at the theatre organ
Torch tunes of the times
Sidney Torch was assistant organist at the Marble Arch Regal, first to Quentin Maclean and then to Reginald Foort. He was appointed organist after the latter left. After spending five years at the Marble Arch theatre from 1929 to 1934, he went to the Edmonton Regal, and was soon heard broadcasting from there.
He left Edmonton and joined
Harold Ramsay for a time, later going to the Gaumont State Cinema, Kilburn, from which he has given so many broadcasts. His signature tune is * I've got to sing a torch song
From the age of eight Anona Winn could read music quickly, but even in her 'teens her hands were so small that she could never stretch an octave easily. So she gave up the idea of being a pianist, and studied singing at the Albert Street Conservatorium at Melbourne. When Apollo Granforte visited Australia she studied Rigoletto under the famous baritone. Then she ran away and joined a Melbourne company of The Merry Widow. She toured India, came to London, and did a tour with Jose Collins in A Greek Slave. All this experience has gone to make Anona Winn one of the most versatile artists on the air.
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