The Blackwood River Chamber Festival is a private venture directed by its founder, Vincent Moleta. The Festival brings fine chamber music to one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the Blackwood River Valley, some 200 miles/300 kilometres south of Perth, Western Australia. The Blackwood River Valley is a verdant district of rolling orchard, vine-growing, forest and farming country settled in the late nineteenth century, on the northen edge of the giant karri and jarrah forests. The Festival in Bridgetown is a restorative meeting of kindred spirits that takes place in a largely unspoiled country town redolent of early post war Australia
The venue for most of the concerts is St Paul's Anglican Church in the main street of the town, Hampton Street. The church is a building with a fine acoustic holding 140 people; thus the Festival is limited to 140 participants. The concert not held in St Paul's takes place on Saturday afternoon in a rustic setting away from Bridgetown. This setting changes from year to year and buses are provided to take concert-goers there and back.
The performers comprise national and international artists, and several young Perth-based musicians, playing as soloists and in ensemble. The Festival is thus an occasion for serious aspiring musicians to work with seasoned visiting artists over the weekend; while the intimate venues, the informal arrangements, the meals and the travel in common, bring the artists and the Festival audience together in a way not possible in the concert hall. The music covers the period from the seventeenth century to the present day, and there are as a rule a singer, a string quartet or piano trio, and several instumental soloists. Occasionally, depending on the availability of artists, there is a wind ensemble and/or a Baroque ensemble; but each Festival has its own character.