Other Voices Project


Lamorna has also created several pedagogical volumes of repertoire for young flute players through her publishing company - ‘Fluteworthy’ 

Fluteworthy have a strong commitment to Australian music and have created two recordings focussing specifically on repertoire suitable for flute students preparing for AMEB and HSC examination. Many of these pieces recorded for the first time have now become standard repertoire for Australian flautists. 

BackStage Music

Since 2017 Lamorna has curated and produced a new concert series dedicated to new music in Sydney ‘BackStage Music’. At each concert an early career artist is presented alongside an established artist.



Photo Credit Ollie Miller

Photo Credit Ollie Miller

Freelance Career

Lamorna has many years experience working in the orchestral and music theatre sectors performing regularly with many of Australia’s finest ensembles, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra . Recent highlights include

  • Guest principal flute in the Australian Opera 'Handa Opera on the Harbour' season of La Boheme. (2018)

  • Classical piccolo with early music ensemble Brugge Anima Eterna at the Sydney Festival and Lincoln Centre in New York. (2016)

She has performed in several seasons of the musical ‘Miss Saigon’ as well as Sydney seasons of ‘Les Miserables’ 2016 and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ 2018.

Lamorna has also performed as a guest artist with Synergy Percussion, Halcyon, Kammer and many other Sydney ensembles.


Lamorna has an active teaching studio and is a senior examiner for the AMEB.

From 2012-14 Lamorna was the President of the Flute Society of NSW in this role she was responsible for organising several large scale events such as Eisteddfods.

In 2016-17 Lamorna was engaged by the New Music Network as a mentor in the New Music LAB program. working with the Newcastle-based ensemble Tone Camerata as they prepared for a presenting a performance. This program has given her the opportunity to share her passion and experience with emerging artists for developing the strong connections that keep the music industry relevant and exciting for future generations.

Lamorna enjoys working directly with young composers. In 2016 Ensemble Offspring have been Ensemble in Residence at the Australian National University (ANU) working directly with tertiary composition students. This has involved workshopping, performing and recording new works. In 2015 the group worked similarly with post-graduate composers at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Ensemble Offspring also runs an intensive training program (Hatched) for young composers and performers with a passion for new music. 


Sciarrino ‘Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni’

In 2015, Lamorna produced and performed as a soloist in the Australian Premier Performance of Sciarrino's, ‘Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni’ This involved co-ordinating 100 massed flute players + 4 soloists in a staged work in the foyer of the High Court of Australia for the Australian Flute Festival.


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