NSW Drs Orchestra raises funds for emerging instrumentalists in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod

February 8, 2017

The NSW Drs Orchestra is continuing its partnership with Sydney Eisteddfod to sponsor the NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship in 2017.

Eighty medical professionals and students will perform a concert for the 9th consecutive year to fund

$10,500 in prize value to some of the best emerging Australian instrumentalists aged 16-25 years of age who take part in the Scholarship this year.

Founder and manager of the NSW Drs Orchestra, Doctor Cathy Fraser, said Musicus Medicus (the orchestra’s stage name) 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.

“This year we have some of the most beautiful classical music in a very special repertoire for the audience, played by our dedicated musical medics. The symphony is sublime and the concerto is dramatic.

Titled From Russia with Love, the concert’s program includes Elena Kats-Chernin’s Russian Rag, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5, Khachaturian Violin Concerto and features violin soloist Susan Collins.

Sydney Eisteddfod is a not-for-profit organisation that runs one of the most successful competitive performing arts festivals of its type in the world with an average of 350 annual events in eight categories. Participants derive mostly from NSW/ACT but also from other states and New Zealand.

Proceeds from the concert will also benefit Freedom Across Australia, a charity that provides escorted touring for people with disability throughout Australia.

What: From Russia with Love – a NSW Drs Orchestra fundraising concert

When: Sunday, March 19, 2.30pm

Where: The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

Tickets: Adult $48, Concession $37, Family $98.

Bookings: www.theconcourse.com.au

Media enquiries:

Flora Cauchi

Media Liaison and Public Relations, media@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au or (02) 9261 8366.