Press Release: Local Inner West doctors to feature in concert for charity

7 May 2014 

Eight local doctors and three medical students will represent the Inner West 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. The 78 members of this orchestra practise in medical fields, play for pleasure and gather occasionally under the banner of Musicus Medicus to give concerts for charity.

All are talented musicians and some, including concertmaster Amelia Mori of Balmain, completed degrees in music before studying medicine. Born in Canada, Dr Mori had difficulty deciding whether she wanted to become a musician or follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming a doctor. Settling for music, she completed a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, but although she gained wealth of experience playing with several orchestras, as time went on she found the call of medicine impossible to resist. After completing a science degree, she enrolled in the Graduate Medical Program at the University of Sydney. Now, as a resident medical officer at Concord Hospital, she is happily absorbed in her medical career. She still loves music, and treasuring her involvement with NSW Doctors Orchestra, she now enjoys the best of both worlds. At the forthcoming concert, Dr Mori will feature in a solo spot playing John Williams masterpiece Schindler’s List.

The doctors support a different medical charity each year and on this occasion 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 deserving 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 also supports the arts. It contributes to the Young Virtuosi program run by Fine Music 102.5, and proudly sponsors the $10,500 instrumental scholarship that carries its name in the annual Sydney Eisteddfod program.

In Stage & Screen, the doctors will perform a program of memorable music from films and ballets. Pianist Evgeny Ukhanov will feature as soloist playing Addinsall’s Warsaw Concerto and Ayse Shanal, a former winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria, will lift her lovely singing a selection from Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story.

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: The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood
Tickets: Adult: $45; Concession $35; Child $25; Family $95 Bookings:
www.theconcourse.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au

For immediate release

Jennie Lees