Roger Benedict

Indigenous Arts

Concert for Life 2019

Some of Australia’s finest musicians will come together for a special concert to raise money for Indigenous suicide prevention. Tuesday 10 Sep 2019 8pm, Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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On World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2019, some of Australia’s leading musicians will come together for a special concert to raise funds for Indigenous suicide prevention, presented in association with Suicide Prevention Australia.

Orchestra for Life, an ensemble made up of players from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra, will be conducted by Roger Benedict and joined by celebrated piano soloist Simon Tedeschi for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Music by Ravel and Faure will complete the program and the fabulous Gondwana Senior Choir will also take part in what promises to be one of the year’s musical highlights.

Roger Benedict believes strongly that music should be used as a tool to help effect social change and initiated the highly successful first Concert for Life in 2015. Suicide in Indigenous communities has reached a crisis point, and the rates of youth suicide are particularly shocking – Indigenous children (5-17 years old) in Australia die from suicide at five times the rate of their non-Indigenous peers.

Donations will be used to underwrite the significant costs of the event, and ensure that all the ticket income will go towards suicide prevention projects.


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Conductor and viola player Roger Benedict is principal viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the SSO’s acclaimed fellowship Program.

He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestra and as conductor with the Sydney Symphony in subscription concerts at the Sydney Opera House and in special events.

He has a long history of working with emerging artists and has conducted and coached the Australian Youth Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra (UK) and the European Union Youth Orchestra.
He has made two highly acclaimed recital discs (Volupte, which was selected as one of the best 10 CDs of 2010 by classicalreview, and Voices in the Wilderness) and also a recording of Vaughan-Williams Flos Campi with the SSO, all released on the Melba label.