In November there is going to be a mass gathering of musically-inspired young people from across our region and beyond at the new Four Winds Youth Music Festival.
You can experience the fabulous spectacle of our region’s talented youngsters performing and sharing music together. We are going to assemble a ‘company’ of over 1000 pupils from our local primary schools plus guests. It’s really wonderful to think that those schools and the majority of the children will be meeting and collaborating with each other for the very first time.
They will be joined by Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Australian Voices from Brisbane and members of Short Black Opera, as well as local internationally acclaimed musicians Geoffrey Badger and Greg Sheehan who are currently working as Four Winds Artists-in-Schools to prepare for this amazing event.
I’m really excited that we have commissioned three songs for the occasion from Lisa Young (of Coco’s Lunch) and that we will once again enjoy ‘Mother Mountain’ which local Indigenous children wrote in partnership with Short Black Opera in 2017 – but this time it will be performed with orchestral accompaniment.
This Festival is happening because Four Winds is part of a community committed to providing life changing musical experiences for young people on the Far South Coast. Music is a truly powerful force and impacts so positively on us all, particularly on our young people. Last week I was at South Coast Music Camp in Bega and experienced a wealth of talent. It is truly exciting that there is now another chance for those enthusiastic young musicians to come together to perform in large ensembles on the South Coast.
There are daytime public performances at the Four Winds Youth Music Festival on Friday 16 November from 12.00 – 1.30pm and Sunday 18 November from 11.00am – 2.00pm.
Friday is a celebration and showcase of the music-making which has been happening in five local schools – Bermagui, Narooma, Tilba, Tanja and Tathra. There will be massed percussion pieces and the world premiere of a new commission performed by a massed choir. Western Symphony Youth Orchestra will be accompanying some of the pieces including a performance of ‘Mother Mountain’ – it’s going to be an absolutely amazing event!
On Sunday, during the special Festival Concert we will hear local talent who are dedicated to their craft performing a diverse mix of music in their own right as soloists and in various small ensembles created for this festival in the Windsong Pavilion. This will be followed by large-scale performances with Western Sydney Youth Orchestra and The Australian Voices in the Sound Shell. It’s brilliant to see how excited the kids are already and the creative impact it has on their lives as well as the invaluable experience of collaborating and sharing in the sheer joy of music-making.
The Inaugural Four Winds Youth Music Festival is your chance to come and hear as well as support the next generation of dedicated and talented musicians in fabulous surroundings. I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend – come and join us! You can find out more and book your tickets here…
Very best wishes