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Youth Music Festival

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

Dear All,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s truly celebrate that music is for everyone!

Very best wishes

James Crabb

Image credits: Ben Marden, Chris Sheedy

Thank you from James Crabb

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Dear All,

As you know I am passionate about music education being imaginative, fun and full of energy. Being able to give our young people fantastic and positive experiences of high quality is essential in the introduction and development of the fundamental elements of basic music skills that will help them to ignite a life-long interest and appreciation for music. It is wonderful that so many of you agree with me and have, through your donations to our Create and Inspire program, enabled us to get on without delay in bringing fabulous and memorable musical experiences to the children here on the Far South Coast of NSW.

Because of your commitment we now have excellent musicians and educators delivering weekly percussion and singing activities in five local primary schools. It’s also full-steam ahead with our inaugural Youth Music Festival in November, which promises to showcase the best of local talent and present many hundreds of young people performing together at the Four Winds site; we hope you will come to experience what will be an incredible spectacle.

We are grateful to everyone who recently donated to Create and Inspire, to our partner organisations who help deliver our Create and Inspire program, and to all our donors who enable Four Winds to have such a positive impact on so many people. Thank you.
Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

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

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

The Bermagui Project’s second Creative Field Study is an inspiration

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Performing and visual artists, including leaders Tony King and Kris Ralph of Beautifully Mad, came together for three days to explore the Bermagui and Wallaga Lake estuaries, their catchments and stories. Based on this fieldwork the artist will produce new work that will be exhibited in Canberra and Bega. We’d like to say thank you to the knowledge sharers that made this Create Field Study so inspiring…

Montreal Goldfields, our guides Judi, Bob and Malcolm were engaging and devoted to the preservation of the hand-dug mines and the stories of that era.

John Blay shared his vast knowledge of the terrain from the coast to Cooma, his connection to the place and people, through great story telling and this was enhanced by the spontaneous and insightful contribution of Cheryl Davison.

Clean Energy for Eternity‘s Bill Southwood talked climate change mitigation and inspired us with the stories of communities taking climate action. He was joined by the provocative John James with an argument for climate adaptation and some distressing images of Bermagui under various sea level rise scenarios.

Trevor King’s vision for the preservation of the Bermagui River Wetlands was palpable and certainly re-invigorated the inspiration of the artists.

This exploration took the artists hiking up Gulaga with local Yuin knowledge sharer Warren Foster. An experience the artists described as “powerful” and “deeply spiritual”.

We were in great hands kayaking across Wallaga Lake with The River Rock Cafe‘s Matt and Shane, plus estuary scientist Emma Maratea. Their insights highlighted the difficulty of balancing the health of the lake systems with the demands of an increasing human population.

Finally Cheryl Davison shared her basket weaving and knowledge of Murunna Point taking us closer to understanding the sorrow and anger of a culture that is trying to recover from oppression only to face the threats of climate change.

The conversations, heated debates, laughter and tears made this Creative Field Study a rich source of inspiration for new works of art; thank you to everyone who contributed their time and knowledge.

The Bermagui Project’s first Creative Field Study is a BioBlitz!

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14 artists, including leaders Carolyn Young and Sharon Field from Canberra, spent three days at Four Winds…
…absorbing inspiration from each other, the Four Winds site, talks from the project’s Reference Group and the hive of activity that was the Four Winds BioBlitz.

The BioBlitz, made possible by Atlas of Life and Bournda Environmental Education Centre, brought scientists and naturalists from around the country to lead our community on flora and fauna surveys. Formidable survey results came back teeming with shells, moths, birds and the possible discovery of a new species of peacock spider (read about it here in the Bega District News), which has now been confirmed!

Take a look at photos from the BioBlitz here…

Artists left the Creative Field Study with a new network of likeminded artists, inspiration for a whole new body of work and ideas for exhibitions. If you’d like to be part of our 2017 Creative Field Studies, please submit an expression of interest here…

Vivaldi, Four Seasons | June 2016

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On June 9, 2016 Four Winds supported by our creative partner the Sydney Opera House held our second Live Streaming event for the school children of our region.

Thanks to the generous gifts of our Grow and Flourish donors Four Winds now has the technology to “stream” across the internet performances that are held at the Opera House in real time. This capacity is not open to many of our smaller schools and many of the larger ones enjoy the visit to the beautiful Windsong Pavilion where they and their teachers can interact creatively with one another in nature.

135 children from Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 attending Moruya, Wolumla, Bermagui and Tilba Primary Schools visited the Four Winds site at Barragga Bay where they enjoyed a highly interactive performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The Primary Proms String Quartet and an energetic puppeteer and actor introduced the music to the young ears.

The children learnt about Vivaldi’s transformation of the seasons’ sensations and sounds to music – from the silvery pizzicato notes of winter to the final dramatic movement of the summer thunderstorm.


After the performance the children thoroughly enjoyed an outdoor lunch and play after being trapped inside much of the week before with our torrential rains. The weather and seasons were at the forefront of their minds after such extremes.

Members of the Yuin community including Uncle Ossie Cruse, Warren Foster Snr Warren Foster Jnr and Sonya Naylor then continued the children’s learning by sharing their Traditional Ecological Knowledge and creative talents of dance, art and storytelling – explain the signs and triggers that Yuin people notice that signify to them the seasons in the Yuin calendar which are based around food availability and sharing.

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Equipped with all this newfound knowledge the children converted the information into art by thinking creatively and expressing themselves with instruments; movement and dance; drawing and art. Our own local artists Merinda Antill, Caitlin Brown, Gabriela Green, Michael Hanlon, Marg Hansen and Justina Legoe working together with those mentioned above and the regions talented teachers and Aboriginal Liaison officers supported these activities.

The Four Winds’ Create and Inspire Program is so fortunate to have the skills of such artists and educators to draw on and share with our younger generations, supporting our regions development as a cultural and imaginative hub.

Click here to view Moruya Primary School’s response to their experience…