Cancellation of the Newcastle Music Festival
It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Newcastle Music Festival due to the expanding COVID outbreak in Sydney. Consequences of the outbreak such as travel restrictions, social distancing requirements and rules about singers wearing masks, make our concerts either impossible or severely compromised. Beyond this, our highest priority is the health of our artists, audiences and staff, and our decision has been informed by all of these factors.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and the tireless work of the festival administration, this year’s festival promised an outstanding lineup of artists. It is disappointing that these concerts will not happen in Newcastle this year, but we look forward to bringing many more concerts to our great city when it is safe to do so. 
The cancellation of the Newcastle Music Festival is just one of countless examples of the disastrous impact of COVID on the arts, both here and around the world. Please spare a thought for all who work in the arts, whose professional lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic.
In the meantime our thoughts are with all who work to bring the outbreak under control, as well as all who are directly affected by the virus. Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you at a concert again soon.
Best wishes from the Newcastle Music Festival team
 
Ticket refunds
The following list of events are ticketed by the Newcastle Music Festival, and all ticket holders will receive a refund automatically.
     1. Tamara-Anna Cislowska in Concert
     2. Guitar Masterclass with Andrew Blanch
     3. Harp and Guitar
     5. Pomp and Circumstance
     7. The Telephone
     9. Heartstrings
     10. Flamenco – The Andalusian Guitar
     11. Toasting Mother Earth
     12. Taking Flight
     15. No Violins Allowed
     16. Grace Knight in Concert
Tickets for other events are issued by external organisations, and they will advise you about refunds.
     6. Blues in the Night – Dungeon Big Band
     13. Emerge – Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
     14. Arms of Love – The Song Company
     17. Festival Finale – Christ Church Camerata
Click on a title below to see what we have missed out on!
 

 

1. TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA IN CONCERT
7.30pm, Friday, July 30

Adamstown Arts at Adamstown Uniting Church

Internationally acclaimed, ARIA award-winning pianist, Tamara-Anna Cislowska makes a welcome return to Newcastle, to open the 2021 Festival with a concert of solo piano works.

This concert is presented by SCE.

 

Image of Tamara-Anna Cislowska

2. GUITAR MASTERCLASS WITH ANDREW BLANCH
2.00pm, Saturday, July 31

Adamstown Arts at Adamstown Uniting Church

Join us for a rare chance to explore the techniques and challenges of the classical guitar, as aspiring guitarists are put through their paces by virtuoso Andrew Blanch.

Photo of Andrew Blanch

3. HARP AND GUITAR
7.30pm, Saturday, July 31

Newcastle Art Gallery

Virtuosic guitarist Andrew Blanch and American harpist Emily Granger perform exquisite repertoire for guitar and harp, with Newcastle’s own Gully Line Quartet, in a fittingly artistic setting.

This concert is supported by Hunter Heart.

4. AUSTRALIAN ARMY BAND NEWCASTLE
2.00pm, Sunday, August 1

The Station, Newcastle

Australian Army Band Newcastle, in their Festival debut, perform brass band favourites in a relaxed free family concert.

Picture of the Australian Army Band Newcastle

5. POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE – BEST OF BRITISH ORGAN MUSIC
1.00pm, Wednesday, August 4

Christ Church Cathedral

Be uplifted as Christ Church Cathedral organist Peter Guy performs British favourites of the organ repertoire.

Picture of Organist Peter Guy

6. BLUES IN THE NIGHT
7.30pm and 9.00pm, Thursday, August 5

Adamstown Arts at Adamstown Uniting Church

The 17-piece Dungeon Big Band featuring vocalist Heather Price and special guest, Christ Church Cathedral organist Peter Guy, on the Adamstown pipe organ. Tickets available for in-person at Adamstown Uniting Church (COVID-compliant seating) or by Live Stream. Hits include “Blues in the Night”, “Rhapsody in Blue” (Ellington), “Bein’ Green”, and “Bugle Call Rag”.

7. THE TELEPHONE
7.30pm, Friday, August 6

Adamstown Arts at Adamstown Uniting Church

Samanta Lestavel, Tristan Entwistle and Claire Howard Race perform Menotti’s comic mini-opera The Telephone, and Deborah Humble, with Christ Church Camerata/Gully Line Quartet, brings you Elgar’s glorious Sea Pictures.

This concert is presented by Newcastle Herald and supported by Dr Roland Hicks.

8. MUSIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION PIANO SCHOLARSHIPS COMPETITION
10.00am, Saturday, August 7

Christ Church Cathedral

The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, Newcastle Branch, presents their annual scholarships. Prizes for excellence will be awarded in the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award for pianists, the Errol Collins Memorial Scholarship for violin, and the Wendy Ireland Award for cellists.

