The intimacy of the Windsong Pavilion provides the perfect opportunity to hear brilliant interpretation of great masterworks in a program of music that will transport the audience and inspire any musician in the room.
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Performances and Events
Malumba CD launch the Passage
Virtuosic, original and exciting, Malumba’s genre-defying music will take you on a sonic journey while making your toes tap and your heart soar. With hints of Klezmer melodies, gypsy jazz harmonies, Celtic instruments and African rhythms, Malumba’s sound is unique and hugely versatile. Blending together the sounds of Australia’s top folk and jazz musicians ensures performances are exciting and full of improvisation.
Since forming in 1997, Malumba have released 6 albums, toured the UK and performed at most of the major folk festivals throughout Australia. A world music ensemble based on the far south coast of NSW, Malumba performs original folk inspired instrumental music, full of intricate melodies and improvisations.
In contrast to the full band format of the past five albums, The Passage is a gentler offering. The 13 original compositions include 2 solo guitar works, the remaining tracks being violin and guitar duets. The recording process was greatly assisted by the sublime acoustics of the Windsong Pavilion, at The Four Winds, Bermagui. This world class concert hall allowed the music to be recorded in a live format, the natural reverb of the chamber creating a feeling of intimacy and warmth. The tracks were all composed by violinist Dan Efraemson and guitarist John Hoorweg, and explore a range of traditions and influences, including Celtic, jazz, reggae, Klezmer and other folk traditions.
Lute School with Jakob Lindberg
Lute School with Jakob Lindberg | 22 – 24 April | Windsong Pavilion
“For the first time ever in Australia we have this wonderful opportunity to gain insight into the lute’s rich repertoire and technique with Master lutenist and teacher, Jakob Lindberg.”
Rosemary Hodgson – curator
A workshop for lute teachers, young professionals and lute enthusiasts alike. Explore historic interpretation and performance practise on the lute and early plucked string instruments with the world’s preeminent lutenist Jakob Lindberg. Over two and a half intensive days you will have a chance to participate in one-on-one Masterclasses, an Introduction to Accompanying on the Lute, Lute song session, a presentation of a research paper and ensemble playing. Both Performer and Observer enrolments welcome.
Windsong Series 1
Windsong Series 1 | A stunning Sunday afternoon of singing: VOX presents ‘Wonder’- songs inspired by childhood.
Sunday 23 June 2019 | Windsong Pavilion
Childhood is a fleeting, fragile thing. It’s a time of joy but can so easily be touched by tragedy. Whether you have children of your own or simply remember your own childhood, you’ll know the earnestness and the innocence, the sheer magic, the love and the sorrow it brings.
For this concert with VOX, Sydney’s young adult choir, Elizabeth Scott brings together exquisite music that captures the fragility and wonder of childhood.
There’s joy and humour: many choir-member’s favourite composer John Rutter pays homage to the world of children with nursery rhymes and nonsense poems, and there are highlights from Martin Wesley-Smith’s witty, environmentally aware Who Killed Cock Robin, possibly the only contemporary Australian classical song that’s been known to inspire impromptu sing-alongs!
But heart-rending loss is present; the sombre intensity of Nigel Westlake’s Requiem for his son Eli and James MacMillan’s tender prayer in memory of the children killed in the Dunblane massacre. The themes are timeless but this is a concert for today – music to showcase the beauty and raw emotional power of voices in harmony.
Choir Director Elizabeth Scott is a wonderful role model. She is a sought-after conductor, choir leader, trainer of choir directors and educator. She was the first woman to conduct Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in the Sydney Opera House and is the founder Director of VOX.
Having travelled down from Sydney, VOX arrived at Windsong Pavilion on Saturday 22 June, along with conductor Elizabeth Scott and pianist and composer Luke Byrne. They jumped straight into rehearsals, ahead of Sunday’s concert.
Interview with David Francis and Elizabeth Scott
David Francis, Four Winds Executive Director talks to Elizabeth Scott, Director of VOX about VOX’s forthcoming performance at Four Winds.
I had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Scott, Director of VOX when I was GM of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs…so I was really pleased to catch-up with Liz to talk about their up-coming performance at Four Winds.
Liz mentioned that her son is now 5 years old and that the program VOX will perform is inspired by her reflections on being a mother.
Liz told me that she has chosen music that she loves “this is a program of beautiful and powerful pieces”. She wants to present a program which explores the different lenses through which people see or experience childhood, including moments of great joy as well as profound sadness. For Liz the pieces in this program are united by a simplicity present in their texts and stories and the fact that simplicity can be deeply moving. For instance, Australian composer Nigel Westlake’s work ‘My Joy is Born’ builds on a simple exchange of the words, ‘sun’ and ‘son’. Nigel’s piece is a short extract from a much larger work he wrote following the death of his son; it is one of Liz’s favourite works in the program.
