Afternoon at the opera at Hodsock

Hodsock Priory played host to a Picnic and Pavarotti event (w120911-3e)

Hodsock Priory played host to a Picnic and Pavarotti event (w120911-3e)

A LATE burst of summer sun attracted more than 600 guests to historic Hodsock Priory on Sunday for an afternoon of Picnic and Pavarotti.

The open air afternoon of classical and popular favourites was raising money for Lost Chord – the charity that provides interactive musical experiences for people living in care homes and day centres across the region.

Topping the bill in an afternoon hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards were celebrated Pavarotti impersonator Carl Taylor and acclaimed South Yorkshire soprano Deborah Norman, whose credits range from the Royal Opera House to La Scala, Milan.

Also featured throughout a full afternoon of music brought together by artistic director David Barnard were Junction 33 Dance Band, the jazz ensemble from Mount St Mary’s School in Barlborough, and South Yorkshire’s Bevox Choir.

The sponsors of the event were Bristol Street Peugeot of Worksop, Peacock Windows of Worksop and Maltby funeral director Jeremy Neal.

Lost Chord fundraising manager Tina Harrison thanked everyone who turned out to support the charity.

“This was a fantastic event and a great start to what we now intend to make an annual event,” she said. “All the way through to our rousing Land of Hope and Glory finale, it was clear that every member of our audience was having a fantastic time and the great thing is that their support means that more people living with dementia will be able to enjoy the pleasure of hearing professional musicians bring great music into their lives.”

To find out more about Lost Chord and its work for people living with dementia visit or call 01709 811160.


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