Saturday 29 April

Come visit one of our local architectural treasures as Singleton Uniting Church opens its doors and celebrates its heritage with this exclusive event for Singleton Festival 2017!

Marvel at the stunning building with its exterior of Ravensfield stone and Welsh slate, and an interior roof based on the traditional hammer beam principle with solid ribs and moulded cornices. Inside, seating for 400 was created from beautiful kauri wood, while splendid stained glass memorial windows illuminate the beauty of the interior. The more you explore, the more you will find; the interior of the church is filled with historical and religious testaments to the pivotal role this church and its people have played in Singleton’s story.

To complement the ambience of the church and in celebration of this special event, the original pipe organ will be played for guests from 2:30pm. This beautiful 1920s instrument was installed in memory of soldiers who fought in World War 1. Come join us, relax in the surrounds and reflect on the richness of Singleton’s past – we will see you there!

When: Saturday 29 April - Church open 10am – 4pm, Organ will be played from 2.30pm

Where: Singleton Uniting Church, 1 Church St, Singleton

Cost: Free

Further information: Contact Singleton Uniting Church on (02) 6572 1652.

30 April - Banney's Banter

Banney’s Baton Banter and Christ Church Camerata

Sunday 30 April

Join us for three live recordings of Banney’s Baton Banter, as heard each Thursday evening on 1233 ABC Newcastle. ABC presenter Paul Bevan will join David Banney, conducting Newcastle's Christ Church Camerata, exploring works for string orchestra. The acoustics of our stunning Sisters' Chapel will make this a particularly special recording and concert!

Now in its seventh year, the highly rated ‘Banter’ is a weekly exploration of music and life.

The Program: Vivaldi - Concerto in A minor for two violins and strings (James Ferguson and Sandra Ferguson, solo violins); Haydn - Symphony No 45 ('Farewell' Symphony); and Dag Wiren (Swedish composer) - Finale from Serenade for Strings. Each of these works will be ‘Bantered’ and then played in their entirety.  Paul Groh's Discovery Overture (composed by the Camerata's principal viola) will also be performed.

When: 2:00pm Sunday 30 April
Where: Sacred Spaces – The Convent of Mercy, 30 Queen Street, Singleton
Cost: $30 adult and $5 school student, which includes afternoon tea. Tickets are available here or from the door at 1.30pm.
Further information: Contact Sacred Spaces on 02 6572 2398.

May 3 - Kaos


Wednesday 3 May

KAOS (Kids Acting on Stage) brings together the school students of Singleton who will combine their music, arts and drama talents to deliver a concert that clearly demonstrates creative talents have no age barrier in Singleton. All the local schools have quality music departments driven by passionate teachers and this concert, held once every two years, brings together this diverse local talent all under the one roof. It is a night for inspiration, and a night to celebrate the talent of Singleton students.

When: 6:00pm, Wednesday 3 May
Where: Singleton High School Auditorium, York Street Singleton
Cost: Entry is free
Further information: Contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

6 May - Bulga Beats

Bulga Beats

Saturday 6 May - Sunday 7 May

Bulga Beats is a community event, unifying festival experiences with practical learning through workshops in art, movement and theatre to deeply engage and enrich patrons. Saturday is the main event with markets, food, the main stage, busking stage and a DJ shack running throughout the day and night. Sunday is a day of rejuvenation where the main focus will be on workshops, talks, learning and art. The workshops range from healing, yoga and dance through to music mentorship and art, among others. The festival will conclude Sunday afternoon but with an open invite to all who wish to stay on and connect through music jams, talking or dancing together. Camping is free for all and we encourage you to come as early as you wish and stay as long as you want.

When: Saturday 6 May – Sunday 7 May
Where: Bulga Recreational Ground, 19 Inlet Road, Bulga
Cost: Tickets range from $30 to $37, available via Eventbrite
Further information: See Facebook Page for updates

6 May - Australian Army Band Newcastle

Music at the Infantry Museum

Saturday 6 May

The Australian Army Infantry Museum provides the perfect back drop for a performance by the Australian Army Band Newcastle who will bring an hour-long performance to the museum forecourt featuring music through the ages.

The Australian Army Band Newcastle is an Army reserve band situated in Bullecourt Barracks, Adamstown NSW. With a short break of service after World War Two, under various names and configurations, the Australian Army Band Newcastle has existed as the Hunter Region’s own military band since 1861. The band is primarily made up of Army reserve, or part time musicians. These musicians are members of the local community who, in addition to their normal employment, are employed on a casual basis by the Australian Army.

Why not combine seeing the band perform with a visit to the Australian Army Infantry Museum? Prepare to be amazed by this world-class, purpose-built museum and make sure you allow two to three hours to experience all it has to offer. After you are done, enjoy refreshments at The Lone Pine Kiosk and pop into The Corps Shop that stocks a wide range of ceremonial items, field equipment and souvenirs to cater for the needs of infantrymen, young and old.

