The Newcastle Music Festival is a 11-18 day annual festival which has historically hosted between 19 and 30+ events involving between 250 and 400 performers showcasing a diverse range of music, performed by local and highly acclaimed guest artists in beautiful instrumental and vocal music.
In addition to the various performances featuring local and visiting professional musicians and singers, the Festival aims to foster development of young musicians through a number of innovative events where local student, amateur and professional performers will interact with visiting performers, including those with international reputations, culminating in massed choral and massed strings events.
Innovations include Sensory Concerts performed by exceptional professionals for persons with sensory or special needs, including Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and sensory processing disorder. The audience is not restricted to these special people, everyone is welcome to attend.
Also being introduced are concerts performed by persons with a disability. The joy these performers create is exhilarating and is something to encourage in today’s inclusive environment. Again, everyone is welcome to attend.
As well, we have Music on a Plate – vibrant music performances interspersed with lunchtime food and drink in restaurants and pubs (and maybe a stunning organ recital in Christ Church Cathedral).
This Festival, held outside a capital city, is perhaps the biggest regional festival of its kind in NSW and will feature a wide range of musical and music-related events over the performance season. The Festival also hosts performances, workshops and competitions.