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Dr Stovepipe and Creativity

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The Four Winds Create and Inspire Education Program involves exposing children to as much quality live performance as we can organise and provide for them. Living in regional Australia may mean that these opportunities are reduced for our children, compared to their city counterparts. Four Winds hopes to do our best, to change this.  On June 26 and 27 2018 we partnered with Musica Viva to bring Dr Stovepipe and Creativity to the Windsong Pavilion. In total 415 primary students from Narooma and Bermagui primary schools attended.  Following the performance, we offer the opportunity for the children to reflect on what they have seen, discuss it together, and then develop their own creative response to it through singing, drama, dance and craft.

James Crabb Video Message – Thank you to donors and supporters

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

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

Field Studies Day Two August 2017

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An afternoon with Warren Foster Mumbulla Falls

By Elena Delmercato, Four Winds Volunteer

On day two, the artists gathered under the trees at Mumbulla Falls to listen to Warren Foster Yuin Community Leader, share stories about his connection to place.

A gifted story teller, Warren spoke engagingly about the relationship he and the people of the Yuin nation have with the natural world. Gesturing behind the group to the tall trees along the river bank, he told the group how ‘We look for signs in the trees. They tell us things and teach us…when the wattle is flowering it tells us there are fish in the rivers. When we come to the bush we talk to the bush, we sing to the bush.”. Warren also spoke about the sense of responsibility he feels to look after the land, “We are here to protect and look after the land…we come from mother earth; we have to put back in mother earth”.

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Mumbulla is considered the man’s mountain, and it is a special place for ceremonies to mark the passing of young boys into adulthood. Warren shared with the group how the natural environment, in particular the nearby waterfalls, form part of the ceremony, “At the top of the waterfall you are still a boy. When you slide down into the water and come out below, you are a man.”.

At one point, Warren finished talking and started singing, a song that explained his connection to his land. The group was silent, and as he sang, it was as if the sounds of the bush were accompanying him – various birds called out, trees rustled as they moved in the wind, and the sound of the river. And in the back ground, the sound of Warren’s two young boys as they jumped about on the creek bed. It was a reminder that this bush, and this place had meaning not just for Warren but his family. Just as Bithry Inlet had meaning for the Grounds family. Places, and stories about places, that connect families and honour and respect the natural environment.

As on the previous day, the session ended with a note of thanks and recognition for the natural world. This time it was Warren who told the group how he respected this place every time he visits, and encouraged them to do the same ‘Every time I come up this mountain I take a drink from the creek and say thank you’.

A special thanks to Elena Delmercato and Ben Cunningham, Four Winds Volunteers, for attending the field studies weekend as media/film crew

Field Studies Day One August 2017

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A visit with Marr and Marina Grounds at Myer House, Bithry Inlet

By Elena Delmercato, Four Winds Volunteer

Day One began with a session with Marr and Marina Grounds, son and granddaughter of Roy Grounds, the architect of Myer House, who established the property with Kenneth Myer. The artists gathered around the large wooden table in the impressive dining room of Myer House, the winter morning light streaming through the widows, to listen as Marina and Marr explained their connection to the house and to Bithry Inlet. As the morning unfolded, and Marina and Marr shared their memories with great generosity, the group witnessed the power of storytelling across generations and came to understand how this special place, and its unique natural environment, came to mean so much to their family.

The Grounds and Myer connection to the land began in the 1940’s, when, according to the story handed down in the families, the oysters in the nearby inlets were a big part of why the two friends chose this place – ‘The story goes that Ken and Roy were touring the coast sampling the oysters from all of the inlets when they discovered this land” said Marina.

The families shared a fascination and respect for the natural world. Ken was fascinated by the ecology of the marine environment, and Marina remembered that he could identify every fish, plant, animal, fungi or orchid, ‘In his room here at the house he kept detailed records and charts, including how many oysters he had caught’ recalled Marina. Her father, Marr, son of Roy, lived in the Barn from the mid 1980’s and created art there with his wife, also an artist. Marina would visit her dad, and recalled with joy the experiences of nature and the incredible freedom you get growing up in an environment like this’. Dad had one rule for me when I was growing up, she shared with the group, “If I ever left what we called ‘hearing and seeing distance’, I had to write a note and leave it under a stone”.

