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  • 1. Death by Opera – Festival Prequel


      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    

    Tuesday July 30 @ 7:00 pm at FogHorn Brewhouse
  • 2. Erasure – Jacob Neale at the University Gallery

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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

    Tuesday August 6 @ 7:30 pm at Newcastle University Art Gallery
  • 3. A Celebration of Abilities

    Concert 3 - Perform-Ability preferred

      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

    Wednesday August 7 @ 11:00 am at Fort Scratchley Function Centre
  • 4. The Poet, the Music & the Muse

      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

    Wednesday August 7 @ 7:30 pm at Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
  • 5. Swing Swing Swing – A Compendium of Jazz Greats

      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’ (Count Basie), String of Pearls (Glenn Miller) and more.

    Thursday August 8 @ 7:30 pm at Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
  • 6. Animal Tales

      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 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 performance

    Friday August 9 @ 10:00 am at Newcastle City Hall
  • 7. Twilight Musical Dialogues – Musical Kin, Father and Daughter

      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

    Friday August 9 @ 7:00 pm at Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
  • 8. Miriam Allan – Vocal Masterclass

      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!

    Saturday August 10 @ 10:00 am at Islington Baptist Church
  • 9. Andrew Blanch – Guitar Masterclass

      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.

    Saturday August 10 @ 10:00 am at St. John’s Anglican Church
  • 10. Music on a Plate #1 – Italian Soul

      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    

    Saturday August 10 @ 12:30 pm at Umbrian Cafe
  • 11. Animal Tales

      Performers Ian Cook (conductor) and Newcastle Wind Orchestra, Ghillian Sullivan and Carl Caulfield, narrators.     Program The Loaded Dog The Pied Piper of Hamelin.  

    Saturday August 10 @ 2:00 pm at Sacred Places Singleton
  • 12. Alchemy

      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    

    Saturday August 10 @ 2:30 pm at St. John’s Anglican Church
  • 13. Opera Soirée

      Performers Sarah Dockrill (soprano), Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Martin Buckingham (tenor) & Erin Sweetman (piano).   Afternoon tea and favourite opera arias – an event to delight the senses, with Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Erin Sweetman (piano) and friends. Program    

    Saturday August 10 @ 4:30 pm at Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
  • 14. Sweeter than Roses

      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,

    Saturday August 10 @ 7:30 pm at Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
  • 15. Festival Choir in Concert

      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 this, and the Festival Choir’s contribution is rounded out by Australian composer Michael Leighton Jones’ setting

    Sunday August 11 @ 2:30 pm
  • 16. Fused – Contemporary Art and Music


      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    

    Sunday August 11 @ 5:30 pm at Watt Space Gallery
  • 17. Landscape of Music at MRAG

      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

    Sunday August 11 @ 6:30 pm at Maitland Regional Art Gallery
  • 18. Firsts – Cumulus Trio in Concert

      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.

    Sunday August 11 @ 7:30 pm at Newcastle Art Gallery
  • 19. Sensory Concerts®

      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 artists are Lerida Delbridge (Assistant Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and founding violinist of the Tinalley String Quartet), Teije Hylkema (principal cello, Opera Australia

    Monday August 12 @ 10:30 am at Fort Scratchley Function Centre
  • 20. Nocturna – Tangos and More

      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

    Monday August 12 @ 7:00 pm at Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
  • 21. Shades of Sax Blue

      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 Craig Parish (Soprano/Alto/Bass saxes), Cameron Harker (Alto) and Shane Landry (tenor) to lead you on a journey through sound. From laughs and chuckles to deep moods,

    Monday August 12 @ 9:00 pm at Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
  • 22. Flamenco!

      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 4921 5255 OR Email    

    Tuesday August 13 @ 7:30 pm at Newcastle University Art Gallery
  • 23. Music on a plate #2 – Vive La France

      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.  

    Wednesday August 14 @ 12:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral
  • 24. Raspopova plays Chopin

      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  

    Wednesday August 14 @ 7:30 pm at Newcastle Art Gallery
  • 25. Compass – “Not all those who wander are lost”

      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  

    Thursday August 15 @ 7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral
  • 26. Tigers and Teapots

      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. Please note: There are 2 performance times for this concert; 10:30am and 12:00pm.  When you click on the

    Friday August 16 @ 10:30 am at Fort Scratchley Function Centre
  • 27. Music on a Plate #3 – Gypsy Dreaming

      Performers Baltic Bar Mitzvah   The amazing klezmer sounds of Baltic Bar Mitzvah (featuring accordion, clarinet and horn) meet a vibrant, gypsy themed menu!    

    Friday August 16 @ 12:30 pm at Momo Wholefood
  • 28. Opera Cocktails


      Performers Małgorzata Wiśniewska (soprano), Genevieve Dickson (mezzo-soprano), Martin Buckingham (tenor) & Erin Sweetman (piano).   Enjoy a cocktail, canapés and favourite excerpts from opera. Program    

    Friday August 16 @ 6:00 pm at Newcastle Art Gallery
  • 29. Lo-Fi

      Performers TBA   Program    

    Friday August 16 @ 7:00 pm at Adamstown Arts – Adamstown Uniting Church
  • 30. Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Piano Scholarships Competition

    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

    Saturday August 17 @ 10:00 am at Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium
  • 31. You, Me and the Wide Open Sky

      Performers 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 Grandidge, McCall, Walker and others and featuring the premiere of our commissioned work ‘Magic Voices’ by Elena Kats-Chernin.   Program    

    Saturday August 17 @ 3:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral
  • 32. New Constellations

      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 of Classical and Romantic orchestral and chamber music repertoire

    Saturday August 17 @ 7:00 pm at Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium
  • 33. Festival Finale

      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   David BANNEY Suite for Strings (world premiere)   Edward ELGAR Introduction and

    Sunday August 18 @ 2:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral