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Windsong Series #2

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Windsong Series #2 | Joyce Yang, piano
Saturday 7 July 2018, 1 – 3pm. Gates open at 12noon.
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

Tickets $80. Children 16 years and under free.

If you have a Four Winds Access Pass and would like to come along to this event as your over $40 access ticket for this year please call 6493 3366.
The 2018 Windsong Series events are available as single ticketed events for $80 each or as a package of three for $210. Children 16 years and under free. For more details go to fourwinds.com.au or call 6493 3366.

Together we have reached our fundraising target – thank you

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A HUGE thank you to all who have donated to support the Four Winds Music Education Program. We are delighted to share the news that we have now received donations totalling $40,000 which will be match-funded meaning the total value of this campaign is $80,000 towards young people’s music making and changing their lives!

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival Musical Performance. Photo by Ben Marden

Plans for our Artists in Schools and Youth Festival, as well as professional development for teachers both in and outside the classroom are well underway and will be starting in Term 3. Thank you for helping make this possible and we look forward to sharing news of their success with you.

Whilst the dollar for dollar campaign has now reached its target, we gratefully receive any donation to support Four Winds Education work and your tax deductable donation can be made here

This Sunday at Four Winds…

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Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler

Simon Tedeschi (piano) Andrew Haveron (violin)

Windsong Series #1 Concert.

When I think about what we want to bring to our audience I think first and foremost about quality.

For me, quality isn’t about genre or the nature of the experience – you might be an audience member, a participant or a young person in school it is about Four Winds bringing the very best musicianship to the Far South Coast.

Windsong Series #1 performance is no exception.

You will hear a program inspired by a rare recording of Violin Sonatas made by the great Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler. These two musical icons recorded the works of Beethoven, Grieg and Schubert that you will hear today in 1928 in the USA – the recording is still available for sale and on YouTube!

As far as personalities go, Rachmaninoff and Kreisler could not have been more contrasting in their styles. Rachmaninoff, a cool and collected perfectionist was in stark contrast to Kreisler who was one of the most flamboyant musicians of his day. Yet this unlikely duo struck a friendship and a mutual respect performing and making arrangements of each others compositions. You will hear some of that flamboyance in the performance of Kreisler’s own composition Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta which concludes today’s performance.

It’s wonderful to think that 90 years later, here in Barragga Bay we are welcoming two of the finest musicians working in Australia today in a new duo to revisit and celebrate Rachmaninoff and Kreisler’s collaboration, performing works by some of the world’s greatest composers from the 19th and 20th Centuries.
For the next Windsong Series Concert we are welcoming the internationally acclaimed American pianist Joyce Yang, in partnership with Musica Viva. Joyce is touring to Australia and I’m thrilled to be able to showcase her artistry with a fabulous program, so please come and hear her perform on our wonderful piano on Sunday 7 July 2018.

Have a great afternoon and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Gates open at 1.30pm. Concert starts at 2.30pm. Children under 16 are free.

The 2018 Windsong Series events are available as single ticketed events for $80 each or as a package of three for $210. Children 16 years and under free. For more details go to fourwinds.com.au or call 6493 3366.

ONDES | The Ghosts Between Us

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ONDES | The Ghosts Between Us

We were very excited to have David Hewitt, Percussionist/Composer, and Jed Silver, Sound Designer, here in residence in May 2018 to finalise the recording of their ONDES Project – The Ghosts Between Us – which opens this week as a sound installation at the DARK MOFO | NIGHT MASS event. DARK MOFO 2018 begins this week at MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art – in Hobart.

Watch their short clip about the process David and Jed went through in their recording time in the Windsong Pavilion in May…

This Sunday at Four Winds…

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Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Andrew Haveron (violin) will perform a beautiful program of Romantic music this Sunday 17 June, 2.30 – 4.30pm, in the stunning acoustics of the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion at Barragga Bay, 9kms south of Bermagui.

Andrew Haveron, Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, has a reputation as one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. With his unrivalled versatility he is highly respected as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster.

