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July 2012


Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

Four Winds is thrilled to announce the appointment of their first full time Chief Executive Officer, PENNY AMBERG and farewell General Manager Natalya Tacheci, who is moving to London.

Photo: Penny Amberg, new CEO of Four Winds at Nature's Concert Hall
Photographer: Penny Bradfield
Penny Amberg, CEO of Four Winds
at Nature's Concert Hall.
Image: Penny Bradfield

Four Winds is a biennial festival of classic, cultural and world music. It takes place every second Easter in a parkland bush amphitheatre, Nature's Concert Hall near Bermagui, amidst the wild beauty of the Sapphire Coast on the far south coast of NSW, Australia.

Four Winds also engages with its community in the design and delivery of a range of other activities outside of the Festival. They include - Lets Talk, a series of conversations curated by Caroline Baum about culture, creativity and building resilience; Inspiring, a music education program working with local music and choral educators and young people and projects like Bermagui Talks, which builds on the stories of local people like the dairy farmers, fishermen and environmentalists and turning them into sound installations.

Ms. Amberg comes to Four Winds with a distinguished career in the arts. She has worked internationally, federally and in the region. Penny was Australia's first Cultural Counsellor in Washington DC and Director of Cultural Relations with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. While posted in Washington DC, she assisted in the presentation of the first Australia Festival at the J.F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

"Four Winds is an extraordinary organisation which, through its unique festival, has showcased an exciting range of music, from commissioned work, internationally renown artists and performances by local artists", says Penny Amberg.

As Four Winds' only full time employee, Penny will assist the Board in consolidating the organisation's substantial achievements to date, which include the development of the Nature's Concert Hall site with the all weather, state of the art Shed to be completed in September 2013, supporting the newly appointed Artistic Director Paul Kildea to develop his artistic vision for the organisation and continuation of community outreach projects such as the Inspiring schools music outreach program. A small team of part time locally employed people will assist Penny.

Chair Sheena Boughen says the Board is delighted to appoint Ms. Amberg after an extensive recruitment process.

"We are always delighted to find talent in our own community, especially as we advertised widely and received a strong field of candidates".

"Sadly, we farewell Natalya Tacheci, our General Manager for the past two years, who ably assisted the delivery of our spectacular 2012 festival and developed critical support systems for our organisation that relies heavily on volunteer support". says Sheena.

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International artist new Artistic Director of Four Winds Festival

The award-winning Australian conductor, writer, former Head of Music of the Aldeburgh Festival and Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall, PAUL KILDEA, is to become the new Artistic Director of the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui, NSW.

Four Winds team: Natalya Tacheci, Genevieve Lacey, Paul Kildea, Sheena Boughen, Bill Caldicott
Some of the Four Winds team (from left): Natalya Tacheci (general manager 2011-2012),
Genevieve Lacey (artistic director 2010 & 2012), Paul Kildea (artistic director 2014 & 2016),
Sheena Boughen (chair), Bill Caldicott (site manager - B2).

Based in Berlin, Paul Kildea has worked throughout Australia and Europe. He was Head of Music of the Aldeburgh Festival (1999–2002), co-founded by Benjamin Britten in 1948, which led to his appointment as Artistic Director of London’s Wigmore Hall. From 2004 to 2007 he curated the Perth International Arts Festivals chamber music program. His guest conducting appearances include Ensemble 2e2m in Paris, the West Australian and Sydney symphony orchestras, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has enjoyed a close relationship with Opera Australia since finishing his tenure as a Young Artist in 1997; in 2012 he will conduct The Magic Flute and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The conductor Simone Young says of her former assistant: “Paul combines one of the best musical minds around with great instincts, exquisite musicality and a passion for making a work live and breathe.”

Paul is an internationally recognized expert on Benjamin Britten; Penguin will publish his major biography of the British composer in 2013, his centenary year.

Paul says of the appointment: “Festivals grow to fill their shoes, and after twenty-one years Four Winds has found itself with a brand new pair, which I get to slip on for a few years. Succeeding the brilliant Genevieve Lacey is a singular honour and I plan to continue her work in ensuring that Four Winds remains ahead of the concert curve. I am convinced that the way we experience music today is more vital than the way we hear it: at Four Winds I want to lead a festival that both looks to the concert experience of the future and engages our many different audiences with conviction and trust, ensuring that they, proudly, are part of this new experience and remain fiercely loyal towards the Festival, its environs and reputation. The new Sound Shell and Pavilion open a world of possibilities for the region in terms of education and the Festival’s relationship with its community and the wider world. Four Wind’s philosophy, its setting, its track record and its potential convince me that it is in Bermagui and Barragga Bay that all the loose threads of today’s concert experience will be stitched into something rather beautiful.“

Chair of the Four Winds Festival, Sheena Boughen, said the Board is thrilled. “Paul Kildea is an exceptional creator and musician, and will guide us artistically through this exciting period for Four Winds, with our new Sound Shell and precinct that will open a world of possibilities and creative partnerships. Paul has been visiting the area since the 1970s and is committed to the role that culture and community plays in building a strong future for our region and for the nation.”

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Bright Birds” Captured

ABC South East website

ABC South East has posted a Bill Brown video recording of the inaugural performance of the Four Winds commissioned Damian Barbeler piece Bright Birds.

The clip shows Stephen Emmerson and Sonia Lifschitz performing Bright Birds in the wonderful new Sound Shell at Four Winds Festival, Easter 2012.

The 2012 Four Winds Festival featured the premiere of this new work, Bright Birds, by composer Damian Barbeler. The piece was commissioned for the festival by Cliff Wallis and Sayaka Mihara, who also hosted Barbeler and the pianists, Stephen Emmerson and Sonya Lifschitz, for rehearsals on their coastal property. The piece is inspired by” — writes Bill Brown.


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