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Cinema Organist Who Has Given Many Empire Broadcasts

Edgar Peto organist

Mr. Edgar Peto, the popular organist at the Ambassador Cinema, Hounslow West, is leaving the theatre.
"Peto and the Organ" has been a very popular feature here during the past three years and will be greatly missed from the programmes, for Mr. Peto is not only a brilliant organist, butt, has a pleasing personality that has endeared him to patrons of the theatre.
In addition, he and his wife have done much to promote music in the district, being founders of Heat-on Musical Society and associated with many other social organisations.
Mr. Peto told a "Middlesex Chronicle" reporter that he regretted that circumstances over which he has no control necessitate his leaving the Ambassador, but be still hopes to meet his many friends in the various social activities with which he and Mrs. Peto are connected.
He also wishes to thank the people of Hounslow, particularly the patrons of the Ambassador, for their support and appreciation.
Mr. Edgar Peto, A.R.C.O., A.T.C.L., received his musical education at the Trinity College of Music, London, and the Royal Academy of Music.
He was the last Warden to the Cinema Organists Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, which has now been disbanded.
He has been connected with the cinema business for the past 22 years, and for I0 years he was a Church of England organist. For some time he combined both interests until the cinema organ became a specialised feature and he decided to concentrate his Interests in this direction.
He has been organist at Shepherd's Bush Pavilion; the Grand Kinema, Edgware Road; the Super Cinema, Charing Cross Road; the Capitol, Forest Hill; and the Ambassador, Hendon.
He has performed a score of Empire broadcasts for the B.B.C. It is Interesting also to record that he was solely responsible for drawing up the design and specification of the organ at the Ambassador, Hounslow, and for Its installation.
Mr. Peto will have charge of the orchestral section to be formed at Heston Evening Institute, Heston Senior School, in September under the aegis of Middlesex County Council.

Middlesex Chronicle
12 August 1939
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