Doctors with passion for music play for Mercy Flyers

Two doctors from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital are joining a professional line-up of classical soloists for an international charity concert at the John Innes Centre on Monday 17 December at 7.30pm.

Dr Philippe Grunstein, an established concert pianist as well as a respiratory consultant at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, will be performing three of his own compositions, along with Dr Prasanna Sankaran, a talented Indian percussionist who is currently a junior doctor working in neurology at the NNUH.

The other soloists are the international violinist Peter Fisher and cellist Mathias Feile, a former principal cellist with the London Philharmonic and Philarmonia Orchestras who has recently embarked on a career in medicine.

All profits from the concert will go to Mercy Flyers, a charity founded by two former NNUH doctors, Craig and Rae Oranmore-Brown, to fly doctors and medical equipment to remote areas of southern Africa.

Monday’s concert will have an international flavour, with works by Bach and Kodaly and Indian sounds from Dr Sankaran on tabla.

“Medicine may be my career but music continues to be my passion,” says Dr Grunstein, who studied piano with the French National Music Academy before turning to a career in medicine.

Now specialising in respiratory medicine, Dr Grunstein moved from France to join the staff of the NNUH in 2003. He helped to establish NNUH's first out-patients clinic for patients suffering from sleep apnoea (excessive snoring).

  • Tickets for the concert cost £15 (concessions £10, students £8).
  • For more information contact Dr Sundari Ampi on 07789 797928.
  • For more information about Mercy Flyers visit

Wednesday 12th of December 2007 10:00:55 AM