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Bett, Dr. Sidney George

Bett, Dr. Sidney George
Coming to Ridley in 1923, Dr. Bett exercised a reverberating influence over the school for forty-one years as a talented musician and instructor of the performing arts. He filled the Memorial Chapel for its first forty years with glorious repertoires of organ music and with the sounds of choral and congregational singing. He wrote brilliant pastiche music, often based upon Gilbert & Sullivan, in his “Football Songs” and his topical and local comic operettas. In all the expressions of Ridley nostalgia, nothing is mentioned more frequently than the tradition of “the signing school.” In addition to eliciting performance from the school through the choir, the glee club, hymn singing, and the football songs, he created a love of music through musical appreciation classes. In one of his own compositions he wrote: “….with all our heart, we’ll play our part. We’ll give our best at her behest,…for we belong to Ridley.” Bett died in 1964.
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