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Tuesday July 2019

1. Death by Opera – Festival Prequel

Tuesday July 30 @ 7:00 pm
FogHorn Brewhouse, 218 King Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Genevieve Dickson (mezzo soprano), Erin Sweetman (piano) and friends.   Discover the many ways in which an operatic leading lady can meet her tragic end. A festival prequel! Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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Tuesday August 2019

2. Erasure – Jacob Neale at the University Gallery

Tuesday August 6 @ 7:30 pm
Newcastle University Art Gallery, The University Gallery, GS Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus, University Drive
Newcastle , NSW 2308 Australia
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  Performers Jacob Neale (piano), Jarrod Gibson (bass) Exhibition launch and cocktails with Jacob Neale, pianist and bassist Jarrod Gibson play jazz in response to paintings by four women artists, Danielle Nelson, Anne Marie Murland, Katrina Holden and Mazie Turner. Erasure is never simply a matter of making things disappear: there is always a remainder that comes about in the aftermath, some mark on the surface from which a word or image or note has been removed. Whether crossed out,…

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3. A Celebration of Abilities

Wednesday August 7 @ 11:00 am
Fort Scratchley Function Centre, 5 Fort Drive
Newcastle East, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Perform-Ability; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Under Construction   Perform-Ability: This group was created by Novocastrian Miranda Daisy Hayman to offer dance, drama and music programs for people of all ages with special needs and disabilities. Be prepared for the joy which emanates from these performers. Shake, Rattle and Roll: This choir meets weekly and is for those with Parkinson’s Disease and their carers. As well as social contact, the voice and the brain get a good work out…

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4. The Poet, the Music & the Muse

Wednesday August 7 @ 7:30 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Performers Genevieve Dickson (mezzo soprano) and Ross Fiddes (piano)   Rising star, mezzo-soprano Genevieve Dickson now calls Newcastle home. She is a member of the Pacific Opera’s Young Artist Program, and has performed with Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Melbourne CitiOpera, and the Operation Quartet. Her recital will include delightful songs by Australian novelist Henry Handel (Ethel Florence) Richardson (famous for The Fortunes of Richard Mahony and The Getting of Wisdom), and compositions by Rachmaninov, Brahms, Elgar, Quilter and Ross…

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5. Swing Swing Swing

Thursday August 8 @ 7:30 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Performers Dungeon Big Band   Bringing together 18 professional Hunter Valley musicians, the Dungeon Big Band was formed in mid-2004, with its premiere concert at Newcastle’s Dungeon Jazz. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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6. Animal Tales

Friday August 9 @ 10:00 am
Newcastle City Hall, 290 King Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Ghillian Sullivan and Carl Caulfield (narrators), Ian Cook (conductor), Newcastle Wind Orchestra     Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019. Please note: There are 3 performance times for this concert; 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:30pm.  When you click on the "purchase tickets" button (above), you will be able to select which…

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7. Twilight Musical Dialogues – Musical Kin, Father and Daughter

Friday August 9 @ 7:00 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Performers Miriam Allan (soprano), Sally Walker (flute), Christopher Allan (piano)   “Sally Walker’s Twilight Musical Dialogues has been a raging success among classical fans”— Newcastle Herald "The series has been an important part of the musical rejuvenation in the city of Newcastle, giving hope to musicians and audience members alike.”— Sounds Like Sydney. The Twilight Musical Dialogues series features collaborations with some of Australia’s finest musicians. "Musical Kin" explores artistic lives of composers with extensive musical family trees performed…

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8. Miriam Allan – Vocal Masterclass

Saturday August 10 @ 10:00 am
Islington Baptist Church, 180 Maitland Road
Islington, NSW 2296 Australia
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  Performers Miriam Allan (soprano) and Erin Sweetman (piano)   Hear stars of the future as soprano Miriam Allan takes them through their paces in this Masterclass.  Singers applying from the community will sing for and receive assistance from master teacher Miriam Allan.  You will be fascinated and inspired by what can happen in an instant! If you are interested in taking part in this rare opportunity please download and complete the Masterclass Application below. Program   Information believed correct, but…

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9. Andrew Blanch – Guitar Masterclass

