Percussionist GP to play more than the bones

SYDNEY GP registrar Dr Bonnie Fraser’s patients may not realise it, but when she taps on their knee with a reflex hammer they could be helping her practise for her performance on 18 September.

Dr Fraser is a percussionist with the with the Australian Doctors Orchestra (ADO), but only started banging the timpani and tapping on the triangle after a childhood spent tickling the ivories.

“My friend and I had both played the piano growing up, and she decided she wanted to join the orchestra,” Dr Fraser said.

“I went along and they needed a percussionist to play the xylophone, and since the notes are laid out like the notes on the piano I thought I could probably give it a try.”

The xylophone led to timpani – also known as kettle drums – and the triangle and the cymbals, and almost anything other instrument that requires hitting.

“As a percussionist you get to play a variety of