In 2015 my company, Prestigic Holdings, successfully hosted the first Cadogan Hall charity concert.  This second concert is a development on that evening and where the charity this year is the Urology Foundation. The money raised goes directly into the research and towards the long-awaited goal of just taking a pill to stop a cancer. As piano concertos are my favourite form of music we again have 4 very different concertos concluding with my second concerto and where Royal College of Music scholar, Eduardo Andrade, has helped greatly on orchestration (and also playing my concerto on the night).

I had a target, when I was ill, of starting playing the piano (since just 2006) and started composing in 2013.  I would not be here musically tonight unless I had had Prostate Cancer – truly a silver lining.

There is no committee for this event. Rather I would like to thank my PA Lindsey Palmer for her help in organising and also, my honorary daughter, Sophie for the delicious food.  Each raffle ticket you buy will help save lives.


Adrian’s second piano concerto continues in the style of the first concerto played in this Hall in 2015.  There is much more of a repeated theme (in different keys) in the first movement and there is distinct echoes of the Rachmaninoff style, albeit as an amateur pianist without the technical demands of Rachmaninoff’s 4 concertos.

There is also homage to Handel and Beethoven, but overall, there is the Adrian style of light and dark mixing grand chords up the piano with the scherzo style later.






In aid of



Charity VIP tickets – £100
(to include drinks/canapé reception, one free raffle ticket)

Standard Tickets – £55, £40 and £25

To book your tickets, please contact the Box Office at Cadogan Hall.


020 7730 4500



My first ever piano concert, I came as a friend, I left as a fan…
I also did not know the story that you only took up the piano after the pain, well done my friend, you are an inspiration.

– Quentin Holland –



Eduardo Andrade is a Mexican composer, pianist, and conductor specialised in music for film, TV, and multimedia based in London. During the past two years he has scored more than 25 projects in UK and abroad including a 10 episode documentary, animations, short films, and online content. He graduated First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music in 2017 having studied composition with Vasco Hexel and Alison Kay, and piano with Kathron Sturrock. His studies were kindly supported by a Parnassus Award, John Nickson Award, and RCM Award. Eduardo is currently a scholar in the RCM’s prestigious Composition for Screen Fast-Track Master’s course. His musical journey began at age four in Yamaha Academy of Music in Mexico City. He continued studying piano in the Superior School of Music and privately with Gustavo Rivero Weber as well as abroad in master classes with Georg Steinschaden. Eduardo won first place in the National Claudio Herrera Competition in 2010 and the Ollin Yoliztli National Youth Piano Competition in 2006 and 2008.

He has been a soloist with orchestras such as Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and OSJEM and performed solo recitals in several venues as part of the Cycle of Young Artists of the National Institute of Fine Arts. He has recorded two tracks for a CD benefiting Mexico’s children’s Hospital including an own composition for orchestra and appeared in Armando Manzanero’s TV show as a guest performer. He is also member of violin-piano duo Aeon, which has performed internationally in events such as the 2nd Sibelius Festival in Rapallo Italy, Aberdeen’s Youth Festival, and Mexico’s University Cycle of Uprising Performers. During the cycle 16/17 he was Principal Conductor of the Royal College of Music Students’ Film Orchestra where he programmed for the first time in the orchestra’s history a concert with choir. He was participant of the 2016 NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop learning from figures such as Sean Callery and Michael Levine, and attended Berklee College of Music in Valencia for a course in Film and Video Games Scoring in 2015, studying with Ben Houge. Eduardo’s music has been performed in several concert halls, venues, and accompanied films in festivals around the world in countries such as the United Kingdom, USA, Mexico, Italy, Croatia, and Finland.


The Warsaw Concerto is a short work for piano and orchestra by Richard Addinsell, written for the 1941 British film Dangerous Moonlight, which is about the Polish struggle against the 1939 invasion by the Nazis.  In performance it normally lasts just under ten minutes.  The concerto is an example of programme music, representing both the struggle for Warsaw and the romance of the leading characters in the film.  It became very popular in Britain during World War II.

