Preview: World Doctors’ Orchestra, Barbican Centre

27th September 2021 by Dr Peter Newman

Preview: World Doctors’ Orchestra, Barbican Centre

I have had an interesting career as a GP being a principal looking after residents at Centre Parcs in Elveden. I moved to a single-handed practice in Slough and then spent 18 years as a partner. Since retiring in 2018 I have continued to work as a GP locum and been with NASGP since July 2020.

I carry out video internet consulting and have been working in this field for over five years. I have been a GP appraiser for eight years, and an occupational health physician for 14 years. I have acted as  medical advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra for nine years and British Performing Arts Medicine Practitioner for over 12 years. In an average week I spend three to four days as an occupational health physician and one day a week in general practice including internet consulting, appraising and locums.

I play in two regular orchestras in Wycombe and Aylesbury as Principal Clarinet. I also have played in the World Civic Orchestra, European Doctors Orchestra and London Doctors’ Orchestra and North American Doctors’ Orchestra and World Doctors Orchestra, playing in my 11th concert in London in October since 2009. During a year I will be asked to play as a guest principal maybe three or four times a year with other orchestras. I will try and practice maybe two or three times a week and more frequently as concerts approach. I am practising daily at present.

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