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RESEARCH - Norah Moore by Maurice Powell

Thu, 30 Jun 2022

Manx Singers and the BBC

by Maurice Powell

Norah Moore

This is the second in an occasional series of articles about notable Manx-born singers who broadcast on BBC radio. Norah Moore* was one of the few to enjoy a professional career beyond the shores of ‘the lil’ Island’, who featured in no less than twenty-three radio programmes between 1927 and 1952; the others being Jean Curphey, a popular concert artiste and frequent broadcaster between 1957 and 1964, and Margaret Curphey, the Isle of Man’s only true opera singer, who featured in twenty-five broadcasts between 1965 and 1987.** A generation earlier, Norah’s career in many ways foreshadowed that of Jean Curphey’s in so much as they had similar repertoires in common: popular operatic and operetta arias, songs from popular musical shows, and Manx songs. After World War II Norah devoted herself to teaching, theatrical producing on the Island and to her successful business career.