The place –both the buildings and the landscapes that are intertwined with them – continue to have great meaning for the descendants of Roy Grounds – “Coming here for me has always been coming home’ says Marina. While for Marr, Bithry Inlet gave him the opportunity to live ‘…the natural existence, a life lived without much infrastructure. A very simple life’. “In their great wisdom, my father and Ken Myer gave this special place to the Parks NSW”, said Marina. Asked about her feelings about the handover of the property to Parks NSW, Marina told the group, “The fact that place was no longer private, was in fact, really important. It is too special to be privately held”.

Over the course of the conversation, the group of artists came to understand how the passion of these two private families for the natural environment had helped to protect the unique and pristine land at Bithry Inlet. As Marina observes, “The ecology of the area is still intact; there are valleys full of ferns; and vines growing up the trees”.  As the group was moving to walk out towards the point and the equally distinctive external buildings, Lee Cruise, a visual artist and Yuin community member, addressed Marina and Marr and said ‘On behalf of my people, we owe you a thank you.  I come up here often with my father and grandfather; it is still its original environment. Thank you’.

A special thanks to Elena Delmercato and Ben Cunningham, Four Winds Volunteers, for attending the field studies weekend as media/film crew

From Bulgaria to Bermagui !

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James Crabb, Four Winds’ Artistic Director, recently returned from a trip to Bulgaria to have his classical accordion undergo a major service with Ukrainian, Viktor Melnyk.

Just in time for this Sunday’s Inaugural Windsong Series performance with Piers Lane (pianist) and Andrew Haveron (violinist).  1pm, tomorrow, Sunday 12 February, in the Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui.

Limited tickets are still available. Bookings essential at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on

& while Viktor was busy working on the accordion James got busy shoveling snow and enjoying the local delicacies like ‘Kholodets’ (which is Russian for pig’s tongue in a bouillon jelly!)

#FourWinds #BermaguiNSW #DestinationNSW #SapphireCoastNSW  #ABCSouthEastNSW  #SouthEastArts

Great vibe at Summer Sounds music festival | Narooma News

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Great vibe at Summer Sounds music festival | Narooma News

27 January 2017

By Stan Gorton

The inaugural Summer Sounds music festival by Four Winds was deemed a success bringing a new range of diverse of music and different crowd to the scenic concert venue.

The amphitheatre at Barragga Bay south of Bermagui normally rings with the sounds of classical music, but on Australia Day this year it was an eclectic mix of world music, reggae, folk, indie rock and surf tunes.

It was all pulled together by producer Frankie Madrid, with a majority female performer line-up also being something different for music festivals.

Organisers were pleased with the crowd of about 600 given it was a new venture and are hoping for even more next time round.

Highlights included a duet performance by amazingly talented pianist Ambre Hammond who took to the stage in the Windsong Pavilion together with Four Winds artistic director James Crabb playing the accordion.

Their performance generated rapturous applause to the packed crowd spilling out onto the deck.

The full day of music ended with the stunning sounds of blues sensation Alice Terry, who originally hailed from Moruya, and then all ending with surf rockers Caravana Sun.

There was a real summer vibe to the one-day festival with the crowd of all ages dancing in the amphitheatre by the end of the night.

There is lots more on at Four Winds with more diverse music coming up, including the Sounds of Tango and Flamenco on over three days this Easter.

Check out fourwinds.com.au/ for all the upcoming music.

 

CLICK HERE to see the full gallery of images

Photos by Marg Hansen

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Four Winds Summer Movies Under the Stars

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Four Winds Summer Movies Under the Stars

Tue 27, Wed 28, Thurs 29 & Fri 30 December 2016

Four Winds Sound Shell, Bermagui

 

mia-wasikowska-in-madly-2016_low-resFour magical summer nights of blockbuster family movies under the stars in the beautiful outdoor Four Winds Sound Shell amphitheatre celebrating the success of Australian talent in Hollywood. Meet Mia Wasikowska (Alice) on opening night – Tue 27th – introducing her film Alice in Wonderland. Mia will take to the stage around 8pm.

Gates open from 6.30pm each evening. A short children’s film will be played each evening at 7pm in the Windsong Pavilion prior to the featured film which will begin at dusk (8pm-ish) in the Sound Shell amphitheatre.

There will be food, bar, ice cream, tea & coffee available for sale.  BYO picnic, rugs and low seating.