The concerto is written in imitation of the style of Sergei Rachmaninoff.  It initiated a trend for similar short piano concertos in the romantic style, which have been dubbed “tabloid concertos.”


Adrian’s second piano concerto continues in the style of the first concerto played in this Hall in 2015.  There is much more of a repeated theme (in different keys) in the first movement and there is distinct echoes of the Rachmaninoff style, albeit as an amateur pianist without the technical demands of Rachmaninoff’s 3 concertos.

There is also homage to Handel and Beethoven, but overall, there is the Adrian style of light and dark mixing grand chords up the piano with the scherzo style later.


After her acclaimed debut at the Tokyo Opera City in 2010 to the Carnegie Hall, New York in 2017, Aisa Ijiri has established herself as one of the award-winning pianists of her generation, and has been described as a special talent whose European sophistication, fierce passion and poetic sentiment create an artistic atmosphere (The Record Geijutsu, Tokyo).

Born in Japan, Aisa made her European debut at the age of 15 as a concerto soloist with the Capella Cracovienses Symphony Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw and as a recitalist at the Konserthuset, Stockholm. Since then her performances have taken her to the U.S.A, the U.K, Korea, China and throughout Europe.

Aisa has given regular piano solo, chamber music recitals and concerto performances at many prestigious venues and international festivals including Kioi Hall (Tokyo), Izumi Hall (Osaka), Cadogan Hall, St.John’s Smith Square, St.George’s Bristol, Fairfield Halls, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, LSO St.Lukes, Wimbledon International Music Festival ’15, Three Choirs Festival ’14, Lichfield Festival ’13 and the Bank of Shiga Celebrity Recitals. Her concerts have been broadcast on BBC Television 1, BBC Radio 3, Radio Television of Serbia, Radio Beograd and CNN TV.

Aisa has released her debut CD ‘Pilgrimage’, piano works by Schumann & Liszt (2011) and ‘Ailes d’amour’, piano works by Prokofiev (2016) on N.A.T Records, Tokyo. Her live recording of the piano works ‘Sakura’ (2014) and ‘Preludes’ (2015) written by Llywelyn ap Myrddin was released on WW Records, London. In 2016, Aisa was also added to the ‘SPIRIO’, a new high resolution player piano system as an official Spirio Recording Artist by Steinway&Sons. In March 2017, Aisa made a sensational debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York.

She is an official Steinway Artist, and the Artistic Director of the Tokyo International Piano Association.


The Piano concerto in A minor, Op 54 (completed in the year 1845) is the only piano concerto written by Romantic composer Robert Schumann. The work premiered in Leipzig on 1 January 1846 with Clara Schumann playing the solo part.  Ferdinant Hiller, the work’s dedicatee, conducted.

In 1841, Schumann wrote a fantasy for piano and orchestra, his Phantasie.  His pianist wife Clara urged him to expand this piece into a full piano concerto.   In 1845 he added the intermezzo and finale to complete the work.

The work may have been used as a model by Edvard Grieg in composing his own Piano Concerto, also in A minor.  Grieg’s concerto, like Schumann’s, employs a single powerful orchestral chord at its introduction before the piano’s entrance with a similar descending flourish.  Sergei Rachmaninoff in turn used Grieg’s concerto as a model for his first Piano concerto.


