DONCASTER Diva Lesley Garrett is supporting a major new recruitment drive for leading dementia charity Lost Chord.
The internationally acclaimed opera star is a patron of the charity that provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia ………
foundation for long-term externally funded study program into this challenge to modern society - caring for those with dementia using alternative therapeutic approaches such as musical interventions. The highly successful launch this month included presentations by Professor Lord Winston of Imperial College and Royal College of Music, David Robinson, Lead Music Therapist from Nordoff Robins and Helena Muller Chief Executive of Lost Chord.
Qualitative research has started in conjunction with Doctor Victoria Williamson, Research Fellow at Sheffield University, observing and recording how musical intervention works, building a knowledge repository as a firm
“We simply couldn’t believe how generous and enthusiastic our guests were on the night,” said Helena. “Everybody enjoyed a fantastic evening of fine dining and music from Lesley accompanied by Concert Pianist Benjamin Frith, with Lost Chord’s professional musicians, Stephanie Bodsworth, Stephen Buck and Morgan Goff accompanied by Heidi Rolf on piano and pipers from Ampleforth College.
Talented young magician Bruno Maciocia, also impressed guests with some baffling sleight of hand.
Lesley broke all records at Wentworth Woodhouse, raising an extraordinary£30,000.
“£30,000 will make a major difference to the lives of people with dementia – I can’t express how overwhelmed we all feel by this outstanding support.
“Big Lottery funding has run out this year so this really does help to keep Lost Chord going and is vital as we continue our attempt to transform the lives of all those living with dementia.”
For the second year running Lesley sang for her supper at this gala evening.