ICMus Summer Music Festival

Singers performing in the King's Hall

Andrew Novell, BMus Hons Music

The aim behind the ICMuS Summer Music Festival was to provide an opportunity for classical musicians at Newcastle University to give public performances. We expected the idea to be a popular one, having sounded it out amongst friends in the department, and so decided upon a week long event which comprised of two concerts each day.

We planned our budget very carefully as we wanted this event to become an annual performance week within the music department and wanted to make enough money for it to run without extra funding next year.

The festival was an enormous success which was down to the hard work of a very dedicated committee. Each member of the committee was in charge of a specific area of running the festival involving areas such as finance, publicity, programming and concert managing.

We were able to provide a very diverse series of concerts, ranging from early music to compositions by masters students within the music department, with performances given by soloists, chamber groups and a chamber orchestra. The concerts were well attended, and we received much positive feedback from staff, fellow students and members of the public. We made more money than we anticipated meaning there are more than sufficient funds for the festival to run next year.