Freedom from Torture - Award-winning pianist Jayson Gillham tops the bill at this year’s Doctors’ Orchestra Concert for Freedom from Torture

Award-winning pianist Jayson Gillham tops the bill at this year’s Doctors’ Orchestra Concert for Freedom from Torture

Australian pianist Jayson Gillham will be the star attraction at Freedom from Torture’s annual gala fundraising concert by The Doctors’ Orchestra at London’s prestigious Cadogan Hall on 26 February.

Winner of the 2014 Montreal International Piano Competition, Jayson Gillham will perform Brahms’s youthful and passionate First Piano Concerto in D minor for his very first time.

Conductor Stephen Brearley, who met Jayson after one of his previous concerts, appreciated his “big and muscular” style of playing, and so he asked him to join the orchestra for the upcoming fundraising night in what will be a new challenge for the piano virtuoso, albeit one he is really keen to take on.

He plays Beethoven with a sort of ‘glow’…always a lovely sound - gorgeous!
Sir Mark Elder


The award-winning pianist has worked with other amateur orchestras before, although he thinks this time will prove different because he knows that the ensemble has a long history and feels very safe working with them, in part because he knows doctors are organised, time-conscious and used to teamwork.



Jayson Gilham was born in the small town of Dalby in rural Queensland, the second son of a local farmer and a Mancunian-born mother. He learnt the piano at the age of four and was a child prodigy, playing in concerts and competitions in the state. He went on to study music at Brisbane’s Conservatorium of Music, moving to London and the international concert circuit in 2007. He is now based in London but returns regularly to Australia to perform, including in the Sydney Opera House.

The 75-strong Doctors’ Orchestra has held an annual fundraiser for Freedom from Torture since its inception in 2010. Conductor Stephen Brearley, a consultant surgeon, has garnered an ensemble of musically-gifted medical professionals from across Europe and the world - from GPs to obstetricians and surgeons to psychiatrists, who have worked in the NHS. Members reunite each year for rehearsals and performance.

Raising funds for torture survivors is a key incentive to bring these skilled musicians together:

I find happiness comes from sharing and giving – from working towards a shared goal, from recognising that we are part of a community with responsibilities to each other, not from personal gain or possessions.
Jayson Gillham


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