WEBSTER BOOTH BROADCASTS (1936 – 1939)

 

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ROMANCE IN RHYTHM – National Programme Daventry, 4 January 1936 20.30 GERALDO AND HIS ORCHESTRA (By permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with WEBSTER BOOTH, ANGELA PARSELLES, THE GERALDETTES and THE TOPHATTERS
This evening Geraldo, who has won fame for his Dancing Through and Chateau de Madrid, is to give the first of three broadcasts under this title. Much as Frank Black did in Five Hours Back Geraldo aims at showing what good melodies lie hidden in the modern dance tune, usually sacrificed to the accentuation of the dance rhythm. In these shows listeners will hear how a large orchestra such as Geraldo’s can convert the slightly monotonous native rhythm of a dance tune into the big sweeping phrases of a symphony.

ROMANCE IN RHYTHM was a weekly series of programmes in which Webster Booth featured regularly with an assortment of other singers. I have not included every programme in the series – only the ones in which different singers appeared.

FRED HARTLEY AND HIS NOVELTY QUINTET – Regional Programme London, 8 January 1936 21.00 with WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor) Memories of Schubert (All arrangements by FRED HARTLEY)

 MUSICAL MOMENTS – Regional Programme Midland, 15 January 1936 20.35
Presented by ROBERT TREDINNICK,with DOROTHY LEIGH, WEBSTER BOOTH, MARGARET ABLETHORPE, JACK WILSON and ROBERT TREDINNICK.

22nd February 1936 – SONGS FROM THE SHOWS, NO. 42, Contrasting Composers 6: Franz Lehar, Howard Talbot, Nat D. Ayer, and Arthur Schwartz Finale; with W. H. Berry, Jean Colin, Webster Booth, Sylvia Cecil, Marjorie Stedeford, Fred Conyngham and the Three Ginx, the BBC Variety Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Hyam Greenbaum: at the pianos, Harry S. Pepper and Doris Arnold; compère, John Watt.
Tonight four composers of very different types and periods are to be contrasted. One – Franz Lehar , representing romantic music, from The Merry Widow waltz to You are my heart’s delight. Two –Howard Talbot , representing old musical comedy. He wrote the music for The Mousmé and The Arcadians with Lionel Monckton. Three –Nat D. Aver, representing old-time revue. He wrote the music for The Bing Boys, which was the rage in London during the War, with song hits like Baby Bunting and The only girt in the world. Four – Arthur Schwartz, representing new-time revue. He wrote numbers in The House that Jack Built and Stop Press, to say nothing to writing the music for the newest revue of all, Follow The Sun, which opened at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on February 4.

29 January 1936 – Nottingham Post – Broadcast. 
WHATS IN A NAME? or ROMANCE IN RETROSPECT, another musical mélange with Raymond Newell, Webster Booth, Mavis Bennett-Levin, Jack Wilson, BBC Midland Revue Chorus and Midland orchestra.

 

 

Friday 21 February 1936 20.00  Songs from the Shows: No.42: Contrasting Composers: 6 BBC National programme

Franz Lehar, Howard Talbot, Nat D. Ayer, and Arthur Schwartz – Finale Cast:
W. H. Berry, Jean Colin, Webster Booth, Sylvia Cecil, Fred Conyngham, The Three Ginx, The BBC Variety Orchestra and Chorus, Conducted by Hyam Greenbaum.
At the Pianos, Harry S. Pepper and Doris Arnold. Compere, John Watt
Tonight four composers of very different types and periods are to be contrasted.
One – Franz Léhar, representing romantic music, from The Merry Widow waltz to You are my heart’s delight. 

Two – Howard Talbot, representing old musical comedy. He wrote the music for The Mousmé and The Arcadians with Lionel Monckton.

Three – Nat D. Aver, representing old-time revue. He wrote the music for The Bing Boys, which was the rage in London during the War, with song hits like Baby Bunting and The only girl in the world.
Four – Arthur Schwartz, representing new-time revue. He wrote numbers in The House that Jack Built and Stop Press, to say nothing to writing the music for the newest revue of all, Follow The Sun, which opened at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on February 4. Listeners will remember the first-night broadcast.

