Last month (June), AMA President, Dr Chris Zappala, chose QMO as the recipient of the President's Award for 2017, in recognition of QMO's work towards charities, the opportunites it provided for the medical community, as well as celebrating the spirit of QMO.
Since 2010, QMO with members in both the orchestra and choir, has raised over $75,000 for charities. All our members, from performers, administrators, staging support to front of house ushers, have always been unpaid volunteers, donating their time out of their busy clinical schedules to put on amazing concert events that raises funds for local charities. It is also through these concerts, that we help to raise awareness of important, pertinent issues within our community.
From left to right: Dr Nicola Campbell (Membership Officer), Dr Ryan Williams (Artistic Director/Conductor), Dr Lily Vrtik (Marketing/Sponsorship Manager), Dr Paul Jauncey (Executive Director), Emma Lumsden (Director of Ashintosh Foundation).
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members of the past and present, for donating their time, effort and talent. We are deeply grateful also to our sponsors, silent donors and QMO Friends who have provided incredible financial support to facilitate QMO's work. Last, but not least, we sincerely thank all our fans, and audiences who have attended our concerts and supported our events, without whom we would not have had the opportunity to express our love for music, and at the same time, raise money for charity.
QMO is proud to receive the AMA President's Award on behalf of all our members, supporters and fans.
Don't miss out on our upcoming concert Virtuosis Gala, 7pm Saturday 5th August, at St Peter's Lutheran College in Indooropilly. It promises to be an fantastic music event, with great classical masterworks and an impressive line-up of talented soloists. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.
Queensland Medical Choir recently lost one of our Basses in May this year. Dr Andrew Bryant will be sorely missed by all of us. His family and colleagues have gathered to raise awareness of mental health issues in Health Professionals. His son, John Bryant, will be doing the Noosa Triathalon in his memory and to raise funds for Beyond Blue. To support his venture, click on the LINK HERE.
We will be dedicating 'Virtuosis Gala' to Dr Bryant and proceeds from this concert will be donated to Beyond Blue. Beyond Blue has done phenomenal work with their Doctors' Mental Health Program, which has not only provided support to health professionals in need, but also funded research, data collection as well as raising awareness in this area. Queensland Medical Orchestra and Choir would like to use this opportunity to raise awareness and acknowledge the importance of mental health support for our colleagues and members.
There are some exciting works in store for our audience at our Virtuosis Gala concert. The orchestra will be performing with a few of our most brilliant musicians within the orchestra, showcasing their amazing talents in addition to their regular role as dedicated doctors.
Choral works performed by Queensland Medical Choir will include:
It is a program promised to wow and entertain! Not to be missed.
BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY to avoid disappointment.
Tickets for our 'Virtuosis Gala' is now on sale!
This is going to be a glamorous concert featuring brilliant soloists from QMO, performing some classical masterworks. Our soloists will include Dr Brendan Wisnowski (pictured), Professor Emma Duncan, Dr Jee-Yong Kim performing Saint Saens Piano Concert No 2. The beautiful voices of Queensland Medical Choir will also perform great choral pieces. To find out more about this concert, please click HERE.
The Gala promises not to disappoint, at our new state-of-the-art venue, St Peter's Lutheran College's Performance Art Centre. This is an auditorium with great seating capacity and phenomenal view of the stage from all corners.
Tickets are $35 each, with $30 for concession and $300 for a group of ten. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW to make sure you don't miss out on this spectacular night of glamour with a magnificent feast of classical music.
We are so very proud of Queensland Medical Orchestra and all our supporters.
Today, Dr Ryan Williams (our Artistic Director), Dr Penny Mainstone (bass clarinettist and palliative care physician), Dr Roger Allison (bass clarinettist and radiation oncologist), Emma Lumsden (4th year medical student, pianist and managing director of Ashintosh Foundation), visited Karuna Hospice Services and presented them with a cheque for $14000. This was money raised from our 'Care to Dance?' concert, in memory of Dr John Roberts whom we lost to pancreatic cancer last year. We are sincerely thankful to our sponsors, musicians, guest performers, Queensland Ballet Academy and everyone in our audience for their support - without whom we would not have been able to raise such a phenomenal amount for Karuna. The funds will ensure that Karuna can continue to provide such an important service to our community.
This was an outcome beyond our expectations, so a very sincere big Thank You to all our supporters.