The inaugural Four Winds Youth Music Festival, was a fabulous spectacle of our region’s talented youngsters performing and sharing music together.
On Friday November 16 2018 at the Schools Showcase Performance, Four Winds assembled over 1000 pupils from our local primary schools to join with professional artists to sing, play, perform and enjoy music in each other’s company.
Songs of place and childhood experience relevant to our children were commissioned, and for the first time, five of the primary schools surrounding Four Winds, were able to connect in song and music. Together they proudly performed, en mass and in smaller ensembles energetic and vibrant percussion and voice pieces for each other and for their audience.
Saturday 17 saw a day of rehearsals – sharing and learning with visiting artists including: The Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Australian Voices, Lisa Young (composer and singer) and Emma Hunt (violinist).
Then, our region’s students who have progressed their music in primary and secondary school presented their repertoire of talent in Sunday’s November 18 Festival Concert. These young people displayed their emerging skills. It was a truly heart-warming and inspiring display of talent. The commitment to their craft by these children was incredibly impressive.
Under Artistic Director, James Crabb, this new annual festival will be a celebration of young people’s music-making and a culmination of the energetic, inspirational and creative programs that Four Winds brings to our region throughout the year.
The Youth Music Festival is part of the Create and Inspire Program, You can help create music and inspire more children by supporting the Artist in Schools Campaign donation. Every little bit helps ignite a positive and rewarding future in music for our next generation of musicians. Thank you.
School Showcase Performance
Schools showcase performance
Thanks to the recent generous donations raised to support the Four Winds ‘Create and Inspire Program’, work has begun on a weekly basis in five local Primary Schools – Bermagui, Narooma, Tilba, Tanja and Tathra – across terms 3 and 4 focusing on percussion and singing. These primary school children and other talented young local performers came together for the Schools Showcase Performance, to perform individual works, as well as large-scale percussion and vocal collaborations performed en-masse.
Massed local Schools
Western Sydney Youth Orchestra
The Australian Voices
Preparations - Rehearsals - VIP morning tea
Pupils from Bermagui, Tanja, Tathra, Central Tilba and Narooma Public Schools will showcase what they have been working on with Four Winds and perform a piece by Lisa Young commissioned by the organisation.
Thanks to the recent generous donations raised to support the Four Winds ‘Create and Inspire Program’, work has begun on a weekly basis in five local Primary Schools – Bermagui, Narooma, Tilba, Tanja and Tathra – across terms 3 and 4 focusing on percussion and singing. These primary school children and other talented young local performers came together for the Schools Showcase Performance on Friday 16th November to perform individual works, as well as large-scale percussion and vocal collaborations performed en-masse.
Mother Mountain Song
Short Black Opera (SBO) works extensively with indigenous and regional communities and now engages with educators and young singers through the Dhungala Choral Connections Songbook. Included in this Songbook is the song Mother Mountain which was written by children from the Yuin communities of Eden, Narooma and Bermagui at a Four Winds facilitated workshop in 2017 with guidance from SBO. The Youth Music Festival will see a special massed-choir performance of Mother Mountain being performed by local primary school children.
In the lead up to the Youth Festival, Deborah Cheetham (AO) led an inspirational workshop at Four Winds with choir leaders from the Far South Coast to help them teach and engage their choirs with songs from the Dhungala Choral Connections Songbook. She also conducted a rehearsal with local young singers at Four Winds of ‘Mother Mountain’ in the week prior to the Festival.
A Short Black Opera
written with local Yuin children
I see you every day Mother Mountain,
Laying on your bed of trees and stone.
Your children are the island and the mountain
Ngajunuga Baranguba, call me home.
Listen to the story of the island,
Baranguba sing your sacred song.
Eldest son of Guluga the mountain
When I see you I remember I belong.
Ngajunuga, longing for the ocean,
By your mother’s side you must be.
Ev’ry time I see you I remember
Just how much this country means to me.
Photo credits: Chris Sheedy, Marg Hansen