THE OLD BALLAD CONCERTS – 5Regional Programme Northern Ireland, 26 February 1936 20.15 WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor), MALCOLM McEACHERN (bass), THE GRESHAM SINGERS, THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA
Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY, Arranged and conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON (From Regional)

Regional Saturday 8.30 ROMANCE IN RHYTHM Geraldo and his Orchestra, with Webster Booth

Olive Groves, Carlyle Cousins, the Romantic Young ladies, and the Tophatters, compered by Leslie Mitchell. 

 

10th March 1936 Scottish National – 8.30 ROMANCE IN RHYTHM: Geraldo and his Orchestra (by permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd); with Webster Booth, Olive Groves, the Radio Three, the Romantic Young Ladies, and the Tophatters; compered by Leslie Mitchell.
ROMANCE IN RHYTHM – GERALDO AND HIS ORCHESTRARegional Programme London, 20 April 1936 20.00
(By permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with OLIVE GROVES, WEBSTER BOOTH, THE CARLYLE Cousins, THE ROMANTIC YOUNG LADIES and THE TOPHATTERS.
Compered by LESLIE MITCHELL

ROMANCE IN RHYTHM – GERALDO AND HIS ORCHESTRA (SERIES) – National Programme Daventry, 12 May 1936 20.30. (By permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd) with OLIVE GROVES, WEBSTER BOOTH, THE CARLYLE COUSINS, THE ROMANTIC YOUNG LADIES and THE TOPHATTERS  Compered by LESLIE MITCHELL

MIRIAM LICETTE (soprano), WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor) MARY ABBOTT (pianoforte) – Regional Programme Midland, 15 June 1936 21.30
                                                      
                                                                Miriam Licette 

ROMANCE IN RHYTHM – GERALDO AND HIS ORCHESTRA – National Programme Daventry, 7 July 1936 20.00 (By permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with OLIVE GROVES, WEBSTER BOOTH, THE RADIO THREE, THE TOP HATTERS and THE ROMANTIC YOUNG LADIES. The Programme announced by the Television Announcers ELIZABETH COWELL, JASMINE BLIGH and LESLIE MITCHELL
Geraldo backed a winner in Dancing Through; he has hacked another in Romance and Rhythm. It was his own idea, and so well has he carried it out that this is the eleventh edition. Olive Groves, whose voice is always so effective on the air, has been in all but the first two broadcasts, when she was already working. Webster Booth has missed only one, when he was singing in Hiawatha at the Royal Albert Hall. The Romantic Young Ladies, the Top Hatters (men), and those well-known favourites the Radio Three (girls) all contribute to the singing of the great jazz numbers past and present that Geraldo has collected.

A feature of the programme is that the three Television Announcers are to be on the air together for the first time.                       Olive Groves

23rd July 1936 – Geraldo and his orchestra come before the microphone again on the Scottish National wavelength at 8.0 with ROMANCE IN RHYTHM. This programme will be compered by Leslie Mitchell, and Esther Coleman, Webster Booth, the Radio Three; the Romantic Young Ladies will also take part.

6.0 ROMANCE IN RHYTHM with Geraldo and his orchestra, compered by Leslie Mitchell, with Esther Coleman, Webster Booth, the Radio Three, The Top Hatters, The Romantic Young Ladies, and Arthur Tracey, the Street Singer.

FRED HARTLEY AND HIS NOVELTY QUINTET (SERIES) with WEBSTER BOOTH – National Programme Daventry, 4 August 1936 18.39. Souvenirs of Song No. 36 (All arrangements by Fred Hartley )

 18th August 1936 6.30 THE TUNE YOU HEARD: A Selection of Original Tunes from recent Midland Productions; presented by Martyn C Webster; with Marjery Wyn, Webster Booth, the Southern Sisters, and the Revue Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Burston, from Midland.

