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Archived News

August 2011


Vale John Ellingworth

Vale John Ellingworth
Vale John Ellingworth

Sadly, we have lost a treasured co-founder of the Four Winds. John Ellingworth passed away in April. He was a committed and visionary Chair as well as a passionate and mischievous individual. Our love and condolences to Zoë, Giles and Casey.
(A full tribute will be published at a later date).

sheena and genevieve receive amc-apra award

STOP PRESS: The Four Winds has won a major APRA/AMC national award for its 2010 Easter music festival. For details


rachel botsman


Rachel Botsman 5.30pm Saturday 14 May 2011, Bermagui Community Centre, Bunga Street Bermagui. Entry by gold coin donation, no bookings taken. All proceeds will go to the Soundshell 2012 fundraising campaign.

This is a public conversation with Rachel Botsman, author of “What's mine is yours” The rise of collaborative consumption” that will be facilitated by Caroline Baum journalist and broadcaster. It is the first of a series of public conversations, called Brain Food, between invited speakers and participants on issues such as collaboration, sustainability and community.

To hear Rachel chat with Tim Holt about what is in store, head to

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2012 Festival Planning

Our Artistic Director, Genevieve Lacey is working hard to bring you an exciting mix of international and national performers and their music in 2012. The 2012 program will be publicly launched in Bermagui in November this year. The date will be advised.

architect impression of Four Winds Soundshell

Sound Shell 2012

Cox Richardson Architects and Board members have been working together to fine tune the Sound Shell design. We are delighted with the simple elegance of Cox Richardson's design and with their enthusiasm for the project. We are thrilled to have raised over $580,000 so far.

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What's happening in 2011?

Upon a Time

Upon a Time

In March, Genevieve Lacey and Danish pipe and tabor player Poul Høxbro interrupted their national tour of medieval tunes and folk tales called “Upon a Time”, to give two concerts in our region. The first concert was an invitation only event at Syd and Di Silber's home at Barragga Bay. The second performance at the Quaama School of Arts was open to all and was well attended by folks from around the region. Genevieve and Poul generously donated their fees for these performances to support fundraising for the Sound Shell 2012.

Creative Community Partnerships Initiative

This initiative (CCPI), supported by a grant from the Australia Council, is coming to life through four community-based music projects – Brain Food (Rachel Botsman), Sound Walks, Inspiring and the Community Concert.

Sound Walks


During March and April, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey and enthusiastic locals have taken sound walks in the Bermagui Nature Reserve, the Bermagui Fishing Co-operative wharf, a dairy farm and Gulaga Mountain capturing the sounds of people, places and activities.

These sounds and experiences will inspire a sound artwork created by Maddie and Tim that will be unveiled in Bermagui in November 2011. The Sound Walks are open to everyone in the area. If you would like to join a Sound Walk over the coming months, or borrow a recording device to capture the sounds of your workplace, garden or back paddock, please let us know through the website


percussion instruments

This year a partnership with the Sydney Children's Choir, Gondwana Voices and Four Winds will focus on choral singing in our primary schools from Moruya, Bega, Bermagui, Quaama, and Cobargo. A series of school workshops and a professional development day in June will sow the seeds for a breathtaking final concert in September. This series of local concerts will feature our school children performing a song, commissioned by Four Winds, from composer Dan Walker, alongside members of the Sydney Children's Choir.

Community Concert

windsong 2010

The community concert Good Friday night 6 April 2012 on Bermagui Oval will be a new work inspired and created by guest directors and local co-directors. You could be part of this creation. Come along to a Variety Night on Friday 15 July and take part in a 'game show' that will spot the talent and form the teams who will go on to create this kaleidoscopic work to open the festival. Watch for the details!

Four Winds working with Council

Don Moffatt and Sheena Boughen are members of the Bega Valley Shire Council's Cultural Planning Committee (CPC). The CPC, Chaired by Sheena, is currently developing a Cultural Planning Framework based around creative industries. The Framework will certainly highlight the role of cultural activities as important and integral to Shire planning.


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New Board Members

The Board welcomes three new members, all of whom have been visitors to the region and Four Winds over the years, and now live here. They bring a diverse range of experiences and skills to our team.

Lindsay Parsons (bhagya)
I joined the Board after the 2010 Festival, where I coordinated artist care. I have come from a background in arts and music in the USA. I fell in love with classical Indian ragas and spent almost five years in India. Later, in Australia, I pursued a career in Real Estate and then in electronic publishing technology. I'm very happy now that I am able to actively contribute to this fabulous cultural institution as it brings and seeds the magic of creative expression in our community.

Don Moffatt
I joined the team after last year's festival. Since then, I've facilitated some introductions to ANU, agreed to be Site Manager, joined the Building Committee and most recently joined the Board. Having spent 30 odd years working on development of communities in developing countries I look forward to helping Four Winds enhance our local community.

Ashley Fuller
I have been a Four Winds volunteer for a while and recently joined the Board. My training is in science - botany, zoology and environmental science. I spent many years working with NGOs and in state and federal governments. I hope that this diversity of experience and my passion for all sorts of music will add value to Four Winds and its activities in our region.

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Genevieve Lacy and Concerto Copenhagen

genevieve lacey

Four Winds Artistic Director and world-renowned recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey will embark on her first tour with Danish orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen.

Lacey has worked with members of the orchestra since 2004 and says “I can't wait to meet and play with Concerto Copenhagen after the glorious musical times I've had working with Jane Gower and Lars Ulrikv”. On this tour the orchestra performs a diverse mix of Baroque concertos and instrumental works, known and unknown, and music chosen for its intimacy, nuance and flexibility. Masterpieces by JS Bach and Vivaldi are complemented by an exploration of their lesser-known contemporary, Telemann.

National tour 21 June - 7 July 2011

Go here for details


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