2020 Easter Festival | 8 - 12 April | Live Music in Nature

Welcome to the Four Winds 2020 Easter Festival – the Festival’s 21st Birthday year!

Two full days of inspiring music in the fabulous Four Winds Sound Shell will be presented by Australia’s finest artists in collaboration with our International guests. The Sound Shell days are complemented by an amazing array of concerts, recitals, workshops and participative events – including a community dance. Please click here to explore the full extent of the Festival.

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2020 Easter Festival | Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April | Sound Shell

James Crabb (Artistic Director)

At the heart of the Easter Festival are two full, inspirational days in the Four Winds beautiful Sound Shell. Anyone who has been to the Festival before knows that the Sound Shell is an incredibly special experience because you can enjoy performances given by fine musicians from around the world, in one of the most beautiful performance spaces in Australia. If you’ve not been before you will be incredibly welcome – and you will be among friends.

The music and setting are exceptional whilst the atmosphere is welcoming and informal. Relax with your family and friends, enjoy excellent local food – such as fine Wapengo Oysters or Tilba Cheese – wine and refreshments whilst mingling with the artists.

Doors open at 9am for both days and the music will conclude by 3.30pm.

A taster of Saturday’s program. Following a unique Welcome to Country, key works include: Beamish – Seavaigers | J S Bach – Brandenburg Concerto #3 (middle movement composed Beamish) | Mozart – Bassoon Concerto | Greenwood – Water | Beethoven – Symphony No 1 | Shostakovich – Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings

And on Sunday works include: J S Bach arr Kurtag – Chorales for four handed piano | Fauré – Requiem | Haydn – Symphony No 39 ‘Tempesta di Mare’ | Mendelssohn – Symphony # 3 ‘Scottish’

Program

Wednesday 8 April | Single ticketed events

2 - 3pmLISTEN | concert
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Wolumla Hall | Wolumla
A pre-festival treat in Wolumla. Ease into the Easter Festival with this sublime concert of chamber works by JS Bach, Mozart and Beethoven | Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, directed by Roger Benedict.

Featuring: SSO Fellows

 SSO Fellows
5.30 - 6.30pmTAKE PART | music and conversation
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Tilba Big Hall | Tilba
Folk music is an incredibly significant influence in the lives of many musicians and it weaves its way through the 2020 Easter Festival. Come and hear from Festival Artists about how folk music features in their musical lives and how they approach folk music as a source of inspiration. There will be the chance to join in with some tunes on your instrument or with your voice. Stay on to hear how these amazing musicians put their art into practice.

Featuring: Chris Stout | Catriona McKay | James Crabb | Greg Sheehan | Luke Plumb | Rohan Dasika
 Chris Stout (violin/shetland fiddle)
7 - 9pmLISTEN | concert
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Tilba Big Hall | Tilba
The first of a number of collaborative performances between Festival Artists - featuring our own Artistic Director James Crabb and international guest artists from Scotland. A 'session' based on improvisation around folk-tunes. If you attend the conversation immediately before this performance you'll certainly recognise some of the tunes and have an insight into how these 'sessions' work.

Featuring: Chris Stout | Catriona McKay | James Crabb | Greg Sheehan | Luke Plumb | Rohan Dasika
 James Crabb (classical accordion)

Thursday 9 April | Single ticketed events

6 - 8.30pmLISTEN | EAT | house concert
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Private Local Home
The Festival's first house concert presented by The Australian Voices, our visiting choir from Brisbane. The performance will celebrate the rich diversity of the choral tradition and will feature many different styles of singing, from arrangements of folk and popular songs as well as classic choral repertoire and new works. Enjoy complementary hospitality after the concert in our host's beautiful home.

Featuring: The Australian Voices
 The Australian Voices

Friday 10 April | Single ticketed events

8 - 9.30amTAKE PART | wellbeing and music
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Bermagui Surf Club | Bermagui
Yoga with Live Music led by Julieta Mateo. Back by popular demand, a great way to start the day (repeated on Saturday)

Featuring: Julieta Mateo
 Julieta Mateo (yoga teacher)
10.30 - 11.30amTAKE PART | workshop
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Bermagui Surf Club | Bermagui
Beyond the Melody: A workshop exploring the importance of rhythm in singing and undeniable relationship between the two.

 Greg Sheehan
Friday 10 - Sunday 21 April | variousLISTEN | free 'pop-up' performances
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Local businesses | Bermagui
Free events in and around Bermagui featuring artists from our Youth Festival collaborating with Festival Artists. Pop-ups
12noon - 3pmLISTEN | EAT | house concert
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Private Local Home | Bermagui
A truly intimate experience featuring some of the Festivals International guests performing stunning, beautiful chamber music inspired by mid to late music of the Romantic period. Enjoy complementary hospitality after the concert in our host's beautiful home. Sound Shell
2 - 3pm workshopTAKE PART |vocal workshop for young people
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Community Centre | Bermagui
Be amazed by the entertaining, surprising, fascinating and sometimes hilarious art of Beatboxing. Learn some techniques yourself and go away to surprise your friends.

 James Crabb (classical accordion)
3.30 - 4pm PerformanceLISTEN | youth concert
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Community Centre | Bermagui
Concert for young people; be surprised by our resident Beatboxer and be inspired by young local talent who will perform during the concert.

 Gordon Hamilton (conductor/composer/singer)
3.30 - 4.30pmTAKE PART | conversation
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Bermagui Surf Club | Bermagui
Join a conversation with Festival Artists who will be chatting with our MC Graham Abbott about their lives and music. Graham Abbott (MC)
5 - 6.30pmEXPERIENCE
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Dickinson Oval | Bermagui
Of Land, Sea and Sky'. A large-scale, free outdoor performance for and with the community, featuring performances by festival artists. 'Of Land, Sea and Sky' is inspired by the traditional Indigenous stories of the Far South Coast. Will end with a lantern procession and an informal gathering in the Bermagui Surf Club.

Featuring: Festival Artists | Community Ensembles | Koori Choir | The Australian Voices | Directed by Sam Thomas
 Koori Choir
7.30 - 9pmLISTEN | concert
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Four Winds Windsong Pavilion | Barragga Bay
Our Featured Composer Sally Beamish is coming from the UK especially for the Festival. She will introduce a program which includes some of her own compositions inspired by the sea and the folk tradition. Including: Beamish - The Seafarer Trio, for piano trio and narrator | Debussy arr Beamish - La Mer for piano trio.

Featuring: Sally Beamish (featured composer) | Peter Thomson narrator | Festival Artists
 Sally Beamish (featured composer/viola)

Saturday 11 April | Live Music in Nature | Sound Shell

8 - 9.30amTAKE PART | wellbeing and music
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Bermagui Surf Club | Bermagui
Yoga with Live Music led by Julieta Mateo. Julieta Mateo (yoga teacher)
Doors from 9am music from 10.15am - 3.30pmEXPERIENCE |EAT | DRINK
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Four Winds Sound Shell | Barragga Bay
A whole day of performances from Festival Artists and ensembles in the Four Winds Sound Shell - our stunning outdoor venue. Sit, relax and let the music inspire you. During the breaks enjoy fabulous local food, drinks and something special from the bar.

Following a unique Welcome to Country, key works include: Beamish - Seavaigers | J S Bach - Brandenburg Concerto #3 (middle movement composed Beamish) | Mozart - Bassoon Concerto | Greenwood - Water | Beethoven - Symphony No 1 | Shostakovich - Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings

Featuring: Festival Artists
 Sound Shell
5.30 - 7pmLISTEN | concert
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Four Winds Windsong Pavilion | Barragga Bay
International guest violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky will lead Festival Artists - including his wife Qian Wu on piano - in a recital which will include Concerto for Violin and Piano by French romantic composer Chausson. A rare chance to hear this inventive work which indicated a great talent, cut short by the composer's untimely death. The concert will also feature Beethoven - Wind Octet.

Featuring: Alexander Sitkovetsky | Qian Wu | Festival Strings
 Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin/director)
7.30 - 10pmTAKE PART | EAT | DRINK | community country dance
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Community Centre | Bermagui
A Ceilidh (pronounced 'kay-lee'). Take part in a highly social Scottish Country Dance for everyone of all ages. Dance 'Strip the Willow' and 'Gay Gordons' - all accompanied by Festival Artists from Scotland and an expert 'caller' who will lead proceedings. No experience necessary - simply come and have fun.

Featuring: James Crabb | Catriona McKay | Chris Stout | Luke Plumb |Festival Musicians plus local Scottish Country Dancer to lead proceedings.

Sunday 12 April | Live Music in Nature | Sound Shell

Doors from 9am music from 10.30am - 3.30pmEXPERIENCE |EAT | DRINK
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Four Winds Sound Shell | Barragga Bay
The second full day of performances from Festival Artists and ensembles in the Four Winds Sound Shell. Sit, relax and let the music inspire you. During the breaks enjoy fabulous local food, refreshments and something special from the bar.

Sunday Key Works: J S Bach arr Kurtag - Chorales for four handed piano | Fauré - Requiem | Haydn - Symphony No 39 'Tempesta di Mare' | Mendelssohn - Symphony # 3 'Scottish'

Featuring: Festival Artists
 Food stalls - Sound Shell
4.30 - 6pmLISTEN | concert
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Four Winds Windsong Pavilion | Barragga Bay
Encores - from the dazzling to the sublime; music and narration. Festival artists performing some of their favourite works and party pieces - a delightful smorgasbord to celebrate the Festival's 21st birthday.
6.30pm - till lateLISTEN | TAKE PART | EAT | DRINK | folk session
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Bermagui Surf Club | Bermagui
The final 'session' of the Easter Festival - a folk session featuring our great friends, local band Malumba. The chance for you to bring your instrument and join in the music making.

Featuring: Malumba (local folk duo) plus all keen jammers

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