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.