9. HEARTSTRINGS – JAZZ TRIO
2.00pm, Saturday, August 7

Adamstown Arts at Adamstown Uniting Church

A stellar concert brought to you by three of Newcastle’s leading performers, Sue Carson, Terence Koo and Heather Price. A flexible group of musicians who use piano, violin, double bass and soaring vocals to present a programme of both their own compositions and songs that have influenced their own musical lives. This programme will include the world premiere of a new Terence Koo original. 

This concert is presented by Dr Bruce Caldwell.

10. FLAMENCO – THE ANDALUSIAN GUITAR
6.00pm and 8.00pm, Saturday, August 7

University Gallery, University Drive, Callaghan

Paco Lara is an acclaimed flamenco guitarist from the birthplace and cradle of flamenco, Jerez de la Frontera. His playing embodies the unmistakable and genuine Jerez style of flamenco guitar.

This concert is supported by Photolook.

11. TOASTING MOTHER EARTH
2.00pm, Sunday, August 8

Adamstown Arts at Adamstown Uniting Church

Anna Fraser (soprano) and Michael Bell (piano) present a musical feast including the world premiere of Toasting Mother Earth by Ross Fiddes, with words by Derek Dowding. Additional works by Francis Poulenc, Eric Satie, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Lili Boulanger and Tim Hansen will be performed.

This concert is presented by 2NUR-FM.

12. TAKING FLIGHT – GUITAR AND STRINGS
7.30pm, Wednesday, August 11

Christ Church Cathedral

Andrew Blanch joins the brilliant Gully Line Quartet and Newcastle Strings in a program that features music of Vivaldi, Boccherini, Fauré, and two works by David Banney: Taking Flight, composed for Andrew Blanch, and In Memoriam PM, composed in memory of a friend who died of COVID.

Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Newcastle Strings (conductor)
Gully Line Quartet

Esther Junker (soprano)

This concert is presented by Newcastle Herald.

 

12. TAKING FLIGHT – GUITAR AND STRINGS
7.30pm, Wednesday, August 11

Christ Church Cathedral

Andrew Blanch joins the brilliant Gully Line Quartet and Newcastle Strings in a program that features music of Vivaldi, Boccherini, Fauré, and two works by David Banney: Taking Flight, composed for Andrew Blanch, and In Memoriam PM, composed in memory of a friend who died of COVID.

Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Newcastle Strings (conductor)
Gully Line Quartet

Esther Junker (soprano)

This concert is presented by Newcastle Herald.

 

Photo of Andrew Blanch

13. EMERGE: HAYDN, MOZART AND MANNHEIM
7.30pm, Thursday, August 12

Newcastle City Hall

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra brings you a concert of classical brilliance from the late 18thcentury. One of the world’s finest bassoon players, Jane Gower, will perform Mozart’s Bassoon concerto in B-flat major.

14. ARMS OF LOVE – THE SONG COMPANY
7.00pm, Friday, August 13

Christ Church Cathedral

The Song Company and choreographer-dance Thomas E. S. Kelly – from contemporary indigenous dance company Karul projects – reunite in a pageant of light and movement to to Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, and I pray the sea by [Newcastle’s own] Australian composer Chris Williams, commissioned with funding from the Silo Collective and setting words from No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani. William’s flotilla of seven short fragments and one extended final movement is interspersed with Buxtehude’s intimate 17th-century cycle of seven cantatas on the physical and spiritual aspects of the Crucifixion. Co-curated/directed by Robert Macfarlane, with choreography by Thomas E.S. Kelly, against the backdrop of an ongoing refugee crisis at home and abroad.

15. NO VIOLINS ALLOWED
2.00pm, Saturday, August 14

Christ Church Cathedral

Robert Harris and Paul Groh (viola) with Christ Church Camerata string ensemble are directed by David Banney, showcasing the string instrument closest to the human voice – the viola – the instrument of choice for Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Dvorák and Beethoven.

This concert is presented by Brokenwood Wines.

16. GRACE KNIGHT IN CONCERT
7.30pm, Saturday, August 14

Christ Church Cathedral

“Amazing Grace!” Legend of the Australian music scene, Grace Knight, comes to Newcastle with a concert of evergreen jazz favourites, supported by keyboards, bass and Christ Church Camerata Quartet.

This concert is presented by Waterford Accountants and Financial Services.

17. FESTIVAL FINALE – FAURÉ’S REQUIEM
2.30pm, Sunday, August 15

Christ Church Cathedral

The Festival comes to a brilliant conclusion with Gabriel Fauré’s sublime Requiem, and a concerto by Francis Poulenc, with performances by Christ Church Camerata, Peter Guy (organ), and Christ Church Cathedral Choir, under the direction of David Banney.

This concert is presented by NBN, Principal Sponsor.