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Sidney Torch at the Mighty Wurlitzer
Sidney Torch at the Mighty Wurlitzer
Published: 2013/07/05
Channel: Organ Music
Sidney Torch at the Organ -
Sidney Torch at the Organ - 'Temptation Rag'
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: bmoviefan100
Sidney Torch - Comic Walk
Sidney Torch - Comic Walk
Published: 2012/05/26
Channel: Mohammed Abdul Rahim
Sidney Torch at the Organ -
Sidney Torch at the Organ - 'In the Still of the Night'
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: bmoviefan100
Sidney Torch - Meandering
Sidney Torch - Meandering
Published: 2012/10/07
Channel: Hossam Shawky
Sidney Torch - Bicycle Belles (1956)
Sidney Torch - Bicycle Belles (1956)
Published: 2011/05/08
Channel: tahtipuikkoblogi
Song of the Maggie)-Sidney Torch and his orchestra
Song of the Maggie)-Sidney Torch and his orchestra
Published: 2008/06/16
Channel: jack11anbar
Sidney Torch - Muse In Mayfair (1948)
Sidney Torch - Muse In Mayfair (1948)
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: tahtipuikkoblogi2
Sidney torch - Front page story (Theme)
Sidney torch - Front page story (Theme)
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Bosta Melody
Sidney Torch - Red Square Review
Sidney Torch - Red Square Review
Published: 2012/10/06
Channel: Mohammed Abdul Rahim
Sidney Torch And His Orchestra - Nola
Sidney Torch And His Orchestra - Nola
Published: 2012/07/02
Channel: Mohammed Abdul Rahim
SIDNEY TORCH CD Vintage Dance Orchestra. Cornflakes , Desire , Tropicana .....
SIDNEY TORCH CD Vintage Dance Orchestra. Cornflakes , Desire , Tropicana .....
Published: 2013/05/23
Channel: VintageMusicFm
Sidney Torch "Orient Express" 1935
Sidney Torch "Orient Express" 1935
Published: 2012/08/13
Channel: phonomono78s
Sidney Torch  - On the Trail
Sidney Torch - On the Trail
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: Hossam Shawky
Sidney Torch: Jealousy
Sidney Torch: Jealousy
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: steeleyea
Sidney Torch - La Paloma
Sidney Torch - La Paloma
Published: 2013/04/20
Channel: Hossam Shawky
Sidney Torch at the Organ -
Sidney Torch at the Organ - 'Remember Me'
Published: 2014/10/19
Channel: bmoviefan100
Sidney Torch - Alpine Pastures (1950)
Sidney Torch - Alpine Pastures (1950)
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: tahtipuikkoblogi2
Sidney Torch an der Wurlitzer Orgel - Twelfth Street Rag - ca. 1937
Sidney Torch an der Wurlitzer Orgel - Twelfth Street Rag - ca. 1937
Published: 2012/02/29
Channel: SchreibenderEngel
Sidney Torch - Fandango
Sidney Torch - Fandango
Published: 2012/10/09
Channel: Mohammed Abdul Rahim
sidney torch - front page story - 1953   mood music
sidney torch - front page story - 1953 mood music
Published: 2015/08/08
Channel: hanyvakios
Sidney Torch And His Orchestra - Song Of The Maggie (from film The Maggie)
Sidney Torch And His Orchestra - Song Of The Maggie (from film The Maggie)
Published: 2012/11/07
Channel: Mohammed Abdul Rahim
Sidney Torch- The Flying Scottsman
Sidney Torch- The Flying Scottsman
Published: 2013/03/15
Channel: Luke Staisiunas
Sidney Torch an der Wurlitzer Orgel - Bugle Call Rag ca 1937
Sidney Torch an der Wurlitzer Orgel - Bugle Call Rag ca 1937
Published: 2012/03/02
Channel: SchreibenderEngel
Sidney Torch And His Orchestra -- Cornflakes (Foxtrot)
Sidney Torch And His Orchestra -- Cornflakes (Foxtrot)
Published: 2013/05/23
Channel: VintageMusicFm
Sidney Torch at the Organ -
Sidney Torch at the Organ - 'A-Tisket A-Tasket'
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: bmoviefan100
Sidney Torch - Beguine Mood March
Sidney Torch - Beguine Mood March
Published: 2012/09/07