The Museum has two display galleries. The Heritage Gallery on the ground floor features exhibitions focused on the history of operations, from Sudan in 1885 through to our current deployments. The Latchford Gallery on the mezzanine floor features ‘tools of the trade’, that is, the small arms and their associated training aids, how they have changed and developed and how these changes have influenced the tactics, techniques and procedures of the regiments that form the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.

When: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Saturday 6 May
Where: Australian Army Infantry Museum, Range Road Singleton
Cost: Concert in the forecourt is free
Museum admission charges: Adults $8; Pensioners $5; Children under 16 $3; Children under 5 free. The Australian Army Museum is traditionally open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm and closed public holidays.
Further information: Contact the Australian Army Infantry Museum on 02 6575 0257

12 May - Bush Dance

Bush Dance

Friday 12 May

Bush Fire Band and the Hunter Valley Folk Club combine their talents to bring a brilliant bush bash to Elderslie Rural Hall. Set in the picturesque surroundings of the Elderslie Village, Elderslie Rural Hall is the perfect venue for this bush dance with a difference. The music will be intertwined with performances by the bush poets. Guests are asked to bring their own picnic tea and drinks and enjoy a great night of family fun-filled entertainment.

When: 6:00pm Friday 12 May
Where: Elderslie Hall, Elderslie Road, Elderslie
Cost: $15/ Adult, $5/ Primary School aged children, under Primary School aged children are free. Bookings required; please call Wendy on 0409 743 947.
Further information: Call Wendy on 0409 743 947 or find information via Elderslie Hall Facebook Page

13 May - Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt

Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt

Saturday 13 May

Australia’s finest Scottish music duo Chris Duncan (Scottish fiddle) & Catherine Strutt (grand piano) are Australia's finest Scottish music duo and are coming to Singleton to perform in a 'Convent After Dark' concert in the candle-lit Community Room. Catherine will perform on the SAMS (Singleton Arts & Music Society) grand piano.

The ARIA award winners and international performers’ superlative musicianship bring to life the sensitive slow airs, the swing of the jig and groove of the reel, leaving audiences and dancers alike captivated, earning them much respect as Australia’s foremost Scottish music duo.

Please note that the concert will be held in 'low light' and access around the Convent site in the evening involves basic lighting.

When: Saturday 13 May - optional canapes will be served in the Convent Garden from 6.30pm – 7:15pm (for prebooked tickets only). A glass of complimentary wine will also be provided by Nightingale Wines with the canapes. The concert begins at 7.30pm.
Where: Community Room, Sacred Spaces, Queen Street Singleton
Cost: Tickets are $30 adult / $5 school student (concert only) or $45 for the concert and pre-concert canapes. The $45 tickets must be booked by midnight 9 May. Tickets are available here. Limited tickets (concert only) may be available from the door from 6.30pm.
Further information: Contact Sacred Spaces on 02 6572 2398. For more information about the artists and their recordings, see their website.

14 May - Noel Poppa Riley concert

Mother’s Day Country Music

Sunday 14 May

Come and join Noel ‘Poppa’ Riley and his band of merry men in this Country Music Concert at Townhead Park. Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy Noel’s unique sound, which well and truly reflects his experience on the country music circuit.

Walk-up artists are welcome to come and join the sing-a-long. Feel free to bring a chair, picnic rug, refreshments and some shade as well. What a perfect way to spend Mother’s Day, and wrap up an eventful Singleton Festival line-up!

When: 11:00am – 3:00pm, Sunday 14 May
Where: Townhead Park, New England Highway (performance from the back verandah of the building)
Cost: Free! Bookings not required
Further information: Contact the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

14 May - Singleton Town Band

Singleton Town Band Concert

Sunday 14 May

See one of the town’s oldest associations perform in one of the town’s oldest buildings at the Singleton Town Band Concert.

Singleton (established 1820-21), like many other older towns of NSW, possesses many old established associations. Possibly the two oldest still functioning would be the Northern Agricultural Association and the Singleton Town Band, the NAA being established in 1868 and the Singleton Town Band in 1878. Records indicate that a Spring Show was held on 24th August 1865 whilst newspaper extracts of the time report “The Singleton Amateur Band was in attendance of the performance of the Amateur Theatrical Society in July 1945 and in the course of the evening played many lively tunes.”

The late Thomas Ferrington after a period of research published a record of Singleton Bands in the columns of the “Singleton Argus” in a series known as “Band Reminiscences 1845 to 1938.” The Singleton Town Band however, was founded in 1878 and would rank with some of the oldest in this state, if not the Commonwealth, still functioning.

In recent times the band has embraced interest from youth and has established a junior band and another, the late starters, is for people who chose to pick up a musical instrument later in life.

Singleton Town Band makes regular appearances at community events but this is a rare opportunity to see them at their stand-alone event. Expect some quirkiness in their music program.

All Saints’ Anglican Church in High Street is one of the town’s iconic buildings. Opened in 1913, this sandstone building has a slate roof, large pane windows, four panel doors and is typically Victorian Gothic in spite of the date. The acoustics of brass inside this sandstone structure is an experience not to be missed!

When: 3:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday 14 May
Where: All Saints’ Anglican Church, High Street, Singleton
Cost: Entry is free; Bookings not required
Further information: Contact the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560