Australian Bushfire Benefit London
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
Sunday, March 1st at 4.30pm

Creator: Darrian Traynor | Credit: Getty Images

Eventbrite have very kindly waived their fees and we can confirm that every penny raised will go to Australian Bushfire relief charities

Charities Aid Foundation (UK) have created a facility for UK taxpayers to donate directly to Australian Bushfire charities AND confirmed that donations to CAF will attract Gift Aid and tax relief for UK taxpayer donors. Click here to make your donation.

“So this morning after crying for a while going through my news feed and seeing yet another day of bushfire devastation, I decided I’m going to put on a benefit concert of Australian music by Australian musicians living in London. With 9 million hectares of land burnt, so many displaced and 18 lives lost, there’s never been a more pertinent time to give what we can. The RAM principal, Jonathan Freeman-Atwood, is completely on board and they’ll help us with a performance venue and contact anyone they can.”

Bridget O’Donnell, London 3rd January 2020

Formed by Australian musicians in London we are producing a concert featuring Australia’s finest musicians with full orchestra and choir to honour the brave men and women who are fighting the worst fires in Australia’s history. Our hearts are with the people of Australia and we hope that the money raised from this concert will make a tangible difference to the victims of this horrific tragedy.

Image: A kookaburra on a burnt tree in a fire-ravaged region of New South Wales ADAM STEVENSON/REUTERS

Special Guest Conductor – Simone Young AM

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Photo Credit: berthold-fabricius

Special Guest Artists

Stuart Skelton, tenor

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Amy Dickson, saxophone

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Event Founders

Bridget O’Donnell


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Lotte Betts-Dean


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ABBL Organising Committee
Bridget O’Donnell – violin 
Lotte Betts-Dean – mezzo-soprano 
Jessica Cottis – conductor
Toby Thatcher – conductor
James Swanston – Voyage Control (Event Sponsor)
Ros Higgins – Royal Flying Doctor Service, Friends in the UK
Dr Margaret Mayston AM – Australian Music Foundation
Isla Baring OAM – Chairman, Tait Memorial Trust
James Hancock – Administrator, Tait Memorial Trust