Rye Musician

Rye Musician.

By T. E. Sims

Before he left Rye Secondary School, Roberts Ernest Cutting, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Cutting of Lea Avenue, Tilling Green, always wanted to be a musician.

Following in his fathers footsteps, he joined Rye Town Band as a Boy Cornet Player, with his school pal, Dennis Batchelor. Both Mr. Cutting (senior) and Mr. Batchelor (senior) had a long record in Rye Town Band. Continue reading Rye Musician

Rye Soprano at Harrogate

A story of a Rye girl doing well in Harrogate.

Many Rye people will remember Sylvia Joan Button who attended Rye Grammar School in the early 1950’s.

Sylvia was one of the early members of the Rye Junior Methodist Choir formed in 1949 – She rapidly became the choirs leading Soprano and was very successful in the various Musical Festivals in the District under the tuition of Mr. Jim Foster.

Sylvia was married at Rye Methodist Church in 1959 to John Dawes a Yorkshire man stationed at RAF Rye. They made their home at Harrogate where Sylvia continued with her singing under the guidance of Music teacher Robert Naylor.

Under her married name of Sylvia Dawes she has become very well known in Harrogate music circles, was principal Soprano in the Harrogate Grove Road Meth­odist performance of the Messiah last December.

Sylvia. who has two children. Jeanette (10) and Alan (6). has also kept up her interest in Athletics, she represented the Rye Schools at County Level.

From the July 1970 issue of Rye’s Own

Rye Parish Church Choir

Rye Parish Church Choir

The choir of the Parish Church consists of 20 boys and 10 men and is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. It is also a member of the St. Nicholas Guild of the R.S.C.M. and one of only 28 choirs in England to be in the guild. The boys section is a demonstration choir for the new Choristers Training Scheme which Continue reading Rye Parish Church Choir

Youth Festival

The Methodist London South East District Youth Festival

The Methodist London South East District Youth Festival annual area competitions were held at Rye Methodist Church on Saturday, 5th March. 1966. 180 entries were received for some 50 classes, ranging from solo and choir singing, elocution, handwriting, drawing and photography to needlework and Continue reading Youth Festival