Elaine Delmar began her career at the age of Thirteen, in 1952, in The Children’s hour for the BBC. She played piano in the live Broadcasts with Radio Orchestras, which she had studied from the age of six.
Her first legitimate stage appearance came in the revival of Finigan’s Rainbow, at The New Shakes Theatre, Liverpool in 1952. It starred Shanney Wallis and Ivor Emmanuel and was directed by Sam Wannamaker.
What followed was an illustrious career on stage, which has spanned over 60 years. The acclaimed performer will bring her brand new show to the Pheasantry next month. Elaine took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.
What are you currently working on?
Jazz Festival at Nantwich and Ronnie Scotts gigs twice a year at Sunday Lunch times.
What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?
My sense of humour!
What is your favourite Book?
The Heart Of A Woman by Maya Angelou.
What are you currently watching on TV?
Gracie and Frankie with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?
Restaurant; Good food and lovely company!
What’s your favourite sweet?
Foxes Glacier Mints. (I used to eat them before playing piano concerts when I was very young.)
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I dreamed of being a Concert Pianist.
What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?
When I was four, I was left alone in a room with my newborn baby brother in his cot. My mother came back in to find the baby on the sofa and shrieked “ How did he get there?” I said “He walked”!
What is your proudest achievement to date?
My appearance in The BBC Promenade Concert at The Albert Hall, in 2015, in front of 5,000 to 6,000 people.