Manhattan Voices’ sell-out concert boosts Dementia Appeal

Manhattan Voices raised more than �1,000 for the Dementia Appeal  thanks to their concert at Scarborough Hospital.
Manhattan Voices raised more than �1,000 for the Dementia Appeal thanks to their concert at Scarborough Hospital.

Local singing group Manhattan Voices performed to a sell-out crowd at Scarborough Hospital last night.

The group raised more than £1,000 at the performance with the money donated to the Dementia Appeal being run by York Teaching Hospital Charity to improve the experience for patients living with dementia when they are admitted to hospital in Scarborough, York, Malton or Bridlington.

The 18-strong group, led by musical director Sue Hartley, entertained the audience with a medley of musical theatre numbers, Gilbert and Sullivan and well known classics. They were joined by soloist Francesca Santamaria Lee who, after training at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall School, has enjoyed a career on the West End in London performing in Phantom and West Side Story among many more.

She has also toured as Vocal Consultant to some of the world’s biggest rock stars and now lives in Scarborough.

The Dementia Appeal is being run by York Teaching Hospital Charity to raise £200,000 to purchase specialist equipment, provide additional staff training and improve environments so that people living with dementia can have as comfortable and caring experience as possible when they are in the region’s hospitals.

Visit york.nhs.uk/dementiaappeal for more information about how to get involved,

Manhattan Voices’ next performance is at St Andrew’s Church on Saturday May 13, at 7.30pm, when they will sing with New Mill Male Voice Choir.

Tickets are £5 from Scarborough Academy of Music - call 01723 330000.