An internationally acclaimed musical conductor has told how he woke from a coma, after listening to his choir performing hits from the Disney film Pinocchio.
Barry Todd, 64, almost died when he suffered an aortic aneurysm and doctors told his family to prepare for the worst.
After 10 days, the dad-of-two came round after wife Carol played him CDs of his choir rehearsing for an upcoming concert.
Carol told how she tried music to keep Barry positive by playing him music:
Barry, who had previously worked with stars including Michael Crawford and West End singer David Willetts, said that the whole four months had happened so fast:
Despite undergoing 12 operations, including having his bowel removed and his left leg amputated, Barry is now returning to the conductor’s podium to lead The Midland Voice Choir and Orchestra on June 28.
Barry will lead his 230-strong choir and 35-piece orchestra for two hours as they perform a medley of songs from musical classics such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Grease.
Barry also spoke of the healing process that rehearsing for the event gives: