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Diary of a Wombat comes to Bermagui

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Diary of a Wombat comes to Bermagui

Saturday 8 April 2017 | 11am | Bermagui Community Centre

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat by Australian Children’s laureates Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Bermagui will enjoy this beautiful and iconic work when it comes to the Community Centre on Saturday 8 April 2017.

Monkey Baa Director Eva Di Cesare and a team of revered creative artists, including Puppetry and Movement Director Alice Osborne (War Horse 2012/13), Designer Imogen Ross (Hitler’s Daughter) and composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard, use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 3+ to the stage.

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

“We’ve assembled an extraordinary team of artists to bring this iconic picture book to life,” said Eva Di Cesare. “Diary of a Wombat is such an enduring childhood classic and audiences are going to fall in love with Mothball all over again when she burrows her way on to our stage.”

Diary of a Wombat, performed by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Bermagui Community Centre, Bermagui NSW
Tickets: Adults $22. 18yrs & under $12. Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $52
Bookings: www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on

 

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Sydney Youth Orchestra | Mozart by the Sea

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Sydney Youth Orchestra: ‘Mozart by the Sea’ at Four Winds

Sunday 26 February 2017 | 2pm | Sound Shell Amphitheatre, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

The Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) return to the region next week for a four-day intensive residency at Four Winds, Bermagui. These talented young musicians, led by SYO Chief Conductor & Artistic Director Alexander Briger, will perform some of Mozart’s most loved orchestral works for local school students and in concert at the beautiful Four Winds Sound Shell Amphitheatre on Sunday 26 February at 2pm.

SYO is delighted to be working with Four Winds to bring the beauty of Mozart’s repertoire to the South Coast.  Specialist orchestral projects like ‘Mozart by the Sea’ provide an important opportunity for young musicians to hone their skills, develop a deeper understanding of a composer’s work and work intensively as an ensemble in the beautiful natural surrounds of the Four Winds site in Bermagui. “An opportunity like this, to spend quality time immersing oneself in classical music and being part of a project with true educational value, is simply too good to refuse.” Says Alexander Briger AM, SYO Chief Conductor & Artistic Director.

Sydney Youth Orchestra: ‘Mozart by the Sea’| Sunday 26 February, 2pm

Four Winds Sound Shell, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui.

Tickets $10. 16yrs & under free.

Bookings @ www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on

Sydney Youth Orchestra and Four Winds is grateful for the support of Arts NSW.

    

 

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!)

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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)

 

 

 

cinderella-2015 Wednesday 28 December

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.

Top Five Festival Tips

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Top Five Four Winds Easter Festival Tips

1. Pre-purchase your tickets:
Remaining tickets will be available at the gate at the various Four Winds Festival events throughout the Easter week at Bermagui, however, some events have already sold out so best to pre-purchase. Tickets can then be exchanged for your Festival wristbands during the week of the Festival at various locations including from Thursday 24 March at the Four Winds office at the comunity centre in Bermagui and at the Easter Fricay night FREE opening night concert at the Four Winds site. Remember to book your car park pass and register your young ones for the Kids Tent or Youth Workshops before you arrive at the Festival as well as any other add-ons that take your fancy
2. Local Food & Drink:
basketThere will be a fabulous selection of local food available at the Four Winds Festival site across the Easter Saturday and Sunday weekend starting at 7.30 am, with muesli and light breakfast options available from the Brunch Buggy, Ragino coffee all day and an array of local delicacies ranging from local Wapengo oysters, Japanese dumplings, Honorbread baguettes and Cobargo Home Made Ice Cream. There will be a bar serving beers, as well as wines from Rusty Fig. And, of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic, with food and alcohol, to relax on the grass in the sunshine. Salut!
3. Free Bus:
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Four Winds is running a free bus to get the the Festival from Narooma, Bega, Merimbula and Bermagui. Last year’s experiment with running a free bus service out to the Barragga Bay site was a real success so this year there will be more buses and more routes. Buses will be coming to the Sound Shell from as far afield as Merimbula, Bega and Narooma, picking up at towns and villages along the way. Full details of the routes and timetable are on the website at fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival/festival-info/transport. Register for the bus or purchase your car park pass when you buy your tickets.
There will also be a free bus service running to the FREE Friday evening opening concert leaving from the Dickinson Oval (on the market side). Arrive at the bus stop at 4.30 to leave by 4.45pm. The adventure starts on the bus!
4. Kids go for FREE:
kids smlThere is free entry to the Festival site for anyone aged sixteen and under as long as they are with a paying adult. Qualified child-minders will provide free supervision for children between 2 and 7 years old at the Kids Tent where they will enjoy their very own musical experiences.
Older kids can attend free music-making workshops in the Windsong Pavilion – on Saturday Michael Hanlon will focus on ‘technology as an instrument’; and on Sunday Tom Royce-Hamilton from Taikoz will lead a workshop in Rhythm and Movement.
5. Low-Level Seats:
Please feel free to bring rugs, cushions and picnic chairs with you. We ask that only low-backed chairs are used in the middle of the amphitheatre to enable everyone to have a clear view of the stage. If you have a high back chair you’ll be asked to sit to the side of the amphitheatre. The good news is that Low-backed chairs will be available for purchase at the site. As an aside – we are really proud of our audience custom of not moving about during the performances to ensure everyones enjoyment of the music and out of respect for the musicians.
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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.

An experience like no other

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Unique events, only at Four Winds – our top three for the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival:

UK violin virtuoso Jack Liebeck’s only concerto performance in Australia this year – performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Sound Shell: Sunday 27th March 2016.

International collaborative performance in a stunning local private home: Jack Liebeck (Violin) and Zubin Kanga (Piano) form a unique trio with Nicholas Ng (Erhu – traditional Chinese instrument): Wednesday 23rd March 2016.

                                              

                               Nicholas Ng 

World premiere performance of Australian composer James Ledger’s new work – our Festival Commission premieres at the Sound Shell on Sunday 27th March 2016.

Can’t resist one more because it is going to be truly memorable….

Welcome to Country: This year’s musical Welcome to Country, Koora Koorai, will be a moving collaboration between David Leha, Radical Son, Warren Foster and the Gulaga Dancers. Warren has written an original song for this year’s festival and it will be an urgent message for connection between each other, with our hearts and with the planet. Sound Shell: Saturday 26th March 2016.

                                               Radical Son, Warren Foster Snr and the Guluga Dancers

You will not experience these performances anywhere else in 2016. Coupled with our exceptional Festival site and fabulous food from local suppliers your Festival experience will be unrivalled. So if you’ve not yet booked please join us for the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival.

Accommodation in beautiful Bermagui and surrounds is still available.

The program is available and tickets for both days can be purchased by going to http://fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival/ or call (02) 6493 3414.

2016 Easter Saturday & Sunday at the Sound Shell

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Easter Saturday and Sunday at the Sound Shell is set to be a divine weekend of incredible artists, exceptional music and fine local food in the Four Winds outdoor amphitheatre. Paul Dean, our Artistic Director, has secured a stellar line up of world-renowned artists that will ensure your festival experience is a truly memorable one.

The Saturday and Sunday program at a glance is as follows –

Sound Shell Saturday
Saturday 26 March 2016 | 9:30am – 4:00pm | Sound Shell

 Koora Koorai, Welcome to Country | Featuring Radical Son, Gulaga Dancers and Warren Foster.

Dvořák, Wind Serenade | A chamber composition by the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák, featuring Shefali Pryor, oboe; Paul Dean,clarinet; Lloyd van’t Hoff, clarinet; Matthew Wilkie, bassoon; Matthew Kneale, bassoon; Ben Jacks, French horn; Rachel Shaw, French horn; Trish O’Brien, cello, Rohan Dasika, double bass.

Ravel, String Quartet | Composed by Maurice Ravel in April 1903 at the age of 28, performed by the exceptional Navarra String Quartet who are joining us from the UK.

AlexRaineriLedger, New Work | James Ledger will talk about his new work, commissioned by Four Winds for the 2016 Festival, that will premiere on Sunday.

Schumann, Piano Quartet | Written in 1842, Alex Raineri, piano; Jack Liebeck, violin; Simone Van Der Geisson, viola; Li-Wei Qin, cello.

 

– LUNCH –

unnamed Taikoz Trio| Explosive energy and extreme dynamism with refinement and grace, featuring Ian Cleworth, Kevin Mann and Sophia Ang.

Butterworth, A Shropshire Lad  | Alex Raineri, piano; Andrew Goodwin,tenor.

Sculthorpe, 8th String Quartet | Penny String Quartet.

Paul Stanhope, Pulse : Heart : Beat | Kiran Phatak, flute; Paul Dean, clarinet; Lloyd van’t Hoff, clarinet; Amy Brookman, violin; Anthony Chataway, viola; Jack Ward, cello; Alex Raineri, piano.

unnamed (1) HK Gruber, Frankenstein | A pan-demonium for baritone chansonnier and orchestra based on children’s rhymes, this is one of the strangest, most engaging pieces of music and involves a collection of toy instruments. Featuring Jason Barry-Smith, baritone; Emma Scholl, flute; Paul Dean, clarinet; Matthew Kneale, bassoon; Ben Jacks, French horn; David Elton, trumpet; Amy Brookman, violin; Madeleine Jevons, violin; Tom Higham, viola; Trish O’Brien, cello; Rohan Dasika, double bass; Alex Raineri, piano.

 

Sound Shell Sunday
Sunday 27 March 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Sound Shell

Li-WeiQin Hindson (arr Power), Cello Concerto, 2nd movement | Soloist: Li-Wei Qin, cello.

Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor | Soloist: Jack Liebeck,violin.

Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings | Andrew Goodwin,tenor; Ben Jacks, French horn and the Festival string orchestra including the Navarra String Quartet.

Ledger, World Premiere | Ledger’s 2016 Four Winds commissioned work. JamesLedger

Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No 1 | Soloist: Alex Raineri, piano.

– LUNCH –

Erhu, a recital celebrating this ancient Chinese instrument | Nicholas Ng, Erhu.

Hindson, Light Music | The Arcadia Wind Quintet.

Hind, The Tower of Silence | Zubin Kanga, solo piano.

Gershwin, Songs (arr by Ledger) | Andrew Goodwin, tenor.

Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue | Zubin Kanga, piano, with Festival Artists en masse.

We would love to see you there!
For more information, including more details on all our artists and ticket packages, please visit our Festival page.

Artist Profile | The Navarra String Quartet

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We are very pleased to be welcoming the renowned Navarra String Quartet from the UK to the Four Winds 2016 Festival.

The Navarra String Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic and poetic string quartets. They have been recognised with several awards including the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet competitions.

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The Quartet consists of violinist Magnus Johnston, violist Simone van der Giessen, violinist Marije Johnston and cellist Brian O’Kane – between them the members of the Navarra Quartet have impressive musical résumés. All are eminent in their fields and were drawn together from across Europe by a love for chamber music and a desire to showcase it at the highest level.

The Navarra Quartet has appeared in major concert venues throughout the world, at numerous international festivals and collaborated with some truly wonderful musicians such as Li-Wei Qin, Jack Liebeck and Guy Johnston.

The Navarra String Quartet will be performing Ravel’s String Quartet on the morning of Saturday 26th March in the Four Winds outdoor Sound Shell. They will also be performing on the evenings of both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March as part of the indoor ‘Windsong Chamber Series’ set to run across the three evenings of the Festival. The Navarra Quartet’s ‘Close to Home’ intimate House Concert performance on Thursday 24th March is already SOLD OUT.

Below is a short video introduction to the Quartet put together by the Banff International String Quartet Competition:

And a taste of what’s to come during their Four Winds performances:

For more details on the Navarra String Quartet’s 2016 Four Winds Festival performances, click here.

To find our more about the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival and to purchase tickets, click here.

Maboba’s Promise Screens ‘Love Marriage in Kabul’ in the Windsong Pavilion

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Australian aid organisation, Mahboba’s Promise, has decided to kick off their 2016 program by screening their award-winning documentary, Love Marriage in Kabul, in the Windsong Pavilion on the afternoon of Saturday 9 January 2016. The film promises to take viewers on a journey into a country not often accessed by the outside world.

Love Marriage in Kabul follows the incredible journey of Australian-Afghan woman, Mahboba Rawi, the founder of Mahboba’s Promise, as she challenges old traditions and passionately negotiates to make a love marriage happen in Kabul.

Directed by Iranian-Australian, Amin Palangi, Love Marriage in Kabul has won numerous awards including the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival and Best Documentary Award at the Canberra International Film Festival.

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Mahboba and the girls of the Panjshir Valley

The evening will be a revenue raiser for Mahboba’s Promise, an aid organisation with no political or religious ties to any groups, whose main concern is providing women and children with a path to being independent and self-sufficient in a country that has been racked by decades of war and where social safety nets do not exist.

Mahboba’s Promise has around twenty development projects in Afghanistan including orphanages, schools, and vocational and social enterprise programs. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Mahboba’s Promise to help support its projects in Afghanistan.

Abdul on the roof at night

Abdul on the roof at night

There will be light refreshments, a Q&A session and a bar available after the show. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. No bookings are required.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates.

 

An Update on Our ‘Carols in the Pavilion’

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Four Winds, with its friends Heartsong and the Friday Choir, are presenting an awe-inspiring evening of choral Christmas music in the Windsong Pavilion at Four Winds’ beautiful ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’ site at Barragga Bay.

At this busy time of year take a moment to relax. This concert offers you the chance to start your Christmas with a moment of peace and beauty – it will end with some communal carol singing under the stars. Audience members will be treated to mulled wine and mince pies within their ticket price.

Traditional carols such as ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and the ‘Wexford Carol’ will meet works by major composers; ‘Legend’ by Tchaikovsky and ‘Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light’ by Bach. Quiet and reflective pieces such as the Polish lullaby ‘Usnijze mi, usnij’ by Gorecki and ‘Infant Holy’ by Wilcocks will be complemented by the luscious harmonies of Warlock’s ‘Bethlehem Down’.

Heartsong, made up of 40 choristers will perform alongside the 8 piece Friday Choir. Together they will create a performance of pure peace and beauty during the last weekend before Christmas.  We encourage you to come along to spend 90 minutes immersed in magical Christmas music performed by local choristers.

Tickets are $40. There will be mulled wine and mince pies as well as tea and coffee available after the performance.

For a taste of what’s in store for you, have a listen below:

We would very much like to see you there and to share a pre-Christmas celebration with you.  For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

To read our previous blog post about the two special carols events we are hosting this year, click here.