The Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship

Michael Field is a classical music presenter on Sydney radio station Fine Music 102.5 (formerly 2MBS-FM), where he has also served as Chair of the Under 30s Committee and secretary of the Presenters Committee. He is a retired medical academic and specialist, with a life-long passion for classical music. He has prepared broadcasts and given talks on a wide range of topics in music and is a pre-concert speaker at subscription concerts of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

He learned the flute from Nicola Snekker at Sydney Grammar School and was a flautist in the National Music Camp Orchestra in the late 1960s. More recently, he resumed his flute playing for a period as a member of the Australian Doctors Orchestra and the NSW Doctors Orchestra (Musicus Medicus).

Michael’s working career has been in medicine and medical education. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and formerly practised and taught renal medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He remains involved in international medical school development as the President of the Western Pacific Association for Medical Education, affiliated with the WHO.

He is committed to the role of the humanities and music in the education of healthcare professionals. He was co-convenor of the Medicine and Music unit in the Master of Medical Humanities program at the University of Sydney and was instrumental in initiating the combined degree pathway in music and medicine at the same university. He is a strong proponent of the place of music in a balanced education for all children from a very young age.