Press Release: Local Penrith doctors to feature in concert for charity

The Penrith 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. The 78 members of this fine orchestra practice 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 and work in the area, including opthalmologist Dr Richard Hartley who plays the cello and GP, lecturer and trombonist Dr Adrian Sheen. Both find an outlet in music and thoroughly enjoy their involvement with this orchestra.

Each year, the orchestra supports a different medical charity 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 make a difference in 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 Richard Addinsall’s famous Warsaw Concerto and guest artist Ayse Shanal, a former winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria, will lift her lovely voice in a selection of songs 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: or

calling Ticketek on 1300 795 012

For immediate release

Jennie Lees
Media Liaison & Public Information