Newcastle Music Festival is back

With more than 20 events from early June through mid August, it’s a diverse, thrilling and impressive line-up, designed to bring solace and inspiration, even at the toughest of times.

Acacia Quartet, with ‘rock-star’ recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley and soprano Amy Moore, will lead the way with three concerts over the first weekend in June. From 29 July, the Festival will bring on the fireworks with brilliant pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, with organist Peter Guy performing favourites of the organ repertoire in a thrilling lunchtime concert Vienna to Budapest and beautiful string recitals by violinist Susan Collins, inviting deep reflection with Bach by Dark.

Or listen to violist Patricia Pollett as she performs Bach and Brahms and joins Susan for an intriguing composition by Max Bruch. Susan will also return with Beethoven’s demanding Kreutzer Sonata and, for a novel twist, No Violins Allowed featuring lower strings only!
Food and music will combine at the historical home Stanley Park, when young opera singers will entertain you over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with Musical Theatre debuting in an afternoon soirée.

In a Newcastle first, Pinchgut Opera will be presenting Monteverdi’s Vespers. The Festival Choir will welcome community members again to perform in Christ Church Cathedral and jazz is on offer too. Dungeon Big Band will team up with Heather Price, playing Blues in the Night.

Grace Knight is a special guest of this year’s festival, with a concert of jazz standards. Sensory Concerts: Classics for Everyone will also make a return with performances designed for people with special or sensory needs.

The festival will conclude with Rodrigo’s sublime Concierto de Aranjuez, played by virtuoso guitarist Andrew Blanch and the Christ Church Camerata, conducted by David Banney.

Full program details and tickets can be found at www.newcastlemusicfestival.org.au.