Simon Tedeschi first performed a Mozart Piano Concerto at age 9 in the Sydney Opera House. He is now quite often described as one of the finest artists in the world, making this young pianist’s mark on music both undeniable and admirable.

Andrew and Simon first performed together last year, sharing the platform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where they discovered they were both devotees to the sweeping melodies and beautiful harmonies of the late Classical and Early Romantic periods of music. It was this shared passion that drew them to the repertoire they will be playing together this Sunday in the Windsong Pavilion.

This Sunday’s concert will feature Violin Sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Grieg, ending with a showpiece by Fritz Kreisler, described as one of the most beautifully crafted pieces for violin: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta.

Gates open at 1.30pm. Concert starts at 2.30pm. Children under 16 are free.

The 2018 Windsong Series events are available as single ticketed events for $80 each or as a package of three for $210. Children 16 years and under free. For more details go to fourwinds.com.au or call 6493 3366.

Sheena Boughen recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honour

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Sheena Boughen OAM - Photo by Heide Smith Medres

Sheena Boughen OAM – Photo by Heide Smith Medres

Four Winds is incredibly proud of its Life Ambassador, Sheena Boughen, who has been awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Sheena’s tireless work as a pro-bono CEO and Chair of Four Winds over many years has resulted in world class music performance spaces being developed in Barragga Bay, Bermagui, on the Far South Coast of NSW.

Sheena lead a dedicated, voluntary team to develop Four Winds into the nationally recognised arts organisation we know today whose purpose is to use music as a powerful force to fire the imagination. Sheena and her team also achieved the significant fundraising targets required from Federal and State governments and private individuals to deliver this project in a remote and rural part of NSW. Sheena’s leadership in the Arts was also recently recognised by Creative Partnerships with the National Arts Leadership Award for 2017.

The level of ambition and dynamic leadership shown by Sheena has enabled the development of a year-round program of work to emerge at Four Winds, the pinnacle of which is still the organisation’s world renowned, and now annual Easter Festival. Four Winds balances being an arts organisation that has an international outlook – presenting and promoting musicians from across the globe – with a true commitment to its community, particularly focused on participation and local music education for young people.

Four Winds future is as ambitious as ever, with Artistic Director James Crabb announcing plans for a new Youth Festival in Spring 2018 building on the incredible amount and variety of work Four Winds is undertaking with young people throughout the year. Its Windsong Series – the next concert of which is on this Sunday 17 June at the Windsong Pavilion – continues to present world-class artists whose visits to the Far South Coast always includes time inspiring the community beyond their performance. Work recorded and created at Four Winds is taking the organisation’s reputation far and wide; South Coast based composer and percussionist David Hewitt’s latest work created and recorded at Four Winds is currently installed at the 2018 Dark Mofo Festival in Tasmania.

The ambition and scope of our work would not have been possible without the commitment of Sheena and the team she lead to develop Four Winds performance spaces and the organisation itself which has far reaching benefit, at home and overseas. In Sheena’s own words: “you have not to be frightened by the size of your ambition”. Today, Four Winds is able to be even more ambitious thanks in no small part to our Life Ambassador, Sheena Boughen OAM.

Windsong Pavilion Photo by Ben Marden

Windsong Pavilion Photo by Ben Marden

Windsong Pavilion Photo by Trevor Mein

Windsong Pavilion Photo by Trevor Mein

ABOUT FOUR WINDS:

Four Winds held its first concert on 7 April 1991, in the very same landscape that would later be expanded and developed to its renowned current day facilities called Nature’s Concert Hall.

Over the next 25 years, this initial event, which originally drew an audience of 200 people, grew in scope and scale, attracting thousands of music lovers to its biennial Four Winds Easter Festival.

The organisation is renowned for presenting world-class performances from leading national and international musicians in its unique natural setting, set on 30 acres of open bushland, on New South Wales’ stunning south coast.

Since its inception, the Four Winds Board had a clear vision to move beyond the presentation of a biennial Festival, to incorporate ongoing community engagement, natural conservation, and partnerships with the local Yuin Aboriginal community.

In 2014, with the help of architects Phillip Cox and Clinton Murray, the Four Winds site was transformed into the Nature’s Concert Hall, home to two exceptional purpose-built performance spaces, the 2,000-person capacity outdoor Sound Shell; and the 200-seat Windsong Pavilion.

These permanent facilities have enabled Four Winds to expand to a year-round program comprising concerts and performances, community events, artist residencies, music and environmental education programs including mentorships and live streaming programs, as well as the development of a significant Native Species Arboretum, in conjunction with Landcare Australia.

The Windsong Pavilion is also available as a world-class recording studio.

In October 2016, Four Winds appointed James Crabb in the role of Artistic Director, to lead the next phase of its creative development.

The next Four Winds Easter Festival will be on from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 April 2019.

A message from James Crabb, Artistic Director

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As James said, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar.

Our deadline for donations is 25 June to allow the matching dollars to be paid prior to 30 June.

Whilst we are focussing our fundraising on Create and Inspire, any donation made to support Four Winds work will be matched.

 

Please make your tax-deductible donation by clicking here

 

Thank you from Four Winds and from all the young people who will experience fantastic musical opportunities because of your donation.

 

Credits @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCmnZL-AuGA

Requesting your help to ensure the musical future of our young people…

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We are inviting you to donate funds to Four Winds that will be matched dollar for dollar to support the Four Winds Music Education Program.

Four Winds has an amazing music education program which, on a year-round basis, is providing remarkable opportunities for our young people to experience and take part in live music. We are bringing amazing music experiences and ongoing learning opportunities to five primary schools (Narooma, Tilba, Bermagui, Tanja, Tathra) and four local preschools with an integrated program of world-class performances by visiting artists. The children will create their own works, take part in singing, rhythm, basic composition, and performance alongside their peers, as well as interacting with the amazing musicians who visit Four Winds. This is a pretty unique model and a wonderful partnership between Four Winds and the local schools. In terms of attending performances alone, the program means that every school-child has the opportunity to attend and take part in 16 events at Four Winds during their time in pre/primary school. That’s in addition to all the artists visits, residencies and teacher training Four Winds is delivering in schools throughout the year.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival Musical Performance. Photo by Ben Marden

The whole program is integrated and will now culminate in a new annual Youth Festival (16 -18 Nov) which will involve all our young people taking part in large scale performances with professional artists, students and musicians from Sydney Youth Orchestra and Australian Voices at the Four Winds site. There will also be opportunities for individuals to showcase their own talent.

A donor who is a great supporter of Four Winds has pledged to match any donation to Four Winds, up to a total of $40,000, because they want to see opportunities for our young people to take part in music thrive on the Far South Coast. They are inviting anyone to donate funds to support Four Winds and they will match-fund $-for-$ any donation (up to a total of $40,000) made by the end of this financial year. Four Winds has already received some donations at the 2018 Easter Festival so is currently trying to raise $20,000 toward this target. Together we have the opportunity to unlock $80,000 to support our young people’s music making.

Make your tax-deductible donation by the end of the financial year to ensure that it is matched dollar for dollar by visiting the Four Winds Website here

Coming up at Four Winds

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“I’m so pleased that we will be welcoming these six exceptional artists across the three concerts which make up the 2018 Windsong Series. The Windsong Pavilion is one of the region’s finest assets, and it is because of the exceptional acoustics and quality of the performance space that such eminent artists are excited to accept our invitation to perform here on the Far South Coast”
James Crabb, Four Winds Artistic Director

Windsong Series #1

Sunday 17 June, brings back two of Four Winds’ great friends to the region; Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Andrew Haveron (violin) who will be performing a stunning program of Romantic music featuring Violin Sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Grieg and ending with a work by Fritz Kreisler which has been described as one of the most beautifully crafted pieces for violin: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta.

Windsong Series #2

Saturday 7 July, brings Joyce Yang (piano) one of the leading pianists in the newest generation of virtuosi from the United States to the Windsong Pavilion. This is Joyce’s first full Australian recital tour presented in partnership with Musica Viva. Joyce will be giving a recital of characterful works all of which were composed by masters of the keyboard Chopin, Debussy and Grieg.

