Musical medicos hit the right notes in Sydney

SYDNEY Town Hall bustled with music, medicine and good will as the Australian Doctors Orchestra delivered a classy performance of romantic and modern classics last weekend.

The full-scale orchestra made up entirely of registered medicos and future doctors crammed on to the stage to unveil its accomplished take on two quite different 20th century English works – William Walton’s cinematic Crown Imperial March and Edward Elgar’s lush crowd-pleaser, the Enigma Variations.

The two were split by a different kind of work altogether, when the 160 piece ensemble managed to make room for a piano and soloist Benjamin Martin who made light work of the Brahms Piano Concerto in D minor. His controlled slow second movement was a highlight for this correspondent.

Now approaching its 18th year, the ADO is growing in confidence and popularity with a record attendance of 1000 people holding up foot traffic on Sydney’s George Street and delaying