Operatic star Lesley in fine charity voice

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OPERA star Lesley Garrett hit the high notes when she shared her favourite songs and secrets with fans… and raised £6,000 for South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.

The Doncaster Diva, accompanied by acclaimed Australian pianist David Barnard, presented an evening of her favourite melodies and memories at Sheffield Hallam University’s Pennine Theatre.

Lesley is a patron of Lost Chord, the charity that provides interactive musical experiences for people with dementia in care homes and day centres nationwide.

Her ‘In Conversation’ evening, followed by an exclusive dinner catered for by Sheffield Hallam University, was part of Lost Chord’s High Notes appeal to raise more than £100,000.

“This was a fabulous evening for all fans of Lesley,” said Lost Chord chief executive Helena Muller. “Lost Chord can’t thank her enough for being so generous with her time, and giving us a delightful and amusing insight into her life and success.

“We would also like to thank Sheffield Hallam University for providing us with such fantastic facilities.”