Musical doctors join forces to raise funds for microsurgery

22 October 2010

Musicus Medicus is an orchestra made up of medical professionals.
Musicus Medicus is an orchestra made up of medical professionals.

Esteemed doctors from the medical orchestra, Musicus Medicus will return to the University of Sydney's Great Hall to perform a fundraising concert for research into microsurgery on Sunday 31 October.

The concert will celebrate the connection of music and medicine and raise funds for the Microsearch Foundation, which fosters research and teaching in microsurgery, particularly replantations, transplantation research and reconstructive surgery.

The concert will be conducted in the presence of Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, University of Sydney Chancellor and Governor of NSW. Her Excellency is patron of both the Microsearch Foundation and Musicus Medicus

University of Sydney Professor of Cardiology, and Deputy Dean of Sydney Medical School, Professor Ben Freedman said the NSW Doctor's Orchestra (Musicus Medicus), formed six years ago by Cathy Fraser, is a good example of the passion that many doctors have for music. He and a number of other Sydney Medical School academics play in the orchestra. On Sunday, Musicus Medicus will play the New World Symphony and a new work composed specially for the orchestra by its medico conductor, David Banney. The concert will feature renowned pianist, Kathryn Selby as soloist .

"We will be pleased to have the top Melbourne plastic surgeon, Dr Miklos Pohl, coming back to Sydney to play with the orchestra," he said. "He is a Sydney alumnus, and last played with the orchestra a couple of years back when Musicus Medicus took part in the Sydney Medical School's celebration of its 150th anniversary with a concert in the Conservatorium."

"Dr Pohl was responsible for starting the doctor orchestra movement in Australia. He founded the Australian Doctors Orchestra, which spawned Orchestras in NSW (Musicus Medicus) and Victoria (Corpus Medicorum).

"During a lengthy stay in Europe, Dr Pohl also went on to found the European Doctors Orchestra."

"We are very much looking forward to joining our colleagues in raising funds for Microsearch, a charity making great advances in the area of microsurgery."

The University of Sydney was the first to have a combined degree program for music and medicine (B Music Studies/MBBS), where those with the highest scores in HSC (over 99.5), and a special aptitude for music enrolled for the combined degree.

This degree started in 2008. Three of these students are currently completing their first year of Medicine this year, and 12 currently doing the B Music Studies. Three of these students will start Medicine in 2011.

Professor Freedman said several of the students would attend the concert.

All proceeds from the concert will support the Microsearch Foundation of Australia at the University of Sydney. For more information, contact the Microsearch Foundation.

Event details

When: 4.45pm for a 5pm start, Sunday 31 October

Where: Great Hall, Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus

Cost: $40, concession $30, children $20, family $90.

Tickets available at the door, cash only.

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