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Manhattan Voices performed to a sell-out crowd at Scarborough Hospital on Wednesday 29 March. 

The group raised in excess of £1000 at the performance, which has been 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 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 resides 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 regions hospitals.  For more information about how to get involved visit

Manhattan Voices next performance is at St Andrew’s Church on Saturday 13 May 7.30pm, when they will sing with New Mill Male Voice Choir.  Tickets are £5.00 from Scarborough Academy of Music, 01723 330000.