These memories began as a tribute to Caldecott’s long-serving* resident music teacher, Betty Rayment, who recently passed away. They grew into a more extensive account of my musical path through Caldecott, with digressions into non-musical matters. Ultimately, they expanded to an attempt to recapture my Caldecott years as completely as possible. I hope that one day Betty Rayment’s involvement with the Caldecott Community will be told in full, since my direct experience amounts to a decade more or less in the middle of a very long period of service. I have added a few things she told me and some of what follows runs parallel to the musical memories by Gill Cook. A full history of music in the Caldecott Community remains to be written.


* 1953-1987 with one brief hiatus