Churchill Music!UK Registered Charity No 1121866
Patron: Peter Donohoe CBE

Posted on Thursday 30 January

The Raymond Hayter Song Prize is awarded annually to the student who the Music Department of Churchill Academy feel has not only the most promising voice, has consistently worked hard but above all shows considerable promise in his/her vocal studies and as such deserves this recognition.

Alice Derry (Yr 12) has sung in everything in which she could ever sing with Churchill Academy including Churchill Music!'s commission, The Same Flame - the song cycle celebrating the eternal Olympic and Paralympic values - and the Verdi Requiem sung in Bristol Cathedral and All Saints, Weston-super Mare. Alice was also a member of the National Youth Choir. Alice is an outstanding and caring role-model for her section in her choirs and has a deep passion for singing. She has a very promising career ahead of her.

Raymond Hayter (1935 -2010) first studied the piano and then the organ. After three years as a Choral Scholar at St. John's College Cambridge, he went on to sing in oratorio with choral societies in London and the provinces. His operatic debut was at Sadler's Wells and in many operas. A feature of Raymond's career was broadcasting, ranging from opera, popular concerts and song cycles on radio to opera and oratorio on television.

This prize in his memory, is generously donated by local resident, Beryl Roper.

Photograph by Churchill Academy student, Shannon Darby-Jones

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