Newcastle Music Festival

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Newcastle Music Festival 2017

Our second year. Wonderful guest artists mixing with the best of Newcastle’s musicians. Over 200 performers in some 20 events spanning 11 days in August.

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This is Newcastle’s good music festival. Our aim is to bring in stunning visiting artists to perform alongside our very excellent local artists as well as provide experience for local students and amateurs in learning from and performing with professionals.

After an acclaimed inaugural festival in 2016, the Newcastle Music Festival is on again in 2017, with 11 days of superb musical events, and an outstanding list of artists, including singers Deborah Humble, Hyeseoung Kwon and UK based Sylvia Clarke, flautist Sally Walker, the Orava Quartet, cellist Anthony Albrecht, and Newcastle’s Christ Church Camerata.

Fresh ideas in the 2017 NMF include a collaboration with artist Brett McMahon and the University of Newcastle Gallery, a composition project in which young composers’ works will be workshopped and performed, and a Festival Chorus in which singers are invited to join a number of Newcastle’s leading choirs for a performance of John Rutter’s Requiem.

The 2017 Newcastle Music Festival will offer a vast range of musical experiences, from orchestral performances to chamber music, from vocal recitals to a massed choir, and from early music to jazz, with all sorts in between.

Some highlights include: Schubert’s String Quintet in C, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Rutter’s Requiem, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 2, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8, Respighi’s Suite for Organ and Strings, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer.

Your donation will assist the 2017 Festival to build on the success of 2016 to become a premier cultural event in NSW, providing a reputation for excellence which will give the impetus for the Festival to continue as an annual event.

As it is possibly already the biggest Festival of its kind in NSW, an annual Festival can give Newcastle and the Hunter the bonus of becoming a tourist cultural destination.

In addition, adequate funding will enable the Festival to broaden the genres and events it can offer, including more national and international artists to intermingle and perform with our locals

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In our second year of an annual festival, the 2017 Newcastle Music Festival is an 11 day festival with at least 20 events and some 250 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 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 singers with international reputations, and a nationally recognised string quartet, culminating in massed choral and massed strings events. Vision – to strengthen local music infrastructure and showcase the artistic wealth of the region.

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 11 days. The Festival will host performances, workshops, open rehearsals, an event linking music and art, and a composition competition for young composers.


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