About Who's who Patrons Cast Patron Lesley Garrett CBE Cast is proud to announce Lesley Garrett CBE as it's first Patron. The Doncaster-born, international opera star comments, ‘I’m thrilled to support such an important cultural asset in my beloved hometown. I’m very proud to make my mark on Cast, a charity that welcomes local people from all walks of life to be captivated by music, dance and theatre which may not otherwise have reached them.’ Lesley Garrett CBE is Britain’s best known soprano, regularly appearing in opera, music theatre, concert, on television and CD. For more than 30 years she has enjoyed one of the most successful careers of any modern-day, classically trained soprano, winning both critical acclaim and the affection of many fans and music lovers through the breadth and diversity of her work. She has performed throughout Europe, the USA, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea. Lesley adds, ‘Growing up in Doncaster helped shape my life and I encourage others to support Cast too, so that together we can make sure more local people experience life-changing artistic opportunities. It's about time we started celebrating and supporting charities like Cast, that are taking the lead in transforming communities at risk of being left behind.’ Instrumental in securing the funding for Cast’s development, Lesley hosted a charity concert back in 2002 at Doncaster Racecourse to raise money for the town's new theatre. Continuing her dedication to culture in Doncaster, Lesley has pledged to support Cast as its first ever Patron, lending her respected and high-profile endorsement to the Charity.