Despite being postponed because of heavy snow, the Chess Valley Striders' Christmas Lunch raised £1825.  More here.


Children on the physiotherapy pilot programme at BCH have already benefitted significantly. Look at some pictures here.


The first lucky number in 2018 in the 100 Club draw is 33 and the prize is £45. Find out how to join here.

Meet Our Patrons

Alexander Ardakov

International pianist, Alexander Ardakov was born in Kuibyshev (now Samara), a Russian town in the Volga region. After graduating from the Moscow Conservatoire, he worked as a soloist and a chamber musician at the Moscow State Philharmonia and performed extensively throughout the former USSR and abroad.

Alexander has lived in England since 1991 and in addition to appearing as a recitalist around the world he is Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music in London.

Alexander has performed for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has made several CD recordings, including Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.

Among his engagements are recitals at the Bosendorfer Hall in Vienna and London’s Southbank Purcell Room, five recitals at St. John’s Smith Square in London, four recitals in the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, three recitals at Gasteig Recital Hall in Munich, a much acclaimed concert in the Wigmore Hall and a highly commended recital in the Munich’s Carl-Orff-Saal. Alexander has also given recitals and Master Classes at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Aarhus and at the California State University in Chico and Master Classes in France, Germany, Poland, and Russia.

Alexander’s busy schedule has not stopped him caring about what happens to children back home in the huge country that was called the Soviet Union. Anxious to do something to help the children and families who still live with the legacy of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in the former Ukraine, Alexander has, for many years, been supporting Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK). He has played many charity piano recitals for Friends of BCH, used his influence to introduce new sponsors to the charity, helped to arrange fundraising events and has even played a fundraising concert as far away as in Lynnwood, WA, USA.