There is no doubt that this program is both musically and emotionally varied – the spectrum ranges from film music to Grimm’s fairy tales via choral lullabies and Stevie Wonder…. Liz mentioned that switching between the “emotional ups and downs” throughout the program places real demand on the singers, particularly in many of the songs which are performed without accompaniment.
A version of this program has been performed in the Utzon Room in Sydney Opera House and I was interested in how the audience responded. Liz commented that the audience loved the variety, the many colours and sound-worlds created by this “beautiful and powerful choral music”. Many audience members reflected that “there’s a lot that feels familiar throughout the program and a lot to connect with”. This isn’t entirely surprising as many of the stories and tunes are familiar, and the program includes beautiful works by well-known and much-loved Australian composers. One of the composers, Luke Byrne will be at the concert to accompany his Four Songs from Grimm’s on piano – a suite Liz commissioned through her work at The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education.
We talked about Liz’s role as an educator and her passion for singing. We are in absolute agreement that singing is a lifelong activity. Liz is a great example of someone who, through her varied portfolio of work as a teacher, choir-leader and conductor is able to nurture singers’ interests in school, through university and beyond. VOX, whose members are between the ages of 18 and 30, are all experienced choristers and many go on to join other choirs or major Symphony Choruses, hungry to sustain their love of singing. It’s living proof (as if we needed it) of how singing is such a fabulous way to engage in music making throughout your life.
Photo credits VOX: John Feely | Keith Saunders
Windsong Series 2
Windsong Series 2 | Saturday 17 August | 1 – 3pm | Windsong Pavilion
Four Winds and the Sydney International Piano Competition presented US pianist, Kenny Broberg in recital.
We’ve heared sublime playing that will undoubtedly confirm Kenny as one the great talents of the piano. Indeed, since his wins in Sydney and Fort Worth (Texas) he has been propelled into the spotlight with demands for his playing world-wide. We were delighted to have the chance to hear this extraordinary young artist who appears by arrangement with the Cliburn.More Info
|Johann Sebastian Bach:||Prelude and Fugue in A-flat Major, BWV 862|
|Ludwig van Beethoven:||Sonata No.31 in A-flat Major Op.110|
|Frédéric Chopin:||Fantaisie in F minor Op.49|
|Claude Debussy:||Children’s Corner|
|Maurice Ravel:||Gaspard de la nuit|
A stunning Sunday afternoon of piano performance.
Kenneth Broberg is one of the top six prize winners of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and most recent winner of the silver medal at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
His 2017–2018 season includes a recital tour in Hawaii, a return to his alma mater, the University of Houston, for its annual Texas Music Festival, and orchestra and recital engagements in Denver, New Orleans, West Palm Beach, and other cities across the United States. In Europe, Kenneth appears with the Rye Arts Festival and Hastings Philharmonic in the United Kingdom, and in recital in Italy. His debut solo album was released by Decca Gold in August.
Also a prizewinner of the Hastings, Seattle, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions, Kenneth has previously performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Minnesota, Sydney Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Chamber, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, among others, working with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas Milton, and Nicholas McGegan. His solo, chamber, and concerto performances have been broadcast on NPR and ABC Classic FM radio, and several of his performances at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition were included on the ‘Encore!’ released on the Universal Music Australia label.
The first musician in his family, Kenneth started piano lessons at age 6, when he was first fascinated by his mother’s upright—a wedding gift from her parents. He studied for nine years with Dr. Joseph Zins before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with Nancy Weems in 2016. He currently resides in Parkville, Missouri, under the guidance of Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University.
A hockey and baseball athlete in high school, he still enjoys watching and playing sports, in addition to listening to jazz and reading.
Performance and Masterclass
Windsong Series 3
Windsong Series 3 | Sunday 22 September | 1 – 3pm | Windsong Pavilion
International guest violinist Anthony Marwood in collaboration with Four Winds Artistic Director James Crabb. ‘Music through the centuries’
- Tango Suite: Piazzolla (arranged by James Crabb)
- Sonata No. 3 in E major: Bach
- Lament from Seavaigers: Beamish (arranged by James Crabb)
- Variations on two traditional Scottish/Border Folk Melodies: Matt Seattle (arranged by James Crabb)
- Tango ‘Por una Cabeza’: Gardel and Williams
- Divertimento from Fairy’s Kiss: Stravinsky
- Libertango, Oblivion, Escualo: Piazolla (arranged by James Crabb)
Anthony Marwood is known worldwide as an artist of exceptional expressive force. His energetic and collaborative nature places him in great demand as soloist/director with orchestras worldwide. He is Principal Artistic Partner of the celebrated Canadian chamber orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, a post he took up in 2015. In the 16/17 season, he was Artist in Residence at the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. His eminence as a soloist has brought him to work with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, Bernard Labadie and Douglas Boyd. We are delighted to welcome Anthony to Four Winds.