Windsong Series #3

Sunday 19 August, welcomes Four Winds’ former Artistic Director and virtuosic recorder player Genevieve Lacey to perform in collaboration with Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord) and Jane Gower (baroque bassoon) for a program exploring music from the Baroque period from such fine composers as Handel, Vivaldi and Telemann. This exceptional international collaboration will bring an infectious energy to this music.



The performance will feature a Willard Martin harpsichord which has recently been generously donated to Four Winds.

The 2018 Windsong Series events are available as single ticketed events for $80 each or as a package of three for $210. Children 16 years and under free. For more details go to fourwinds.com.au or call 6493 3366.

Tathra Fire Appeal

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In response to the Tathra Bush Fires, the Four Winds Foundation agreed to match fund any donation made at the 2018 Easter Festival to the Tathra Fire Appeal. The Four Winds Foundation is an independent charity set up by Four Winds Festival Founder, Neilma Gantner, and her son Carrillo in 2002.

The Foundation knows that to support the community at a challenging time was very much in Neilma’s spirit and we were privileged to facilitate this generous offer. Although the final sum donated hasn’t been confirmed by Bega Valley Shire Council, we believe the Festival community, with the Foundation’s match-funding has contributed approximately $75,000 to the Mayoral Tathra Fire appeal which is fantastic.

On behalf of the community on the South Coast, thank you if you were one of the many donors who contributed to support those affected by the Tathra Bush Fire. Your generosity was recently recognised in the local Triangle which thanked all the Four Winds visitors with ‘very deep pockets from Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and further afield who were eager to contribute to the appeal.’


‘Create and Inspire’ | Exciting news for donors about the Four Winds Education Program

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Dear All,

We are delighted to announce that a donor who is a great supporter of Four Winds is inviting you to join them in raising funds for the Four Winds ‘Create and Inspire Program’ which is all about developing skills, performance opportunities and a life-long passion for music among our young people.

Our donor will match fund – dollar for dollar – any donation made to Four Winds prior to the end of the 2017/18 financial year to support our work. They have pledged to match any donations up to a total of $40,000. This means, that with your help we would love to raise $40,000.

The good news is that donations made at the Four Winds Easter Festival count toward this target so in order to achieve the full $80,000 we only need to raise another $20,000. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far.

Our ‘Create and Inspire’ program is focused on music education and enables young people living on the South Coast to develop their skills and passion for music and music making.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival Schools Progam. Photo by Ben Marden

With your support we would love to achieve this goal because it will deliver:

  • Regular singing and percussion activities in our schools
  • Performance opportunities for our young people to perform at Four Winds so that they can experience the joy of playing and singing music in large scale performances to an audience.
  • Performances at Four Winds so that our young people may meet and work with world-class musicians, share their experiences and respond creatively.
  • A teaching musician in residence in Bermagui for two terms each year.
  • Coaching and mentoring of classroom teachers in partnership with the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program.
  • Two professional development sessions per year for music leaders and teachers in our region.

All these ongoing activities will contribute to our first Annual Youth Festival to be held 16 – 18 November. Local young people from the Far South Coast will perform alongside – and be inspired by – performances from Sydney Youth Orchestra, musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music, and the young, dynamic choir The Australian Voices. This Festival will include five local primary and four pre-schools, individual high school music students and a new Bega Valley Youth Choir. It will be a true celebration of young people’s music making.

At our recent Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival our very important work with local school children was clearly visible. One Festival attendee who completed our exit survey said:

“As a retired music teacher, I am delighted to see the strong direction and efforts to bring musical experiences and opportunities to local children and into the local schools”

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival Mission Songs Project. Photo by Ben Marden

“Four Winds Festival is a weekend of eclectic music performed by highly professional musicians. It acknowledges the spiritual ownership of the land and encourages participation of the local community and its school age children”. Festival Audience Survey Respondent.

Can you please help us raise the remaining $20,000? Please remember that your donation will be matched dollar for dollar.

Our deadline for donations is 25 June to allow the matching dollars to be paid prior to 30 June.

