Doncaster diva highlights charity on TV

Lesley Garrett
Lesley Garrett

Doncaster opera star Lesley Garrett will be highlighting the work of South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord when she appears in a special edition of BBC1’s Songs of Praise on Sunday, May 18.

Lost Chord is the charity that provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region.

Lesley, who is a patron of the organisation, will be seen taking part in a Lost Chord session at Oldfield House care home in Doncaster, alongside two of their professional musicians, flautist Clare Langan and pianist Anna Tilbrook.

The experience proved especially poignant for Lesley because Oldfield House was home to her aunt, who lived with dementia in the final years of her life.

“It was a wonderful session, typical of the sort of concerts we perform every day throughout the year,” said Lost Chord chief executive Helena Muller.

“Lesley is a fantastic champion of our charity and does all she can to support our work because she is determined that Lost Chord will survive beyond its 15th anniversary this year.

“The fact that she is helping to promote our work with Songs of Praise will be a wonderful advert for the work we do, not just in South Yorkshire but across the country, and I do urge everybody to watch and get an insight into the effect that music can have on people living with dementia.”