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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)

Previous recording Genevieve, Jane and Lars Ulrick did of Telemann: Sonatas, Sonatinas and Fantasias

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

Windsong Series #3

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Louis-Rolland Trinquesse – The Music Party
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Jane Gower (bassoon), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord), Genevieve Lacey (recorder)

The sound of the 18th Century comes to Bermagui

Four Winds is welcoming former Festival Artistic Director and recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey to the Windsong Pavilion on Sunday 19 August 2018.

Genevieve will be joined by celebrated Australian baroque bassoonist Jane Gower and Lars Ulrik Mortensen from Denmark on harpsichord – who are both among the finest players in the world of baroque music. It’s difficult to convey what an extraordinary performance this promises to be. All three musicians are internationally sought after and celebrated in their own right; they have played together as a trio since 2006.

Genevieve Lacey said “when you find kindred musical spirits, you do all you can to create opportunities to play together”. Genevieve describes this trio as a “treasured collaboration” in which the musicians have a shared intuition and trust each other implicitly, which makes risk taking simple and joyful. The result according to Genevieve is a “spontaneous, natural and fluid performance, which is always fresh”.

The music being performed is from eighteenth-century Europe and will showcase the variety in musical language and tone colour of music from different European countries at the time: France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, England. The composers themselves were all accomplished, practising musicians and this performance will evoke the composers and great musicians who performed these works in the eighteenth-century. Jane will be playing a baroque bassoon, which unlike its modern counterpart has very few keys. Genevieve will be playing recorders which are replicas of historic instruments whilst Lars Ulrik will perform on a fine harpsichord, which has generously been donated to Four Winds and will be making its debut at this performance.

This program, made up of eight concise, masterful works will give the audience the rare chance to experience the sound of the eighteenth-century played on historical instruments by fabulous musicians in the intimate, warm setting of the Windsong Pavilion. A performance not to miss.

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

2018 Helpmann Award winners

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We’d like to make special mention of a few from our Four Winds family who were recently recognised as part of the 2018 Helpmann Awards.

Carrillo Gantner AO received a 2017 Centenary Sue Nattrass Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding service to the live performance industry in Australia. Carrillo is the son our Four Winds Founder, Neilma Gantner, and is the Chair of the Four Winds Foundation. Carrillo is a regular contributor to the Four Winds Festival and we are delighted to add our congratulations to this incredibly well-deserved award.

The 2017 Centenary Sue Nattrass Award recognises outstanding service to the live performance industry in a field which may not enjoy a high public profile and Ian McRae AO, Chair of the Australian National Academy of Music was also recognised for outstanding service to the live performance industry in this category. Ian was instrumental in setting up the partnership between Four Winds and ANAM, which provides residencies and performance opportunities for ANAM musicians at Four Winds throughout the year.

‘Hamlet’, with score by Australian composer Brett Dean, took out the ‘Best Opera’ award for productions at Glyndebourne in the UK and the Adelaide Festival. Our very own Artistic Director James Crabb had a starring role in this production. Many congratulations to all involved in this critically acclaimed and now award winning new opera.

South Coast Music Camp 2018

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Enrolments are now open for the 2018 South Coast Music Camp: Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October at Mumbulla School in Bega; Directed by Geoffrey Badger.

All orchestral instrument players of all ages and abilities are welcome to enrol for five days of music making in a relaxed and social setting.

Geoffrey Badger will be joined by professional musicians from around the country including; the Acacia Quartet, the Arcadia Winds, The Ad Lib Collective, and students from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Click here for more information and to enrol. Enrolments close 31 August 2018.

Free Concert Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society

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Free Concert: This Sunday 15 July 2018, 4pm – 5pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

The Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society are hosting an early music weekend workshop at Four Winds this coming weekend. Over 35 musicians are gathering to explore music and tunes from the 16th Century – the Renaissance Period. The highly energised and inspirational Barbara Jergen – a celebrated music teacher and performer will lead the weekend. Barbara will be joined by Alexandra Bailliet-Joly, who is also a wonderful recorder player, conductor and educator.

The workshop culminates in a free concert at 4pm this Sunday 15 July, which will showcase the pieces the musicians have explored during the weekend, as well as some smaller ensemble pieces; including a work for eight voices (performed by the The Friday Choir) and eight recorders.

Like the ‘Spring Sing’, which brings together local choirs in September, this is a wonderful example of how different communities come together at Four Winds to participate in and share their passion for music making.

The theme of early music continues for our next Windsong Series Concert on Sunday 19th August 2018 at 1pm during which former Four Winds Festival Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey (recorder) will perform music from the Renaissance Period, along with harpsichord and bassoon – more about that concert in future emails but tickets are selling fast….you can

The workshop culminates in a free concert at 4pm this Sunday 15 July, which will showcase the pieces the musicians have explored during the weekend, as well as some smaller ensemble pieces; including a work for eight voices (performed by the The Friday Choir) and eight recorders.

Like the ‘Spring Sing’, which brings together local choirs in September, this is a wonderful example of how different communities come together at Four Winds to participate in and share their passion for music making.

The theme of early music continues for our next Windsong Series Concert on Sunday 19th August 2018 at 1pm during which former Four Winds Festival Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey (recorder) will perform music from the Renaissance Period, along with harpsichord and bassoon – more about that concert in future emails but tickets are selling fast….you can click here to book your ticket.

Pianist Joyce Yang…

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Four Winds in partnership with Musica Viva presented a recital by Joyce Yang last weekend. In short, it was stunning. Here are some audience responses:

I felt uplifted by the beauty of the music and the feeling that Joyce put into her playing. She connected deeply not only with the music but also with the audience which made the experience so much warmer and inclusive then many other concerts I have attended.

It was regenerative, restorative…a moment in time that offered beauty and hope.

I wasn’t the only person in the audience who became quite emotional at the brilliance of what I was privileged to be looking at and listening to.

It was a truly memorable occasion. As a lover of Chopin her performance resonated. Loved the way she introduced the individual pieces. I think the audience reaction said it all….she will be a hard act to follow, however, I’ll be back for Genevieve Lacey

For more details go to fourwinds.com.au or call 6493 3366.

Joyce is an incredibly generous artist and we were so lucky that she was prepared to give a masterclass to three local young pianists following her recital. Joyce was incredibly insightful, and like all great teachers found a golden nugget of advice to leave with each of the students. Eden Brennan, Hunter Bailey-Watts and Luca Ziino all played wonderfully and brilliantly represented the talent that exists among our young people here on the South Coast.

If we had to share just one piece of advice Joyce gave during the masterclass, it was “Be clear on what you want the audience to hear”. Anyone attending her performance could be in no doubt that she applies this to her own playing which was truly captivating.