The EDO gave its inaugural concert in London in November 2004 and since then has performed all over Europe – from Birmingham to Bucharest, Norway to Newcastle (for the second time!)
The orchestra is made up of 96 doctors from every field of medicine and from across Europe. They meet twice yearly, once in the UK and the other in a city on the European mainland.
Each three day meeting ends in a public concert. All the players are self-funding and the profits of each concert go to its chosen charity.
The concert saw special guest Weronika Okroj address the audience to share her story. Weronika, 19, from Newcastle, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after finding a lump on her neck.
During her treatment Weronika was supported by CLIC Sargent, and took part in its music programme, which sees young people affected by cancer come together for workshops to learn songwriting and performance skills with the help of professionals.
Weronika said: “The CLIC Sargent music programme was great fun, what I loved was the fact that if you looked at us all jamming together, you wouldn’t think ‘there’s a bunch of young people with cancer’, you would just see us as a group of young people.”
Karen, Jonny and Dave, the three North East GPs who organised the return visit of EDO to the SAGE, were proud to be supporting CLIC Sargent again: “What better way to spend some down time than playing good music with a wonderful variety of doctors and raising some money for young people facing some of the toughest challenges there are.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Lindsay Kay said: “A huge thank you to everyone involved for their fantastic support and generosity; thank you so much for joining our fight for young lives against cancer.”