THE thunderous sound produced by a string orchestra bouncing off the walls of Christ Church Cathedral wasn’t just great music – but a metaphor for the reverberations Newcastle violinists have sent across the nation.
The Newcastle Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday with the rousing and sold-out finale.
It ended 11 days of musical harmony that saw 20 performances and drew more than 200 musicians.
Music director David Banney said the festival had quickly made a name for itself after a pilot run last year.
“We started off this little event last year with plans to make it bigger the following year,” he said.
“One thing led to another and we had an 11-day festival, with musicians wanting to come from all over Australia.
“The growth tells you how many musical groups there are who want to have a platform to perform in Newcastle.”
The centrepiece of Sunday’s finale was the Christ Church Camerata – an ensemble of the city’s best strings talent. They were joined by Newcastle Strings, Hobart-based Boa Vista Strings and other community players for a 90-head performance.
“That’s very rare to have 90 string players,” Dr Banney said.
“It’s giving Newcastle players the chance to brush shoulders with some of the best in the industry.
“We’re hoping the event becomes a staple of the strings circuit – it could open opportunities, and be a great tourism asset.”