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Youth Music Festival

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Become a Four Winds Volunteer

Would you like to help bring music education to the youth of our region?

Increase your enjoyment of the inaugural Four Winds Youth Music Festival by joining in. All of our Four Winds events rely on the wonderful assistance of our Four Winds volunteers.

We have many volunteer roles we need to fill for the Youth Music Festival including; car parking assistants, artist and student care, ushers, site preparation and box office.

If you would like to help out as a volunteer on all or any of the days of the Four Winds Youth Music Festival – Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November 2018 – please goto www.fourwinds.com.au/volunteer

Photo by Ben Marden

Photo by Ben Marden

Photos by Ben Marden

Photo by Ben Marden

Photos by Ben Marden

Youth Music Festival

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Dear All,

In November there is going to be a mass gathering of musically-inspired young people from across our region and beyond at the new Four Winds Youth Music Festival.

You can experience the fabulous spectacle of our region’s talented youngsters performing and sharing music together. We are going to assemble a ‘company’ of over 1000 pupils from our local primary schools plus guests. It’s really wonderful to think that those schools and the majority of the children will be meeting and collaborating with each other for the very first time.

They will be joined by Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Australian Voices from Brisbane and members of Short Black Opera, as well as local internationally acclaimed musicians Geoffrey Badger and Greg Sheehan who are currently working as Four Winds Artists-in-Schools to prepare for this amazing event.

I’m really excited that we have commissioned three songs for the occasion from Lisa Young (of Coco’s Lunch) and that we will once again enjoy ‘Mother Mountain’ which local Indigenous children wrote in partnership with Short Black Opera in 2017 – but this time it will be performed with orchestral accompaniment.

This Festival is happening because Four Winds is part of a community committed to providing life changing musical experiences for young people on the Far South Coast. Music is a truly powerful force and impacts so positively on us all, particularly on our young people. Last week I was at South Coast Music Camp in Bega and experienced a wealth of talent. It is truly exciting that there is now another chance for those enthusiastic young musicians to come together to perform in large ensembles on the South Coast.

There are daytime public performances at the Four Winds Youth Music Festival on Friday 16 November from 12.00 – 1.30pm and Sunday 18 November from 11.00am – 2.00pm.

Friday is a celebration and showcase of the music-making which has been happening in five local schools – Bermagui, Narooma, Tilba, Tanja and Tathra. There will be massed percussion pieces and the world premiere of a new commission performed by a massed choir. Western Symphony Youth Orchestra will be accompanying some of the pieces including a performance of ‘Mother Mountain’ – it’s going to be an absolutely amazing event!

On Sunday, during the special Festival Concert we will hear local talent who are dedicated to their craft performing a diverse mix of music in their own right as soloists and in various small ensembles created for this festival in the Windsong Pavilion. This will be followed by large-scale performances with Western Sydney Youth Orchestra and The Australian Voices in the Sound Shell. It’s brilliant to see how excited the kids are already and the creative impact it has on their lives as well as the invaluable experience of collaborating and sharing in the sheer joy of music-making.

The Inaugural Four Winds Youth Music Festival is your chance to come and hear as well as support the next generation of dedicated and talented musicians in fabulous surroundings. I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend – come and join us! You can find out more and book your tickets here…

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

2019 Easter Festival

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Dear All,

I’m delighted to announce you with an opportunity to purchase Early Bird tickets for the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival. I’d urge you to book quickly before some of our wonderful concerts sell out.

To go straight to the booking page CLICK HERE or read on to learn more about the Festival and the Early Bird ticket offer which offers a 15% discount on Saturday and Sunday’s Sound Shell and the Windsong Concerts.

I’ve created a Festival which will take you on a journey to discover different musical cultures and traditions as well as great classical works. There are opportunities for you to take part, to observe or just sit back and discover inspiring music, performed by amazing artists in exceptional surroundings.

The Festival will give you the chance to discover more about our guest artists and to hear them collaborating in performances which are totally unique to Four Winds. For instance, our international guest pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 on Easter Sunday with our Festival Orchestra – an absolutely not to miss experience, particularly in the beautiful surroundings of the Sound Shell.

We are also welcoming: international guests Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (lute); celebrated Australian Composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin; the Australian String Quartet; Riley Lee (shakuhachi); Compass Saxophone Quartet; Coco’s Lunch and Enigma Quartet. We are delighted that musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) will be joining us, as will our friends Arcadia Winds who are alumni of ANAM. Bobby Singh (tabla) and Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar) will bring the sound of India to the Festival.

During the Early Bird offer you are able to build your own Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival experience by purchasing tickets for each specific event you would like to attend. A 15% discount applies to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday programs as well as Windsong Concerts during the Early Bird period which extends to Monday 31 December 2018

How to book your Early Bird Tickets

On-line

Click on the link below which will take you to the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival page on the Four Winds website, then click on the “BOOK HERE” button.
Simply select the number of tickets you require for each event. Remember to select the concession option for the Sound Shell events if this applies to you.

