Opera star raises roof for South Yorkshire charity

Lesley Garrett at the Wentworth Woodhouse Lost Chord concert.
Lesley Garrett at the Wentworth Woodhouse Lost Chord concert.
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Opera star Lesley Garrett raised the roof when she helped to celebrate the 15th anniversary of dementia charity Lost Chord with a gala dinner at historic Wentworth Woodhouse.

And the Doncaster Diva, patron of the charity that provides musical experiences for people with dementia, also helped to raise an incredible £26,000.

The event, held in the imposing setting of the Marble Hall at Wentworth Woodhouse, included a drinks reception, a tour of the house’s state rooms and a four course dinner.

But the highlight was Lesley’s performance of some of the opera world’s greatest arias, accompanied by Lost Chord’s own international concert pianist Benjamin Frith.

“Words really cannot describe what an extraordinary experience it was to hear Lesley singing in Wentworth’s beautiful Marble Hall,” said Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller.

“It was an incredible setting for a truly memorable performance.

“Who would have believed in 1999 that Lost Chord would still be in operation 15 years later, but we are determined to survive as a charity beyond our 15th year.”

n Visit www.lost-chord.org.uk or call 01709 811 160.