Australian Doctors Orchestra

Sunday 4 September, Norwood Concert Hall

The Australian Doctors Orchestra (ADO) is a unique national fellowship of medical professionals who are also classically trained musicians. Since their first concert in 1993, the orchestra has played a concert every year (except 2021) and in every state, using each occasion to raise funds for charity.

Up to 100 medical professionals from all around Australia share two days of final rehearsals culminating in a performance on a Sunday afternoon, featuring acclaimed soloists and providing exciting orchestral performances.

The members of the orchestra donate their time and the proceeds of the concerts are given to charities. The concert on Sunday 4 September supported the HAS Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to children with life-threatening illness and their families.

The program consisted of the Nicolai Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor, Schumann’s Cello Concerto, The Prelude to the Kingdom by Elgar and ended with Richard Strauss’ monumental Death and Transfiguration.

The orchestra played this demanding program with very little rehearsal and all the players are to be congratulated on an amazing standard of performance. Under the expert guidance of conductor, Nicolas Braithwaite (Conductor Laureate of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) they delivered a concert of which they should be proud.

A highlight was the beautiful playing of cellist Greg Tuske, who performed the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor for the first time in his career.

The appreciative audience nearly filled the historic Norwood Concert Hall, ensuring that the afternoon was a resounding success.

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