Freedom from Torture - Doctors’ Orchestra fundraising concert is the most successful yet

Doctors’ Orchestra fundraising concert is the most successful yet

The audience at Cadogan Hall rose to their feet to applaud pianist Jayson Gillham and the musicians of the Doctors’ Orchestra after a performance that was outstanding in both musical and fundraising terms.

The concert, on 26 February, was the ninth Doctor’s Orchestra gala to benefit Freedom from Torture’s medical and therapeutic work with survivors of torture.

The concert started with Mozart’s familiar but thrilling overture for Don Giovanni, followed by the orchestra playing Beethoven’s vivacious and sunny Fourth Symphony.

The second half saw British-Australian pianist Jayson Gillham's first ever performance of Brahms‘ youthful First Piano Concerto. The audience was thrilled by his sensitive and passionate interpretation and was delighted when he returned to the stage for an impromptu encore playing 'Nun freut euch' ('Now rejoice!'), a chorale prelude for organ by J.S. Bach, transcribed for piano by Busoni.

Catch Jayson playing in rehearsal on Classic FM's Facebook page and in the tweet below.

Conductor Stephen Brearley says:

“It was a wonderful evening. When I first saw Jayson Gillham play, I thought he would be an ideal performer for our annual fundraiser and so it proved to be. His Brahms helped lift our spirits and gave extra impetus to our performance. Added to that we had a full house with a knowledgeable and appreciative audience. And while the final figures are not yet in, we already know this is our most successful fundraiser yet.”

The 75-strong Doctors’ Orchestra straddles the medical profession, from GPs to obstetricians and surgeons to psychiatrists. Led by conductor Stephen Brearley, a consultant surgeon, members come from the UK and across Europe and the world, reuniting each year for rehearsals and performance. Raising funds for torture survivors is a key incentive to bring these skilled doctor-musicians together.

All proceeds raised through ticket and programme sales, raffle tickets and donations in lieu of attendance go directly to Freedom from Torture.

Freedom from Torture is the only UK-based human rights organisation dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors. We do this by offering services across England and Scotland to around 1,000 torture survivors a year, including psychological and physical therapies, forensic documentation of torture, legal and welfare advice, and creative projects, and by campaigning for their rights nationally and internationally.



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