Newcastle Music Festival

Festivals, Events & Exhibitions

Newcastle Music Festival 2019

Our 4th festival will see exciting visiting artists performing alongside excellent locals, and marvellous experiences for amateurs and students to perform with and learn from experienced professionals.

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This is Newcastle’s good music festival. We 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. In 2019 our innovations include Sensory Concerts for people with sensory issues and joyous concerts by people with intellectual disabilities for the general public.

This year, artists will visit from Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, and the UK. We will again have the Festival Choir and the Festival Strings.

Visiting artists will include period group The Muffat Collective, Twilight Musical Dialogues, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, soprano Miriam Allan, tenor Brad Cooper, guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi, flamenco with guitarist Damian Wright and Bandaluzia, piano trio the Cumulus Trio, strings of the Friends School Hobart, Sensory Concerts and Perform-Ability.

Local performers include Christ Church Camerata, soprano Georgia Hall, mezzos Deborah Humble and Genevieve Dickson, baritone Christopher Allan, the Dungeon Big Band, Sax Blue, Newcastle Strings and the Waratah Girls Choir.

So, come, partner in the excitement!

Principally, donations will be used to support artists, concert costs, marketing and promotion, as well as administration expenses.

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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.


John Stowell