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Choir saved my life, says musical director Barry

Barry Todd had spent his career in the entertainment business, working with major stage stars and founding the Midland Voice Choir five years ago.

Barry Todd came round after wife Carol played music to him by his choir the Midland Voices
Barry Todd came round after wife Carol played music to him by his choir the Midland Voices

A West End musical director, from Balsall Common, said music “saved his life” after a devastating aortic aneurysm.

Barry Todd had spent his career in the entertainment business, working with major stage stars and founding the Midland Voice Choir five years ago.

The 64-year-old said music was “his life”.

But it was not until he was rushed to Coventry’s University Hospital with a massive aneurysm that he discovered what a crucial role it would play in saving it. As he lay unconscious in hospital, his new wife Carol stayed at his bedside playing recordings from his beloved choir in the hope of reviving him.

And, when he began whistling along with one of tunes, she knew he had beaten the hundred-to-one odds of survival.

“Music has been my life, and now it’s been my life saver,” said the musical director.

“I very nearly died and I was very lucky to survive – only one in 100 do.

“I was a very active person, it happened totally out of the blue.”

 

Barry needed 12 operations, which included the amputation of his left leg.

But six months later he is well on the way to recovery, thanks again to his choir.

“To be able to rehearse the choir is very uplifting,” he said. The determined choirmaster is now hoping to stand and conduct his choir’s June show.

On Saturday, June 28, the choir and professional orchestra will perform their annual summer concert at the Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on 024 7652 4524.

 

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