Added on: 25th January, 2018 by John_2904
A SPECIAL concert by international opera star Lesley Garrett has raised more than £8,000 for leading South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.
The Doncaster Diva is a patron and keen and active supporter of the organisation that provides vital interactive musical sessions for people living dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally.
And she joined some of Lost Chord’s most acclaimed musicians for a fundraising evening at Doncaster’s Minster Church of St George.
On the concert platform with Lesley were sopranos Natalie Montakhab and Ella Taylor, international concert pianist Benjamin Frith and pianist Sandy Middleton, flautist Carys Gittins, harpist Alis Huws and members of the Sheffield High School Choir, supported by Claire Wallace and Heidi Rolf.
“Lesley is one of our most enthusiastic patrons and has taken part in many wonderful events but what made this evening so very special was it really did bring her back to her musical roots,” said Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller.
“This was an extraordinary lineup of great talent featuring some of Lost Chord’s finest professional musicians and to have Lesley join us as well made this an unforgettable evening, with a final fundraising total of £,8,500.
“That is the sort of money that really does make us feel confident that we will be able to maintain our programme of events across the region and reach out and touch the lives of so many people living with dementia.’
‘’So not only do we appreciate the contribution of all to our musicians, the High School, Ella Taylor and Benjamin Frith but we are enormously grateful to Lesley her dedication to Lost Chord and her amazing performance on the evening”