Whilst we are focusing our fundraising on Create and Inspire, any donation made to support Four Winds work will be matched.

Please make your tax-deductible donation by clicking here

Thank you from Four Winds and from all the young people who will experience fantastic musical opportunities because of your donation.

Coming up at Four Winds

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Windsong Series #1 | Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Andrew Haveron (violin)
Performing works by Kreisler, Rachmaninov, and Grieg
Sunday 17 June, 2.30 – 4.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay

We have programmed three incredible quality performances for you in the Windsong Pavilion, to warm your heart during the winter months.

For the first of these we are welcoming two of Four Winds’ great friends to the Windsong Pavilion; Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Andrew Haveron (violin). Both musicians stunned us with their performances in 2017, so the prospect of them performing together in the Windsong Pavilion is hugely exciting. They will be performing a stunning program of romantic music – sweeping melodies and beautiful harmonies.

Andrew Haveron performed with pianist Piers Lane when we launched the Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand Piano, purchased for the Windsong Pavilion as a result of so many generous donors. Andrew is a virtuosic performer and is currently the concert master of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Simon Tedeschi last performed at Four Winds with actor John Bell and amazed us all with the passion and theatre he created during an epic, narrative performance of Enoch Arden.

So, the combination of Andrew and Simon performing together is surely a concert not to miss – and it’s another chance to hear the Windsong’s fabulous piano played by one of Australia’s leading pianists.

You can purchase all three Windsong Series 2018 concerts as a package – for details click here

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

James Crabb performing at the Sydney Writers Festival

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If you are attending the Sydney Writers Festival this weekend, don’t miss James Crabb, Four Winds Artistic Director, performing as part of the “Outside: A Feast of the Senses“. This Sunday 6 May, 11.15am – 12noon as part of the Family Program.

“In an event that will enchant young audiences, renowned children’s author and poet Libby Hathorn reads excerpts from her book Outside, accompanied by four of Australia’s finest musicians and as illustrations are beamed on screen. The music is drawn from a lively score by composer Elena Kats-Chernin, Artistic Direction and arrangements by Christina Leonard. The story, stunningly illustrated by Ritva Voutila, celebrates the wonder of the five senses in the magic of a garden, while promoting love and respect for the natural world.”

For more information and to make a booking CLICK HERE

Andrew Sayers’ paintings online auction

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Long Time No Sea at Barragga Bay.
Photo: Supplied

For anyone who has enjoyed a long lazy lunch prepared by a former Noma chef at the restaurant Long Time No Sea at Barragga Bay, these two paintings by Andrew Sayers will be familiar.


Wind in the trees, Cuttagee



Cuttagee


 

Beyond the stand of trees the viewer’s eye is led to the long stretch of golden sand that is Cuttagee beach and further on to the forested slopes of the ancient volcano, Guluga; a place of great spiritual and cultural significance to the Yuin Aboriginal people of the far South Coast of NSW.

Bring back memories of this stunning area by acquiring one of Andrew’s beautiful landscapes and, in the process, help Four Winds to commission Australian composers to create new work. The works are being auctioned online only

There are only two days left to place your bid. For your chance to acquire one of these paintings please click here, register and place your bid. Registration is free and only requires you to enter your email address.
If you have any problems registering or bidding please send an email to sian.morgan.hall@gmail.com.

Cuttagee

Barragga Point 2014

Montague Island & Mystery Bay

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee

Andrew Sayers’ paintings online auction

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Time is running out to acquire one of these wonderful paintings – a lasting reminder of the beauty of the Far South Coast of NSW and the area close to Four Winds. The works are being auctioned online only. The auction ends on 22nd April so please place your bid quickly.

For your chance to acquire one of these paintings please click here, register and place your bid. Registration is free and only requires you to enter your email address.

Cuttagee

Barragga Point 2014

Montague Island & Mystery Bay

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee

Andrew Sayers’ paintings online auction

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Cuttagee

Barragga Point 2014

Montague Island & Mystery Bay

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee

Over its 27-year history, Four Winds has established a proud record of commissioning new works and this year alone five new works were premiered at the 2018 Easter Festival.

