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Out West Piano Fest comes alive in Bathurst

Experience sublime piano music, gastronomy and nature at Out West Piano Fest this 25-27 October, a three-day symphony of the senses at picturesque Blackdown Farm, in Bathurst, regional New South Wales.

Once again Bathurst will hum to a different sound at OutWest Piano Fest, held in the glorious regional setting of historic Blackdown Farm, just five minutes from the town centre of Bathurst NSW. A location steeped in pastoral heritage, art and culture; it was once home to the Australian artist Tim Storrier.

The extensive gardens in full spring bloom offer a stunning backdrop for sumptuous music, food and wine events. Local providores and famed winemakers of the central west offer a suite of gastronomic experiences over the weekend, matched with visual art exhibitions and a celebration of the piano with four superb Australian pianists, who will move, excite, educate and entertain. 

The sounds of the piano ring out over the landscape as you immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of five sumptuous concerts. From familiar classics to hidden gems, each performance has been carefully curated by much-loved Australian pianist Konstantin Shamary to create an unforgettable experience, inspired by place, nature and a shared passion for music.

Tickets

Packages go on sale mid May. Pre-register your interest here to enjoy first access to early bird rates.

Buying early means you get the best seats in the house with a Premium or General Reserve package at 2023 prices!

Packages include:

  • Five concerts
  • Two morning teas
  • Two lunches with matched wines
  • One dinner under the stars with matched wines
  • Souvenir program

All concerts have allocated seating. For the best seats in the house choose a premium package. (See seating map here)

Food + Wine Experiences are unallocated seating.

Packages (on sale mid May) Early Bird Price
Premium package with Food & Wine, closest seats to the front and best viewing $785.00 $825.00
General Reserve package with Food & Wine $710.00 $750.00
General Reserve Concession with Food & Wine $710.00
General Reserve Local with Food & Wine $720.00

Local tickets are for people who live in the NSW Central West.  If you’re not sure, check your postcode.

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Festival Program

Five themed concerts will be held throughout the weekend each inspired by the spectacular natural setting of Blackdown Farm in a carefully curated program headlined by acclaimed Australian pianist and Competition laureate Konstantin Shamray.

Konstantin brings the program to life with combinations of solos, duos, duets, trios and quartets, designed to ignite your senses, capture the imagination and create a sense of connection through the music, that will stay with you long after the weekend is done.

 

Friday 27 October

6pm to 8pm
Food & Wine 1 – Welcome Drinks & Dinner in the Olive Grove

8pm to 10pm
Concert 1

 

Saturday 28 October

10am to 11am
Morning Tea

11am to 12pm
Concert 2

12.30pm to 2pm
Food & Wine 2 – Long Table Lunch

2.30pm to 4.30pm
Concert 3

Sunday 29 October

10am to 11am
Morning Tea

11am to 12pm
Concert 4

12.30pm to 2pm
Food & Wine 3

2.30pm to 3.30pm
Concert 5

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Festival Artists

Musical Director, Konstantin Shamray is joined by Lee Dionne, Vatche Jambazian and Grace Kim 

Konstantin Shamray
An exhilarating performer with faultless technique and fearless command of the piano, Russian Australian pianist Konstantin Shamray enjoys performing on an international level with the world’s leading orchestras and concert presenters.
Lee Dionne
Described as “impressive,” (NYTimes) “impeccable,” (Fanfare Magazine), and “entrancing,” (BBC Music Magazine), pianist Lee Dionne leads a career defined by creativity and adventure.
Vatche Jambazian
Sydney-born pianist Vatche Jambazian completed his Master of Music at The Juilliard School following studies at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Grace Kim
“A scintillating performance… Pianist Grace Kim was brilliant.” The Press (NZ) A Winston Churchill Fellow, concert pianist, creative director and music educator, Grace Kim believes that quality live music should be accessible to everyone with a desire to hear it.

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About Blackdown Farm

Blackdown Farm is home to the Out West Piano Fest and is regarded as one of NSW’s most significant properties and one of the finest examples of Australian Heritage Architecture. The homestead is surrounded by 17 acres of beautifully maintained gardens and fields.

It dates back to April 1822 when Thomas Hawkins, a naval officer and pioneer settler, was appointed the commissarial storekeeper at Bathurst, travelling from Sydney to Bathurst selecting a 2000-acre land parcel which he called Blackdown. Accompanied by his wife, seven children and nine convicts, the original homestead was built by Hawkins in 1823-1824 and it remains part of the main homestead residence today. Additional outbuildings were constructed over time, including a mill, stables, coach house and servants’ quarters.

In approximately 1836, Blackdown became the site of the first vineyard west of the Blue Mountains and around the same time, many of the trees were planted, including the entrance avenue of English elms and Atlantic cedars. Over the course of time, with different owners the gardens were expanded.

In 1989 the owners at the time undertook a major restoration of the homestead, returning Blackdown to its near original condition, and planned and laid out the extensive Georgian gardens. The most recent restoration of the property was in 2008 by renowned architects Clive Lucas Stapleton and Partners of Sydney when it was owned by Australian artist Tim Storrier. The cavernous artist studio will be the sole venue for all concerts in the Out West Piano Fest.

One of the most beautiful features of Blackdown is the extensive gardens within 17 hectares of planted and maintained parkland. The Out Fest Piano Fest will stage a long table lunch under the crab-apple tree walkway linking the homestead to the in-ground pool and clay tennis court. The organic vegetable garden is filled with raspberries, strawberries, artichokes, asparagus and rhubarb and adjoined by a fruit orchard with a mix of seasonal fruit, including apricots, nectarines, quince and feijoa. The olive grove of almost 650 mature olive trees will provide another outdoor stage for the Out Fest Piano Fest.

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Parking

Parking is FREE at Blackdown Farm but you must register your vehicle.

We will email ticket holders closer to the event with information on how to secure you car park.

To book an accessible car park, you will need to display an Australian government issued accessible parking permit. If you have mobility concerns but do not have an Australian government issued accessible parking permit, please contact the office (02 9241 3291) and we will see what we can do to help.

You will be emailed a parking pass with a QR Code. Please bring this with you as we will scan it each time you come through the gate to Blackdown Farm. You can print it or have it on your mobile device.

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Travel and Accommodation

Organised Tour

Long time travel partners of Piano+, Renaissance Tours have put together a special tour package which takes all the hassle out of planning your travel and comes with some special value-add options, including an exclusive welcome dinner with all the artists of Out West Piano Fest. For further information and bookings visit their website here or phone 1300 727 095.

Accommodation Options

The beautiful Central Tablelands district has countless accommodation options to suit every preference and price bracket.  You can check out the Bathurst Tourism Centre’s accommodation guide here as a starting point.

Local Tourism

The Bathurst Tourism Centre has also partnered with Out West Piano Fest to ensure that all guests have a wonderful visit to the region. If you are coming a few days earlier, or staying a few days after the festival the Bathurst Tourism Centre is your first stop. Check their comprehensive guides to what’s happening and things to do here.

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Sponsors and Partners

Piano Partner

 

 

Catering

Margot Burke Catering

Tour Partner

 

Venue Partners

Anthony and Suzanne Maple Brown.

Event Styling