Rachmaninov symphony is highlight of Doctors’ Orchestra annual fundraiser for Freedom from Torture
Rachmaninov’s thrilling Symphony No.1 provided the climax to the Doctors’ Orchestra’s concert in aid of Freedom from Torture at London’s Cadogan Hall on 27 February. It was the first occasion the symphony had ever been played at the prestigious venue.
Over 40,000 people have rallied to sign Freedom from Torture’s Proving Torture campaign petition, calling on Home Secretary Amber Rudd to make sure the Home Office gives asylum seekers fleeing torture the protection they deserve.
Cross party MPs will debate UK policy on torture in Westminster on Thursday 2 March, stressing the urgent need for the UK to stand up against torture at home and abroad.
In 2016 Freedom from Torture clients came from 76 countries, mainly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
I am a systemic therapist with a background in social work and child mental health with the NHS. Since I retired, I volunteer with Freedom from Torture’s Children, Young Peoples and Families team two days a week, holding face-to face therapy sessions with children and adolescents.