|Name: London Doctors Orchestra and ChoirEvent: Concert
Date: 24 October 2015
The London Doctors Orchestra and Choir (LDOC) is made up of a group of doctors and health care professionals from all specialties working across London with a passion for music. Each year they host two concerts and Lifebox® has been chosen as the named charity for their upcoming concert on Saturday 24 October at Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London.
We’re delighted to be a part of this unique event, and we recently caught up with LDOC Chair, Dr Lucy Abbott to learn more.
What motivated you to support Lifebox?
We perform two concerts a year and the proceeds are donated to different charities. One of our members suggested Lifebox, and when we looked into the purposes of the charity our committee were very keen to support the organisation at our forthcoming concert in October. We can see how our donation will make a real difference to individuals through the use of pulse oximeters making surgery safer.
What does safer surgery mean to you?
In my opinion, improving basic patient safety is far more likely to save lives than new advances in medicine, especially in resource poor environments. By supporting Lifebox we hope that we make a direct impact on patient safety, reducing health inequalities and saving lives.
This is a unique event, how did it come about?
The LDOC is an exciting ensemble set up by a small group of West London doctors who were keen to keep their musical interests going well beyond university. Our members range from junior doctors through to consultants, other healthcare staff as well as some vets and other professions. After months of planning, the first rehearsal was in October 2009 with the first concert in February 2010. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength.
Rehearsals are kept relaxed and sociable, the perfect opportunity to meet some new friendly people and held monthly to help fit in around busy working lives, with concerts planned every six months. We are always looking for new members for both the choir and orchestra, regardless of previous experience.
What do you hope audiences will gain from the concert?
We hope that they will enjoy our concert. The opening piece is a flute solo and orchestra. The work is based on well-known themes from the opera Carmen by Bizet and music lovers will enjoy the variations on the famous Habanera Tango and Toreador themes as well as Dr Jennifer De’s outstanding flute playing. This will be followed by the much loved Elgar Enigma Variations, including the famous “Nimrod” movement. The choir will be performing the Durufle Requiem in the second half, and although not as well-known it is exquisitely beautiful and moving.