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A Gift of Song

Gordon Hamilton (conductor)

A Gift of Song: Workshop and Performance | Saturday 31 October 2020 | 10am – 4pm | Bermagui Community Centre Hall | 3-5 Bunga Street | Bermagui NSW 2546

Four Winds has asked composer Gordon Hamilton to create a song for the Far South Coast to bring people together through song. The new song, which has been commissioned with support from Festivals Australia, will be premiered at the Four Winds SPRING Youth Music Festival, 13-15 November 2020. Everyone of all ages who loves singing is invited to take part!

Gordon has written a song which will be given to the Far South Coast as a gift for choirs and singers to enjoy singing for years to come. Gordon’s song can be learnt quickly and be performed by singers of all abilities. During this workshop day on Saturday 31 October 2020 in the Bermagui Community Centre, Gordon will teach the song to everyone.
Singers who attend the workshop are invited to take part in the performance at the Four Winds 2020 SPRING Youth Music Festival, on Saturday 14 November at Bermagui Dickinson Oval. More information will be provided closer to time

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This experience will be truly joyful and uplifting. Many local choirs have already signed up, That Bunch of Singers from Bermagui, Heartsong and the Bega Valley Youth Choir from Bega, Balun Malu Choir who toured to East Timor and Spirit Allegro from Pambula will all be lending their voices.

Gordon Hamilton said ‘it’s a great honor to be asked to write a song as a gift to the far South Coast. Given everything that has happened recently I couldn’t think of a better way to raise our spirits than through singing.

I’m creating a song which draws its inspiration from the Far South Coast and will be a celebration of this beautiful region. I’m looking forward to hearing this amazing, resilient community lift its voice in song’.
This song continues Four Winds commitment to commissioning songs inspired by the region. Songs by Lisa Young, and indigenous composers Deborah Cheetham and Brenda Gifford have been important parts of recent Four Winds Easter and Youth Festivals.

Gordon Hamilton is an Australian composer and conductor. Since 2009, he has been the Artistic Director of The Australian Voices. He was born in Newcastle, lived and worked in Bremen, Germany for five years as a conductor and composer and he now lives in Brisbane.

Previous commissioned songs inspired by the region: Lisa Young ‘On the Track’, Deborah Cheetham ‘Mother Mountain’, Brenda Gifford ‘Toonku and Ngyardi’ and ‘Ngadjung’

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‘Tiny Movements’ by Gordon Hamilton

Words inspired from the poems in ‘Small Kingdoms’ by Anita Patel (featured in the book ‘Heart Stitched’).
A Gift of Song

We were keen to commission a song that singers up and down the Far South Coast will love to sing; something simple, catchy, meaningful.

Click here to download the Words to ‘Tiny Movements’

Verse 1

So much life on this bright rock
Feeding the earth with hope
So much life on this bright rock
Feeding the earth with hope

Chorus

Pulse and beat
Beneath our feet
Silent work
Beneath our feet
Tiny movements, unheard unseen
Silent work
Beneath our feet
Pulse and beat
Beneath our feet

Verse 2

Fern, fungus, soil and seed
Feeding the earth with hope
Fern, fungus, soil and seed
Feeding the earth with hope

Verse 3

Small friends, in times of need
Feeding the earth with hope
Small friends, in times of need
Feeding the earth with hope

Verse 4

Big water and small hands
Feeding the earth with hope
Big water and small hands
Feeding the earth with hope