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1. Death by Opera – Festival Prequel

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Tuesday July 30 @ 7:00 pm
FogHorn Brewhouse
218 King Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  TICKETS: $45 per head. Performers Małgorzata Wiśniewska (soprano), Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Allan (baritone), Erin Sweetman (piano) and friends.   Discover the many ways in which an operatic leading lady can meet her tragic end. A festival prequel!  Tickets include a two-course meal and a complimentary drink on arrival. Bookings essential. Program    

2. Erasure – Jacob Neale at the University Gallery

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Tuesday August 6 @ 7:30 pm
University Gallery
The University Gallery, GS Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus, University Drive
Newcastle, NSW 2308 Australia
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Tickets: Entry by donation for musicians 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:

3. A Celebration of Abilities

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Wednesday August 7 @ 11:00 am
Fort Scratchley Function Centre
5 Fort Drive
Newcastle East, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Tickets Adults $25| Concession (inc. accompanying teacher) $15| Children 5-18 $10| Family of 4 $60 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

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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  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Family of 4 $80| This is a Festival Pass event. 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

5. Swing Swing Swing – A Compendium of Jazz Greats

Thursday August 8 @ 7:30 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Tickets Adult $35| Concession/student $30| Child $15| Family $80 Performers Dungeon Big Band Dungeon Big Band presents a Swing Swing Swing – A Compendium of Jazz Giants – focusing on the great big bands of the 20 th Century. Tunes include Sing, Sing, Sing (Benny Goodman), Take the ‘A’ Train (Duke Ellington), Lil’ Darlin’

6. Animal Tales

Friday August 9 @ 10:00 am
Junction Public School
Union Street
Merewether, NSW 2291
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  Tickets General admission $8 Change of venue: Junction Public School, Union Street, Merewether, 2291 Please contact the event organisers via the ticket link for further information. Performers Ghillian Sullivan and Carl Caulfield (narrators), Ian Cook (conductor), Newcastle Wind Orchestra   Program The Pied Piper of Hamelin The Loaded Dog Please note: There are 2 performance

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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  Tickets Adult $50| Concession $35 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

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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  Tickets Adult $20| Concession $10| Family of 4 $40 Free to Festival Pass Holders 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

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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  Tickets Adult $20| Concession $10| Family of 4 $40 Free to Festival Pass Holders 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

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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  Tickets: $45 per head (BYO alcohol) – Bookings essential. 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.  

11. Animal Tales

Saturday August 10 @ 2:00 pm
Sacred Places Singleton
30 Queen Street
Singleton, NSW 2330 Australia
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  Tickets Adult  $25| school student $10| pre-school children $5| family (2 adults and 2 children) $60. Includes afternoon tea. Performers Ian Cook (conductor) and Newcastle Wind Orchestra, Ghillian Sullivan and Carl Caulfield, narrators.     Program The Loaded Dog The Pied Piper of Hamelin.  

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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  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Family of 4 $80| This is a Festival Pass event.  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    

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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  Tickets: $45 per head. Performers Sarah Dockrill (soprano), Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Martin Buckingham (tenor) & Erin Sweetman (piano). Enjoy an elegant Opera High Tea with bubbles and mouth-watering delicacies. Bookings essential. Program    

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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  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Family of 4 (2+2) $80| This is a Festival Pass event. 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

15. Festival Choir in Concert

Sunday August 11 @ 2:30 pm

  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Family of 4 (2+2) $80| This is a Festival Pass event. Performers Miriam Allan, Christopher Allan, Festival Choir, Christ Church Camerata The Festival Choir joins forces to present a varied programme with Mass in G major by Romantic master, Franz Schubert, at its heart. Morten Lauridsen’s sumptuous O Magnum Mysterium perfectly complements

16. Fused – Contemporary Art and Music

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Sunday August 11 @ 5:30 pm
Watt Space Gallery
20 Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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Tickets $15 at the door (includes a complimentary glass of wine) 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)    

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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  Tickets Adult $25| MRAG Member $20| Concession, Under 18, Students $10   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,

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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  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Family of 4 (2+2) $80| This is a Festival Pass event. 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,

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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  Adult $25| Concession – Pensioner, Senior, Accompanying Teacher, Carer $15| Child under 5, School Student $10| Family (2 Adults +2 children) $60   Performers Grace Kim (piano), Lerida Delbridge (violin) and Teije Hylkema (cello)   These concerts are an innovation in the Festival, tailored for those with sensory/special needs, with onsite therapist support. The

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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  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Family of 4 (2+2) $80| This is a Festival Pass event. 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)

21. Shades of Sax Blue

Monday August 12 @ 9:00 pm
Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia
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  Tickets Adults $35| Concession – Seniors, Pensioners, Students $30| Under 12 $15| Family $80| Buy before July 7 for a $5 discount on all tickets.   Performers Sax Blue – Rod Barnes et al Hear the many shades of sound that are possible with a sax quartet. Leader Rod Barnes (baritone sax) joins with

22. Flamenco!

Tuesday August 13 @ 7:30 pm
University Gallery
The University Gallery, GS Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus, University Drive
Newcastle, NSW 2308 Australia
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  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Family of 4 (2+2) $80| 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 for $10. If you wish to pre-order please Phone: +61 2

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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  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Teacher(s) $15| Family of 4 (2+2) $80| Student Special: $10 This is a Festival Pass event. Themed food available for purchase from 12 noon. 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

24. The Poet of the Piano – Andrea Lam plays Chopin

Wednesday August 14 @ 7:30 pm
Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Tickets: Adults $35| Concession $25| Family of 4 (2+2) $80| SOLD OUT This is a Festival Pass event. Performers Andrea Lam   Due to the indisposition of the advertised artist, Maria Raspopova, Newcastle Music Festival is proud to announce that the concert will be performed by New York based Australian pianist, Andrea Lam. Making

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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  Tickets Adult $25| Concession $20| Full time student $12 Sales end August 8 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

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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  Tickets: Adult $25| Concession – Pensioner, Senior, Accompanying Teacher, Carer $15| Child under 5, School Student $10| Family (2 Adults +2 children) $60 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

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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  Tickets: $45 per head. Bookings essential. Performers Baltic Bar Mitzvah   The amazing klezmer sounds of Baltic Bar Mitzvah (featuring accordion, clarinet and horn) meet a vibrant, gypsy themed, two course vegetarian menu!    

28. Opera Cocktails

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Friday August 16 @ 6:00 pm
Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Tickets: $45 per head. Bookings essential. Performers Małgorzata Wiśniewska (soprano), Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Martin Buckingham (tenor) & Erin Sweetman (piano).   Enjoy a cocktail, canapés and favourite excerpts from opera. Program    

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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  Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30 start Performers Little Quirks – headline act; India and the Journey to the East; Edda Srey; Jasmine Pearl (solo) – support acts Program Featuring “Little Quirks” and other talented local bands. Sisters Abbey and Mia Toole joined their cousin Jaymi Toole in 2015 to form Little Quirks, a band

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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Tickets: Free admission. No tickets required. 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

31. You, Me and the Wide Open Sky

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Saturday August 17 @ 3:00 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
52 Church St
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Tickets: Adult $30| Concession – Pensioners or Seniors $25| School or university student $15| Performers Christopher Allan (conductor), Sally Walker (flute), Erin Sweetman (piano) and the Newcastle University Choir.   Newcastle University Choir presents a concert of Australian works celebrating the wide open spaces of our beautiful country. Works to be performed include by Grandage, McCall, Walker

32. New Constellations

Saturday August 17 @ 7:00 pm
Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium
Cnr Laman Street, Auckland St,
Newcastle, NSW 2300
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  Tickets: Adult $65| Concession $55| Full time student $25| Performers Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, Jakob Lehmann (Guest Director)   Founded under the Artistic Direction of the late renowned musician and educator Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is a world-class orchestra of leading Australian musicians who are dedicated to the performance

33. Festival Finale

Sunday August 18 @ 2:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
52 Church St
Newcastle, NSW 2300 Australia
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  Tickets: Adult $35| Concession $25| Family (2 adults + 2 children) $80| Bookings recommended. Performers Festival Strings Christ Church Camerata Newcastle Strings Deborah Humble     Program Henry PURCELL Overture and Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas   Georg Frederic HÄNDEL Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo   Manuel de FALLA (orchestrated by David Banney) Popular Spanish Folksongs Suite