York charity concert aims to raise £10,000 for Alzheimers Society

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A MAJOR charity concert at York Theatre Royal tomorrow night could raise as much as £10,000 for the Alzheimer's Society.

A Night to Remember will feature a group of guest musicians and singers, including The Voice star Beth McCarthy and Mick Donnelly, sax player to stars such as Sammy Davis Jr, Maria Carey, Lisa Stansfield and Robbie Williams.

Everyone in the audience of more than 800 is being asked to bring along a prize to go in a raffle, with champagne, original artwork, handmade jewellery and a 3kg KitKat already donated.

The concert is being organised by 'Big Ian' Donaghy, who fronts York party band HUGE, although he stresses this event has no connection to the band. "Everybody involved, from crew to musicians, is taking part for nothing," he said.

"York has some big-hearted people who want to make a difference. It’s like DIY SOS with acoustic guitars! Prepare yourself for the best pick n’ mix since Woolworths closed.”

He said the theme of the night was that everybody would sing songs they grew up with and loved. "Boss Caine Dan Lucas will be belting out a Neil Diamond classic, Heather Findlay could take on Michael Jackson and I will be singing Joe Cocker."

He said the show would feature a 'stunning' unplugged house band, led by George Hall and featuring Martin Ledger, Phil Hardy, Dave Clements, Dave Hardy, Craig Rothery and Kieran O’Malley on fiddle, joined by his long-time friend Mick Donnelly.

Also appearing would be 'busking royalty' Toby Burras & the Y Street Band and York top singer/songwriter Chris Helme with guitarist Chris Farrell.

He said all proceeds from the concert, which is sponsored by Smartgate Solutions, would go to the Alzheimers Society, and a collection would also be held to fund The Harmony Dementia Café which was held monthly at St. Aelred’s Community Centre.

Ian added that only a handful of tickets, costing £9.99, remained available from York Theatre Royal box office on 01904 01904 623568, or at http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/a_night_to_remember.php#.U0qwx8Io_rc

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