About Newcastle Music Festival

The Newcastle Music Festival celebrates its fifth season in 2022, having been inaugurated in 2016, and missing festivals in 2020 and 2021. 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 2022

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
Greg Kerr – WHS Advisor