Press Release: Musical medicos to stage concert for charity

The Mosman area will be well represented on Sunday, 25 May, when the NSW Doctors Orchestra under the baton of Dr David Banney present 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.

Six doctors who play in this orchestra live and work on the lower north shore, and shining among them is percussionist Dr Shyamallee Crocker of Mosman. Now a medical registrar at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Dr Crocker grew up on the north side, and as a student of North Sydney Girls High School gained a wealth of musical experience playing in its main orchestra, wind orchestra, concert band and percussion ensemble. A former champion of the Sydney Eisteddfod Public Speaking platform, Dr Crocker is now busily involved in her medical career, but she maintains her interest in music as an active member of the Lane Cove Cameraygal Concert Band and shares this passion with her father Dr David Crocker who plays among the horns in the NSW Doctors Orchestra.

The doctors donate the proceeds from these fundraising concerts to 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.

Aware 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 a $10,500 instrumental scholarship that carries its name in the 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 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

by calling Ticketek on 1300 795 012 or calling at The Concourse Box Office

For immediate release

Jennie Lees
Media Liaison & Public Information