CHARLES ERNESCO AND HIS QUINTET (SERIES) with WEBSTER BOOTH – National Programme Daventry, 21 August 1936 18.30

SHREWSBURY CARNIVAL CONCERT – Regional Programme Midland, 6 September 1936 21.00 from the Granada Theatre, Shrewsbury
GARDA HALL (soprano), WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor), RONALD GOURLEY (entertainer), THE ALFREDO CAMPOLI TRIO                                                       Garda Hall

A HUNDRED YEARS OF OPERETTA – National Programme Daventry, 22 October 1936 18.40
THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA, Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY, Conducted by VICTOR REINSHAGEN
WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor)
 21st November 1936 – A concert by The BBC Theatre orchestra (Conductors: Jean Gilbert and Harold Lowe) Tessa Deane (Soprano), Webster Booth (Tenor). 
THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA – National Programme Daventry, 21 November 1936 20.15 
Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY, Conducted by HAROLD LOWE, Music by Jean Gilbert conducted by The composer. TESSA DEANE (soprano) WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor), ORCHESTRAL Selection: The Lady of the Rose
TESSA DEANE, WEBSTER BOOTH AND ORCHESTRA, Duet from Katja the Dancer, ORCHESTRA Selection: The Girl in the Taxi.
 27th November 1936 –Scottish 4.0 INCIDENTAL TO A PLAY: A Programme of Songs and Selections from the Legitimate Stage; devised by Douglas Moodie; Musical arrangements by Harry Bidgood; produced by William MacLurg, with Raymond Newell, Irene North, Webster Booth, Elsie French, Ivan Samson, and Douglas Moodie; Jack Clarke (Piano)
A WISP OF LACERegional Programme London, 27 November 1936 16.00 A Miniature Musical Play – Story, lyrics, and music by VIVIEN LAMBELET. Cast with Gustave Ferrari, Sydney Russell, and others.
Harry Bidgood ‘s Septet and a Section of the BBC Chorus under the direction of Harry Bidgood. Production by William MacLurg. A programme broadcast each Friday to listeners at home and in the Empire.
Characters
Lady Rosemary: Vivien Lambelet
Sir Julian Garde and The Highwayman: Raymond Newell
Lord Charles Melton: Webster Booth
Maryon: Irene North and Gustave Ferrari, Sydney Russel
MESSIAHRegional Programme Midland, 15 December 1936 19.30 The Oratorio by Handel from the Albert Hall, Nottingham – Part I THE NOTTINGHAM HARMONIC SOCIETY, STILES ALLEN (soprano), MARY JARRED (contralto), WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor), WILLIAM PARSONS (bass), HAROLD DAWBER (organ)
THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM ORCHESTRA, Leader, ALFRED CAVE, Conducted by LESLIE HEWARD 
William Parsons (bass)

HEDDLE NASH and MARIA ELSNER IN GYPSY LOVENational Programme Daventry, 31 December 1936 21.20

Freely adapted for Broadcasting from the English Libretto by Basil Hood.
Lyrics by ADRIAN Ross; Music by FRANZ LEHAR.
Violin solos by Rae Jenkins, The BBC Revue Chorus and The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Conducted by Stanford Robinson. The production by Gordon McConnel. Gypsy Love will be broadcast again tomorrow in the Regional programme at 8 45
Characters
Ilona,Dragotin’s Daughter: Maria Elsner
Jolan, Dragotin’s Niece: Helen Crerar
Jozsi, a Gypsy Musician: Heddle Nash
Dragotin, a Rumanian Noble: Horace Percival
Jonel, betrothed to Ilona: Webster Booth
Katejan, a Shy Young Man: Dudley Rolph
Lady Babby, an English Lady: Ursula Hughes
Andor, an Innkeeper: Alfredo Tomasini
Zorika, a Gypsy Girl: Doris Gilmore

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1st January 1937 8.45 GYPSY LOVE: (Repeat) Freely adapted for broadcasting from the English Libretto by Basil Hood: Lyrics by Adrian Ross; Music by Franz Lehar; produced by Gordon McConnel, with Maria Elsner, Heddle Nash, Helen Crerar (by permission of Sidney Carroll), Horace Percival, Webster Booth, Dudley Rolph, Ursula Hughes, Alfredo Tomasini, Doris Gilmore; Rae Jenkins (Violin Solos); the BBC Revue Orchestra.

