The "choir boy" Ronald Dunn who recorded a commercial test for Decca in June 1933 was born in Talbot Street, Manchester. He became a chorister of Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir and won both the Wildman Cup (Solo Singing for Boys Under 14) in 1931 & 1932 and the Lomax Cup (Solo Singing for Choir Boys) for three years in succession (1930-31-32) at the Blackpool Musical Festivals held in October each year. He married in 1941, became a school master and died at Preston on 26 July 1972. (BJP)
Ronald Dunn A: A brown bird singing (Haydn Wood) (matrix GB5962, 2 takes) B: Who is Sylvia? (Schubert) (GB5963, 2 takes) Rec. 8 June 1933 (sic) with piano accompaniment.
There is considerable doubt as to whether this disc actually appeared. The catalogue number and issue date come from Smith's Decca "F" series discography (2003), but no review has been traced, it is not in the Decca catalogues of the time and the disc number seems to have been used later for dance music. Also a gap of 16 months between recording & issue dates is unlikely. The date of recording is taken from the Decca recording sheet; Smith erroneously gives the year as 1934.
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