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Big List of Winter Music Performances

  • 06 July 2022

Calling all musicophiles, melophiles, melomaniacs, music enthusiasts and music aficionados! This winter, the possibilities are endless if you are looking for a wonderful music performance to attend. There is a music genre for everyone including classical, pop, rock, opera, jazz and musical theatre. The Newcastle Music Festival also continues its series of concerts from late July through to early August featuring brilliant locals, and inspiring guest singers and musicians from around Australia. Check out our BIG list of music performances you can catch over the next couple of months.


Live at Lunch: So French So Fabuleax! Divas on Bastille Day 
Celebrate the music of France with French Classical & Cabaret. Opera star soprano, Amelia Farrugia, French Knight Flutist Jane Rutter, and acclaimed pianist Donna Balson. This fabulous trio of Aussie Divas perform best-loved French arias songs & solos for voice, flute and piano.
Thurs 14 July

The Ten Tenors 
The Ten Tenors return this July with a brand new show, The Highway Men. This all new production will feature some of the greatest country music songs alongside fan favourites and classics that audiences know and love such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Nessun Dorma, Unchained Melody and other rock and pop classics.
Tues 19 July

Opera Cocktails   
Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and favourite excerpts from opera in the beautiful heritage surroundings of Stanley Park, with the stunning performers Danita Weatherstone (soprano), Genevieve Dickson (mezzo soprano), Iain Henderson (tenor) and Christopher Allan (piano). Arias by Puccini, Bellini, Mozart, Lehar and Strauss, and many more, will be performed. 
Sun 31 July

The Barber of Seville 
Almaviva is wealthy, stealthy and head over heels. Rosina is witty, pretty and equally smitten. She’s also betrothed. They need a plan. Time to call on: Fi-ga-ro! Figaro! Figaro! Opera Australia’s finest voices and a live orchestra deliver a score which is instantly familiar from movies, cartoons and commercials.
Thurs 25 August


The Spongebob Musical
Based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, this bubble-filled production follows the adventures of SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and Squidward on their mission to save the town of Bikini Bottom and have the Best Day Ever! This musical mash-up features songs from famous artists such as Aerosmith (Bikini Bottom Boogie), Sara Bareilles (Poor Pirates), Panic! At the Disco (Simple Sponge), Cyndi Lauper (Hero is my Middle Name), John Legend (I Guess I Miss You), David Bowie (No Control) and many more. 
Tues 5 July- Sat 6 August

The Things I Could Never Tell Steven 
The Things I Could Never Tell Steven, is a one-act revue-style musical for four people, with music & lyrics by Australian Composer/Lyricist, JYE BRYANT. Although we never meet Steven, we learn all about him through the disclosures of four people in his life: his Wife, Mother, Father and Ex.
Thurs 14 July- Sat 16 July

Seussical the Musical
Coming to the Civic Theatre mainstage for the very first time (at a time when we need it most), this full-length production of Seussical will be a full-blown musical adventure through The Jungle of Nool, perfect for the entire family.  
Thurs 14 July-Sat 16 July

Menopause the Musical Musical Theatre
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the original New York and Las Vegas hit Menopause The Musical® is coming to the Civic Theatre this July! This sidesplitting musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles!
Wed 20 July-Thurs 21 July

Shrek the Musical 
“Shrek the Musical”, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on the stage. With a fairy tale cast and wonderful singing and dancing, this lavish musical is a monster-sized spectacular.
Wed 10 Aug- Sat 20 Aug

The Sapphires by Tony Briggs 
The multi award-winning musical play, inspired by the remarkable true story of writer Tony Briggs' mother, returns to the stage for two shows only. An uplifting Australian classic, full of comedy, heart and romance, together with unforgettable soul music, The Sapphires will stay with you for years to come.
Wed 24 August

ASPIRE: The Cost of Wishes
In ASPIRE’s 2022 production we are reminded to be careful what we wish for as chaos ensues when wishes are granted regardless of their effects on others. Featuring a host of magical tunes ranging from pop and folk to heavy rock, the young cast and crew cannot wait to ‘Let the Granting begin!
27-30 July


Tamara-Anna Cislowska in Concert: "Liebestod"
Australian pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska performs a fascinating range of piano works, around the themes of love, and the death of love, culminating in the tremendous “Fantasie in C” by Robert Schumann.
Friday 29 July

Patricia Pollet in Concert 
Few musicians have contributed so much to Australian string music as Patricia Pollett, whose stellar career includes acclaimed performances and recordings with the country’s finest musicians, and premiere perfor
mances of numerous new works. Enjoy music of Bach, Brahms and Enescu in this superb recital.
Sun 31 July

Vespers by Monteverdi 
Pinchgut Opera visits Newcastle for the first time, bringing the sublime Vespers by Claudio Monteverdi to Christ Church Cathedral. The artists of Cantillation, and Orchestra of the Antipodes will be led by Erin Helyard from the harpsichord. 
Mon 1 August

Vienna to Budapest 
Christ Church Cathedral’s brilliant Director of Music, Peter Guy, performs a program that explores all the colours of the organ, including the world premiere of a new transcription for organ.
Tues 2 August

Beautiful Bruch 
Written in 1911 as a swansong to his career, Max Bruch’s Double Concerto Opus 88 is a rhapsodic work, to be performed by two great Australian performers, Susan Collins (violin) and Patricia Pollett (viola), with Christ Church Camerata Quartet, in an arrangement by David Banney.
Tues 2 August

Susan Collins Plays Bach by Dark 
Newcastle Music Festival presents Susan Collins, one of Australia's finest violinists, deputy Concert Master of Opera Australian Orchestra. Experience the rapturous sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach performed in the hushed darkness and spellbinding atmosphere of the Cathedral, as Susan performs Bach’s Chaconne.
Wed 3 August

The Kreutzer-Susan Collins in Recital 
The Kreutzer Sonata was premiered in 1803, by Beethoven himself on piano with violinist George Bridgetower. Hear the brilliant Susan Collins perform this dazzling sonata, in her final Newcastle Music Festival appearance for 2022, with acclaimed local pianist Erin Sweetman. 
Fri 5 August

Flamenco: The Andalusian Guitar
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. 
Sat 6 August

Festival Choir-Faure's Requiem 
A feature of Newcastle Music Festival is the coming together of local singers to form the Festival Choir. This year the Choir will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in d minor, Op. 48, composed between 1887 and 1890.
Sun 7 August

Toasting Mother Earth 
Newcastle Music Festival proudly presents Anna Fraser and Jack Symonds in concert. From the antiphony of Hildegard of Bingen, nearly 1000 years ago, through settings of the mysticism of Walter de la Mare, and the laments of the ill-fated Lili Boulanger, you will also enjoy two world premieres: Ross Fiddes' very contemporary "Toasting Mother Earth", and Jack Symonds' Guardare, meravigliarsi… five Nocturnes for piano.
Thurs 11 August

Rachmaninov with a Cello 
Newcastle Music Festival presents Teije Hylkema (cello) and Grace Kim (piano) in a superb concert including the  works for solo cello by J.S. Bach, a composition written for this duo by Ross Fiddes, and concluding with Rachmaninov’s great sonata for cello and piano in g minor, Opus 19. 
Fri 12 August

Festival Finale- Concierto de Aranjuez