More mu­sic from Manawatu medics


Keep­ing the res­cue chopper aloft is the spirit be­hind Medics Make Mu­sic 2

In­volv­ing a group of singing, play­ing, act­ing doc­tors and nurses, the orig­i­nal Medics Make Mu­sic va­ri­ety show was such a huge suc­cess in 2014, rais­ing a phe­nom­e­nal $39,000 for the he­li­copter, that show co-pro­ducer Dr Raf­fat Shameem was keen to give it an­other go.

The car­di­ol­o­gist says the Medics Make Mu­sic 2 se­quel on March 5 in­volves a range of tal­ented mu­si­cal medi­cos plus one or two close friends.

‘‘There are a lot of mu­si­cal medics in Manawatu who are soloists or per­form in groups, as well as oth­ers who have hid­den tal­ents just wait­ing to be given the chance,’’ Raf­fat says.

Nurse, soloist and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Mary Biel­sky, re­cently achieved her Trin­ity Col­lege ATCL in Singing, while clas­si­cal pi­anist, Ben Booker, is train­ing as a med­i­cal stu­dent. Raf­fat has played lead­ing and sup­port­ing roles with Manawatu Theatre So­ci­ety and the Show­case Singers.

Com­pered by Burnzee, the pro­gramme in­cludes songs, cho­rus num­bers, in­stru­men- tal pieces and skits based on med­i­cal themes, rang­ing from opera, mu­si­cal theatre, and pop­u­lar song to C&W.

Medic­sMake Mu­sic 2 has two per­for­mances in the Re­gent on Broad­way Satur­day, March 5 at 2pm and 7pm. Tick­ets $35 adults, chil­dren un­der 15 $20 and 10+ $32. Book Tick­et­Di­rect.

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