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03 May 2019

By CHRIS JOHNSON

Morning yoga. Ocean views. Live classical music.

That’s not a bad way to start any day, let alone Easter Sunday as part of the Four Winds music festival in Bermagui on the NSW South Coast.

The pain of yoga positions for a newbie like me is much easier to take with the tranquil sounds of a quartet in the corner of the Bermagui Surf Lifesaving Club overlooking a beautiful beach.

But morning yoga was just one small component of the very special event that is Four Winds.

Centred around the impressive Sound Shell and its natural amphitheatre in a stunning open forest setting a few kilometres south of town, Four Winds also showcases performances in the purpose-built Windsong Pavilion on the same site, as well as concerts in the town park, in local cafes, homes, and of course the surf club.

Getting to them all would completely fill your Easter weekend. Selectively tasting a bit of each genre and venue was the way to go. Enjoying the music, but also enjoying the beach and the bush and the local cafes. It pretty much adds up to a perfect long weekend.

And while it is predominantly a classical music festival, there was ample jazz, world and folk music to also be enjoyed.

Star performers included the incredible soprano Dame Emma Kirby, classical accordionist (and the festival’s artistic director) James Crabb, Bobby Singh on tabla and Sarangan Sriranganatha on sitar, pianist Stefan Vladar and the Festival Orchestra, Enigma Quartet, Arcadia Winds, Australian String Quartet, and more.

Genre-bending folk outfit Malumba rocked the surf club on Sunday night.

The festival has been going for 28 years and this was my first encounter with it.

It has made me want to take up yoga.


Published: 03 May 2019