Prizes for the most creative costumes!

alice-in-wonderland-2010Tuesday 27 December:

7pm – Short Children’s Film: The Lost Thing

Dusk – Feature Film: Alice in Wonderland

(meet Mia Wasikowska (Alice) in person! Mia will take to the stage around 8pm)

 

 

 

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7pm – Short Children’s Film: Rabbit and Deer

Dusk – Feature Film: Cinderella

 

 

 

 

paper-planesThursday 29 December

7pm – Short Children’s Film: Room on the Broom

Dusk – Feature Film: Paper Planes

 

 

 

eddie-the-eagleFriday 30 December

7pm – Short Children’s Film: Lost and Found

Dusk – Feature Film: Eddie The Eagle

 

 

 

 

The show will go on! In the case of wet weather all films will be shown inside the Windsong Pavilion.

 

We encourage creative costumes! There will be a prize for best dressed each night.

 

General Admission – Adult – $18
General Admission – 5-16yrs – $15
Family Admission – 2 Adults & 2 Children – $60
Free Admission – 4yrs & Under – $0

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING/s

For more information, to join the Four Winds mailing list and to buy tickets go to www.fourwinds.com.au

Call 02 6493 3414 , Email admin@fourwinds.com.au, or visit us at the Bermagui Community Centre (Weekday mornings)

 

Four Winds Bermagui: Chair Sheena Boughen to step down

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Four Winds Bermagui: Chair Sheena Boughen to step down

The Board of Four Winds, Australia’s renowned fine music organisation, has today announced that Chair, Sheena Boughen, has advised she will be stepping down from the role at the AGM in December 2016.


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 Ms Boughen has served as Chair for over a decade and was a founding member of the Board when Four Winds held its first Easter festival in 1991. Under Sheena’s leadership, Four Winds has developed from a biennial festival with makeshift facilities into one of Australia’s most recognised music organisations, attracting the best Australian and International artists.  Sheena has overseen the creation of the exquisite Four Winds’ site, Nature’s Concert Hall, that provides outdoor and indoor facilities of international standing and was the driving force attracting significant private philanthropic support and grants from both State and Federal Governments.


With the appointment of James Crabb as Artistic Director, Sheena believes that now is an ideal time to step away from the role and that Four Winds is in great shape. “Four Winds is now an established national arts organisation and well placed to meet the challenges which lie ahead in the next phase of our development.”


Michael Darling, who has been a Four Winds Board Director for several years, will take over as Chair.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, Michael said: “What Sheena has achieved at Four Winds, shows what is possible when someone with a vision decides that no obstacles will stand in the way of success. Sheena is driven by the desire to make a difference, and enthuses all who she meets with her warmth and generosity of spirit. Her passion for community, music and education has been at the heart of creating our exquisite, performance space, Nature’s Concert Hall.”


Under her stewardship, Sheena has led a team that has generated total income for arts and capital projects of $6.6m cash and over $1m pro bono. She has steered the organisation to generate significant partnerships including the Sydney Opera House and the Australian National Academy of Music, and with architects Philip Cox and Clinton Murray who designed Nature’s Concert Hall.  Four Winds 25th birthday has been celebrated this year, having presented 18 festivals, commissioned 16 new Australian works, contracted 330 artists and 50 ensembles to Bermagui, alongside 13 local ensembles with a total of 45,000 attendees, under the leadership of seven Artistic Directors. This has resulted in locals and visitors generating economic activity in the region, adding economic value of over $3m to the local economy.


Sheena’s attention to the highest standards of quality and to deeply caring for all who come into contact with Four Winds (artists, audiences, participants) has been at the heart of our success. Sheena will be greatly missed but her legacy of enduring care is now deeply embedded in our culture.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution, the Board has announced that Sheena has accepted a role as our first Four Winds Life Ambassador and we are delighted that she will maintain her link to Four Winds.


25 Yr + Logo Grey RoundSheena will be spending more time in her consulting business supporting leaders through her strategic facilitation and mentoring expertise, and of course, new adventures.



Four Winds Bermagui exists to provide a home for music making where the creation and performance of music (and related performing arts) fires the imagination, enriches lives and encourages active participation. Nature’s Concert Hall is now welcoming audiences all year round who are drawn to the magnificent alchemy of music and nature that is the essence of Four Winds.

