Corpus Medicorum is a Melbourne-based orchestra of doctors, medical students and health professionals.
These talented individuals, whose professional lives are devoted to public health, come together several times a year to present a much-loved concert series at Melbourne Recital Centre. Their performances are of an exceptionally high standard and all profits are donated back to The Royal Melbourne Hospital to fund Lung Cancer research.
Corpus Medicorum was founded in 2002 by Royal Melbourne Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Violist Phillip Antippa.
It is widely regarded as one of Australia’s premier amateur orchestras as has worked with noted Australian conductors Warwick Stengaards and Carl Pini, and leading international and Australian soloists including Elizabeth Wallfisch and Hartmut Lindemann, Stefan Cassomenos, Benjamin Martin, Wilma Smith, Natsuko Yoshimoto, Ji Won Kim, and Michael Dahlenburg.
Corpus Medicorum's current Conductor and Musical Director is Associate Prof Keith Crellin OAM - noted violist and teacher. Keith was Head of Strings Elder Conservatorium University of Adelaide and ex-founding member of the Australian String Quartet.
Corpus Medicorum encourages doctors and medical students not to forgo their substantial talents during the long years of medical training. It also provides a highly satisfying creative outlet for practicing medics to balance their demanding professional lives.
Corpus Medicorum, on behalf of the City of Melbourne, has toured internationally three times - St Petersburg Russia in 2014, to Osaka Japan in 2016 as Sister Cities of Melbourne and in 2018, Corpus Medicorum visited its European Sister Cities and gave concerts in Thessaloniki and Milan with a special guest performance in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Stefan Cassomenos joined Corpus Medicorum for this exciting tour as soloist and composer. A new Double Piano Concerto was commissioned for the occasion.
Corpus Medicorum continues its Philanthropic mission with now over $750,000 raised to help our patients with Lung Cancer.
The Orchestra's love for music dominates every moment of its activity as Corpus Medicorum continues to perform masterpieces from the Symphonic repertoire to a continually high standard - Fine Music by Professionals!
Director Mr Phillip Antippa MBBS FRACS, cardiothoracic surgeon, Head of Thoracic Surgery Service, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Artistic Director Assoc Professor Keith Crellin OAM, Head of Strings & Conductor, University of Adelaide
Founding Conductor and Director, the late Christopher Martin.