Nature's Concert Hall

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Transforming our Site into a New Music and Creative Facility

Image of the forest site and Sound Shell which make up Nature's Concert HallThe forest site and Sound Shell which make up Nature's Concert Hall at Barragga Bay - Image: Robert Tacheci

Since its creation twenty years ago, Four Winds Festival has presented world-class performances, virtuoso musicians, commissioned Australian music and world premiers at a beautiful natural site at Barragga Bay, near Bermagui in NSW. It has also fostered strong community involvement through its year long Inspiring and Festival Windsong programs. At the heart of the Four Winds philosophy is the belief that a culturally engaged community is a healthy and enriched community.

Visionary plans by the Four Winds Festival Board wanted more than just an outstanding biennial music festival. Conversations with local artists and cultural facilitators led to a groundswell of support which spawned financial investment from governments and private donors.

Recognising the significance of this capital development, the Federal Government (through the Regional Development Australia Fund) has provided a grant of $1.67million to the project. With a total budget of $3.1m, the Federal Government is a significant partner in the transformation of the site into a permanent and sophisticated arts centre, Nature’s Concert Hall.

Stage 1 of Nature’s Concert Hall, the Sound Shell was completed and launched at the Four Winds Festival in April 2012. We now are working towards completing Stage 2, The Pavilion, which will be launched at our next Festival in 2014.

artist's impression of the new pavilionArtist's impression of the new pavilion, which will form part of Nature's Concert Hall

In rural and remote areas, deep community engagement and key partnerships are critical to the success of any community activity. Four Winds Festival is delighted that organisations such as the Sydney Opera House, Queensland Opera and Sydney Children’s choir are excited to be involved with projects in the region.

Nature’s Concert Hall will nourish music education through community driven music projects and continue partnerships with the local indigenous community. It will also provide a regional portal to the world stage with high speed broadband to stream in and out of the site – local music to the world!

The considerable support of the community including significant voluntary and pro-bono contributions to the value of $1 million is making this vision a reality.

Four Winds, March 2013

Aerial PLAN FOR Nature's Concert Hall



Managing Nature's Concert Hall

A Building Development Group (BDG), all volunteers, project manage the Nature's Concert Hall project.
This comprises:

aerial view, Easter 2012
aerial view, Easter 2012Image: Warren Purnell

  • Mrs Neilma Gantner
  • Carrillo Gantner (Chair Four Winds Foundation and Leeser of Land to Four Winds Concerts Inc)
  • Sheena Boughen (Chair)
  • Rob Tacheci (Secretary)
  • Moira Scollay (Deputy Chair)
  • Russell Stewart (Site Maintenance Manager)
  • and two project managers,
    Bill Southwood (Ex Arup Partner, Engineer and still active in his professional practice)
    Bill Caldicott (Ex medical practitioner and dairy farmer, and foundation member of Four Winds Inc)

They work on a daily basis with the architects and contractors to develop and deliver the building plan.

A user group of professionals is called upon for input as needed.