Newcastle Music Festival 2022
The Newcastle Music Festival wrapped up in fine style on Sunday August 14 with a superb and moving concert by Christ Church Camerata, guitar soloist Andrew Blanch, and a cameo performance by Peter Guy, conducted by the tireless David Banney. Thanks to our performers, sponsors, all our selfless volunteers, and you, the generous audiences of Newcastle, for such a wonderful experience.
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On Saturday August 13 the Cathedral was full of happy people, enjoying the warm personality and beautiful voice of Grace Knight, with her trio, and the added bonus of string accompaniment by Newcastle’s Christ Church Camerata Quartet.
The enraptured audience experienced an outstanding performance in “Rachmaninov with a Cello” with cellist Teije Hylkema and pianist Grace Kim. The superbly curated and performed concert, “Toasting Mother Earth”, by Anna Fraser and Jack Symonds, treated the audience to not one, but TWO world premieres. An introduction to the concert and the new work “Toasting Mother Earth” was given by composer Ross Fiddes, poet Derek Dowding, and Australian environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht.
The Festival Choir came together to perform Faure’s Requiem and the world premiere of David Banney’s Missa Pace. Soloists Esther Junker and Christopher Allan, with the musicians of Newcastle Senior Strings and Peter Guy on organ, provided a beautiful and inspiring concert.
Susan Collins’ final appearance in the Festival was with associate Erin Sweetman, playing Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, and their performance was worthy of any great concert hall in the world.
The young students of the region competed for four scholarship prizes at the MTA Newcastle Branch Scholarship Competition and a full house crowd descended on Adamstown to hear Paco Lara and his trio play Flamenco and enjoy the dancing of Deya Miranda Giner.
Adamstown was jazz heaven with Dungeon Big Band, and Christ Church Cathedral was a glory of sound and candles, as Susan Collins performed Bach’s Partita.
Peter Guy’s concert on the great organ at Christ Church Cathedral, and Patricia Pollett and Susan Collins, performing Bruch’s Double Concerto for viola and violin, were musical jewels. Dr. John Phillips gave a fascinating talk. We wish Peter all the best in his European adventure.
Thanks to Erin Helyard and the players and singers of Pinchgut Opera, for the mind-filling splendour of Vespers by Monteverdi.
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Our thanks to… Dr Tamara Young, Associate Professor of Tourism and Dr. Margurite Hook, Newcastle Business School, College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle, for their invaluable research helping to design future directions for the Newcastle Music Festival. And a special thank you to the Festival supporters who completed the survey!
Jazz at the Pub and Opera at the Pub were great successes. Many thanks to our wonderful artists and the team at FogHorn Brewery.
June Concerts featured Acacia Quartet with soloists Alicia Crossley and Chloe Lankshear. Thank you to these wonderful performers for a memorable weekend.
The NMF follows a COVID-safe plan, adhering to all government regulations and requirements in relation to the pandemic. These requirements may change at any time. Patrons may not enter an NMF venue if they have symptoms of COVID, if they are waiting for COVID test results, or if they are required to quarantine or self-isolate for any reason. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks when possible.