About the Festival

The Newcastle Music celebrates its fifth season in 2021, having been inaugurated in 2016, and missing a festival in 2020. The Festival was founded by its first Artistic Directors, David Banney and Ross Fiddes, and the four festivals so far have included more than 100 concerts, with music ranging from classical to jazz, and from world music to contemporary music. Our artists have included the best musicians of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, as well outstanding national and international musicians. In addition, the Festival has given performance opportunities to hundreds of community musicians through the Festival Choir and Festival Strings, masterclasses, and through collaboration with a range of umbrella organisations. The Festival has collaborated with leading Australian ensembles and organisations, including Opera Australia and Musica Viva. Festival innovations have included the highly successful Music on a Plate series, in which music and food are paired in iconic Newcastle venues.

David Banney – Artistic Director

Committee 2021

Emeritus Prof. John Rostas – President

Colleen Potts OAM – Vice-President/Volunteer Coordinator

Ross Fiddes – Secretary/Treasurer/Artistic Consultant

Jillian Fiddes – Administrator

Jillian Albrecht- Editor and Media Liaison

John Cornell – Corporate Liaison

Jenny Barrie – Community Liaison/Masterclass Convener

Kerrie Coles – Merchandise/Stylist Convener