Zephyrs Jazz | Women do jazz
Sandy Evans and Andrea Keller: ‘Women do jazz’
in partnership with Four Winds
Sandy Evans (saxophones) and Andrea Keller (piano) are two extraordinary musicians who are among Australia’s finest jazz composers, performers and band-leaders. They have each secured international recognition, won most of Australia’s major jazz awards, formed several ground-breaking bands, released acclaimed albums, drawn deeply on other musical traditions and played with many other Australian and international greats.
They’ve performed a set each with their own ensembles and a third as a duo.
Singing for your Soul
Singing For Your Soul | with Corinne Gibbons and Simon Lewis | Monday 7 October | 9.30am – 5pm | Windsong Pavilion
An uplifting, joyous day of singing and listening; lunch in the beauty of the bush at Barragga Bay and catching up with friends old and new. On top of this, we even got some rain! A big thank you to Corinne and Simon, all the participants and our wonderful catering and volunteer team.More Info
Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Corinne Gibbons has been singing all of her life. Her work is infused with a joyful energy borne from the ancient art of storytelling in song.
She has recorded an album, ‘Melt’, and has written three musicals that have been performed to over 100,000 people to date. Having worked across four continents and over 15 countries, engaging multicultural teams to come together and write songs and perform, Corinne is deeply committed to uniting more people of all walks of life in collaborative efforts through the creation of music.
In her work with Phil Collin’s Charity “Little Dreams Foundation”, Corinne conducted the Global Social Responsibility team to record and perform a song written to support Phil’s charity for children. The song was then performed by a 200-piece choir from over 20 different countries and included children from the charity at a performance in the main square of Montreux.
As an expansion of her vocal coaching Corinne developed Singing Immersions for participants to discover and deepen the freedom and joy of vocal expression.
Simon Lewis is the creative force behind Amanaska and Pravana and has released 9 albums between the projects since 2003. His music as been featured on numerous compilations around the globe and many soundtracks. For the last 30 years Simon has worked in the live music scene in Australia and internationally, with numerous bands, funky outfits, singers, cover bands, and the odd famous person.
Kimberley Echoes | Sunday 24 November | Windsong Pavilion
‘Kimberley Echoes’ 2019 Tour in partnership with Tura New Music.
Kimberley Echoes features outstanding Aboriginal artists Stephen Pigram (vocals/guitars) and Mark Atkins (didgeridoo/vocals) with an ensemble of some of Australia’s finest instrumentalists – Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Erkki Veltheim (violin), Joe Talia (percussion), Tristen Parr (cello) and Tos Mahoney (flute) – melding a vibrant and inviting sound world. Created in, and inspired by, the landscape and communities of the Kimberley, this stunning performance takes audiences on a powerful and memorable journey.
Carols in the Pavilion
Carols in the Pavilion | Sunday 15 December | 8 – 9.30pm | Windsong Pavilion
A much-loved event in the run-up to Christmas.
The Luminescence Chamber Singers presented a program of traditional carols from different backgrounds and cultures, and across the centuries. Warm, atmospheric and stunningly beautiful, the voices of The Chamber Singers offered a true moment of calm before the Festive Season. As always, the concert concludes with mass carols under the starry skies of Barragga Bay, and mulled wine and mince pies.
The Luminescence Chamber Singers is a virtuosic vocal consort based in Canberra, Australia. Since the ensemble’s earliest iteration in 2013, Luminescence has earned a reputation for presenting exciting and excellent singing. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and frequently premiere new music by Australian composers, including emerging composers from within their own ranks.More Info
In recent years, Luminescence has appeared at the Canberra International Music Festival, the Performing the Jewish Archives Festival, and has collaborated with a diverse range of Australian artists, including Amelia Farrugia, piano-percussion duo Tess Said So, Louise Page, Ensemble Offspring, The Song Company and the Consort of Melbourne. They’ve toured to Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Port-Macquarie and Wollongong, and have worked closely with some of Australia’s leading composers and conductors, including Roland Peelman, Elliott Gyger, Kim Cunio, Carl Crossin, Alice Chance, and Gordon Hamilton.
Luminescence performs regularly at national institutions such as the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, and the High Court of Australia. Highlights of the 2019 season have included performances at the Canberra International Music Festival alongside Bach Akademie Australia, collaborations with the capital’s newest chamber orchestra Canberra Sinfonia, a sold-out concert series at Drill Hall Gallery. In 2020, Luminescence joins with singer and performer Andrie Laptev to present Rachmaninov’s Vespers.
Luminescence is also the umbrella organisation for Luminescence Children’s Choir and Little Lumi, programs for singers aged 7 – 17 years, dedicated to excellence in performance and musicianship.