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Ryman residents 'hopelessly devoted' to MSO

Written by Margot Taylor
on April 02, 2024

Busloads of Ryman Healthcare residents and friends of the retirement living and aged care providers villages proved their devotion to Australian icon Dame Olivia Newton-John (AC DBE) has not waned since her passing.

In March residents from Ryman’s Charles Brownlow and Deborah Cheetham villages attended the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) ‘Hopelessly Devoted: A Celebration of Olivia Newtown-John’ concerts presented by Ryman Healthcare at Hamer Hall.

Attendees were treated to rousing renditions of Newton-John’s greatest hits including from her record-breaking albums ‘Physical’, ‘Xanadu’ and ‘You’re the One That I want’ under the leadership of conductor Jessica Gethin.


Charles Brownlow Retirement Village resident Marie Benney said she was still buzzing from the concert.

“Olivia herself was really a one-off, but it was a truly wonderful day,” she said.

“My family and I go to at least one show a year, but this was the first one I had been to with Ryman.

“I think Ryman’s association with the MSO is a great one because a good percentage of people at villages will really enjoy going to such shows.”

While she was a “country girl” at heart, she could always be coaxed to the city for a show.

“I’m not really into cities, I’m a country girl, but when it’s a live show and there is a Ryman bus it really does make for a great day out,” she said.


Ryman Healthcare General Manager Sales-Victoria Debra Richardson (far left) and Deborah Cheetham Retirement Village sales advisor Janine Wilde (centre) with friends of the village at Hamer Hall.


Ryman Healthcare Australia CEO Cameron Holland, General Manager Sales-Victoria Debra Richardson and Deborah Cheetham Retirement Village sales advisor Janine Wilde also attended.

The special concerts were hosted by Newton-John’s niece and Goodwill Ambassador of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Centre, Tottie Goldsmith (OAM), with a donation from the shows made to the wellness centre.

Ryman Healthcare is a proud Premier Partner of the MSO, enabling residents and people considering a move to a village, exclusive access to performances at villages and the Arts Centre.

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