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History

The Australian Doctors Orchestra (ADO) was founded in 1993 by Hobart plastic surgeon and violinist Miki Pohl. He had been intrigued by the disproportionate number of doctors playing at the Mount Buller string music camps, and in the Hobart Chamber Orchestra. He saw the formation of a doctors’ orchestra as an exciting prospect, and his idea became a reality with our first concert in Melbourne in 1993. This featured Melbourne GP William Kimber who played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.

After the resounding success of our experimental debut, we alternated between Melbourne and Sydney for 5 years, before venturing forth to Adelaide, and then Hobart, Brisbane and Perth. Melbourne was the host city in 2004, followed by Canberra in 2005. In 2013 we decided to undertake two concerts per year featuring one concert in a regional centre and our major concert in a capital city.

In 2014 we travelled to Geelong for the first time and we made a welcome return to Perth in August.

In 2015 we will perform in Port Macquarie for the first time and we will make a welcome return to Brisbane in October after an absence of 10 years.

The orchestra is made up of both undergraduates and graduates, representing general practice and all specialties. All states and territories in Australia are represented. Our record size was 170 in Sydney in 2002, in celebration of our 10th anniversary. A hard core of players makes up approximately half of the orchestra, mixed with new and other players who come and go. A few keen veterans have played every one of the 21 years of our existence.

Christopher Martin was our founding conductor and artistic director. He held the position of Senior Lecturer in Strings and Conducting at University of Melbourne for 20 years before retiring. Sadly, Christopher passed away in 2011 and is missed by all.

Chris was succeeded by Keith Crellin as Artistic Director and Conductor in 2006 and the orchestra enjoyed Keith's inspiration and leadership in these roles until 2010.

We feature an exciting array of internationally renowned musicians as soloists in our annual concerts.

Year City Charity Soloist Instrument
2018 Mount Gambier Stand Like Stone Foundation Kees Boersma Bottesini: Concerto for Double Bass
2017 (2nd) Sydney Huntington's NSW Slava Grigpryan Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
2017 (1st) Bendigo The OTIS Foundation    
2016 (2nd) Healesville Healesville Hospital    
2016 (1st) Darwin Anglicare, Pandanus Program    
2015 (2nd) Brisbane Day of Difference Foundation    
2015 (1st) Port Macquarie Unicorn Foundation    
2014 (2nd) Perth The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (TCCP) Churchlands Senior High School Choir
2014 (1st) Geelong Anam Cara Lee Abrahmsen Soprano Beethoven: 'Ah Perfido'
Marshall Hall: 'Long After'
2013 (2nd) Adelaide Glaucoma Australia Peter Handsworth Clarinet Uhl - Concertante for Clarinet, Weber - Concertino for Clarinet Op. 26
2013 (1st) Newcastle Hunter Children's Research Foundation Ian Munro Piano Grieg - Piano Concerto
2012 (2nd) Melbourne Australian Rotary Health Natsuko Yoshimoto Violin Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
2012 (1st) Ballarat Ballarat Health Services Foundation Douglas Coghill and Liz Gormley Viola and Violin Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante
2011 Sydney Youth Off The Streets and Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Benjamin Martin Piano Brahms - Piano Concerto No 1
2010 Adelaide Australian Rotary Health Louise McKay Cello Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor
2009 Melbourne The Australian Lung Foundation Kristian Chong Piano Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 “The Emperor”
2008 Gold Coast The Australian Lung Foundation Clemens Leske Piano Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2
2007 Sydney Arthritis Australia Paul Goodchild Trumpet Arutunian - Trumpet Concerto
2006 Adelaide The Heart Foundation Jane Peters Violin Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Op.35 in D Major
2005 Canberra Cystic Fibrosis Association Clemens Leske Piano Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini
      Lee J. Collier Singer "65 Roses"
2004 Melbourne David Williams Fund (a program of the Victorian AIDS Council) Daniel Kossov Violin Brahms Double Concerto
      Tanya Prochazka Cello  
2003 Perth Cancer Foundation of WA Bruce Martin Bass baritone Arias from Carmen, Samson & Delilah, Elijah, Figaro, Don Giovanni
      Elizabeth Campbell Mezzo-soprano  
2002 Sydney Australian Rotary Health Research Fund Elizabeth Wallfisch Violin Beethoven Triple Concerto
      Benjamin Martin Piano (in C for piano, violin and cello Op.65)
      Niall Brown Cello  
2001 Brisbane Princess Alexandra Hospital Foundation Peter Tanfield Violin Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 66
2000 Hobart Tascare Society for Children; Tasmanian Association of Disabled Persons Duncan Abercrombie Clarinet Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K297
      James McCrow French Horn  
      Joseph Ortuso Oboe  
      Hugh Ponnuthurai Bassoon  
1999 Melbourne Brainwave Neuroscience Centre; Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne Elizabeth Wallfisch Violin Beethoven Violin Concerto 0p. 61
1998 Adelaide The Australian Craniofacial Foundation Janis Laurs Cello Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33
1997 Sydney The Glaucoma Foundation of Australia Benjamin Martin Piano Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
1996 Melbourne The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children in Victoria Suzanne Johnston Mezzo-soprano Arias from Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Lucrezia Borgia, Les Huguenots
1995 Sydney MASCRI (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Research Institute) Liwei Qin Cello Elgar Cello Concerto Op. 85
1994 Melbourne Victorian District Nursing Service; The Fred Hollows Foundation Carl Pini Violin Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K364
      Hartmut Lindemann Viola  
1993 Melbourne Multiple Sclerosis Society William Kimber Piano Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor 0p. 37