Alexander Ardakov, internationally acclaimed pianist and patron of Friends of BCH, gave a stunning performance in aid of Friends of BCH in the new Spinney Theatre at The Beacon in Amersham.
The recital was given to mark the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the 10th anniversary of Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK). This hugely enjoyable and up-lifting event raised over £1100 which will be used to pay the salary of BCH’s first physiotherapist. Paediatric physiotherapy is a new discipline in Belarus and Katya will help ensure that physically impaired children at BCH will reach their potential and maintain it.
Alexander played to a full house and delighted his audience with 19th century pieces by composers including Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Chopin. A particular highlight which caught the spirit of the moment was Beethoven’s seven variations on the theme God Save the King, chosen ‘to mark our Queen’s 90th birthday’. You can find full details of the programme here.
The programme ended to rapturous applause after four exquisitely played Chopin ballades. Alexander readily responded by playing a lively and very happy Weddingday at Troldhaugen by Grieg as an encore.
We were privileged to have in the audience the Belarusian Consul to the UK, Kirill Zemtsov, and his wife Tatiana. They both spoke movingly of the effect that the disaster at Chernobyl, in Ukraine, had and continues to have on Belarus and the hugely valuable contribution made by the Belarusian Children’s Hospice in caring for ill and disabled children and their families. Kirill and Tatiana thanked the audience for helping raise funds to support the work of the hospice and spoke of their gratitude to people in the UK for their contribution over the years to helping sick Belarusian children and their families through Friends of BCH. The chairwoman of Friends of BCH and the trustees have been helping to fund and advising on the development of BCH for nearly twenty years.
Thank you to the headmaster of The Beacon for allowing us to use the splendid Spinney Theatre and for providing wine and soft drinks.