  9th January 1937 – Tomorrow – At 6.30, No 11 of VICTORIAN MELODIES will be presented by Nora Gruhn, Webster Booth, and Appleton Moore, with the BBC Revue Chorus and Theatre Orchestra.
WILD VIOLETSRegional Programme Midland, 1 February 1937 20.00 A Musical Comedy Operetta by Bruno Hardt-Warden, Music by Robert Stolz. Adapted for Broadcasting from the English Version by Holt Marvell , Hassard Short , Desmond Carter, and Reginald Purdell
The BBC Chorus and Girls of Midland Revue Chorus,
The Revue Orchestra Conducted by Reginald Burston
Production by Martyn C. Webster.
Characters.
Paul Hoffmann: Webster Booth
Otto Bergman: Frank Drew
Erik Schmidt: Gordon Little
Madame Hoffmann: Dorothy Summers
Yvonne Dupres: Vera Ashe
Liesil: Marjorie Westbury
Mitzi: Mary Pollock
Lena: Elizabeth Mooney
Augusta: Vivienne Chatterton
Hans: Ernest Butcher
Algernon Rutherford: John Lang
Mary: Sylvia Welling
Dr Franck: Stuart Vinden
Carl Hoffmann: John Bentley
Greta: Barbara Helliwell
Narrator: Hugh Morton
MASCULINE FAME ON PARADENational Programme Daventry, 9 February 1937 20.15 A Satirical Revue of Yesterday’s Heroes. Book and Lyrics by Joan Young;  Music by Nene Smith. Additional Numbers – Cavaliers and Roundheads and King John by Ronnie Munro John Rorke, Webster Booth, Geoffrey Wincott, Max Kirby, Middleton Woods, Brough Robertson, Cyril Fletcher, Stanley Hoban, Commere, Joan Young. The BBC Variety Orchestra and BBC Male Voice Chorus conducted by Charles Shadwell. At the Theatre Organ, Reginald Foort, Solo violin, Rae Jenkins, Arrangements by Ronnie Munro, Produced by Douglas Moodie.
THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY’S CONCERT – Regional Programme London, 11 February 1937 20.15 from Queen’s Hall, London.THE HUDDERSFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY, ISOBEL BAILLIE (soprano) ELSIE SUDDABY (soprano) WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor) GEORGE HANCOCK (baritone), THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Conducted by MALCOLM SARGENT. (Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
I REMEMBERRegional Programme Midland, 24 February 1937 21.00Presented by Percy Edgar
Marjorie Westbury (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Cuthbert Ford (baritone), The BBC Midland Revue Chorus and The Revue Orchestra, Conducted by Reginald Burston
25 February 1937 Later Webster Booth sings in a concert with the BBC Theatre Orchestra.
10.20 The BBC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Stanford Robinson with Webster Booth (tenor)
IVY ST. HELIERRegional Programme London, 23 March 1937 19.45 and DAVY BURNABY in Let’s Sing Something ENTRE NOUS, Irene Eisinger (soprano), Arnold Matters (baritone) Webster Booth (tenor) Esther Coleman (contralto), The Pianists Gwen Williams, Wilfrid Parry, The Comperes: Ivy St. Helier and Davy Burnaby
Production by Gordon McConnel.
3 April 1937 Scottish National Sunday 7.0-7.50 VICTORIAN MELODIES; NO 13: A Musical Sequence; produced and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock, with Webster Booth (Tenor), Appleton Moore (Baritone), the BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra.
17 April 1937 – Tomorrow At 9.5 Heinz and Robert Scholz will give a recital on two pianos; after which Webster Booth will sing with the BBC Variety Orchestra.
9.40 The BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell; Webster Booth (Tenor) Arthur Sandford (Solo Pianoforte); Robert Hanlon (Solo Flute). 
CONCERT  – Regional Programme London, 24 April 1937 19.30The Railway Clearing House Male Voice Choir
Janet Howe (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Ernest Lush (solo pianoforte), Conductor, Stanford Robinson from the Kingsway Hall.
MOZARTRegional Programme Midland, 28 April 1937 19.40A Musical Biography – No. 4, Vienna, Earlier Years
Arranged and Presented by Eric Blom and Leslie Heward, 
Noel Eadie (soprano), Marjorie Westbury (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Geoffrey Dams (tenor), The Griller String Quartet: Sydney Griller (first violin); Jack O’Brien (second violin);  Philip Burton (viola) ; Colin Hampton (violoncello), The BBC Midland Orchestra led by Ernest Element, Conducted by Leslie Heward.
Illustrations will be drawn from the following works:
Allegro moderato 1 (String Andante Quartet) Allegretto ma non tropppo (K. 421) Finale, Act II, Seraglio (K. 384)
Constanze, NOEL EADIE
 Blonde, MARJORIE WESTBURY
 Belmonte, WEBSTER BOOTH
 Pedrillo, GEOFFREY DAMS
Andante ] (Haffner Symphony) Minuet (K. 384)