Channel: tahtipuikkoblogi2
SIDNEY TORCH - "HOT DOG" - Regal Cinema Marble Arch London - CHRISTIE
SIDNEY TORCH - "HOT DOG" - Regal Cinema Marble Arch London - CHRISTIE
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: ComptonLodgeStudios
SIDNEY TORCH - "BEGIN THE BEGUINE" - State Wurlitzer
SIDNEY TORCH - "BEGIN THE BEGUINE" - State Wurlitzer
Published: 2016/03/19
Channel: ComptonLodgeStudios
SIDNEY TORCH - "DANCE OF THE BLUE MARIONETTES" - Regal Marble Arch - Christie
SIDNEY TORCH - "DANCE OF THE BLUE MARIONETTES" - Regal Marble Arch - Christie
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: ComptonLodgeStudios
Sidney Torch - Barwick Green
Sidney Torch - Barwick Green
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: Mohammed Abdul Rahim
Sidney Torch - Canadian Capers (1957)
Sidney Torch - Canadian Capers (1957)
Published: 2012/06/16
Channel: tahtipuikkoblogi2
Sidney Torch - Red Sombrero
Sidney Torch - Red Sombrero
Published: 2012/12/24
Channel: Hossam Shawky
Sidney Torch - Metropolis
Sidney Torch - Metropolis
Published: 2012/11/07
Channel: Mohammed Abdul Rahim
SIDNEY TORCH - "ORIENT EXPRESS" - Edmonton CHRISTIE ORGAN
SIDNEY TORCH - "ORIENT EXPRESS" - Edmonton CHRISTIE ORGAN
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: ComptonLodgeStudios
Sidney Torch - Mediterranean Concerto
Sidney Torch - Mediterranean Concerto
Published: 2014/06/02
Channel: Hossam Shawky
Sidney Torch - Extasis
Sidney Torch - Extasis
Published: 2015/01/13
Channel: Miguel Angel Olondriz
Sidney Torch - Going For A Ride
Sidney Torch - Going For A Ride
Published: 2012/05/29
Channel: Mohammed Abdul Rahim
Charles Williams: A Quiet Stroll - Sidney Torch Orchestra.
Charles Williams: A Quiet Stroll - Sidney Torch Orchestra.
Published: 2015/05/30
Channel: Jayne Anne Strutt
SIDNEY TORCH-"PIPING HOT" #1 Part one- STATE KILBURN WURLITZER
SIDNEY TORCH-"PIPING HOT" #1 Part one- STATE KILBURN WURLITZER
Published: 2015/12/01
Channel: ComptonLodgeStudios
Sidney Torch - Mischief
Sidney Torch - Mischief
Published: 2013/04/20
Channel: Hossam Shawky
SIDNEY TORCH AND HIS ORCHESTRA - GIPSY LOVE PART 1
SIDNEY TORCH AND HIS ORCHESTRA - GIPSY LOVE PART 1
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: Kurt Boehme
SIDNEY TORCH AND HIS ORCHESTRA - GIBSY LOVE PART 2
SIDNEY TORCH AND HIS ORCHESTRA - GIBSY LOVE PART 2
Published: 2017/04/03
Channel: Kurt Boehme
Sidney torch - Hotter Than Ever
Sidney torch - Hotter Than Ever
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: Hossam Shawky
Sidney Torch - Wagon Lit (1947)
Sidney Torch - Wagon Lit (1947)
Published: 2011/05/10
Channel: tahtipuikkoblogi
SIDNEY TORCH - "BUGLE CALL RAG" - Regal Edmonton Christie (1935)
SIDNEY TORCH - "BUGLE CALL RAG" - Regal Edmonton Christie (1935)
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: ComptonLodgeStudios
Sidney Torch - Gipsy Love  Waltz
Sidney Torch - Gipsy Love Waltz
Published: 2014/08/01
Channel: Hossam Shawky
Sidney Torch - Front page story (theme)
Sidney Torch - Front page story (theme)
Published: 2012/10/25
Channel: Hossam Shawky
When east meets west   Organ solo Sidney Torch
When east meets west Organ solo Sidney Torch
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: VintageTechnik
MANTOVANI & SIDNEY TORCH - "LONDONDERRY AIR" - Regal Marble Arch - c1933
MANTOVANI & SIDNEY TORCH - "LONDONDERRY AIR" - Regal Marble Arch - c1933
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: ComptonLodgeStudios
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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Sidney Torch MBE (5 June 1908 – 16 July 1990) was a British pianist, cinema organist, conductor, orchestral arranger and a composer of light music.

