Sylvia Blogg - President of Ramsgate Operatic Society

ETHEL SYLVIA BLOGG - Obituary
Sylvia died after an extended period of ill-health in the early morning of Thursday 30th June 2016. She had recently celebrated her 89th birthday.
Sylvia preferred to be called by her second Christian name.
Born in Durham, she graduated in, and then taught. History. She spent many happy years in Skegness where she developed an interest in amateur theatre especially Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Due to family situations she then moved to Broadstairs where she was Head of History at Clarendon House Girls Grammar School until her retirement. She also taught Musical Appreciation there. Sylvia was an avid reader and she kept up-to-date with her other languages by reading Welsh and French newspapers. Her intellect was remarkable and she would discourse for hours with the clergy both at St Peters in Broadstairs and St Andrews at Reading Street on matters religious and church politics. She married late in life to Hugh Blogg. They met enjoying their joint hobby for amateur theatre. They were both members of Ramsgate Operatic Society (ROS) and she was a first rate soprano. She played many lead roles for the Society. One of her last appearances actually on stage was as the housekeeper in My Fair Lady. She was a founder member of ROS which was formed in 1961.
She was the Regional Representative for the NODA SE Area (East Kent), which covered Thanet, Dover and Kent up as far as Faversham, for many years and her expert knowledge of theatre endeared her to all the Societies in East Kent, be they operatic or dramatic. She held a NODA long service medal for over 45 year’s service to amateur theatre.
Her faith was reflected in her membership of St Andrews Church Reading Street, Broadstairs, where she sang in the choir and provided a strong voice in the contralto section.
She served on the ROS Committee for many years and was responsible for the engaging of the orchestras almost up to the end. She was a member of the ROS audition panels that is the life blood of any theatrical organisation be it amateur or professional. She was honoured by the Society by being made its second ever President, a position she held until her death.
Rest in peace Sylvia!