HICES Music Festival

A world class music event

Music Festival at a glance:

Held: Annually in August
Location:  4 day Camp followed by gala performance evening at Sydney Town Hall
For: Rotating annually between Years 5-8 and Jazz Academy & Years 7-12 and World Music Academy
More information: admin@hices.nsw.edu.au
Teachers: Please visit the Staff page for more information

2023 Festival Photos – now available for purchase. 
Staff: Please visit the secure Staff Portal for information on how to view and purchase photos.
Parents: Please contact your school for this information. 

"An outstanding event & a truly unique experience"

HICES Music Festival » Music Festival

Established in 1988, the HICES Music Festival is a collaborative musical celebration. 

The HICES Music Festival is a camp and concert program that annually brings together over 400 musicians from across HICES schools in New South Wales.  

Our festival gives music students an opportunity to perform repertoire that might not otherwise be available to them through their individual schools.

“The great tradition of serious music-making is alive and well in the HICES Music Festival”
Richard Gill | Conductor | OA

In 2024 we bring together Years 5-8 and Jazz Academy

On Wednesday 14 August we will once again gather at the Sydney Town Hall for a spectacular showcasing of the incredible talents of our students and staff.   In the lead up to this night of nights, participating students and staff will spend 4 days in preparations and rehearsals at Music Camp at The Tops in beautiful Stanwell Park, south of Sydney.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students from all HICES schools to come together and share their love of music in an exciting, fun filled, action packed environment as they prepare for their big performance evening.

HICES Music Festival 2024

Internationally renowned contributors

The HICES Music Festival held its inaugural concert, conducted by Richard Gill AO, as part of the Bicentennial celebrations at The Sydney Town Hall in 1988.  Over the years, HICES has been privileged to have renowned musicians to inspire and inform our students – Richard Gill AO (1997, 2016), Mr Howard Ionascu from Cambridge, UK (2007), Dr Andre Thomas, from Florida State University (2008), Dr Rollo Dilworth from Temple University, Philadelphia (2014), Dr Paul Terracini (2016), Mr Paul Jarman (2018) , Mr James Pensini (2023) and Dr Michael Bradshaw (2023)