Media enquiries: Jessica Taylor on 0423 689 344 or jessicataylor@fourwinds.com.au

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As part of the Four Winds & Astals of Life’s Community BioBlitz at the Four Winds site on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November…
Please join us at the …
FREE Sound Shell Concert – with FourPlay, Indie String Quartet
Saturday 12 November, 1.45 – 3pm. Food & Refreshments available from 12noon.
All welcome. Brind your low-level chairs, picnic rugs and
Friday  11 & Saturday 12 November 2016
Four Winds in partnership with the Atlas of Life and the Bournda Environmental Education Centre, is proud to announce a collaborative, free family and community event over two fun-filled days on 11 and 12 November.
Everyone is welcome to come and share in the music, nature and shared creativity by registering in any or all of the following events:
  • FREE Concert –FourPlay – Indie String Quartet will perform music inspired by rock, swing, hip hop, jazz and more, in the Sound Shell amphitheater from 1.45 – 3pm on Saturday 12 November. Food & refreshments available from 12noon or bring your own picnic.
  • Community BioBlitz – join in over 60 guided surveys including flora walks, reptile hunts, peacock spider searches, night-time moth and possum surveys and motion sensitive camera trap discoveries. Data collected will be recording a baseline of the ecological communities at the Four Winds site and surrounds, which will then allow for monitoring, and the planning of ongoing rehabilitation projects.
  • A limited number of places are also available on Saturday for Masterclass demonstrations in both photography and botanical art, hosted by the above artists. These classes only cost $20 each, and bookings are essential.
With the scientific information collected, the artists onsite will create new botanical illustrations and creative photography projects for exhibition. The Atlas of Life is also conducting a photographic competition – for details see www.sapphirecoast.com.au/blog/nature-photography-comp/
This exciting synthesis of science and creativity is proudly supported by Local Land Services NSW, Arts NSW, the Australian National University, the National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW, and with thanks to Cardno. It is made possible by the dedication of the Four Winds Board to the rehabilitation and protection of their Barragga Bay site and the Atlas of Life’s commitment to the preservation and celebration of the flora and fauna of the Sapphire Coast.

BLOG SPOT with The String Contingent, Artists in Residence, April 2016

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The String Contingent Live – Open Recording Sessions

6.30pm, Friday 15 & Saturday 16 April 2016

Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui

Tickets: Adults $25/Children 16 and under FREE.

Join The String Contingent in the Windsong Pavilion and be part of their creative process as they record their new CD.

Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent is comprised of Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar). Over the past six years and four albums they have reached ‘the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance’ (Tony Hillier, Rhythms).  Their last album, ‘Facets’, features some of Australia’s most revered musicians, and showcases the stylistic flexibility of The String Contingent as they shift through baroque, classical, jazz, Indian, Celtic and Balkan elements to create a truly contemporary sound. The String Contingent are resident at Four Winds, Bermagui for one week to record their new album in the Windsong Pavilion. Be part of it by joining the live, evening recording sessions.

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Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival Gallery of images

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Photo’s by Ben Marden Photography

 

There are many more photos to come, however, here’s a glimpse of what was a triumphant Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival…

 

 

Good Friday Night Opening Concert, 25 March 2016:

Sound Shell Easter Saturday, 2016:

Sound Shell Easter Sunday, 2016:

Four Winds conducts a festival biennially and hosts a diverse range of concerts,
workshops and community engagement projects throughout the year.
To find out what’s coming up next go to www.fourwinds.com.au
call +61 03 6493 3414 or drop in to our office at the Bermagui Communtity Centre.

Birds welcome in the musicians to the Four Winds Festival

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After a cool and misty start for the Welcome to Country smoking ceremony it didn’t take long for the Four Winds Festival to catapult the audience headlong into the Four Winds Rap, performed by Warren Foster Jnr. The rap (Look, Listen, Nylarga, hear the sound of the voice, hear the sound of the birds) was developed with Radical Son’s David Leha working with the Yuin people. By 9.45 we had visited three continents as exquisite music on the flute and the Chinese Erhu emerged mysteriously from the bushes, and then we moved onto to a piece perfectly suited to outdoor playing – Dvorak’s Wind Serenade. With it came the sun.

The 25th anniversary was celebrated with readings from the late Neilma Gantner’s beautifully observed accounts of moving to Barragga Bay some thirty-five years ago, accompanied by a Sculthorpe String Quartet and a moving tribute to Neilma by her sister Marigold Southey who read John Masefield’s Sea Fever.

