Press Release: Local Hills doctor to feature in concert for charity

7 May 2014

The Hills area will be well represented on Sunday, 25 May, when the NSW Doctors Orchestra under the baton of Dr David Banney presents a fundraising concert entitled Stage & Screen at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood. Supplemented by a few musical medical students, the 78 members of this fine orchestra practise in medical fields, play for pleasure and gather occasionally under the banner of Musicus Medicus to give concerts for charity.

Several members of the orchestra reside or work in The Hills, and shining among them is medical student Maria Chow of Carlingford. Maria, who completed her advanced exam with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music before she began her medical studies will play among the first violins. Dr Cathy Fraser who founded the orchestra 11 years ago and has managed it ever since, says that playing with the orchestra provides medical students with an opportunity to maintain their musical skills. ‘Our rehearsals are free of hierarchy,’ she says, ‘so the students who join us are often surprised to find themselves sharing a music stand with their teachers, examiners and professors!’

Dr Fraser takes pride in the way the orchestra has developed over the past decade, in both its music making and philosophy of supporting charities in the arts and medicine. Each year, it uses part of the proceeds from its concerts to fund the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Instrumental Scholarship and donates the remainder to a different medical charity, and this year, the Day of Difference Foundation will benefit. Established in 2004 by Ron Delezio and his wife Catherine Martin following the tragic accidents of their daughter Sophie, this charity works tirelessly to reduce the impact and incidence of children’s critical injury in Australia.

Convinced of the importance of music in everyday life, the orchestra supports the arts by contributing to the Young Virtuosi program run by Fine Music 102.5 and since 2009 it has taken pride sponsoring the scholarship that carries its name in the annual Sydney Eisteddfod program. In Stage & Screen, the doctors will perform a program of music from films and ballets. Pianist Evgeny Ukhanov will appear as soloist playing Addinsall’s Warsaw Concerto and Ayse Shanal, a former winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria, will sing a selection of songs from Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story.

All fine musicians, these talented doctors have a dedicated following, so to avoid disappointment book without delay.

What: NSW Doctors Orchestra Fundraising Concert When Sunday, 25 May at 2.30pm
Where: Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood
Tickets: Adult: $45; Concession $35; Child $25; Family $95 Bookings: or

or by calling Ticketek on 1300 795 012

For immediate release

Jennie Lees
Media Liaison & Public Information