Youth Music Festival

By September 3, 2018Create & Inspire, News

Four Winds Artists in Schools Program which has now begun in five schools in our region

Dear All,

It is with a great sense of excitement I can announce that tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Four Winds Youth Music Festival that will run from Friday 16 November to Sunday 18 November 2018.

The focus is wholly on young people in our region sharing in the joy of music. This new annual festival is a celebration of young people’s music-making and a culmination of the energetic, inspirational and creative programs that Four Winds offers to young people in our region throughout the year.

It’s incredible to know that there are up to 1000 young people taking part! They will be performing alongside highly experienced professional musicians in large ensembles together with Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Australian Voices, Short Black Opera and other special guest artists.

Thanks to the recent generous donations raised to support the Four Winds ‘Create and Inspire Program’, work has already begun on a weekly basis in five local Primary Schools – Bermagui, Narooma, Tilba Central, Tanja and Tathra – across terms 3 and 4 focusing on rhythm/percussion and singing. Those two fundamental and core elements of music provide the essential skills, awareness and a solid platform to access further creative development. (Click on the link below to see a short clip of the work going on in the schools)

The children from these five primary schools and other talented young local performers will then come together for the Schools Showcase Performance on Friday 16 November in the Four Winds Sound Shell. Works from each school as well as large-scale en-masse percussion and vocal collaborations will be performed. A new major work by leading vocal composer Lisa Young commissioned for this event will be one of the many highlights.

The Festival Concert, Sunday 18 November, will see performances from our visiting ensembles as well as talented young musicians from our region who are showing a strong dedication to and love of their craft. This performance opportunity is to help encourage, inspire and reward their commitment to music and performance and offers them a chance to share the stage and collaborate with their mentors and tutors.

The children are all really excited to have this amazing opportunity and play a leading role. I really look forward to what will be an absolutely inspirational and fun three days of music-making for young people of all musical abilities in this region.

Let’s truly celebrate that music is for everyone!

Very best wishes

James Crabb

Image credits: Ben Marden, Chris Sheedy