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Festival goers soaked up the atmosphere, and the strong sense of community, Bermagui is a small town that does big things. The site delivered as always, with a flock of larrikeets flying over in the middle of the Ravel String Quartet, giving a few audience members a moment to reflect that the Navarra Quartet had come all the way from the UK to play in the middle of the bush accompanied by the wildlife.

The galahs had better timing as a flock squeaked by in the silence between movements in the Wind Serenade, while a black cockatoo tried to compete with the brass. But it all added to the sense of Four Winds being a special place to play music.

Artistic director and clarinet player Paul Dean had asked James Ledger to explain the piece he has composed to be world premiered tomorrow, using a small orchestra to demonstrate what he had written and why. The music, called the Natural Church is about night and the bush and the image in his mind is the arch made by trees as he drove along a country road at night. Paul Dean has committed to playing 25% Australian music in this festival, and true to his word intriguing works by Paul Stanhope and Peter Sculthorpe were played today.

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Taikoz made a welcome return, the athletic drummers beating out an incredible rhythm on the giant Japanese drums, the smallest drummer, a woman, having to stand on a platform to reach her drum, but she beat no less loud because of it.

The last extraordinary piece by HK Gruber, Frankenstein, is demonic and ghoulish and fun, and deciding to perform it probably reflects the artistic director’s strong sense of humour. Brilliantly sung and presented by the multi-voiced Jason Barry Smith, baritone and master of everything, it was accompanied by Paul Dean and a group of musicians who as well as their own instruments, all played toy instruments, whirled hosepipes above their heads and made weird noises to the accompaniment of the percussionist popping paper bags.

There is another wonderful day ahead tomorrow, and tickets are available at the gate and online. Don’t miss it!

To see a full gallery of images from today’s Sound Shell Easter Saturday Program  CLICK HERE

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Youth Workshops & Free Child Minding

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Children 16 and under are admitted free at Sound Shell events when accompanied by a paying adult.

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

EASTER SATURDAY YOUTH WORKSHOP – LET THE MACHINERY GROOVE

26/3/2016 | 10:45AM – 12:45PM | WINDSONG PAVILION

Suitable for ages 12 to 16 | Presented by Michael Hanlon | Tickets $25

pro-toolsIn this workshop we will create a musical work using looping technology and a combination of instruments and styles. Along the way you will be introduced to recording software and equipment with a focus on using “technology as an instrument”. Be prepared to experiment and collaborate. Don’t forget to bring along your instrument (which could be your voice) and also a usb stick to take the work home.

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

SUNDAY WORKSHOP – RHYTHM & MOVEMENT

27/3/2016 | 11AM – 12:30PM | WINDSONG PAVILION

Suitable for ages 12 to 16 | Presented by Taikoz | Tickets $25

kids smlTom Royce-Hampton, percussionist and member of Taikoz, will lead a session of rhythm and movement. Tom’s sessions are lots of fun as well as very challenging and creative. Instruments will not be used in the course of the workshop, so anyone can join in. And those who are learning an instrument, voice or dance will learn new skills that they can apply to their own music making.

 

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

www.fourwinds.com.au | P 02 6493 3414

Why every child should make music

A little girl, barely four years old, sings her heart out. Baby sleep, sleep, baby, sleep, sleep, baby baby sleep she croons. Her grandpa accompanies her on the piano, looks up when she pauses, she shakes her head and goes on – sleep, baby…..she could sing all day. And then she bows.

Ok you say, well her grandfather is Richard Gill OAM, renowned conductor and Australia’s foremost music educator. Of course she sings, and loves to perform.

So do all kids, says Richard. Just give them a chance. He was speaking in Bermagui, NSW after giving a workshop for music teachers as part of an ongoing program run by Four Winds, a Festival and performance venue, for encouraging music education in the region.

He says around the age of two or three children start enjoying making patterns with words and creating songs. “They invent songs and music. This creativity comes naturally but it’s the first thing we knock out of them at school.”

Listening has a potent effect on all learning. Children who sing have an advantage in all areas of learning. It’s the bonus of being taught music. Richard Gill says music is fundamental to human beings. “Our ancestors sang for 250,000 years before they learnt to speak. Music is in our DNA,” he says.

