Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Volunteers needed for inaugural Out West Piano Fest

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VOLUNTEER POSITIONS: Over the 2022 October long weekend Bathurst will hum to a different sound. The inaugural Out West Piano Fest is looking for volunteers from Saturday 1 to Monday 3 October.


Title: Volunteers (multiple roles)
Location: Blackdown Farm, 90 Eleven Mile Road, Bathurst 2795
Direct Report: Production Manager
Period of Volunteering: Saturday 1 – Monday 3 October
Hours: Various 5 hour shifts each day
Thank you: Branded baseball cap, complimentary snacks and drinks through your shift/s, free access to a concert for every shift volunteered, certificate of volunteering.


Over the 2022 October long weekend Bathurst will hum to a different sound. From Saturday 1 to Monday 3 October the sounds of piano will ring out over the landscape, with a program that is inspired by place, by culinary delights, by visual art, by collaborative passion for sharing the delight that music can achieve.

Out West Piano Fest is a new festival in a glorious regional setting of Blackdown Farm, just five minutes from the town centre. A location steeped in pastoral heritage and of a time long past, a place that echoes creative energy of art and culture that was once home to the Australian artist Tim Storrier. The multitude of gardens in full spring bloom will be the stunning, yet unassuming backdrop providing the stages for sumptuous food and wine events. The providores of the central west will come to the fore in a suite of gastronomic experiences over the weekend.

And the music, of course the wonderful music! In 2021 the young Italian/Slovenian pianist Alexander Gadjiev won the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition. Alexander’s heart lies deep within the music and he has modelled a luxurious series of concerts, each with its own theme, crafted with a sense of place, combining the raw elements of Blackdown Farm and the region into a masterfully manicured program.
Two of Australia’s leading proponents of the piano Tamara Anna Cislowska and Stephanie McCallum will join with Alexander Gadjiev and another a young artist with a glittering career ahead of him, Calvin Abdiel. Two concert grand pianos will take pride of place and together these pianists will breathe life into the program featuring the solo piano, illuminating pairs of duos and duets, intertwined trios and entertaining works for all four.

An inspirational weekend that celebrates the piano and superb artists, combined with sensory experiences that will arouse the heart, mind and spirit, awaits you this October.


Volunteers will play an important part of the overall success of the inaugural Out West Piano Fest. The working nature of Blackdown Farm and its beautiful gardens, brings an uncharted canvas to create a new bespoke
piano festival that will have its home anchored in the Central West. Each volunteer will take this fledgling festival under their wing and help it through its inaugural season.

As a gesture of our gratitude, each volunteer will received a branded baseball cap which is yours to keep at the end, complimentary snacks and drinks to keep your energy up, a certificate of volunteering and for every shift worked the invitation to watch one of the weekend’s music concerts for free.

EXAMPLES OF TASKS (including but not limited to):

Each volunteer shift, which is for a duration of 5 hours, will have you involved in many important aspects of the running of the Out West Piano Fest. Each task, whether large or small will be expertly tended to by the volunteer team under the nurturing eye of the Production Manager. Examples of tasks that you may encounter during your shift:

  • Audience registration/check-in
  • Directing cars and assisting with parking instructions to audience
  • Directing audiences around the grounds
  • Labeling of allocated chairs for the audience
  • Showing audiences to their allocated seat
  • Issuing pre-purchased festival programs
  • Assisting to move light furniture for the events
  • Assisting to serve plated food to audiences (you do not need an RSA)
  • Ensuring spaces are tidy before audiences arrive and after they leave
  • Assisting elderly or less mobile audiences
  • Ensuring safety comes first for you and everyone around you


There are shifts over the entire weekend which volunteers are needed for. You can volunteer just once or volunteer as many times as you would like over the weekend. Be part of the production team just once or whatever suits your available time.

Saturday 1 October

  • Shift 1 – 11:00 – 16:00
    Shift 2 – 17:00 – 22:00

Sunday 2 October

  • Shift 1 – 9:00 – 14:00
    Shift 2 – 13:00 – 18:00
    Shift 3 – 17:00 – 22:00

Monday 3 October

  • Shift 1 – 9:00 – 14:00
    Shift 2 – 13:00 – 18:00


If you check ‘yes’ to these questions, then we would dearly love to have you as part of the volunteer team.

  1. Willingness to listen and take directional instructions
  2. Willingness to work with other volunteers and staff as part of a team
  3. Willingness to use initiative to resolve challenges
  4. Willingness to work hard and have fun along the way


To register to volunteer please send your CV, along with a list of which shift/s you would like to make yourself available for, to as soon as possible.

Sydney International Piano Competition welcomes applications from all sections of the community.