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Celebrating excellence in creative and performing arts education in our public schools

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Bandlink Newcastle

Bandlink Newcastle is a 2 day workshop for Year 5 and Year 6 students at NSW public schools providing an opportunity to play in a large ensemble under the guidance of professional conductors and musicians. Students learn specialised instrumental and ensemble skills which culminate in a concert at the end of the workshop.

In 2021, 4 ensembles will be created in 3 levels:

  • Advanced band
  • Intermediate band
  • Beginner band.

Current DoE COVID-19 guidelines, in consultation with NSW Health, will be strictly adhered to and you will be advised immediately of any changes required.

2021 dates

Tuesday 5 October and Wednesday 6 October 2021. (Term 4 Week 1)

Please note: The original July 2021 program was been postponed to support efforts to maintain the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

We will provide participating schools with updates later in Term 3.


Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Brown Road
Broadmeadow NSW 2292


Teachers need to complete the BandLink Newcastle 2021 application form by Monday 7 June 2021. 

Cost – $80 (incl GST) per student

Students should wear appropriate clothing to participate in a practical workshop.

Student Mentoring Program

This program is available for secondary students who play a musical instrument. They will attend a preparation workshop on Monday 19 July from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. These students will receive instruction in instrumental pedagogy and during the 2 day workshop they will work within the ensembles as student tutors working with small groups of students.

Please complete the student mentoring program form in the BandLink Newcastle 2021 application form for interested students details.


Ian Cook – Coordinator
Email: ian.r.cook@det.nsw.edu.au

Di Hall – Arts Coordination Officer
Email: di.c.hall@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0439 472 448

Heather Williams – Arts Coordination Officer
Email: heather.l.williams@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0448 556 818