NSW Drs Orchestra

NSW Doctors Orchestra

Musicus Medicus raise funds for young instrumentalists


Over eighty medical professionals and students will perform a concert for the 10th consecutive year to fund The Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship which carries a total value of  $13,000.

Founder and manager of the NSW Doctors Orchestra - Musicus Medicus, Dr Cathy Fraser, said the orchestra aims to use the universal language of music to raise money for charities in medicine and the arts. 

“A lot of our players have come through the Sydney Eisteddfod and we welcome the opportunity to give back,” she said.  

The Scholarship endeavours to discover and encourage an outstanding instrumentalist, aged 16 to 25 years, in the fields of strings (bowed and plucked), woodwind or brass instruments. The contribution made by the orchestra and has made it possible for nine aspiring musicians to study abroad. 

This year’s concert, entitled "Contrasts", offers an afternoon of sublime music, varied and contrasting in style and origin, with compositions from France, Russia, Mexico and Australia. The concert will feature approximately 80 doctors and medical students from New South Wales, under the baton of Dr David Banney, as well as special guest performers. 

The highlight will be the Sydney premiere performance of Elena Kats-Chernin’s flute concerto “Night and Now”, written especially for soloist and distinguished flautist Sally Walker and funded by the Australian Council for the Arts. 

In addition, a children’s choir from Banksmeadow School will perform with Don Spencer, backed by the orchestra, to sing a couple of his iconic songs. 

All concert proceeds will fund The Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship, and benefit the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF), founded by Don Spencer. 

"Contrasts" will be held at The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood at 2:30pm on Sunday 20 May 2018.