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Founded in July 2014, Wairua Sinfonietta is a unique Auckland-based orchestra whose players hold a strong belief that music can strengthen communities and unite the world. With like-minded musicians and supporters, Wairua Sinfonietta puts on high quality concerts to increase awareness and raise funds for charitable organisations locally and around the globe.

Well-being for Musicians Workshop

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Well-being for Musicians Workshop

  • St Heliers Bay Community Church 100 Saint Heliers Bay Road Auckland, 1071 New Zealand (map)

Start the year by looking after ourselves better with Wairua Sinfonietta's first ever workshop - Well-being for Musicians. 

If you have ever wanted to learn:

  • Practical techniques for motivation, gratitude, mindfulness and compassion
  • Preventative strategies and the recovery of a musician from illness or injury
  • Common mind patterns that lead to happiness and frustrations
  • Overview of health problems musicians commonly encounter

Tickets: $30

Early bird tickets: $25

Early bird tickets must be registered by Feb 21 2016


Then do come along. Clinicians Dr Tony Fernando and Dr Dickson Fung, who are both instrumentalists, will be guiding you through this workshop. 

While the emphasis is on musicians, you don't need to be a musician to put these practical techniques to use!

So please help us spread the word to the people you care about!




Dr Tony Fernando

Tony's session will focus on common mind patterns that lead to happiness and frustrations. Practical techniques including clarifying motivation, gratitude, mindfulness and compassion training will be discussed.


Tony is a cellist, a student of Margaret Cooke and a choral singer. He is a consultant psychiatrist who trained at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Columbia University in New York, He is a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Science. In 2012, he was awarded by the President of the Philippines for his work on medical education and sleep medicine.  In 2015, he received the highest award from New Zealand Medical Association for his work on doctor's well-being. 



Dr Dickson Fung

The Balanced Musician: An introduction to musician’s health issues tailored for orchestral musicians. Musical performance at the highest level places great physical and psychological strain on the individual. Injury and illness commonly affect performance when the body cannot balance demands of musical activity against these stressors. This session provides an overview of musician’s health problems commonly encountered including musculoskeletal, neurological and psychological issues, which may affect optimal performance for the orchestral musician. There will be a discussion regarding preventative strategies; when, where and what to expect when the musician seeks medical advice; and a  brief discussion regarding the recovery of a musician from illness or injury. The content of the session will draw on the presenter’s experience as health practitioner, orchestral musician and student of the Alexander Technique. Finally the presenter will seek to dispel some common misunderstandings and myths regarding musician’s health issues, drawing on recent literature and links to scientific evidence.


Dickson Fung currently pursues a career which combines his dual passions for musical performance and medicine. As a violinist, he completed his undergraduate studies with Justine Cormack and Stephen Larsen at the Universities of Auckland and Canterbury, followed by post graduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (Trinity College of Music) with John Crawford in London. His primary medical training was completed at the University of Auckland and following this, he has worked for over three years as a junior doctor in hospitals in the Auckland Region. His interest in the health issues of musicians led him to complete a Masters of Science (with Distinction) in Performing Arts Medicine at  University College London whilst concurrently completing his violin studies. His studies in the UK were generously supported by the Creative New Zealand/ Brent Estate NZ-Aotearoa Music Scholarship and a grant from the NZ-UK Link Foundation.  He continues to perform as a freelance violinist and is now continuing his medical practice as a GP Registrar at Clevedon Medical Centre.

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