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Newcastle Music Festival

Start date: 3 Aug 2018 / End date: 4 Aug 2018

Church Street, Newcastle 2300

Ph: 0425257711

The Newcastle Music Festival is held annually in Newcastle, NSW. This year’s festival is set over 17 days and nights during August. Check the website for full details.

Performers include Tamara Anna Cislowska (pianist), Deborah Humble (mezzo soprano), Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano), Omega Ensemble, Sally Walker (flute) and the Australian Haydn Ensemble. The Festival welcomes violinist Ray Chen, with Julien Quentin, presented in association with Musica Viva Australia. A special highlight is a performance of Madame Butterfly by Opera Australia.

Newcastle based performers include Christ Church Camerata, Newcastle Youth Orchestra, Christopher Allan (baritone), Erin Sweetman (piano), David Banney (conductor), Ian Cook (conductor), Chris Duncan (Scottish fiddle player) and Catherine Strutt (pianist), and Peter Guy (organ). The Music Teachers’ Association piano competitions for the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award are judged during the Festival.

Great jazz and light music artists perform this year: Elena Andrews with the Terrence Koo Trio, Heather Price and Dungeon Big Band; Sharny Russell and quartet; tenor Brad Cooper with Michael Curtain (piano) and Michael Lampard (baritone) with Ross Fiddes (piano).

Stunning accommodation and eateries are just a few minutes from Festival venues. Make August your music month in Newcastle.