Famed music and vocal ensembles headline Baroquefest 2017 | Photos, videos

Anticipation is building ahead of the third installment of the Canowindra Baroque Music Festival, known as Baroquefest, having been officially launched on Friday morning at the Age of Fishes Museum.

An amazing line-up of vocal ensembles and music groups will converge on Canowindra from Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15 performing several concerts at different venues including the All Saints Church, Rosnay and Wallington Wines.

Baroquefest musical director Andrew Baker revealed the headline acts.

“Our headline acts this year is the The Song Company who are Australia’s most renown vocal ensemble and also Rachael Beesley who is again Australia’s most renown baroque violin player. So she really specialises in playing violin music from the period between 1650 and 1750,” Andrew Baker said.

“At these festivals what we’re trying to do is bring to this wonderfully historic town, some of the really wonderful performers in Australia of baroque music.”

Baroquefest emerged from the popularity of Canowindra’s All Saints Church as a venue for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and other groups of musicians.

For the past 20 years the venue has hosted numerous concerts, Canowindra Fine Music chairman Richard Statham explained.

“The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and other groups of musicians got wind of this wonderful venue at All Saints Church in Canowindra. We’ve had lots and lots of concerts here and the music industry knows about it now and they invite themselves out here which is wonderful for this community,” Richard Statham said.

“It started because the community of Canowindra and whole region seems to have developed a taste for classical music because of the ongoing visits from the Sydney Conservatorium.

“They had never been beyond the Blue Mountains until we contacted them 20 years ago.”

Baroquefest opens on the Friday afternoon with an art show at the old hardware store on Gaskill Street followed by a concert at All Saints Church from The Song Company.

Two concerts are on the Saturday, the first at the old hardware store about lunch time and the latter will be in the evening featuring Rachael Beesley at the All Saints Church.

Baroquefest finishes on Sunday with a concert as well as lunch at Wallington Wines followed up by a dinner and concert at Rosnay.

“We’re hoping that the events are booked out well in advance,” Richard Statham said.

“There’s a lot of supporters here.”