Canowindra Baroque Music Festival
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th October 2019

Welcome to Baroquefest!
Australia's only boutique baroque music festival in the heart of central western New South Wales. 

Baroque and Beyond is always the theme at Baroquefest, with performances ranging from pre-baroque to contemporary music and even jazz, all with a strong connection to the baroque period.

In 2019 you will experience a wide range of performers and repertoire, including Adhoc Baroque, The Marais Project, Elysian Fields, Bach in the Dark and Les Musettes. Read more about our festival program or click here to purchase tickets!


Highlights from the inaugural Canowindra Baroquefest


Festival President - Richard Statham

"Welcome to our fifth annual Baroquefest. Many thanks to our core of regular supporters and to newcomers who have heard about our unique festival via a lots of well tuned-in networks.

We hope you'll have time between concerts to see, taste and enjoy a lot of the special things Canowindra has to offer.

Thanks to Orange Regional Arts Foundation for their generous funding assistance this year for the Ad Hoc Baroque opening concert, and thanks also to Cabonne Council, Australia Council of the Arts, Musica Viva and Arts Out West for their financial assistance since Baroquefest's inception. Without their aid it would be impossible to bring to Canowindra such world class artists of the calibre you'll see and hear at this year's Baroquefest.

Judy McLaren has again organised, in conjunction with Musica Viva, another very valuable Baroquefest schools program during September, where some 300 school children from the region will attend a stunning TaikOz concert here in Canowindra. We trust that the ongoing schools program will continue to grow, hopefully inspiring young people in the region to develop the love of fine music and to further their music studies.

How lucky we are to still have Marion Arnold here as our patron, a knowledgeable and inspiring presenter of the music, its history and significance. It is great to meet the owner of the voice we heard on ABC Classic FM for over three decades! From the beginning she has cast her magic spell over all of Baroquefest's proceedings."

Patron - Marian Arnold

"With the greatest pleasure, I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to Canowindra Baroquefest. I am deeply honoured to have been invited to be the Festival’s patron.

I grew up in the Central West of NSW and in recent years have been overjoyed to watch this region’s musical development. That this area can now boast a festival of Baroque music is a special delight.

The Baroque period encompasses what is perhaps for many of us the pinnacle of the Western harmonic tradition, with composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel at the forefront, and most readily recognised. But its richness and depth were far reaching, and our Festival also takes in those in succeeding generations who were generously informed and influenced by the achievements of the Baroque masters. I am certain that this Festival will entertain and enlighten all of us who are privileged to attend, and my hope is that Canowindra’s enterprising new venture will succeed and prosper well into the future."

Musical Director - Andrew Baker


Andrew Baker has been working as a concert violinist, teacher, conductor, manager and researcher in the central west since 2005.

Andrew is currently first violinist of the Mitchell Quartet, leader of Colour City Chamber Orchestra, research associate in music education at Australian National University, School of Music, founder and director of Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin, and teaches around 60 students per week in school string orchestra programs.

He has held the positions of Director of the Mitchell Conservatorium, Lachlan Division, and Assistant Director and Head of Strings at Orange Regional Conservatorium, developing a wide range of music education programs in communities throughout the central west of NSW. Andrew has conducted the Bathurst Chamber Orchestra and the Lachlan Region Community Orchestra, and has performed regularly with the Orange Symphony Orchestra, Macquarie Philharmonia and Riverina Chamber Orchestra.