Nat Bartsch: Hope

Producer: Nat Bartsch
Writer: Nat Bartsch
Directed By: Nat Bartsch

Meditative, beautiful Australian music by an ARIA-nominated pianist/composer.


Melbourne pianist/composer Nat Bartsch performs her ARIA-nominated album \’Hope\’, in collaboration with local string quartets. Released in 2021 on ABC Classic, Hope is an abbreviation of hopefulness and hopelessness, responding to the Black Summer bushfires and long covid lockdowns in Melbourne. It is an immersive and cathartic listening experience, for piano, string quartet and ambient electronics. Hope creates the space for us to collectively acknowledge all we endured through 2020/2021, but also be left with a sense of quiet optimism.It is arrestingly beautiful, gentle piano music that has wide appeal to difference audiences.

Nat is an articulate, genuine and friendly performer: it is the combination of her speaking and music that creates an intimate experience for the listener. She blends a background in jazz improvisation with contemporary classical piano composition in a very unique and melodic way.
As a touring production, Nat performs the work with local string quartets: fostering connection with other music communities. The string component of Hope is scalable, to accommodate available local tertiary to professional-level players.

Short Reviews

Listening to Bartsch’s music is akin to feeling a reassuring hand resting on one’s shoulder. It’s music that invites contemplation, and that radiates tenderness, empathy – and yes, hope
Jessica Nicholas, The Age
The genre-bending compositions of ARIA-nominated musician Nat Bartsch have an astonishing ability to construct feeling.
Fiona Murphy, The Saturday Paper
You feel as if she’s opening her heart and speaking via the keyboard to you personally. Not a single note is false, and you come away from the experience replenished and grateful that music of such beauty is still being created in this world.
Ron Schepper, Textura


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Technical Information

Touring Party: 2
Bump-in Time: 3 (with additional hours in a rehearsal space within 24 hours of show for rehearsal with local players) hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hrs
Interval: No


  • Backdrop projection available
  • Warm, earthy-toned lighting state, with minimal changes between pieces.


  • 2 x Piano mics for FOH. (Prefer Schoeps, DPA, Neumann, AKG).
  • 1 x Talk Mic. (SM58 etc).
  • 6 x Tall boom mic stands.
  • 2-4 x Foldback wedges as determined by number of string players, size of stage.
  • Overhead or string player mics (# to be determined by number of string players).


  • 1 x Tuned piano. (Yamaha Preferred).
  • 1 x Height adjustable piano bench.
  • 1 x Small table for Laptop. (Prefer L 600mm x W 300mm).
  • 1 x 4 Outlet power board.
  • 1-4 x chairs, music stands and sconces for string players.

Crew Notes

  • Hadyn Buxton (tour manager) able to be audio engineer for show if required.

Transport Notes

  • Station wagon or kia carnival
  • Local string players to provide own transport
  • Plane travel OK

Audience & Marketing Notes

Hope is a show that has a broader audience base than a traditional classical concert. It appeals to young people who like neoclassical solo piano music (usually through Spotify playlists), families who listen to Nat\’s popular lullaby album (Forever, and No Time At All), music lovers and vinyl collectors aged 30-50, and baby boomers who listen to ABC Classic and ABC Jazz.
It is melodic, listenable music, and responds to very relatable themes for Victorians such as bushfires and covid lockdowns.

Selling Points

  • Hope is a cathartic musical experience that creates a space for us to collectively acknowledge and reflect upon our experiences of 2020.
  • Hope is beautiful, meditative music written by a living Australian composer/performer. The album was ARIA nominated in 2021.
  • Hope is performed with local string musicians, broadening local audience attendance and fostering collaboration.

Community Engagement

  • Workshop/performance with local string players or ensemble (tertiary to professional level)
  • Relaxed or family matinee of Nat\'s lullaby show (Forever, and No Time At All)
  • School workshop for upper secondary students: how to sketch a composition. Focussed on themes such as \'writing from the heart\', responding to external stimulus, tackling perfectionism








Venue Format

Stage or flat floor, audience can be slightly in the round, cafe-style or theatre seating.


60 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $500

Weekly Sell Off: $0

Per Performance: $3000-5000

Royalties: 0%
Apra Obligations: APRA-registered composer, all original compositions

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