Musicus Medicus 2018


The NSW Doctors Orchestra presents


at 2.30pm

on Sunday 20th of May, 2018

in the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

The Concert:

The NSW Doctors Orchestra’s annual fundraising concert will offer an afternoon of sublime music, varied and contrasting in style and origin, with compositions from France, Russia, Mexico and Australia. The highlight will be our soloist Sally Walker playing Elena Kats-Chernin’s  flute concerto “Night and Now”, written by Elena especially for Sally. This will be the concerto’s premiere in Sydney.  The program will also include these popular works:

Gabriel Faure: Pelleas et Melisande Suite, Op. 80

Rimsky Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34
Arturo Marquez: Danzon No.2 

In addition, a contribution by our charity ACMF (Australian Children’s Music Foundation) will involve 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. 

About Soloist Sally Walker:

Sally Walker is Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle and Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University.  She has had success in many international competitions, and performed with several orchestras in Germany, England and Wales.  She has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and is guest Flautist with the Omega Ensemble. She has performed in over twenty countries and numerous composers have dedicated works to her.

About Composer Elena Kats-Chernin:

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and immigrating to Australia in 1975, Elena Kats-Chernin is one of Australia’s leading composers. Musicus Medicus celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013 with a commissioned piece “Scherzino” by Kats-Chernin.

About Night and Now:

“Night and Now” Flute Concerto was composed for her friend Flautist Sally Walker by Elena Kats-Chernin in 2015, with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. It is based on various aspects of the flute and of the Russian character. The work is in three movements, presenting a wide variety of contrasting moods and colours.

The piece is written to fully showcase Sally’s musical talents and her unique sound. Elena says:- “Sally’s sound is full bodied. It isn’t a little flute which flies away – it has earth. That is Sally… how she is, very earthy, and elf-like at the same time. “

The Orchestra:

Musicus Medicus was founded in 2004 by General Practitioner Dr Cathy Fraser to give NSW Doctors and medical students an opportunity to enjoy music together. Every year over 80 medical musicians come together from both metropolitan and to raise money for medical charities and young musicians. They are conducted by GP Dr David Banney, winner of the 1995 ABC-Westfield Australian Young Conductor of the Year Award.

The Charities:

According to our mission, we will be raising funds for charitable causes in both arts and medicine. 


We have an ongoing relationship with Sydney Eisteddfod funding the “NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod 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. Since beginning in 2006, over 400 aspiring instrumentalists have performed on its stages. Investing in the arts is always worthwhile, and over the past twelve years, this scholarship has contributed well over $100,000 to the cultural capital of the nation by making it possible for outstanding young musicians to establish their careers locally and to study abroad. 


This year the medical charity we have chosen to support is Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF). The funds raised from this concert will help ACMF to continue to provide free music education and instruments to disadvantaged children and youth at risk throughout Australia. Lessons can take place at schools, drop-in centres, juvenile justice Centres, or childrens’ hospitals, identifying those most in need in urban, regional and remote communities across the country.

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

Web:   or

Call:  The Concourse, Chatswood 8075 8100 or Ticketek 1300795012

Visit: The Concourse Box Office (Corner Victoria Avenue and Anderson Street, Chatswood)


Enquiries and Links:



Dr Cathy Fraser

or 0411237451