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Archived News

May 2012


Monday, May 14, 2012

Hot off the press!

Links to several ABC Classic FM online articles

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Bush Telegraph Interview of Bill Caldicott

“Rapt in Sound” — Genevieve Lacey in conversation with Mairi Nicolson

ABC Open report on “The Seagull” experience on Wallaga Lake from Vanessa Milton, including image gallery

ABC South Music presentation by Bill Brown of Genevieve Lacey playing the first ever music in the new Sound Shell with a thunderstorm


Monday, May 3, 2012

A look at Four Winds' fundraising campaign in the Australian

article in the Australian

Sallie Don writes: “FOR almost 20 years, Sheena Boughen has had an enduring, if frustrating, love affair with an empty paddock on the far south coast of NSW.

Ensconced in lush bushland near the tiny fishing village of Bermagui, the venue for the biennial Four Winds classical music festival, of which Boughen is chairwoman, had no power, water or even a permanent stage for performers.”

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A tip of the hat from the CEO of Australia Council …

“...comes on the heels of my visit to the Four Winds in the far south coast of NSW over the Easter long weekend. This year's festival, supported by our Community Partnership Committee, had a stellar line-up of musicians and enjoyed sell-out crowds....”

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narooma news
Narooma News Article

& a review of Four Winds 2012 in Narooma News

Di Campisi writes: Sometimes big ideas do come true. Just ask the organisers of the biennial Four Winds on the far south coast of New South Wales. Thanks to their initiative and persistence, and the advice of Artsupport Australia, a bush festival stage just outside Bermagui has been turned into a world-class music venue.”


jumping Four Winds volunteer girls
community choir, Gondwana Voices and ACO2 perform together at the Four Winds opening concert
grand finale - ensemble of voices, orchestral instruments and didjeridu
band of brothers at the bermagui community centre hall
clockwise from top: two Four Winds volunteers jump for joy; Bermagui & Bega community choirs join with the Gondwana voices & ACO2 during the free opening concert on the Bermagui (Dickinsons) Oval; the band of brothers scorch their audience in the Bermagui Community Hall; the grand finale, an ensemble of voice, classical intruments & didjeridu

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Thanks everyone …

… for your participation and support for our wonderful weekend at Easter. The three days of our festival were a triumphant success, with a capacity audience, brilliant weather and divine music.

AND the launch of our Sound Shell which we were delighted you loved.

Stay tuned for when the ABC Classic FM will be broadcasting the festival over the airways.

Warm wishes from us all.


The Extraordinary Genevieve Lacey departs

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Genevieve & Natalya in front of the bustling Merimbula Airport

Yes, the inspirational virtuoso recorder player and artistic director of the last two Four Winds (2010 & 2012) has flown from the Sapphire Coast — but not empty-handed. At a morning tea held at the Bermagui Community Centre Hall, Genevieve was farewelled by many and presented with a (very large) Key to Bermagui (she had already found the one to our hearts).

She was snapped (by a local with a mobile phone camera) at Merimbula Airport wondering how to manoeuvre the enormous key up the stairs and into the small Regional Express cabin (apparently muttering “...this key is more awkward than A# Minor...”).

Genevieve is moving on, and as many of you will already know, she has been awarded a 2 year Australia Council Fellowship to collaborate to create new works, opportunities and audiences for the recorder.

Thank you for everything and we wish you well Genevieve! We will miss you and look forward to hearing (literally) your latest musical adventures!


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