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Special events

Special events for 2018 will be listed soon.

Here are the special events we ran as part of the festival in 2017.

Love Life Concert


We asked our friends Emlyn and Jodie O’Regan to come over from South Australia and run a singing workshop (Sunday 25 June, 2-5pm, Newport Mechanics Hall).  The participants of the workshop will form the Love Life Choir and they will then perform at the Love Life Concert (Wednesday 28 June, 8pm, The Substation).  Sounds like an adventure?  Interested?

The Love Life Choir will be joined by a marvellous cast of musicians including Lance Clarke on piano (playing music with a touch of Liberace!) Nick Charles playing Neil’s Guitar, the fabulous acapella choir Harambee (Battle of the Choirs Channel 7), Newport’s own ‘Belle’ and of course Emlyn and Jodie O’Regan. 

Why 'Love Life'?

One of our members, Barbara Phoenix, asked the club if we could help her raise money for cancer research.  Barbara has created other events (she is Chair of Open Williamstown) and the club agreed.  She suggested we run a singing workshop and a concert in the lead-up to the festival, and that's how this event came about.  Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Cancer Council’s Forgotten Cancers Project.  
This will be a joyous concert to begin the festival week – either as a member of the Love Life Choir or as an audience member (who will no doubt be invited to join in at some point in the evening).  A great event for a great cause!

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Tickets to the Love Life Concert - $25 ($20 Concession) Book online

Folk to Classical

Once again we bring together the worlds of folk and classical music.

The concert will feature the Newport Strings Orchestra conducted by Simon Harvey, a combined choir (Newport Community Choir and Willin Wimmin), the Newport Bush Orchestra, classical works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Vivaldi, Britten and more, plus original songs by locals specially orchestrated for this event.

This is a separately ticketed event - it's not covered by your Festival pass.

The Substation

Saturday 1 July, 8:00pm.


$25/$20 concession - Family ticket $60 (2 adults, 2 children)

Music Society of Victoria Winter Concert

Friday 30 June, 7:30pm

The Substation

The Music Society of Victoria (Western Centre) Winter concert features local inspiring students from 7yrs to adult professionals.
The Program contain music ranging from 15th century, Classical, Romantic and 20th century as well as songs from musicals and jazz.

Performances by:

  • Helen Ling - Completed her music degree at Melbourne University. Will be singing this year in the Melbourne Opera Chorus for Lohengrin in August at the Regent theatre. She was also on the 3MBS ‘The Talent’ competition last year and was a runner up for the finals.
  • Harvey de Koster on trumpet. Winner of the under 14yrs Brass section in the Boroondara Eisteddfod. Harvey currently attends Newport Lakes Primary school.
  • Beau Dixon - attends VCASS (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School), studying Saxaphone.
  • Monique Harkin, piano and vocal student at VCASS
  • Recorder consort will perform beautiful music from 15th/16th Century composers.
  • Arlo Pilley - a 12yr old pianist performing his own composition, Fantasy
  • David and Reuben Micallef - father and son duo on saxophone and piano.

MSV Western Centre supports young musicians by providing performance opportunities such as this concert.


Adults and performers $10
Non-performer children and members of MSV free