When babies are still in the womb they learn to listen at around 18 weeks. Just before they are born they can distinguish between highs and lows. Hearing is a survival skill, and as so many mums know instinctively, singing, rocking, and humming to a new baby develops their listening skills, and children who aren’t cared for in this way are at a distinct disadvantage, Richard says.

Kids learn first by rhyming, making patterns. For example they sing:

Humpty dadadadada WALL,

Humpty dadadadada FALL.

Young children love to repeat this, they enjoy the rhythm of Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall. They eventually learn the words but the rhythm comes first. Through music they learn about pattern recognition, and they also learn about the abstract world, because music IS abstract believes Richard. “It makes it special. It singles it out from dance, drama and art which are largely concrete. Music can suggest all sorts of things in the mind of a child. It allows children to go into an abstract world, and that is powerful.”

Richard demonstrates this with an audience member. “Tell me what you hear when you listen to this. He plays a brief tune on the piano. The man in the front row says “ water”. “No” says Richard. “It wasn’t anything. But if you think it’s water that’s fine.”

He tries again. “Something moving fast”, says the man. Gill roars NO again.(And he does roar when he is passionate about something)

“How music speaks to you, it’s more important than anything. With children we have to lead them down a path to listen. What is the potential? We have to be incredibly careful we don’t impose our values on them. We don’t want to tell them its water when they see clouds.”

“We want children to make their own music. Teach them to sing, every child can sing. Music can give them extraordinary joy and happiness.“ Which is why as part of the Four Winds Festival at Easter there will be music workshops with drums and electronic looping technology for teens and some of Australia’s finest young musicians will drop into the free childcare for younger kids. So the small people and the large people can all have a wonderful time listening to music in a beautiful environment.

www.fourwinds.com.au.

Marilyn Chalkley

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Richard Gill sharing his joy of music.

Two Grand Pianos

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At this year’s Four Winds Festival there will be two very hard-working Mason and Hamlin grand pianos, one in the Sound Shell and another in the Windsong Pavilion. Two wonderful, bold and expressive pianists, Zubin Kanga and Alex Raineri, will play a diverse repertoire ranging from Gershwin and Gruber to Schumann and Shostakovitch.

Zubin Kanga, pianist

Zubin in socksZubin Kanga is an Australian-born, London-based piano virtuoso who, as well as having impeccable technique, has a driving interest in exploring the full-range of sounds and tones that can be extracted from a piano. Your first chance to hear him in performance will be playing with Ensemble Offspring in Philip Glass’s Music with Changing Parts at the free concert on Friday evening between 6 and 7pm at the Sound Shell. Later that evening, he will be playing in the first Windsong Chamber Music concert of the festival – Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time – with Jack Liebeck on violin, Li-Wei Qin, cello, and Paul Dean on clarinet. On Saturday he will play Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, with Liebeck and Li-Wei Qin again and Simone van der Geissen from the Navarra Quartet playing viola. And on Sunday, showing his immense versatility, he will be playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
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Alex Raineri, pianist
AlexRaineriAlex Raineri is a prize-winning, young Australian pianist who studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and was the winner of a University Medal. He is the pianist and co-director of a contemporary music ensemble, Kupka’s Piano, and is now studying at ANAM, where he won their Concerto Competition. His first appearance in this year’s festival will be accompanying the tenor, Andrew Goodwin, in a performance of George Butterworth’s Six Songs from a Shropshire Lad. He will also be heard in Stanhope’s Pulse – Heart – Beat and helps to wind up the day with Gruber’s Frankenstein!!
The following day he can be heard playing the second movement, Celebration, from Matthew Hindson’s cello concerto, In Memoriam, a piece that opens the day’s program.
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Mason and Hamlim
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The pianos at this year’s festival are two Mason & Hamlin concert grands. Mason & Hamlin is an American manufacturer of pianos that began making world-class pianos in Boston, Massachusetts in 1854. Over the years, these pianos have been played and owned by many well-known musicians and composers including our own Dame Nellie Melba. Mason & Hamlin pianos are noted for their expressive tone and dynamic range and for their ability to be both beautiful instruments as well as being uniquely rugged in their construction and materials. This makes it an excellent choice for a piano to use at an open-air music festival, where it is required to handle fluctuating heat and humidity without compromising the quality of the sound.
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 Investigate the full Festival program and find out more about ticketing packages at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival, call 02 6493 3414, or drop in and visit the Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre, Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm.