2020 Spring Youth Music Festival

Lara Crew, Four Winds’ passionate and dedicated producer of the Create and Inspire programs, invites you to enjoy our digital presentation of the 2020 Spring Festival. Thanks to Covid-19, our participants had a great recording experience and have a lasting document of their work on the festival, enjoy!

Lara Crew – Producer Create & Inspire

Iris White Welcome to Country

Our beautiful venues stand on Yuin country. Elder Iris White, a Djiringanj/Monaro Ngarigo woman, here gives our Spring Festival a special welcome to country, a story of a basket.

Walawaani: Djinama Yilaga

The Djinama Yilaga Choir was born in 2020, supported by the National Museum of Australia. The choir members have written songs in Dhurga language including this welcome song, Walawaani, which was written by student Shakeela Williams.


Elder Iris White, a Djiringanj/Monaro Ngarigo woman, introduces us to Ganbi! (Fire!), a song the Djinama Yilaga Choir wrote in Dhurga language with the assistance of Dr Lou Bennett, language scholar, composer, and ex-member of Tiddas.

Gesture without motion

Young Bega Valley pianist and composer Hunter Bailey-Watts performs his first piano trio composition ‘Gesture Without Motion’ with Isabella Lightly on violin, and Nyah Cockle on cello.

Black is the Colour

A traditional Irish folk ballad made famous by Irish singer Christy Moore, performed here by Giaan Cafe in the beautiful Windsong Pavilion.


South Coast student Thomas Whitaker performs Chopin’s solo piano work known as the ‘Revolutionary Étude’ or the ‘Étude on the Bombardment of Warsaw’, written by Frédéric Chopin circa 1831.

Short Doco

A short film about the experiences and knowledge gained by our region’s young people through their involvement in programmes such as Four Winds Youth Music Festival.

Sword Dance

The Bega Valley Youth Orchestra is going from strength to strength, helped along by mentors Geoffrey Badger, Vanessa Vromans, and Anna Martin-Scrase. Here the BVYO plays ‘Sword Dance’, arranged by Bob Phillips, from the Capriole Suite by Peter Warlock.


Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ performed by young trumpeter Finn Efraemson, accompanied by his father, Dan Efraemson, a music teacher at Narooma High School.


The ‘chamber strings’ section of the Bega Valley Youth Orchestra perform the jig from Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, 1st movement. The chamber strings are some of the more experienced players from the Bega Valley Youth Orchestra.

Nocturne for Bellbirds

‘Nocturne for Bellbirds’ a piece by Australian composer Matt Laing, was commissioned by Four Winds for the Spring Festival, specifically for this trio. The trio was coached by cellist and music teacher Anna Martin-Scrase. Luca Ziino is on piano, his sister Amelie Ziino on violin and Nyah Cockle on cello.

It’s Dark Out Here

I I O – Brother and sister Isabel and Oscar (piano) and India perform their own composition, ‘It’s Dark Out Here’.

Wild Mountain Thyme

The pure and simple sounds of the tin whistle are rendered beautifully by Hannah Buchli in Wild Mountain Thyme by Robert Tannahill.

Noyz in the Hood

Luca and Emma play ‘Noyz in the Hood’ by Stuart Greenbaum.


Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto in G minor performed by Nyah Cockle with music teacher and mentor Anna Martin-Scrase, and Hunter Bailey-Watts on our beautiful donated harpsichord.


Jack fell in love with this song after finding it on Youtube a few years ago, ‘Sophie’ by The Altogether.


An interview with two of our young Yuin artists.


We profile young cellist Nyah Cockle, one of our budding young stars… “Ambition and Music!”

Thanks to:

All our wonderful performers and their parents who drove them to all their rehearsals and supported them beautifully through their practice, preparation and nerves!

Our talented and supportive Mentors: Beautifully Mad’s Tony King and Nina Vox; Dan Efraemson and the BVYO’s Anna-Martin Scrase, Vanessa Vromans and Geoffrey Badger.

The clever and efficient Digital First Team: Ramona Curmi, John McVeity, Chris Sheedy, Lyndon Willoughby.

Our inspiring Artists in Schools: David Hewitt, Robyn Martin, Tamlyn Magee, Jacqui Howarth.

Our Partner Schools (Bermagui Primary, Candelo Primary, Narooma Primary, Tanja Primary, Tathra Primary, Tilba Primary) and their principals and staff who are dedicated to creativity in our schools.

Our generous and fun school performers: Sydney Youth Orchestra Quart-Ed and Zeeko.

Our fantastic photographer: Ben Marden.

and of course…

The tireless Four Winds Team: Lara Crew, Cheryl Davison, Jeff Donovan, David Francis, Lisa Herbert, Marika Nordquist & Leigh Richards.

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