It was an inspiring afternoon of entertainment as a particularly enthusiastic audience broke into rapturous applauses throughout the NSW Doctors Orchestra Fundraising concert yesterday.
The Orchestra’s annual fundraising concert for the NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship had a great turnout yesterday when 80 medical professionals and students filled The Concourse Concert Hall stage to present From Russia With Love.
Founder and director Dr Cathy Fraser said they felt privileged to have a soloist of the calibre and talent of Sydney Eisteddfod alumna Susan Collins, who played the Khachaturian Violin Concerto “absolutely brilliantly while the whole orchestra rose to the occasion”.
“We were especially moved by an encore of an Armenian folk song played by Susan and our conductor Dr David Banney as he paid tribute to Dr Brian Shearman (who passed away in January) by playing his violin,” Dr Fraser said.
“There were tears on and off the stage in memory of a very special member of our orchestra.”
After last year’s debut on the NSW Doctor’s Orchestra stage, former Governor of NSW Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO returned with her violin to join the orchestra and delight the audience once again.
On behalf of the organisation, Sydney Eisteddfod Chief Executive Piroozi Desai-Keane OAM extends her appreciation to the support shown by Professor Marie Bashir and all the audience members who attended.
“I would also like to say a special thank you to Dr Cathy Fraser, Conductor David Banney and all the wonderful doctors from the NSW Doctors Orchestra for donating their time to raise funds for the NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship once again,” she said.
“Each year this life-changing scholarship takes one talented instrumentalist one step closer to achieving his or her dream.”
Proceeds from the concert will also benefit Freedom Across Australia, a charity that provides escorted touring for people with disability throughout Australia.