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A Dronfield soprano is aiming to raise the roof – as well as charity cash with an award-winning song.

A Dronfield soprano is aiming to raise the roof – as well as charity cash with an award-winning song.

Andrea Ryder, already well known on the professional concert and chorale circuit recorded a song called Requiem for a Solder as part of a BBC Radio 2 competition to recognise “Oldie” composers.

The song, by Doncaster writer John Mackfall was acclaimed in the top four of the competition, which was judged by Radio 2’s Sir Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce, Bob Harris and Johnnie Walker. Sir Terry’s verdict was that the song was “very moving and beautifully sung.”

Now it is available as a download and the song with the most downloads will be acclaimed as the winner, and at the same time raise money for children’s charity, Barnardo’s.

Said Andrea: “It’s a beautiful song – very emotional and reflective.”

Andrea, who also regularly appears with Dronfield Light Opera Group, is best known nationally for appearing as a boot camp finalist in The X Factor. Simon Cowell told her after hearing her sing: “I don’t know how you did that, it’s not just the quality of the voice, it’s the sincerity that counts.”

Requiem for a Soldier is available for download via iTunes until July 25: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/andrea-ryder/id529832632