Born Sidney Torchinsky of a Ukrainian father and an Estonian mother in London, Torch learned the rudiments of music very quickly from his father, an orchestral trombonist, who used to sit next to fellow trombonist Gustav Holst in such places as the old Holborn Empire. He worked as an accompanist before getting a job playing the Piano with the Orchestra of the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London. When the Cinema's Christie Theatre Organ was installed in 1928, Torch became the Assistant Organist to the Chief Organist, Quentin Maclean. Torch took over as Chief Organist at the Cinema in 1932. Maclean had left in 1930 to become Chief Organist of the Trocadero Cinema, Elephant and Castle and was followed at the Regal until 1932 by Reginald Foort. Torch's tenure at the Regal lasted until 1934.[1]

Torch then played the organ in a number of London cinemas (amongst others, the Regal, Edmonton) and in 1937 he became the Chief Organist of the new Gaumont State Cinema, Kilburn. He continued to play the Wurlitzer there up until 1940, when he was drafted into the RAF and stationed near Blackpool. Torch would play and make recordings on the numerous Cinema Organs in the Blackpool area during his spare time. While in the RAF, Torch became the Conductor of the RAF Concert Orchestra, where he learned to arrange music and to conduct.[1]

He conducted many orchestras and bands, particularly those of the BBC. Torch was the man who created the popular BBC Light Programme show Friday Night is Music Night, which started in 1953 and continues to be broadcast to this day. Torch also conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra for nearly every Friday Night show until his retirement.[1]

Torch also composed many pieces for the BBC, particularly the theme tunes for radio and television shows. The theme of the radio show Much Binding In The Marsh is an example of this. Torch also composed independently, mostly pieces of light music. The piece On A Spring Note is considered to be one of Torch's best works and is still regularly played and recorded by Modern Cinema Organists.[1] Torch made a huge number of recordings during his lifetime. Many of Torch's Cinema Organ recordings have been rereleased on CD and can, therefore, still be bought today.

A recording of Torch's Off Beat Moods Part 1 was chosen by Stanley Kubrick as the theme for the fictitious BBC news programme "The World Tonight", seen aboard the spaceship Discovery in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.[2]

Torch retired from full-time conducting with the BBC in 1972 and was appointed an MBE in 1985.[1] He died at his Eastbourne, Sussex home on 16 July 1990 at the age of 82, having survived his wife, Elizabeth Tyson (a former BBC producer), who died six months earlier.[1]

References[edit]

  • Bierley, Paul E.; Rehrig, William H. The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. Composers and their Music, Integrity Press, 1991.
  • Larkin, Colin. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 3rd edition, Macmillan, 1998.
  • Rust, Brian; Forbes, Sandy. British Dance Bands on Record 1911 to 1945, General Gramophone Publications, 1987.
  • Upton, Stuart. Sidney Torch (1908-1990), Vintage Light Music, Winter, 1991.
  1. ^ a b c d e f Sidney Torch by David Ades at the Robert Farnon Society homepage, URL accessed September 18, 2009
  2. ^ David W. Patterson, "Music, Structure and Metaphor in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"." American Music, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Autumn, 2004), pp. 460-461

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