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Windsong Series #1

Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Andrew Haveron (violin)
Sunday 17 June | 2.30pm | Windsong Pavilion



Dr Stovepipe & Creativity

26, 27 & 28 June | Windsong Pavilion



Windsong series #2

Joyce Yang (piano)
Saturday 7 July | 1pm | Windsong Pavilion



Windsong Series #3

Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Jane Gower (bassoon),
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
Sunday 19 August | 1pm | Windsong Pavilion


Tathra Fire Appeal

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In response to the Tathra Bush Fires, the Four Winds Foundation agreed to match fund any donation made at the 2018 Easter Festival to the Tathra Fire Appeal. The Four Winds Foundation is an independent charity set up by Four Winds Festival Founder, Neilma Gantner, and her son Carrillo in 2002.

The Foundation knows that to support the community at a challenging time was very much in Neilma’s spirit and we were privileged to facilitate this generous offer. Although the final sum donated hasn’t been confirmed by Bega Valley Shire Council, we believe the Festival community, with the Foundation’s match-funding has contributed approximately $75,000 to the Mayoral Tathra Fire appeal which is fantastic.

On behalf of the community on the South Coast, thank you if you were one of the many donors who contributed to support those affected by the Tathra Bush Fire. Your generosity was recently recognised in the local Triangle which thanked all the Four Winds visitors with ‘very deep pockets from Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and further afield who were eager to contribute to the appeal.’

‘Create and Inspire’ | Exciting news for donors about the Four Winds Education Program

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Dear All,

We are delighted to announce that a donor who is a great supporter of Four Winds is inviting you to join them in raising funds for the Four Winds ‘Create and Inspire Program’ which is all about developing skills, performance opportunities and a life-long passion for music among our young people.

Our donor will match fund – dollar for dollar – any donation made to Four Winds prior to the end of the 2017/18 financial year to support our work. They have pledged to match any donations up to a total of $40,000. This means, that with your help we would love to raise $40,000.

The good news is that donations made at the Four Winds Easter Festival count toward this target so in order to achieve the full $80,000 we only need to raise another $20,000. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far.

Our ‘Create and Inspire’ program is focused on music education and enables young people living on the South Coast to develop their skills and passion for music and music making.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival Schools Progam. Photo by Ben Marden

With your support we would love to achieve this goal because it will deliver:

  • Regular singing and percussion activities in our schools
  • Performance opportunities for our young people to perform at Four Winds so that they can experience the joy of playing and singing music in large scale performances to an audience.
  • Performances at Four Winds so that our young people may meet and work with world-class musicians, share their experiences and respond creatively.
  • A teaching musician in residence in Bermagui for two terms each year.
  • Coaching and mentoring of classroom teachers in partnership with the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program.
  • Two professional development sessions per year for music leaders and teachers in our region.

All these ongoing activities will contribute to our first Annual Youth Festival to be held 16 – 18 November. Local young people from the Far South Coast will perform alongside – and be inspired by – performances from Sydney Youth Orchestra, musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music, and the young, dynamic choir The Australian Voices. This Festival will include five local primary and four pre-schools, individual high school music students and a new Bega Valley Youth Choir. It will be a true celebration of young people’s music making.

At our recent Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival our very important work with local school children was clearly visible. One Festival attendee who completed our exit survey said:

“As a retired music teacher, I am delighted to see the strong direction and efforts to bring musical experiences and opportunities to local children and into the local schools”

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival Mission Songs Project. Photo by Ben Marden

“Four Winds Festival is a weekend of eclectic music performed by highly professional musicians. It acknowledges the spiritual ownership of the land and encourages participation of the local community and its school age children”. Festival Audience Survey Respondent.

Can you please help us raise the remaining $20,000? Please remember that your donation will be matched dollar for dollar.

Our deadline for donations is 25 June to allow the matching dollars to be paid prior to 30 June.

Whilst we are focusing our fundraising on Create and Inspire, any donation made to support Four Winds work will be matched.

Please make your tax-deductible donation by clicking here

Thank you from Four Winds and from all the young people who will experience fantastic musical opportunities because of your donation.

Coming up at Four Winds

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Windsong Series #1 | Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Andrew Haveron (violin)
Performing works by Kreisler, Rachmaninov, and Grieg
Sunday 17 June, 2.30 – 4.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay

We have programmed three incredible quality performances for you in the Windsong Pavilion, to warm your heart during the winter months.

For the first of these we are welcoming two of Four Winds’ great friends to the Windsong Pavilion; Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Andrew Haveron (violin). Both musicians stunned us with their performances in 2017, so the prospect of them performing together in the Windsong Pavilion is hugely exciting. They will be performing a stunning program of romantic music – sweeping melodies and beautiful harmonies.

Andrew Haveron performed with pianist Piers Lane when we launched the Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand Piano, purchased for the Windsong Pavilion as a result of so many generous donors. Andrew is a virtuosic performer and is currently the concert master of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Simon Tedeschi last performed at Four Winds with actor John Bell and amazed us all with the passion and theatre he created during an epic, narrative performance of Enoch Arden.

So, the combination of Andrew and Simon performing together is surely a concert not to miss – and it’s another chance to hear the Windsong’s fabulous piano played by one of Australia’s leading pianists.

You can purchase all three Windsong Series 2018 concerts as a package – for details click here

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

James Crabb performing at the Sydney Writers Festival

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If you are attending the Sydney Writers Festival this weekend, don’t miss James Crabb, Four Winds Artistic Director, performing as part of the “Outside: A Feast of the Senses“. This Sunday 6 May, 11.15am – 12noon as part of the Family Program.

“In an event that will enchant young audiences, renowned children’s author and poet Libby Hathorn reads excerpts from her book Outside, accompanied by four of Australia’s finest musicians and as illustrations are beamed on screen. The music is drawn from a lively score by composer Elena Kats-Chernin, Artistic Direction and arrangements by Christina Leonard. The story, stunningly illustrated by Ritva Voutila, celebrates the wonder of the five senses in the magic of a garden, while promoting love and respect for the natural world.”

For more information and to make a booking CLICK HERE

Andrew Sayers’ paintings online auction

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Long Time No Sea at Barragga Bay.
Photo: Supplied

For anyone who has enjoyed a long lazy lunch prepared by a former Noma chef at the restaurant Long Time No Sea at Barragga Bay, these two paintings by Andrew Sayers will be familiar.

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee



Beyond the stand of trees the viewer’s eye is led to the long stretch of golden sand that is Cuttagee beach and further on to the forested slopes of the ancient volcano, Guluga; a place of great spiritual and cultural significance to the Yuin Aboriginal people of the far South Coast of NSW.

Bring back memories of this stunning area by acquiring one of Andrew’s beautiful landscapes and, in the process, help Four Winds to commission Australian composers to create new work. The works are being auctioned online only

There are only two days left to place your bid. For your chance to acquire one of these paintings please click here, register and place your bid. Registration is free and only requires you to enter your email address.
If you have any problems registering or bidding please send an email to sian.morgan.hall@gmail.com.


Barragga Point 2014

Montague Island & Mystery Bay

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee

Andrew Sayers’ paintings online auction

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Time is running out to acquire one of these wonderful paintings – a lasting reminder of the beauty of the Far South Coast of NSW and the area close to Four Winds. The works are being auctioned online only. The auction ends on 22nd April so please place your bid quickly.

For your chance to acquire one of these paintings please click here, register and place your bid. Registration is free and only requires you to enter your email address.


Barragga Point 2014

Montague Island & Mystery Bay

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee

Andrew Sayers’ paintings online auction

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Barragga Point 2014

Montague Island & Mystery Bay

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee

Over its 27-year history, Four Winds has established a proud record of commissioning new works and this year alone five new works were premiered at the 2018 Easter Festival.

Three of these works took their inspiration from the Far South Coast. This is something that Andrew Sayers, a passionate supporter of new music and Four Winds, who also took inspiration from the region for his artworks, would have applauded.

Andrew generously donated four of his beautiful landscape paintings of the region to Four Winds. The works are being auctioned online only and, in keeping with Andrew’s wishes, the proceeds from their sale will be used to commission and perform new Australian music.

Please help us to realise Andrew’s dream and, in the process, acquire one of his beautiful paintings of the Far South Coast of NSW. The auction ends on 22 April 2018.

For your chance to acquire one of these paintings please click on the link below, register and place your bid. Registration is free and only requires you to enter your email address – it’s as simple as that. Click here to enter the online auction website

Andrew Sayers AM

Andrew is perhaps better known as the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Director of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra; however, from 2013 onwards, he focused on his career as an artist. Andrew showed his work for the first time publically, “off Broadway” as he explained, at Mister Jones in the heart of Bermagui. He was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2014 and his first major solo exhibition, Nature Through the Glass of Time, was shown at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne.

Throughout his academic and professional life, Andrew explored his passion for painting. After leaving the Museum world he travelled to explore the landscape as a source of inspiration. He worked en plein air and found the medium of gouache perfect to reflect his acute observations of nature.

Andrew had a longstanding passion for the wild and natural places of Australia. He avidly journeyed along the coastal tracks from Mallacoota to Merimbula and beyond and found the south coast near Bermagui a source of inspiring and ever-changing scenery.

