Newcastle Music Festival 2022
The Newcastle Music Festival is more than half way through, with a week of exciting concerts already completed. Dungeon Big Band, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Patricia Pollett, Susan Collins, Robert Harris and Paul Groh, as well as the delightful singers in Opera Cocktails have all completed their performances. You can see photos of the performers in action on our Facebook and Instagram pages. There is an extraordinary line up still to come in this year’s festival, with several brilliant soloists, including Grace Knight, Teije Hylkema, Anna Fraser and more.
TONIGHT (August 11): 7.30pm Adamstown Uniting Church – “TOASTING MOTHER EARTH”
with acclaimed singer Anna Fraser and pianist/composer Jack Symonds.
Pre-concert talk at 6.50pm – composer Ross Fiddes and environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht
talk about Ross’s new work “Toasting Mother Earth”
On Sunday August 7, 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 took place last Friday night, with Erin Sweetman, playing Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, and their performance was worthy of any great concert hall in the world.
On Saturday August 6th, 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 on Thursday night, and Christ Church Cathedral was a glory of sound and candles on Wednesday, as Susan Collins performed Bach’s Partita.
Tuesday’s concerts, Peter Guy performing 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 on Monday night. It was our first chance to hear soprano Anna Fraser, who appears again TONIGHT in “Toasting Mother Earth”.
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NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Newcastle Music Festival regrets to advise that Sensory Concerts® has been cancelled for 2022.
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Ticket sales are open until the time of each concert, and there will be door sales unless sold out. And you can get a free drink with any main meal at Nags Head Hotel at lunch or dinner before the Adamstown concerts. Just show your concert tickets to take advantage of this offer. Then it’s just a short stroll to Adamstown Uniting Church for the concerts.
Sweet treats are available for sale from the Adamstown Kitchen, at all Adamstown Uniting Church concerts.
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.