Next Concert


The NSW Doctors Orchestra

conducted by Dr David Banney



 at 2.30pm

on Sunday 20th May 2018

in the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

Program includes:

 Elena Kats-Chernin: "Night and Now"  Flute concerto 

                                       featuring soloist Sally Walker

Rimsky Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Gabriel Faure: Pelleas et Melisande Suite, Op. 80

Arturo Marquez: Danzon No.2 

In addition, a children’s choir from Banksmeadow School, along with a special appearance by Don Spencer (founder of ACMF) to sing a couple of his iconic songs, no doubt recognizable from PlaySchool days.  

The Orchestra:

Musicus Medicus, founded in 2004 by General Practitioner Dr Cathy Fraser to give NSW Doctors and medical students an opportunity to enjoy music together. Every year about 80 doctors and medical students come together from both metropolitan and rural NSW and from across the medical disciplines to share a passion for music, and to raise money for medical charities and young musicians. For 12 years they have been conducted by GP Dr David Banney, winner of the 1995 ABC-Westfield Australian Young Conductor of the Year Award.

The Charities:


Sydney Eisteddfod


We have an ongoing relationship with Sydney Eisteddfod funding the “NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship” for 16-25 year olds, worth $10,500 annually.  This scholarship is a major highlight of the Sydney Eisteddfod program, attracting the finest talent from Australia. Investing in the arts is always worthwhile, and over the past nine years, this scholarship has contributed some $85,000 to the cultural capital of the nation by making it possible for nine outstanding young musicians to study abroad. 

In addition we support the Young Virtuosi Program run by Fine Music 102.5FM, who will be recording the concert.


This year the medical charity we have chosen to support is ACMF


The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) is a charity that was founded in 2002 by Don Spencer OAM, to provide free, long term weekly music lessons and instruments to disadvantaged and Indigenous children throughout Australia. Don has a long and distinguished career in popular music. Through his work with children (as a presenter on the TV show “PlaySchool” and as a songwriter and performer) he was struck by the incredible potential that music has in engaging children and improving their quality of life.

The ACMF contracts specialist music teachers to provide free music lessons to disadvantaged and Indigenous children and youth across Australia. Lessons can take place at schools, drop-in centres, Juvenile Justice Centres, PCYCs or children’s hospitals using existing local networks and infrastructure to identify and connect with those most in need. Lessons can be one-on-one, in small groups, or for large classes. We also supply musical instruments for use in these programs, which are donated to the venue for permanent and ongoing use. Our strength and many successes lie in our passion and our commitment. Our programs are conducted on a regular basis – and all of our music specialists have forged long-term bonds in the schools and justice centres where they teach. Our programs run for a minimum of two years, facilitating real and lasting change. We are continually growing, distributing more instruments and developing programs in urban, regional and remote communities across the country.


“I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.” PLATO



                                                                      Photo by Steven Godbee

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Sally Walker is Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle and Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University.  She was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and was awarded prizes from the DAAD, Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen's Trust.   She was Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, a member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras and performed in the London Proms, Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh and Tanglewood festivals.  She is Artistic Director of the “Twilight Musical Dialogues” chamber music series, collaborates with Halcyon and is guest Flautist with the Omega Ensemble. She has performed in over twenty countries and numerous composers have dedicated works to her, including Elena Kats-Chernin’s “Night and Now” Concerto, which she premiered with the Darwin Symphony conducted by Matthew Wood and subsequently performed with the Zelman Memorial Symphony, Newcastle Youth Orchestra and Barrier Reef Symphony.

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                                                                                      Photo by Steven Godbee


Flautist Sally Walker will perform composer Elena Kats-Chernin’s 2015 flute concerto Night and Now which recalls her Soviet childhood. This will be the first Sydney performance of the work. The World premiere was in Oct 2015 in Darwin. Sally performed the work again in a concert at Hamer Hall in Melbourne in September 2017 at the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Nazi massacres at Babi Yar, Ukraine in 1941.

The commemorative concert was especially poignant after the April 1 death of Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 84, whose milestone 1961 poem Babi Yar finally brought the massacres to the world’s attention.

Details were featured in the Limelight magazine September 2017


Registration now closed!

For PLAYERS invited to register late  Follow this link to the REGISTRATION FORM 

Rehearsals: 9am - 5pm on Sat 5th May, Sun 6th May and Sat 19th May - Abbotsleigh School, Wahroonga

Concert day: Sun 20th May, from 9:30 am at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

Rehearsal venue:

Our rehearsal venue is Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga, 1666 Pacific Highway (Corner of Ada Ave). This is one block from Wahroonga station and many shops, cafes, bakeries and supermarket, ideal for lunchtimes.  Undercover parking will be provided, and access from the carpark is one short flight of stairs. Details and map will follow to registrants attending rehearsals on Sat 5th May, Sunday 6th May and Sat 19th May.

This is the link to a map of the school’s  position.

Rehearsal schedule - click to view

TICKET Bookings: 

Tickets: Adults: $49, Concession $38, Child $28, Family: $102


WEB: or

VISIT: The Concourse Box office

CALL:  Concourse 80758100 or Ticketek 1300795012