Frances Singer-Hayward

Frances Singer-Hayward was born in New York of a musical and theatrical family. She was educated at Julliard School of Music and has lived in Freeport since 1975, exerting major influence in the areas of culture, education, and animal welfare on Grand Bahama Island.

In 1980, Ms. Hayward founded the “Freeport Friends of the Arts.” which began as a chamber music subscription series but quickly expanded to full fledged concerts including a yearly visit by the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as dance companies, jazz groups and major concerts by artists including Harry Belafonte.  Accompanied by workshops and special presentations for the schools, the concerts were always in aid of Freeport charities. Harmony House, a home for teenage girls, now run by the Salvation Army was built largely from proceeds from the Freeport Friends of the Arts Johnny Mathis concert. Ms. Singer-Hayward has served on the board of the Salvation Army for many years.

Former Governor General, Sir Gerald Cash escorts Frances Hayward  to a "Freeport Friends of the Arts" concert.

More recently, Ms. Hayward has devoted herself to the cause of animal welfare. She is Honorary Chairperson of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama and founder of the Spay/Neuter Campaign. Frances Hayward and Sir Jack have at times shared their home with as many as sixteen dogs, all former stray potcakes rescued from the bush, including the famous “Amigo” found starving and diseased who, as poster boy and mascot for The Humane Society of Grand Bahama, became a media personality ultimately taking his message abroad as star of The Humane Society of the United StatesBEKiND Campaign. Ms. Hayward is very active in animal welfare causes throughout the US, working closely with The Humane Society of the United States and appearing, along with HSUS President Wayne Pacelle, in Public Service Announcements about animal welfare issues, the latest starring hip hop impresario Russell Simmons as an effort to combat dog fighting.

Frances Hayward with "Amigo"

Among Ms. Hayward’s favorite contributions to school activities has been the yearly exchange programme with the Harbor for Boys and Girls, in New York, which she and Sir Jack, sponsored for many years. The Harbor,’ founded by the Hayward’s dear friend Anthony Drexel Duke, whose grandfather founded Duke University, is one of the most prestigious social service organizations in America and the visits to Freeport of the New York students, as well as the JHHS student trips to the Harbor Camp in East Hampton, NY were much looked forward to highlights of her year. Although the exchange programme has regrettably ended, Ms. Hayward, as member of the Board of Directors, remains active in Harbor affairs.

Frances Hayward, Baron Leo de Rothschild, and HRH The Prince of Wales at a Buckingham Palace Reception for the English Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Hayward’s role as National Patron of The Minister’s Book Club, founded by former Minister of Education, Hon. Alfred Sears has also afforded Ms. Hayward an opportunity to contribute to the intellectual growth of JHHS students by encouraging an appreciation of literature that both she and Sir Jack share. It has been a source of great pride to Ms. Hayward that JHHS was the first school in The Bahamas to embrace the programme.

When not in Freeport, Ms. Hayward spends time in New York City, East Hampton, NY, London and Palm Beach, Florida where she is involved in many charitable causes.

 

 

Sir Jack Hayward, Rosalie Robin Singer, beloved late mother
of Frances Hayward, and Rick Hayward, son of
Sir Jack Hayward.
Frances' Links:
New York Social Diary