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at the BBC Theatre Organ
' A Year Ago Today '
Compere, Bryan Michie
The BBC Theatre Organ was opened just a year ago today, four brilliant organists taking part in the first broadcast: Quentin Maclean , Harold Ramsay , Reginald Porter-Brown , and Reginald Foort. It so happened that Reginald Foort , coming last, had to cut his time down considerably, but had the consolation of being informed before the broadcast that he had been engaged as permanent organist.
In the year that has elapsed Foort has given no fewer than 115 solo broadcasts to British listeners and twenty-four in addition to the Empire ; he has broadcast with other artists nineteen times, to say nothing of the numberless Music-Hall and other Variety programmes in which he has assisted. He had a big name when he came to the BBC. He has an even bigger name today.
He first broadcast, on the piano, from Marconi House on January 15, 1923. Since then he has been on the air 693 times. He was the first broadcasting organist to talk to his listeners, explaining in his individual chatty way, what he was going to play to them. He continued this when he came to the BBC a year ago. This gives his broadcasts a personal touch and individuality all his own. He has also had an opportunity of combining all kinds of other artists with the organ-singers, piano, and drums, and various instruments of the dance-band type. His broadcasts on the organ with four brass-band instruments have been very popular.
This evening he will broadcast some of the pieces he played on the air a year ago.
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