Three of these works took their inspiration from the Far South Coast. This is something that Andrew Sayers, a passionate supporter of new music and Four Winds, who also took inspiration from the region for his artworks, would have applauded.

Andrew generously donated four of his beautiful landscape paintings of the region to Four Winds. The works are being auctioned online only and, in keeping with Andrew’s wishes, the proceeds from their sale will be used to commission and perform new Australian music.

Please help us to realise Andrew’s dream and, in the process, acquire one of his beautiful paintings of the Far South Coast of NSW. The auction ends on 22 April 2018.

For your chance to acquire one of these paintings please click on the link below, register and place your bid. Registration is free and only requires you to enter your email address – it’s as simple as that. Click here to enter the online auction website

Andrew Sayers AM

Andrew is perhaps better known as the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Director of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra; however, from 2013 onwards, he focused on his career as an artist. Andrew showed his work for the first time publically, “off Broadway” as he explained, at Mister Jones in the heart of Bermagui. He was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2014 and his first major solo exhibition, Nature Through the Glass of Time, was shown at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne.

Throughout his academic and professional life, Andrew explored his passion for painting. After leaving the Museum world he travelled to explore the landscape as a source of inspiration. He worked en plein air and found the medium of gouache perfect to reflect his acute observations of nature.

Andrew had a longstanding passion for the wild and natural places of Australia. He avidly journeyed along the coastal tracks from Mallacoota to Merimbula and beyond and found the south coast near Bermagui a source of inspiring and ever-changing scenery.

Andrew Sayers died in October 2015 but his achievements as curator, writer, director and artist remain.

Thank you for a wonderful five days of music making…

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It’s been fantastic to share the last week with such appreciative audiences and generous artists over what has been the course of the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival.

Hearing diverse music in the Sound Shell at Four Winds Natures Concert Hall surrounded my many hundreds of enthusiastic music lovers was contrasted with the experience of a series of Windsong Pavilion concerts, pop-up performances about town and intimate house concerts in beautiful private homes.

The Windsong Pavilion provided the perfect setting for sublime chamber music concerts, and was transformed for Side Show Alley which saw the space transformed into a by-gone day ‘music hall meets circus’ space.

We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to share the weekend with the audience and salute the incredible work of all the artists who played incredibly over the course of a busy Festival. A special note of thanks also to all our volunteers who made sure the audience and artists had an incredible time.

If you attended any part of the Festival, We’d love to hear what you think and would be very grateful if you would complete our Audience Survey. It will take just 10 minutes and will help us plan future events….

Click here to complete the audience feedback survey

If you missed the Festival this year, don’t forget we are now annual, so please put Easter 2019 in the diary!

Our next event is on Sunday and presents Sydney Youth Orchestra playing works by Copland and Haydn… another chance to get a fix of fantastic music making in the Sound Shell.

With very best wishes

The Four Winds Team

Click hereto view the 2018 Easter Festival gallery of images


To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

The Festival has begun

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Dear All,

If you are in the Barragga Bay area you will be hearing beautiful music floating through the bushland with over 60 fabulous artists rehearsing together ready to delight audiences over the Easter Weekend.

If you are in Bermagui tomorrow, Easter Friday – there are free pop-up performances around town – listen out for sounds of brass and percussion instruments and if you are passing Strangers in Paradise you’ll hear Ian Munro performing on their resident grand piano (pop-up times are below). On Friday evening there is a large free community performance on Dickinson Oval. That performance is a fundraiser for those affected by the Tathra Bush Fire so we hope everyone will be out in force to enjoy the music and support the community on the Far South Coast.

Bermagui Primary School has been buzzing all week with young people rehearsing Indigenous songs ready for the Welcome to Country on Saturday morning. They have been working with members of Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project who are also performing on Friday at the free concert for the community.

An exciting addition in the run-up to the Festival is that, we today hosted over 200 primary school children from the region to the Festival site to see a dress rehearsal and, in small groups, to meet Festival artists who introduced their instruments to and played music with the children.

