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Music Festival

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“One of the best chamber music festivals in the world… and it just keeps getting better”, ABC Classic FM, 2012

The Huntington Estate Music Festival is held each year in the Barrel Room of the winery in Mudgee, a fantastic space with "one of the greatest acoustics on the planet" (Richard Tognetti) and a unique atmosphere. All concerts include generous interval refreshments and are followed by gourmet meals and a selection of the best Huntington wines. Evening concerts are preceded by a choice of aperitifs, with the full wine service continuing through the concert interval and afterwards.

"A Festival the likes of which it would be hard to find anywhere else in the world. The music, the sunshine, the audience, the birdsong, the vines, the friendships made, the emotions created, all within this nest in the hills.

Australia has one of the best chamber music festivals in the world in the Huntington Festival and Musica Viva with Carl Vine are ensuring it just keeps getting beter." ABC Classic FM

Musical content is devised by Artistic Director Carl Vine and managed by the world's largest chamber music entrepreneur, Musica Viva Australia.

In keeping with the long and distinguished history of the festival, each year features a stunning collection of prominent international artists alongside Australia's finest musicians, in stimulating programs that run the full gamut of the chamber music experience. Piano services Provided By Theme & Variations.

Telephone 1800 995 931 during office hours, or email musicfestival@huntingtonestate.com.au to receive your invitation or for more information.

Ticket release dates for 2018 to be advised.

 

 HOW IT WORKS

If you've never been to the Huntington Estate Music Festival, read on to find out what it's like, and how it all works.

A day in the life of The Huntington Estate Music Festival

Saturday Evening - Opening Weekend 

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm:

  • Arrive at Huntington Estate and enjoy wine and a tasty selection of canapes.

7.00 pm - 9.00 pm:

  • Evening concert with interval and refreshments (more wine and nibbles)

9.00 pm - 11.00 pm:

  • Enjoy a leisurely dinner outside.

Go to bed tired but full of music, relaxed and happy to get ready to do it all over again tomorrow!

NB: Of course soft drinks are also served, and there's no compulsion to stay late after lunch or dinner. Some of our audience do and some don't. The option to indulge is simply there if you want to take it!

Sunday Morning - Opening Weekend

Wake up after a good night's sleep in one of Mudgee's many wonderful award winning B&Bs, cottages or hotels and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Dress as you wish! Each year we warmly welcome guests in shorts, in black tie and everything in between. Arrive fully revived at Huntington Estate for coffee, tea or juice (under the trees if it's nice weather, otherwise inside the hall), ready for:

11.00 am - 1.00 pm:
 

  • Morning concert with interval & refreshments

Afternoon

1.00 pm - 3.00 pm: 

  • Enjoy a leisurely and delicious lunch outside with a selection of Huntington wines and a local cheese and fruit to follow. Feel free to stay and chat (to old friends and new, musicians and staff), drink wine and eat cheese for as long as you like.

Main Festival

The First Day

The first concert in the festival starts at 7:30pm on Wednesday evening. Join us from 6:30pm for a welcoming drink and to collect your tickets. Relax in the quiet anticipation that always takes over our patrons ready for a flood of fine music, food and wine.

Morning

Wake up after a good night's sleep in one of Mudgee's many wonderful award winning B&Bs, cottages or hotels and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Dress as you wish! Each year we warmly welcome guests in shorts, in black tie and everything in between. Arrive fully revived at Huntington Estate for coffee, tea or juice (under the trees if it's nice weather, otherwise inside the hall), ready for:

11.30 am - 1.30 pm:
 

  • Morning concert with interval & refreshments

Afternoon

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm: 

  • Enjoy a leisurely and delicious lunch outside with a selection of Huntington wines and a local cheese and fruit to follow. Feel free to stay and chat (to old friends and new, musicians and staff), drink wine and eat cheese for as long as you like.

3.00 - 6.00 pm:               

  • While some of our patrons prefer to indulge in an afternoon nap in readiness for the evening, others take the opportunity to explore Mudgee and the surrounding area, visiting vineyards, tea shops and art galleries, or simply strolling around the beautifully preserved country town.

Evening

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm:

  • Return to Huntington Estate and enjoy more wine and a tasty selection of nibbles (e.g., our famous sausages, asparagus and hollandaise sauce etc.)
  • "In conversation" pre-concert talks during main festival outside (weather permitting, in the barrel room if not) with featured artists talking to artistic director Carl Vine.
  • More wine and an enticing array of finger food

7.00 pm - 9.00 pm:

  • Evening concert with interval and refreshments (more wine and nibbles)

9.00 pm - 11.00 pm:

  • Enjoy a leisurely dinner outside... (see lunch!)

Go to bed tired but full of music, relaxed and happy to get ready to do it all over again!!

NB: Of course soft drinks are also served, and there's no compulsion to stay late after lunch or dinner. Some of our audience do and some don't. The option to indulge is simply there if you want to take it!

  

 

Andrew Goodwin