Carols in the Pavilion

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Carols In The Pavilion

featuring The Song Company Saturday 16 December 2017 | 8 – 9.30pm

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

Four Winds invites you to the Windsong Pavilion to experience a stunning performance of Christmas music presented by Australia’s only full-time professional choir: The Song Company. Carols In The Pavilion will be a beautiful moment of calm before Christmas; mulled wine and mince pies will round off the performance.

General Admission $40. Children under 16 yrs $20.

Fresh Salt | An Exhibition of Visual Art | Videos

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David Gallan flow 2017
5 min
flow follows water courses, from fresh to salt, from mountain streams and still forest pools, to tidal lakes and the sea. Water sustains life and shapes the landscape. flow records wildlife from microscopic diatoms to towering spotted gums and endangered southern right whales. The film is also influenced by the work of Max Williams whose verse captured the nature and sensual beauty of the far south coast. “…We saw the secret happenings of dreams, Wild things on cliffs and seaside dunes …” Max Williams, The Remains of Paradise.

Gloria Florez
2 min loop
It takes a tsunami of open hearts to free mother-earth from mankind’s subjugation. I captured this image by coincidence, at Montreal Goldfield during Field Study 2. While walking along the remains of what once was a gold mine during the gold rush period and looking through the metal bars blocking access to one of its dark tunnels, a small and vibrant pink orchid (Dipodium punctatum) caught my attention. As I took this photograph (adjacent), someone simultaneously shone a torch into this foreboding space. The photograph evokes Nature’s resilience and desire to survive despite humankind’s
insatiable march to cut down, open up, dig up, seal up and modify many millions of years of our barely touched natural world. MADRE-TIERRA is a utopian journey into what can happen if we reconsider our actions.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | volunteer

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Dear All,

As well as being extremely excited about the line-up of artists we have coming for the 2018 Easter Festival, I’m equally excited about working with the fabulous team at Four Winds who come together to deliver the Festival, which is made up of many, many Volunteers.

I know from my own experience that Volunteering can be one of the very best ways to experience a Festival, not least because you get a rare glimpse into the back-stage elements of these extraordinary events – as well as getting to enjoy the performances, with a free one-day pass to the Sound Shell.

Volunteer teams are always made up of enthusiastic like-minded people and it’s great to be surrounded with a team of people always working toward everything being the best it can be.

I’m glad to introduce you to some of our Four Winds Volunteers – see some of their profiles below.

I’m also struck by what a great opportunity it is for young people to have some hands-on experience of how a large scale event is managed and delivered. Volunteering is a great addition to anyone’s resume, but for younger people looking to stand out, to have Four Winds on your CV has got to be a good thing! If you know of a young person who might like this opportunity as part of their professional development, please let them know – we’d love to hear from them.

Our wonderful volunteer coordinator Bruce Frost will be really happy to connect with anyone who’d like to Volunteer to be part of the 2018 Easter Festival team. We certainly don’t take our Volunteers for granted and will happily provide a one-day pass to the Sound Shell as a thank you for helping deliver the Festival – as well as invites to special events throughout the year.

If you are interested in Volunteering please register your interest by following the link below and filling in your details.

If Volunteering isn’t going to work for you I hope we will see you at the Festival as an audience member – just a reminder that Early Bird tickets are on sale for a limited time, so guarantee your discount by booking your tickets before 4 December!

If you’ve already booked – thank you – we are really looking forward to seeing you.

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Explore the art of song at Four Winds…

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Beautifully Mad

In Concert | Friday 17 November, 7.30pm
Masterclass | Saturday 18 November, 10.30am

Dame Emma Kirkby (Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lute)

Masterclass | Saturday 18 November, 1pm
In Concert | Sunday 19 November, 1pm

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

A weekend exploring early and contemporary songs is coming to Four Winds.

Beautifully Mad is performing on Friday 17 November, 7.30pm in the Windsong Pavilion. Tony King and Nina Vox, two of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters, will be joined for the first time in Bermagui by their incredible Sydney band including; Bill Risby, piano, Natalie Morrison, double bass, and Nick Lister, drums, for an evening of songs from their new album ‘Silhouette’.

The following morning, on Saturday 18 November, 10.30am – 12noon, Tony King, of Beautifully Mad, will run a Masterclass on – The Craft of Song Writing. A must for anyone interested in or already writing their own songs. Tony will talk about how Beautifully Mad go about writing their material, the craft and inspirations involved.

Dame Emma Kirkby (British Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lutenist) will then present a Masterclass on – The Art of Performing and Understanding Early Songs – on Saturday 18 November 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

On Sunday 19 November 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will then perform as part of the Four Winds Windsong Series. This is a not to missed recital by one of the world’s leading performers of early song. British Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will perform solos written for Lute and songs from the Renaissance Period. Emma and Jakob are visiting from Europe and will be giving only three performances in Australia. Expect an afternoon of quiet, peaceful, beautiful story telling through song.

Tickets: Adults $20 – 80, 16yrs & under FREE

Fresh Salt | An Exhibition of Visual Art | 25 October – 4 November 2017

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Tony King

In our hands 2017 Song accompanied by image Approximately 5 min
Both the song and image are titled In our hands and are responses to the Fresh Salt experience.
The themes that Tony King found particularly powerful were the cultural history of the Yuin people who have been respectful custodians of the environment for many thousands of years.
In just a few hundred years, industrial society has placed this sacred place under enormous threat, both culturally and environmentally, from sea level rise to loss of habitat.
Our modern society will be measured by how we respond.

Kris Ralph

Bridge 2017 (Song 4 min)

Knowledge shared
Listening with our hearts Healing the damage
Start with building a bridge.
Impact 2017

Film 5 min
The risk of sea level rise, overpopulation putting stress on our coastal estuaries,
fishing, farming cattle and logging of forests have an impact on the natural environment

Bill Risby and Natalie Risby
Shadow Man 2017 Poem by Natalie Risby recited to music by William Risby 3 min 30 sec
Shadow Man was inspired by the stories of the traditional owners of this land. Earth, man, animals, nature, past and present are one. Banished man refers to the white convicts sent from the other side of the world – two cultures thrust together with tragic results. Climb to the top of the mountain, close your mouth, open your eyes and hearts, and listen.

School of art Gallery
Tuesday-Friday 10.30AM-5.00PM
Saturday 12.00-5.00PM
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays

A collaboration between visual artists, musicians, composers, choreographers and creative writers inspired by the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country – where fresh and salt water mix.

As the waters mingle so do the artists, stories, data, history and ideas in response to the place – between the sacred mountains of Gulaga and Mumbulla.

The result is a catalogued exhibition of visual art and a premier performance of original music compositions.

Four Winds’s Bermagui Project is a cultural conversation between Aboriginal elders, scientists, historians, farmers, council workers, local community and artists.

Fresh Salt aims to raise community awareness about the ecological and cultural significance of the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country through the power of art.

Its fresh and you can feel the salt.

Download the Fresh Salt Catalogue

Adam Millar Beachcombing Best Finds
Caitlin Brown Under Story. A tale from a forest floor
Carolyn Young Yellow-Bellied Glider (Petauras australis) Study
Chandelle Gogerly Cuttagee 001
Gilda McKechnie Looking through a coastal Banksia at Camel Rock, Beauty Point
Helen Morris Diamond Python
Pauline Balos Common Silk Pod
Peter Cotton Midden – Wallaga Lake
Robyn Williams Spotted Gums (Corymbia maculata)
Sharon Field Understory,
Veronica O’Leary Head of Cuttagee Rd
Justina Legoe Samphire (Glasswort)
Gloria Florez MADRE-TIERRA
James Lynn The treasure you seek, shall not be the treasure you nd
Lyndell Jenkins Weaving
Paul Jackson The Ballad of Jimmy Crook
Cheryl Davison Gadu
David Gallan flow
Lee Cruse A Healthy River
Delia Silvan and Lee Pemberton A cult of forgetfulness #2
Lee Pemberton and Paul Hopper A cult of forgetfulness #1
Sky Etherington lookin at country
Victoria Nelson Corymbia maculata seed
David Hewitt Artefact
Trevor King Horizons
John Reid Nutleys Creek, Bermagui River Catchment

For more details call call 2 6493 3414

Beautifully Mad | Performance and Masterclass

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Beautifully Mad | Performance and Masterclass | Friday 17 and 18 November

Performance | Friday 17 November | 7.30pm
Masterclass | Saturday 18 November | 10.30am-12noon

Beautifully Mad, Tony King and Nina Vox, two of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters will be joined for the first time in Bermagui by their incredible Sydney band for an evening of songs from their new album Silhouette.

The following morning, on Saturday 18 November, Tony King, of Beautifully Mad, will run a Masterclass on – The Craft of Song Writing. $20 – $55, 16yrs & under FREE

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay 2546
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

Bookings at or call 2 6493 3414

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | An insight into programming

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Dear All,

I am really excited about how the program for the 2018 Easter Festival is coming together. I wanted to share some small insights into how I am going about programming the Festival.

For me, the starting point often varies. For instance, sometimes it starts with a musical idea or collaboration – and other times it starts with an artist and the kind of music they are particularly known for and usually with good reason.

The Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival has elements of both. For the Sound Shell program I have selected the works I believe will create a really interesting and beautiful experience for the audience – and that play to our artists strengths. For instance, Aleksandr Tsiboulski a fabulous guitarist from Adelaide will be performing Lute Concerto by Vivaldi. He will be accompanied by string players from the Australian National Academy of Music – the next generation of great Australian musicians. Another really interesting work I have programmed is Ayre by the South American composer Osvaldo Golijov. It won’t be a familiar work for most people, but it’s based on folk tunes from the Middle East and Mediterranean and features the amazing vocal range and expressiveness of soprano Emma Pearson. It’s a stunningly engaging work that showcases many instruments not normally seen on the concert hall stage. It involves a dream team of Festival Artists and will take us all on an emotional journey from meditation to a touch of mayhem.

As I said, the idea for an element of the program sometimes comes from a creative conversation with an artist. Pianist Ian Munro will be performing in our second House Concert, to be held on a beautiful property in Barragga Bay. Ian and I were talking about words in music and the fact that he has composed a song suite based on texts by Emily Dickinson, Matsuo Basho and Judith Wright called Three Birds for soprano, piano, clarinet and cello. The Barragga Bay property provides the perfect setting for these songs given that Emma Pearson will also be singing some Spanish Folk songs during the same concert with Ian at the piano. It is always exciting to introduce our artists to new works and composers they may not have collaborated with before – it makes their time at the Four Winds Festival even more interesting and engaging.

It’s always a real bonus when the timing of our Festival coincides with artists or ensembles who have a program they are currently or about to tour. The Song Company and Jessie Lloyd’s ‘Mission Songs Project’ are both examples. Though widely contrasting vocal moments of the Easter Festival, both will be truly memorable.

I’m really looking forward to collaborating with some of Australia’s finest musicians and with our celebrated guests from overseas.

Click through here to see our latest social media clip introducing the Festival Artists who are going to be performing for you…

Our promise is to surround you with music, brilliance and beauty.

I’m sure you know by now that tickets are on sale and our Early Bird rates run until the beginning of December – I’d urge you to book soon as some of the events are already sold out.

Last, please read below the details about the new Four Winds Access Pass as this may apply to you if you are purchasing concession tickets to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events.

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director