Andrew Sayers died in October 2015 but his achievements as curator, writer, director and artist remain.

Thank you for a wonderful five days of music making…

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It’s been fantastic to share the last week with such appreciative audiences and generous artists over what has been the course of the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival.

Hearing diverse music in the Sound Shell at Four Winds Natures Concert Hall surrounded my many hundreds of enthusiastic music lovers was contrasted with the experience of a series of Windsong Pavilion concerts, pop-up performances about town and intimate house concerts in beautiful private homes.

The Windsong Pavilion provided the perfect setting for sublime chamber music concerts, and was transformed for Side Show Alley which saw the space transformed into a by-gone day ‘music hall meets circus’ space.

We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to share the weekend with the audience and salute the incredible work of all the artists who played incredibly over the course of a busy Festival. A special note of thanks also to all our volunteers who made sure the audience and artists had an incredible time.

If you attended any part of the Festival, We’d love to hear what you think and would be very grateful if you would complete our Audience Survey. It will take just 10 minutes and will help us plan future events….

Click here to complete the audience feedback survey

If you missed the Festival this year, don’t forget we are now annual, so please put Easter 2019 in the diary!

Our next event is on Sunday and presents Sydney Youth Orchestra playing works by Copland and Haydn… another chance to get a fix of fantastic music making in the Sound Shell.

With very best wishes

The Four Winds Team

Click hereto view the 2018 Easter Festival gallery of images

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

The Festival has begun

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Dear All,

If you are in the Barragga Bay area you will be hearing beautiful music floating through the bushland with over 60 fabulous artists rehearsing together ready to delight audiences over the Easter Weekend.

If you are in Bermagui tomorrow, Easter Friday – there are free pop-up performances around town – listen out for sounds of brass and percussion instruments and if you are passing Strangers in Paradise you’ll hear Ian Munro performing on their resident grand piano (pop-up times are below). On Friday evening there is a large free community performance on Dickinson Oval. That performance is a fundraiser for those affected by the Tathra Bush Fire so we hope everyone will be out in force to enjoy the music and support the community on the Far South Coast.

Bermagui Primary School has been buzzing all week with young people rehearsing Indigenous songs ready for the Welcome to Country on Saturday morning. They have been working with members of Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project who are also performing on Friday at the free concert for the community.

An exciting addition in the run-up to the Festival is that, we today hosted over 200 primary school children from the region to the Festival site to see a dress rehearsal and, in small groups, to meet Festival artists who introduced their instruments to and played music with the children.

Saturday and Sunday at the Four Winds site is presenting an amazing array of music inspired by many musical traditions and cultures. Middle Eastern sounds will meet Spanish songs; new music inspired by nature will be complemented by works from favourite classical composers. It’s a truly international musical journey. The program also includes music-theatre performances in the Windsong Pavilion which promise to evoke the olden days of side-show alley…prepare to be amazed! This is one of the largest festivals Four Winds has staged and we look forward to seeing you at one of the many performances.

Happy Easter!

Very best wishes
James Crabb
Artistic Director

Shuttle bus bookings and car park passes can be booked on the ticketing site via the link below…

To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Easter Festival 1 week to go

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Dear All,

It has been an extraordinary few days on the Far South Coast with devastating bush fires in Tathra. We are thinking of all our friends and neighbours affected by this life changing event. There is no doubt in my mind that music plays a huge role at moments like these.

People often turn to music to console, lift their spirits and as a means of expressing a shared experience. I hope that on the Easter Weekend – particularly for the free community concert on Good Friday – the locals will come together to enjoy the company and togetherness that music brings. The community itself will be represented by Bega’s own Heartsong Choir who will be performing during this event.

We have many visitors coming to the region for the Festival. As of next week, the artists will be arriving and will spend the week rehearsing at the Four Winds site in Barragga Bay.

We will be welcoming local school children to the site on Thursday to meet musicians and experience dress rehearsals particularly for the Welcome to Country which features the Djaadjawan Dancers.

On Good Friday, Festival musicians will appear in pop-up performances around Bermagui before the free concert on the Dickinson Oval in the evening from 7pm. I will be there, performing in a large Festival jam with other festival musicians. The feel good Brazilian popular folk music genre called Choro will bring a joyous and uplifting end to the evening.

I’m looking forward to welcoming all our musicians, visitors and friends to Four Winds next week and to sharing this wonderful music Festival with you.

Next week’s enews will have more practical information for everyone coming to the Festival – but if you haven’t yet purchased your ticket there is still the opportunity to do so at www.fourwinds.com.au/easterfestival

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director