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at the Organ of the Gaumont State,
Sydney Torch studied the piano as a child and got his first job in a cinema at E3 a week. In 1927 he was a pianist with the orchestra that played at the Broadway Cinema, Stratford. There was an organ there -probably one of the first cinema organs in the country-and he would creep in and practise it when there was no one about. This brought him a reprimand, but also the job as assistant organist when the talkies came in and the orchestra was scrapped.
Later Torch became assistant organist to Quentin Maclean at the Regal, Marble Arch, and subsequently to Reginald Foort. When Foort left he took over the job of organist at the Regal. It was then that he dropped piano-playing and made a full-time job of the organ. He spent the five years from 1929 to 1934 at the Regai, and declares that he learnt a great deal about the technique of organ-playing from his association with Maclean and Foort. At the end of 1934 he went to the Edmonton Regal, and was soon heard broadcasting from there. Leaving Edmonton, he joined Harold Ramsay for a short time, and eventually went to his present post at Kilburn, from where he frequently broadcasts.


Unknown: Quentin MacLean
Unknown: Reginald Foort.
Unknown: Harold Ramsay

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