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Concert for Life

Join some of Australia’s finest musicians for a very special concert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to raise funds for the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health, and the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship Program.

Held on 10th September, World Suicide Prevention Day, Concert for Life will bring together musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra to form the ‘Orchestra for Life’ for an evening that promises to be one of the year’s musical highlights. The orchestra will be conducted by Roger Benedict, Chief Conductor at the Sydney Conservatorium and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program.

Orchestra for Life will be joined on stage by celebrated piano soloist Simon Tedeschi and the Sydney Children’s Choir, conducted by Sam Allchurch, to present an inspiring program that includes Ravel’s Pavane, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Bizet’s Carmen Suite no.1.

Presented in Association with Suicide Prevention Australia, Concert for Life is a response to the heartbreaking statistics of Indigenous suicide in Australia. Alarmingly, 40% of child deaths in Indigenous communities are by suicide, and the percentage of youth suicides that are Indigenous rose from 10% in 1991 to a staggering 80% in 2012. The likelihood that Aboriginal people will self-harm is six times greater compared to non-Aboriginal people.

All profits from the concert will be shared between the Westerman Jilya Institute and the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship Program. 

Delivered in partnership with WA’s Curtin University, the program aims to train more Indigenous psychologists to deliver best-practice care in our highest-risk remote communities. The scholarships provide eligible students with $10,000/year to help with their study, living and transport costs. Dr Westerman established the program in October 2018 with a personal donation of $50,000. It was a direct response to decades of escalating child suicides in remote areas in which the absence of specialist programs and services was consistently cited by bereaved families as a vital gap. With your help, Dr Westerman can one day realise her aim of making this program available nationally.

Those wishing to donate before the concert can do so at the event’s Australian Cultural Fund project page. Every donation over $2 is tax-deductible.


Tickets: Adult $125, Concession $99

Bookings:  www.trybooking.com/528360

Website: www.concertforlife.com.au

Donations: www.australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/concert-for-life-2019/


Orchestra For Life conducted by Roger Benedict
Sydney Children’s Choir conducted by Sam Allchurch
Simon Tedeschi, piano
Guest Speaker: Dr Tracy Westerman


Fauré: Masques et Bergamasques Suite
Fauré: Pavane
Sydney Children’s Choir Segment
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Ravel: Pavane
Bizet: Carmen Suite no.1


If you need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling reach out to Lifeline (13 11 14) or call the Suicide Callback Service to speak to a mental health professional on 1300 659 467 


Event details

Venue: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1 Conservatorium Rd, Sydney
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