Dartford music teacher named in New Year Honours
PUBLISHED: 15:08 04 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:08 04 January 2018
A popular singer and music teacher has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year Honours.
Sandra Jane Booer is given the BEM for services to music and the community in Dartford.
She told the Reporter: “I was brought up in Jersey and educated at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, and now live in Wilmington with my husband, Paul, and my two children, David and Helena.
“All the family sing. I heard about a month ago that I had been nominated for a BEM and was completely flabbergasted – I teach singing and have many private pupils, as well as teaching in schools and for vocal groups and choirs.
“I discovered that one of my pupils had taken the time and trouble to gather people’s views and to put my name forward.
“I am very honoured but also deeply aware that there are many thousands of music teachers who work similarly in the community, and who have not been nominated.
“I like to think this award is in honour of the good that singing can do and the happiness it can bring to people. Among the vocal groups I run is a community choir for all abilities of about 50 strong called Vocalise and a choir for people with Parkinson’s and their carers called The Movers and the Shakers – both choirs have given their time generously to perform many concerts for charity.
“Singing is my passion and I started out singing professionally in my twenties and then gradually moved to teaching, learning about different specialisms as I went along.
“I have given music classes to babies and infants, primary and secondary school children as well as adults. Singing is a fantastic thing to do for your physical and mental health, and social life.”