Panayiotis Gogos, a Bluthner artist, born in Greece, began his piano studies at the age of six at the Philharmonic Music Society. In 1998, he received the soloist diploma ‘’cum laude’’ and the diploma for the art of counterpoint. For three years, he worked in Athens with the great pianist and professor of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Valery Sagaidatschny, and attracted attention in 2001, when he won first prize at the national piano competition X.O.N. in Athens. In 2001, he continued his piano and chamber music studies at the Conservatory of Toulouse under Prof. Thérèse Dussaut with a scholarship of the prestigious “A. ONASSIS” Institute and graduated in 2004 with the  “Prix de Perfectionnement” and the “Prix de Musique de Chambre”.The Greek Academy of Art & Literature in Athens awards Panayiotis the title of “Outstanding Young Soloist” in 2005. A close collaboration connects him to the renowned pianist and pedagogue Monique Deschaussées in Paris. From 2006 until 2009, he was accepted in the famous Artists residence “Cité Internationale des Arts” in Paris, which he was chosen to represent in 2007 and 2008 as soloist at the “Fête de la Musique” in Paris. He has been nominated “Ambassador of the Music of Chopin” from the Polish Ministry of Culture in 2010 and participated in the official celebration of “200th Anniversary of Chopin” in Paris and Athens. In 2009 Panayiotis Gogos gave his debut recital at the Konzerthaus Vienna and in December 2013 made his first appearance in Musikverein Vienna. Extensive concert tours brought him in Switzerland (Bern), Germany (Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden), France (Paris, Toulouse), England (London), Austria (Wien), Russia (Moscow) and all the major cities of  Greece.

For 2018 Panayiotis will perform in Bucharest, Athens, Moscow, London and will make his debut in New York.


The Piano Concerto No 2 in G Minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns, was composed in 1868 and is probably Saint-Saëns’ most popular piano concerto.  It was dedicated to Madame A. de Villers née de Haber.  At the premiére, the composer was the soloist and Anton Rubinstein conducted the orchestra.  Saint-Saëns wrote the concerto in three weeks and had very little time to prepare for the premiére; consequently, the piece was not initially successful.  The capricious changes in style provoked Zygmunt Stojowski to quip that it “begins with Bach and ends with Offenbach”.

The piece follows the traditional form of three movements but allows for more freedom in tempo markings.  Normally, the first movement is fast paced, while the second is slower, but the first movement here is slow and the second movement has a scherzo-like quality, resulting in a form resembling a typical symphony but lacking the first movement (a form also represented by Beethoven’s fourteenth piano sonata).  The concerto is scored for solo piano, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, crash cymbals and strings.


Toby Purser is presently ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow, Artistic Director of the Orion Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Peace and Prosperity Trust.

In 2005 Toby Purser founded the Orion Orchestra, and has developed it into a leading organisation for young musicians. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Kotorart Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Orpheus Sinfonia, Sinfonia Viva, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, and the St Petersburg Camerata.

In November 2014, he made his company debut at ENO conducting two performances of The Marriage of Figaro, and most recently worked as assistant conductor to Mark Wigglesworth on their new production of Alban Berg’s Lulu, and on the world premiere of The Winter’s Tale last January. Next season he will be conducting performances of La Traviata and The Turn of the Screw. 

 He has been a regular guest conductor at Grange Park Opera where he conducted Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto and Fortunio, which was also performed at the Buxton Festival. Recent engagements include working as Assistant Conductor at the Paris Opera Bastille on Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, and at Longborough on Wagner Tristan und Isolde. He conducted Rossini’s Le Comte Ory for Chelsea Opera, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underword, and Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment for Opera Della Luna at Iford Arts, and Haydn’s La Canterina and Lo Speziale for Bampton Classical Opera. Working for Pimlico Opera each winter since 2008, he has conducted productions in various prisons, with a cast of inmates performing alongside professionals in repertoire including Sister Act, Les Misérables, Sugar, Sweeney Todd and West Side Story. A CD a Bel Canto arias recorded with Mexican tenor Jesús León and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic was recently released.


With Orion’s players selected from the most talented music college students and recent graduates, we give young players experiences working at London’s leading concert venues, giving them the chance to work under the highest professional standards.

Our concert programme aims to cover a broad and diverse repertoire, encompassing all of the skills necessary in a career: from symphonic and operatic, to contemporary and cross-over.

With valuable mentorship from leading international musicians and Orion alumni, we aim to give our players a holistic training in what it takes to start their professional careers.

As orchestra in residence at the Aberystwyth International MusicFest, the orchestra provides unique experience to student conductors and composers. It awards annually both a Conductors Prize and a Young Conductors Bursary, supported by the Richard Carne Trust.

Adrian, the performance yesterday at Cadogan Hall was ethereal.
I was blown away by your magical and inspiring composition.

– Ava Bergman –