BIG Ian Donaghy's mission impossible has turned into a mission accomplished after Thursday's charity concert at York Barbican sold out.
His "avengers" are assembling with an 80-year age range of the finest York singers and musicians, such as Jess Morgan, Heather Findlay & Chris Johnson, The Y Street Band and Chris Helme & Chris Farrell, to play classic songs by Rod Stewart, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Joe Cocker, Carole King, Michael Jackson and more besides to "cut through the mist of dementia".
"In the past three years, A Night To Remember has sold out the Theatre Royal and Grand Opera House, raising more than £23,000, but more importantly it has raised dementia awareness in York, and removed any stigmas, to get people starting a conversation if they have concerns."
Taking part too on Thursday will be York singer-songwriter Boss Caine, Beth McCarthy, Rachel Croft, Graham Hodge, Kieran O'Malley, Mick Donnelly and Las Vegas Ken on a night to "celebrate togetherness, collaboration and the impact music can make".
"This year, we're also challenging expectation by featuring Vocal Flourish, a choir for people living with dementia or their family carers," says Big Ian. "They may live with dementia but they sing without it."
He is promising a surprise or two on the night, most notably a video introduction by "two world-famous people from a very famous venue". "I've wanted to tell everyone but I'm sworn to secrecy. Let's just say people will be amazed," says Big Ian, best known as frontman of York party band Huge, but now involved prominently in dementia projects too.
"We've also really pulled in some favours for this event with JSS, Alphasound Event Production and Vortex Lighting all giving us invaluable support, as well as sponsorship from Switalskis Solicitors "
All ticket money from A Night To Remeber will be split between St Leonard's Hospice and dementia projects in York. "Some last-minute cancellations or sponsor returns may be available from the York Barbican, so do check on 0844 854 2757 or online at yorkbarbican.co.uk," advises Big Ian. Such tickets will cost £10.
If audience members could bring a raffle prize too to raise still more funds, Big Ian would be most grateful.