Don’t forget to book your car parking pass for the days you are attending the Sound Shell events OR remember to reserve your place on our free shuttle bus which runs to the Festival site from Bermagui.

When you come to the ‘pay now’ screen, all relevant discounts will automatically be applied during the Early Bird offer. Simply choose your method of payment and book your tickets, which will be emailed to you.

In person

If you’d like to book over the phone please call us on 02 6493 3414 or if you’d prefer to book in person, please visits us at the Four Winds Office:
Bermagui Community Centre, Bunga Street Bermagui. The Office is open Tuesday to Thursday between 9.30am and 12.00pm.

We look forward to bringing you more information and stories over the coming months about the 2019 Easter Festival Program and the incredible line up of festival artists who will be joining us here on the beautiful Far South Coast.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Very best wishes,

2019 Easter Festival

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Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival | Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 April 2019 | Nature’s Concert Hall

Dear All,

I am delighted that tickets for the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival are now available.

I promised you that the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival would be as exciting as ever, and that we would bring you a program of wonderful music performed by exceptional artists.

We have a stunning line-up planned, including international guests Stefan Vladar (piano), Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (lute). Stefan will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 on Easter Sunday – an absolutely not to miss experience, particularly in the beautiful surroundings of the Sound Shell.

We will welcome: celebrated Australian Composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin to perform and introduce her own vibrant music; the Australian String Quartet; Riley Lee (shakahachi), who is a great friend of Four Winds; as well as some new faces to the Festival – Compass Saxophone Quartet, Coco’s Lunch and Enigma String Quartet.

Musically the Festival will take you on a journey to discover different musical cultures and traditions to great classical works. There are opportunities for you to take part, to observe or just to sit back and discover amazing music, performed by great artists in exceptional surroundings.

We have two opportunities for you to book your tickets before they go on general sale:

1. The Festival All In One Pass – available from today, Tuesday 2 October 2018.

2. The Early Bird Offer – available from Tuesday 9 October to Monday 31 December 2018.

The Festival All In One Pass will give you access to the entire Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival program including: Sound Shell Saturday, Sound Shell Gala Sunday, all Windsong Pavilion Concerts, House Concerts and After Dark events. It will also allow you to observe Masterclasses, take part in workshops, and even join our early morning Yoga Session with live music – if that’s your thing! This is a fabulously convenient way of booking tickets for everything at the Festival, all in one go.

If you don’t want to attend absolutely everything at the Festival, you might be better waiting for Early Bird tickets to go on sale next week. The Early Bird option allows you to build your own Festival experience and you will benefit from the 15% discount that applies to the Sound Shell events and Windsong Concerts.

The Festival All in One Pass is available from today and costs $975.

This is the most convenient way to ensure you can attend all events at the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival. There are only 35 passes available so don’t delay. The Festival All In One pass has been created to ensure that those people who want to attend everything can book before events sell out, thus avoiding disappointment.

As a Festival All In One Pass holder you will receive:

  • A ticket to the entire program of events at the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival.
  • A special invitation to the VIP Reception to meet festival artists at the close of the Sound Shell Gala event on Sunday 21 April.
  • A special Festival All In One Pass lanyard.
  • Complimentary car parking at the Four Winds site.
  • Complimentary Festival Program Booklet.

Who should buy the Festival All In One Pass?
Anyone who wants to make sure they can attend all the 2019 Easter Festival events and wants the convenience of booking all their tickets with one click!

The Festival All In One Pass
The Festival All In One Pass is a non-discounted ticket package. If you’d like to benefit from discounts, please wait for the Early Bird tickets to be released. As with all Festival Tickets the All in One Pass is non-refundable. The Festival All In One Pass must be purchased in its entirety. If you’d rather attend individual elements of the Festival, please wait for the Early Bird general tickets to be released, to build your own Festival experience.

How long will the Festival All In One Pass be available for?
The Festival All In One Pass will end once the first 2019 Easter Festival event is sold out and we can no longer guarantee access to all events. There are 35 passes available, as this is the maximum capacity of the House Concerts.

House Concerts
The Festival All In One Pass holders will be allocated the morning performances of both House Concerts to ensure it is possible for you to attend all other events.

I look forward to seeing you again at the 2019 Easter Festival and discovering incredible artists and great music with you. We look forward to bringing you more information and stories over the coming months about the 2019 Easter Festival Program and the line-up of festival artists for you to discover here on the beautiful Far South Coast.

Very best wishes,

Youth Music Festival

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Four Winds 2018 Youth Music Festival | Friday 16 – Sunday 18 November | Sound Shell

A celebration of young people’s music-making! An exhilarating, new annual three-day Youth Music festival focusing on young people coming together to share in the joy of music and music-making. Led by Four Winds Artistic Director, James Crabb, this festival will be the culmination of the year-round, energetic, inspirational, creative programs Four Winds offers young people in the region.

Bringing together children from local pre- and primary schools, local/national youth ensembles, young professional musicians and inspirational music leaders to perform together in large ensembles, play for one-another, receive coaching/tutoring and experience amazing live music all within the inspirational venues of Four Winds.

Schools Showcase Performance | Friday 16 November | 12 – 1.30pm | Sound Shell

Featuring: Massed local Schools, Short Black Opera, Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Australian Voices and guest artists
$10 donation at the gate or online. 16yrs and under and Access Pass holders free

Youth Music Festival Concert | Sunday 18 November | 11am – 2pm | Sound Shell/Windsong Pavilion

Featuring: Talented young local performers, Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Australian Voices, and Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) artists
Tickets $30. Children 16yrs and under and Access Pass holders free

Image credits: Ben Marden

ANAM

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ANAM Past & Present In Concert

Saturday 6 October | 2.00-3.30pm | Windsong Pavilion

The country’s finest young wind ensemble, Arcadia Winds, are returning to perform in the Windsong Pavilion with our current Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Artists in Residence Liam Wooding (piano) and Jackson Bankovic (trombone). Together they will be performing an afternoon concert, on Saturday 6 October from 2 – 3.30pm, featuring music by Arnold, Berio, Françaix, Gershwin, Grainger, Serocki, and Skipworth.

As part of the Four Winds Artist in Residence Program, Liam (piano) and Jackson (trombone) will also be performing FREE musical story time sessions at the following Bega Valley Libraries:

  • Tura Murrang Library, 24 Sept, 10.30 – 11.30am
  • Bermagui Library, 25 Sept, 10.30 – 11.30am
  • Bega Library, 27 Sept, 10.30 – 11.30am

Private tuition in piano, trombone and trumpet is also available from 24 September to 5 October in the Bermagui/Bega region. All skill levels welcome. To book a private tuition session call 0439 749 336.

P.S. Why not make a day of it… The Montreal Goldfield Heritage day runs from 9.30am – 2.00pm on this same day – Saturday 6 October – and promises Billy tea and damper, bushrangers and bullocks, music, tours and kids activities – CLICK HERE to find out more.

ANAM Past & Present | In Concert
Arcadia Winds with Liam Wooding (piano) and Jackson Bankovic (trombone)
Sat 6 October | 2.00-3.30pm | Windsong Pavilion
Concert tickets $15. 16yrs and under and Access Pass holders free.

2019 Access Pass

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Four Winds 2019 Access Pass now available

It’s truly wonderful that more and more people are attending Four Winds events. There is certainly an amazing range of Festivals, performances and events to choose from year round.

We want as many people as possible to have access to Four Winds events and are delighted to announce that the Four Winds Access Pass is now available for its second year.

We’ve had wonderful feedback from people who have benefitted from the 2018 Access Pass; they are enjoying attending more events than ever and, good news… we’ve been able to keep the Access Pass at the same price as last year.

The 2019 Access Pass includes entrance to the Saturday and Sunday Sound Shell events at the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival, all other Sound Shell events throughout 2019 as well as selected Four Winds Windsong Pavilion performances and events throughout the year.

At just $150 for holders of Australian Pension Card, a Full-time Student Card or a DVA Gold Card, the Four Winds Access Pass represents incredible value.

Click here to find out more information about the Four Winds 2019 Access Pass and details on how to purchase.

We look forward to welcoming you to Four Winds

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

Musical Conversations – Windsong Series #3

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Jane Gower (bassoon), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord), Genevieve Lacey (recorder)

Musical Conversations

One of the great things about attending live music events is experiencing the musical dialogue which unfolds between musicians, and the conversation which emerges between the performers and the audience. It’s a conversation which is often absent of words, but one which is tangible, electric and palpable. How many times have you been to a live performance, in any art form, where people emerge excited about the energy and connection which existed between the performers; where people feel energized by having witnessed and felt part of that energy?

The Windsong Series #3 concert promises to deliver this. The music itself is perfectly composed to enable a conversation between the players, with musical ideas flowing between them in beautiful harmony. Genevieve Lacey (recorder) describes this trio of musicians as ‘kindred spirits’. It is that level of deep connection between musicians which allows them to share a profound musical conversation live on stage, with all the risks which come with that; it is the energy of what is unfolding which thrills and delights audiences.

Genevieve, Jane Gower (bassoon) and Lars Ulrick Mortensen (harpsichord) have worked extensively together in Australia and around the world. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience musicians who bring a deep connection to their music as well as to one another, coupled with infectious vitality and sheer virtuosity. The warm surroundings and wonderful acoustic of the Windsong Pavilion will also play its part is creating a remarkable experience.

This Sunday afternoon, come and feel part of this musical conversation and leave amazed at what you have experienced.

2018 Windsong Series 3 | Genevieve Lacey, recorder,
Jane Gower, bassoon and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpscichord
Sunday 19 August 2018, 1 – 3pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds, Barragga Bay
Tickets $80. 16yrs and under free

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