Saturday and Sunday at the Four Winds site is presenting an amazing array of music inspired by many musical traditions and cultures. Middle Eastern sounds will meet Spanish songs; new music inspired by nature will be complemented by works from favourite classical composers. It’s a truly international musical journey. The program also includes music-theatre performances in the Windsong Pavilion which promise to evoke the olden days of side-show alley…prepare to be amazed! This is one of the largest festivals Four Winds has staged and we look forward to seeing you at one of the many performances.

Happy Easter!

Very best wishes
James Crabb
Artistic Director

Shuttle bus bookings and car park passes can be booked on the ticketing site via the link below…

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Easter Festival 1 week to go

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Dear All,

It has been an extraordinary few days on the Far South Coast with devastating bush fires in Tathra. We are thinking of all our friends and neighbours affected by this life changing event. There is no doubt in my mind that music plays a huge role at moments like these.

People often turn to music to console, lift their spirits and as a means of expressing a shared experience. I hope that on the Easter Weekend – particularly for the free community concert on Good Friday – the locals will come together to enjoy the company and togetherness that music brings. The community itself will be represented by Bega’s own Heartsong Choir who will be performing during this event.

We have many visitors coming to the region for the Festival. As of next week, the artists will be arriving and will spend the week rehearsing at the Four Winds site in Barragga Bay.

We will be welcoming local school children to the site on Thursday to meet musicians and experience dress rehearsals particularly for the Welcome to Country which features the Djaadjawan Dancers.

On Good Friday, Festival musicians will appear in pop-up performances around Bermagui before the free concert on the Dickinson Oval in the evening from 7pm. I will be there, performing in a large Festival jam with other festival musicians. The feel good Brazilian popular folk music genre called Choro will bring a joyous and uplifting end to the evening.

I’m looking forward to welcoming all our musicians, visitors and friends to Four Winds next week and to sharing this wonderful music Festival with you.

Next week’s enews will have more practical information for everyone coming to the Festival – but if you haven’t yet purchased your ticket there is still the opportunity to do so at www.fourwinds.com.au/easterfestival

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Easter Festival 12 days to go

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By now we hope you are familiar with our Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival hero image, taken by photographer Ben Marden which features double bass player Rohan Dasika.

Here he is again – perhaps more recognisable from this photograph…

Rohan came to play the double bass via piano, tuba and trombone. Seeing a double bass in the school orchestra convinced him to change instruments because it would allow him to indulge his passion for the bass notes.

“I went to watch the school orchestra play, saw the double bass players sitting up the back looking like they were having a great time and wanted to do what they were doing!”

You may recognise Rohan because he is a great friend of Four Winds. We first experienced his artistry on the double bass when he performed in the 2014 Easter Festival. Rohan studied at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and will be joining a new generation of musicians from ANAM who are coming to Four Winds for the first time, and who are forming the Festival String Ensemble. Four Winds is incredibly proud to be supporting the development of Australian musician’s careers by providing them with performance opportunities alongside hugely experienced and established artists in a ‘real-world’ setting.

Rohan’s career is going from strength to strength. Recently, he was appointed to Frankfurt’s ‘Opern-und-Museumsorchester’ (Opera House and Museum Orchestra) and we are delighted that he accepted the invitation to come from Germany and play for us this Easter.

Rohan features in a range of performances at the Festival – you will certainly see him on the Sound Shell stage underpinning many ensemble works. For an altogether alternative perspective on the double bass, catch him playing in solo in Sideshow Alley – there are still tickets available for the 9pm performance.

In 2015 Rohan was interviewed and asked what he had sacrificed for his art. His reply was…

“I’m sure that choosing to hang out with a large wooden box rather than humans for large chunks of time must have done something to my head!”

Meet Rohan and hear him perform at the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival along with all our Festival artists who will be at Nature’s Concert Hall throughout the whole weekend.

How are you getting to the Festival Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday?

There are two options for getting to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events:

1. Catch a free bus from the Bermagui Country Club. Bookings essential.
2. Drive. Parking is available on-site for $10 per car. Bookings essential.

Shuttle bus bookings and car park passes can be booked on the ticketing site via the link below…

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.