Saturday August 10 @ 10:00 am
St. John’s Anglican Church, 1b Parry Street
Cooks Hill, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Andrew Blanch (guitar)   Join us for a rare chance to dig deeper into the techniques and challenges of the classical guitar, as aspiring guitarists are put through their paces by virtuoso Andrew Blanch. If you are interested in taking part in this rare opportunity please download and complete the Masterclass Application below. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated…

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10. Music on a Plate #1 – Italian Soul

Saturday August 10 @ 12:30 pm
Umbrian Cafe, 309 Hunter Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
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  Performers Heather Price   Local performer Heather Price brings her soulful songs complete with Double Bass, to accompany the heartwarming Italian food of The Umbrian.  Please ensure you arrive at 12pm for a 12:30pm start to aid with the logistics of the performance venue. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.…

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11. Animal Tales

Saturday August 10 @ 2:00 pm
Sacred Places Singleton, 30 Queen Street
Singleton, NSW 2330 Australia
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  Performers Ian Cook (conductor) and Newcastle Wind Orchestra     Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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12. Alchemy

Saturday August 10 @ 2:30 pm
St. John’s Anglican Church, 1b Parry Street
Cooks Hill, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi Duo classical guitarists who supported Deborah Humble in 2018 return in a performance of spectacular guitar works. Photo credit: Keith Saunders Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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13. Opera Soirée

Saturday August 10 @ 4:30 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Performers Genevieve Dickson (mezzo soprano), Erin Sweetman (piano) and friends.   Afternoon tea and favourite opera arias - an event to delight the senses, with Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Erin Sweetman (piano) and friends. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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14. Sweeter than Roses

Saturday August 10 @ 7:30 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Performers Miriam Allan (soprano), The Muffat Collective – Matt Greco, Anton Baba, Rafael Font-Viera, Anthony Abouhamad   The Muffat Collective is an ensemble of four period instrument specialists, united by their love and commitment to the historically informed practises of seventeenth and eighteenth century chamber music. Having studied and performed together in The Netherlands, the Muffat Collective bring to Australian audiences leading practices and professional expertise from the most dynamic baroque ensembles of Europe. The ensemble is named after…

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15. Festival Choir in Concert

Sunday August 11 @ 2:30 pm

  Performers Miriam Allan, Christopher Allan, Festival Choir, Christ Church Camerata     Program Morton LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium   Franz SCHUBERT Mass in G   Johann Sebastian BACH Cantata BWV147, Herz und Mund und und Tat und Leben (including the chorale Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring)   Michael LEIGHTON JONES Gallipoli

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16. Fused – Contemporary Art and Music

Sunday August 11 @ 5:30 pm
Watt Space Gallery, 20 Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers TBA Artists and musicians work together to co-create and co-curate this multi-disciplinary exhibition of art, film, music and ideas. Tickets: $15 at the door (includes a complimentary glass of wine) Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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17. Landscape of Music at MRAG

Sunday August 11 @ 6:30 pm
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High Street
Maitland, NSW 2320 Australia
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  Performers Heather Price (vocals), Terence Koo (piano)   Terence Koo is described by singers as a great pianist, and a sensitive accompanist, whose knowledge and feel complement different styles of singing and entertaining. He is inventive and exciting but most of all, (according to the late great Su Cruikshank), “…he really SWINGS”! Heather combines the clarity and accuracy of classical music with the intricacies of jazz, tipping her hat to the great Ella Fitzgerald, and to Heather’s musical parents,…

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18. Firsts – Cumulus Trio in Concert

Sunday August 11 @ 7:30 pm
Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Cumulus Trio - Grace Kim, Lerida Delbridge, and Teije Hylkema   A piano trio combining the huge talents of Lerida Delbridge (Assistant Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and founding violinist of the Tinalley String Quartet),  Teije Hylkema (principal cello, Opera Australia Orchestra), and Grace Kim (concert pianist). This trio also hosts Sensory Concerts® in the Festival. Program Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 1, No. 1   Johannes BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8

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19. Sensory Concerts®

Monday August 12 @ 10:30 am
Fort Scratchley Function Centre, 5 Fort Drive
Newcastle East, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Grace Kim (piano), Lerida Delbridge (violin) and Teija Hylkema (cello)   These concerts are an innovation in the Festival, tailored for those with sensory/special needs, with onsite therapist support. The artists are Lerida Delbridge (Assistant Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and founding violinist of the Tinalley String Quartet), Teije Hylkema (principal cello, Opera Australia Orchestra), and Grace Kim (concert pianist). Program Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available…

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20. Nocturna – Tangos and More

Monday August 12 @ 7:00 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Performers Daniel Rojas and friends   Daniel Rojas is a Chilean-born Australian concert pianist and highly acclaimed composer specialising in the rich and vibrant Latin American musical aesthetic. Proclaimed as “a master of his instrument” (The AU Review) Rojas has performed with numerous classical and world music ensembles (such as Jacana, Tigramuna and the Great Bowing Company) in Australia, Asia, and South America. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details)…

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21. Sax Blue – Jazz Up Late

Monday August 12 @ 9:00 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Performers Sax Blue – Rod Barnes et al   Sax Blue is a Newcastle based saxophone quartet led by jazz legend Rod Barnes with an emphasis on jazz and blues. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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22. Flamenco!

Tuesday August 13 @ 7:30 pm
Newcastle University Art Gallery, The University Gallery, GS Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus, University Drive
Newcastle , NSW 2308 Australia
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  Performers Damian Wright and Bandaluzia   Flamenco! Fabulous guitarist Damian Wright in performance with dancers and percussion in a program to set feet and hearts racing.   Paella + Sangria available for purchase - $10 -  Phone: +61 2 4921 5255 OR Email gallery@newcastle.edu.au Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.…

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23. Music on a plate #2 – Vive La France

Wednesday August 14 @ 12:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, 52 Church St
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Peter Guy (organ)   Peter Guy, resident organist of Christ Church Cathedral, performs a lunch-time concert, this time with French organ works, including the Widor “Fifth Symphony”, one movement of which is the famous and fabulous Toccata. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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24. Raspopova plays Chopin

Wednesday August 14 @ 7:30 pm
Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Maria Raspopova   “Raspopova played with confidence and zest. She shone like gold...” Maria Raspopova is Co-Artistic Director of the brilliant Omega Ensemble, and joins the Christ Church Camerata Quartet in a concert featuring solo piano works of Chopin, as well his first piano concerto, arranged for piano and string quartet. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with…

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25. Compass – “Not all those who wander are lost”

Thursday August 15 @ 7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, 52 Church St
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Waratah Girls Choir, Christ Church Camerata   Now in its fourth decade, the Waratah Girls’ Choir is recognised as one of Australia’s leading female choirs, having achieved local, national and international acclaim. From humble beginnings, the choir has cemented itself as one of the most renowned choral groups Australia has to offer. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with…

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26. Tigers and Teapots

Friday August 16 @ 10:30 am
Fort Scratchley Function Centre, 5 Fort Drive
Newcastle East, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Hobart Friends, Newcastle Strings, David Banney (conductor)   Newcastle Strings and the Hobart Friends Strings join forces to present these half hour concerts for lower schools, comprising nursery rhymes arranged by David Banney for string orchestra. Program Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019. Please note: There are 2 performance times for this…

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27. Music on a Plate #3 – Gypsy Dreaming

Friday August 16 @ 12:30 pm
Momo Wholefood, 227 Hunter St
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Baltic Bar Mitzvah   The amazing klezma sounds of Baltic Bar Mitzvah (featuring accordion, clarinet and horn) meet a vibrant, gypsy themed menu! b Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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28. Opera Cocktails

Friday August 16 @ 6:00 pm
Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Performers Genevieve Dickson (mezzo soprano), Erin Sweetman (piano) and friends.   Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and favourite excerpts from opera. Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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29. Lo-Fi

Friday August 16 @ 7:30 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Performers TBA   Program   Information believed correct, but final information (including some venue, ticket prices & booking details) will not be available until this information is updated contemporaneously with publication of the Festival Guide in June 2019.    

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30. Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Piano Scholarships Competition

Saturday August 17 @ 10:00 am
Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium, Cnr Laman Street, Auckland St,
Newcastle, NSW 2300
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  Performers Adjudicator: Helen Smith   The Newcastle Music Festival is proud to join the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW in presenting competitions for young pianists to award the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award. This year’s adjudicator is Helen Smith. The age limit for competitors is now 23 years and under. Entrants in the Joyce Blewitt Award must have achieved Grade 6 - 8 or equivalent standard; entrants for Nan Price Memorial Scholarship must hold a…

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