The talented musicians of the Doctors’ Orchestra led by conductor Stephen Brearley will be taking to the stage at the Cadogan Hall on March 10th to raise funds for the UK’s largest torture rehabilitation centre, Freedom from Torture, based in Islington, London.
The Doctors’ Orchestra is an ensemble of 75 musically gifted doctors from all over the world who come together just once a year to use their skills to raise money for key medical organisations. The orchestra includes members from as far afield as Australia and incorporates anaesthetists, GPs, paediatricians, gynaecologists and surgeons of all types.
Brearley and the Doctors’ Orchestra will perform works by the two monumental symphonies written only four years apart - yet incredibly different in style and technique as they could possibly be. The first piece Schubert’s Great C Major pays tribute to Beethoven and the second work to be performed is Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.
All the proceeds from the concert will go to Freedom from Torture, which provides clinical care and courses of psychological treatment to around 1,500 individuals each year who are suffering from the physical and mental effects of torture.
Conductor Stephen Brearley said "Freedom from Torture provides unique rehabilitation for torture survivors, including creative group therapy such as writing groups, gardening projects and art studios."
"We hope that all of the concert attendees will enjoy the performance, as well as raising money to support the invaluable work of Freedom from Torture."
Freedom from Torture offers medical consultation, examination and forensic documentation of injuries, psychological treatment and support, as well as practical help to survivors of torture.
As a human rights organisation, a vital part of its work is protecting the rights of survivors and preventing torture through policy, advocacy and campaigning. Since its inception in 1985, more than 50,000 men, women and children have sought help from the organisation.
The charity provides services to almost 1,500 clients from around 65 countries a year, with significant numbers from Iran, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Cadogan Hall Tuesday 10 March 2015, 7.30pm Schubert Symphony No. 9 (Great) Berlioz Symphonie fantastique The Doctors’ Orchestra Stephen Brearley conductor
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