Moira Anderson

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Moira Anderson
Born (1938-06-05) 5 June 1938 (age 77)
Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Genres Classical music, traditional pop music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals

Moira Anderson, OBE (born 5 June 1938, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire) is a Scottish singer.

Life and career[edit]

Following an education at Lenzie Academy,[1] Anderson quickly established herself at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow before getting her big break in the media after a successful audition at the BBC.[2]

She landed her first job in the media, presenting the radio programme Can't Help Singing where she sang with some prestigious names from the world of opera. She went on to make many appearances in the TV series The White Heather Club hosted by Andy Stewart.[3]

She subsequently hosted her own television show, the popular Moira Anderson Sings on BBC 1, 1968.[4] By 1970 she had signed up with the Decca Record Company, performed at the London Palladium and was hosting another show Stars On Sunday which ran for a decade from 1969. Anderson has recorded many albums and is renowned for her charity work.[citation needed]

In her early career Anderson made frequent appearances alongside fellow Scottish music stars, Kenneth McKellar and other Scottish stars. The pairing was celebrated in the 1976 "Two Ronnies" spoof sketch featuring "Kenneth Anderson" and "Moira McKellar", in which Ronnie Barker's McKellar described Ronnie Corbett's Moira as "that beautiful big lump of Dundee cake". In the early 1980s she made a successful album of duets with Sir Harry Secombe. She recorded "A Perfect Day" by Carrie Jacobs-Bond.[5]

Her musical directors over the years have included Peter Knight, Peter Hope, Robert Docker, Robin Stapleton, Peggy O'Keefe and Nick Ingman.

She received an OBE in July 1970.[6]

In 2010, she sang two songs at the funeral of Sir Norman Wisdom.[7]


  1. ^ Published on Wednesday 20 July 2011 10:28 (2011-07-20). "Video – G66+ Live Kirky Street Party - Local Headlines". Kirkintilloch Herald. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Moira Anderson – Discover music, concerts, stats, & pictures at". 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Moira Anderson". IMDb. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Clint Hough. "Bringing on back the good times". Sixties City. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  5. ^ "Voice to Remember", Universal/Spectrum, 2004.
  6. ^ "Singer Moira Anderson after receiving her OBE in July 1970". Scran. 1998-01-05. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  7. ^ Tony Brooks. "Sir Norman Wisdom is laid to rest". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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