Kent Police Male Voice Choir


Raymond Butt

This page was updated in September 2012

Raymond sings in the first tenor section of the choir. He joined in 1999 after being invited to do so by a member at that time, the late Michael Morling. He has an extensive pedigree in choral singing, his previous experience includes Peterborough Cathedral Choir, The King's School Canterbury Chapel Choir, The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of All Saints London, and the Russian Orthodox Parish of St. Theodore Canterbury. Ray now sings in the choir of the Greek Orthodox Synod in Resistance Monastic Church of St Edward, King and Martyr, where he is also the Reader.

Following University at Edinburgh, Cambridge and London he became a schoolmaster at Abingdon School, Oxon and later at The King's School, Canterbury until 1998. At this time, Raymond had as a pupil the british born american astronaut Michael Foale, who achieved fame when he joined the orbiting Russian Mir spacecraft, following a collision with another spacecraft.

He is a Fellow of the 'Royal Astronomical Society' and was a member of the 'Association for Astronomy Education' until 1999. Ray currently lectures in astrophysics part-time at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He also works as a court usher at Ashford County Court.

Raymond's sporting past has seen him rowing for school and University crews as well as other rowing clubs. He is a member of the stewards' enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta.

Ray has a collection of some 315,000 railway tickets dating back to 1846. He is a member of the 'Transport Ticket Society' and the 'Railway Correspondence and Travel Society'.

You are a busy man Ray - we are very glad you have the time for us. Thank you.