I REMEMBERRegional Programme Midland, 10 May 1937 19.30 Presented by Percy Edgar with Olive Groves (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Harold Casey (baritone) The BBC Midland Revue Chorus and The BBC Midland Orchestra, Conducted by Reginald Burston. This programme will recall the songs, tunes, and type of entertainment that were popular about the time of the accession and Coronation of Edward VII. Except that the period drawn upon will be more restricted, it will follow the general lines of the I Remember programme broadcast in February.

  14th May 1937 Scottish National Programme Songs I like Webster Booth (tenor)
 VICTORIAN MELODIES No. 15National Programme Daventry, 23 May 1937 21.05 A Musical Sequence
Produced and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock, 
with Webster Booth (tenor) and Harold Williams (baritone)
The BBC Revue Chorus and The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Montague Brearley
THE TUNE YOU HEARDRegional Programme Midland, 9 June 1937 20.00 A Pot-Pourri of numbers from Midland Shows with Webster Booth, Marjorie Westbury, The Midland Revue Chorus and The Revue Orchestra, Conducted by Reginald Burston, Compere, Hugh Morton, The programme devised by Martyn C. Webster.

AMERICA CABARET AND BROADCASTS 1937. While Anne starred in Virginia as Anne Booth in New York, Webster did a few broadcasts with Will Rogers and sang at the Rainbow Room, New York.

 20th September 1937 – 7.35 Webster Booth, with the BBC Revue Chorus.
24th September 1937 LIONEL AND CLARISSA – National Programme Daventry, 24 September 1937 16.00 a Comic Opera in a Pastoral Setting; written in 1768 by Isaac Bickerstaff; music by Charles Dibdin; adapted for broadcasting by Ursula Branston, music arranged by Alfred Reynolds; produced by William MacLurg, with Arthur Fayne, Foster Richardson, Webster Booth, Gordon Little, Frank Drew, Brember Wills, Kathleen Burgis, Jessica Page, Barbara Cochran-Carr, Colleen Clifford; orchestra led by Victor Olof, conducted by Jack Clarke.
Sir John Flowerdale: Arthur Fayne
Colonel Oldboy: Foster Richardson
Lionel: Webster Booth
Mr Jessamy: Gordon Little
Harman: Frank Drew
Jenkins: Brember Wills
Clarissa: Kathleen Burgis
Lady Mary Oldboy: Jessica Page
Jenny: Barbara Cochran-Carr
(Empire Programme)
Isaac Bickerstaff’s pastoral comic opera, Lionel and Clarissa, was written in 1768 and produced at Covent Garden the same year with music by Charles Dibdin. Lionel and Clarissa is a typical late eighteenth-century piece. It obviously belongs to the world of She Stoops to Conquer and the comedies of Sheridan, and the characters -the earnest tutor who falls in love with the gentle heroine while teaching her astronomy, Colonel Oldboy, the sporting squire, and his foppish son – are all conceived in the convention of the period.
In adapting the piece for broadcasting, Ursula Branston has worked from the text used in Nigel Playfair ‘s production at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1925. Alfred Reynolds ‘s arrangement of Dibdin’s music, made for that production, will also be used.
THE BBC VARIETY ORCHESTRA – National Programme Daventry, 30 September 1937 22.30 Leader, Frank Cantell, Conducted by Charles Shadwell, Webster Booth (tenor), Robert Hanlon (Solo Flute)
HERO AND HEROINE National Programme Daventry, 24 October 1937 21.05  A Programme of Songs and Duets from Famous Operettas, with Hella Langdon (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor) and The BBC Theatre Orchestra.  The programme arranged and conducted by Stanford Robinson.
THE CREATIONRegional Programme Midland, 6 November 1937 19.30 by Haydn with Nora Gruhn (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Norman Walker (bass) The Derby Choral Union, The City of Birmingham Orchestra, Leader, Alfred Cave, Conducted by Harold Gray from the Drill Hall, Derby.
FRENCH OPERA BOUFFERegional Programme Midland, 4 December 1937 21.10A programme selected from the works of famous composers of French Comic Opera.
Marjorie Westbury (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Gabriel Lavelle (baritone), The BBC Midland Singers – Chorus Master, Edgar Morgan, The BBC Midland Orchestra Led by Ernest Element Conducted by Reginald Burston
28th December 1937 Fred Hartley and his Sextet, Webster Booth (tenor). All arrangements by Fred Hartley.

THE VOICE OF ROMANCE – Webster Booth appeared as the supposedly anonymous  Voice of Romance with Fred Hartley’s sextet. The sextet included Hugo Rignold (violin), George Melachrino (clarinet) and Fred Hartley (piano). The Voice of Romance featuring Webster Booth

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HOLIDAY IN EUROPENational Programme Daventry, 9 January 1938 21.30 A pot-pourri written for broadcasting by Julius Buerger, with Gaby Valle (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Rae Jenkins and his Schrammel Quartet, The BBC Chorus (Section C) The BBC Theatre Orchestra Leader, Tate Gilder, Produced and conducted by Stanford Robinson. This programme pictures in an hour’s non-stop music a holiday to fit with an itinerary including Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Tyrol, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, and Russia

 THE STOKE-ON-TRENT CHORAL SOCIETYRegional Programme Midland, 12 February 1938 19.30 Kate Winter (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Stanley Pope (baritone), David Franklin (bass), The City of Birmingham Orchestra, Leader, Alfred Cave, Conducted by E. C. Redfern from the Victoria Hall, Hanley. Parts 1 and 2 of The Childhood of Christ by Berlioz

Stoke-on-Trent Choral Society, founded in 1909, has given concerts regularly for eighteen seasons. On two occasions the choir has sung under the baton of Sir Henry Wood. The two hundred members of the Society are connected chiefly with the pottery industry. Their enthusiasm can be gauged from the fact that many of them live as far as twelve miles away from the hall where the rehearsals take place.

 THE BRISTOL ROYAL ORPHEUS GLEE SOCIETYRegional Programme Western, 17 February 1938 20.10 Conductor, Graham Harris.  Webster Booth tenor) from the Colston Hall , Bristol

THE LIFE OF OFFENBACHNational Programme Daventry, 27 February 1938 21.25 – A pot-pourri of music by Jacques Offenbach devised by Julius Buerger. Production by Stanford Robinson. Geoffrey Dunn , and Rex Haworth, Ruth Naylor (soprano), Pauline Maunder (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Richard Watson (bass). Narration written and spoken by Wilfrid Rooke Ley. The BBC Chorus (Section C) , The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder, Conductor, Stanford Robinson.

28th February 1938 Regional 9.15 I REMEMBER, presented by Percy Edgar; Marjorie Westbury (Soprano); Webster Booth (Tenor); The BBC Midland Orchestra and Singers.

KATINKA Regional Programme Midland, 19 March 1938 21.00 -A Musical Play – Book and lyrics by Otto Hauerback, Music by Rudolf Friml. Adapted for the microphone by Reginald Burston and Martyn C. Webster, The Midland Revue Orchestra, Leader, Norris Stanley. The Midland Revue Chorus. Conducted by Reginald Burston, Production by Martyn C. Webster. Boris Strogoff, Russian Ambassador to Austria: John Lang, Katinka, his bride: Helen Crerar, Petrov, an old servant to Boris: Stuart Vinden, Varenka, Katinka’s maid: Dorothy Summers Tatiana, Katinka’s mother: Mary Pollock, Ivan Dimitre, Katinka’s former sweetheart, Webster Booth, Thaddeus Hopper, a wealthy American: Fred Duprez, Halif, a Circassian slave-trader: Warwick Vaughan. Knopf, manager of the Cafe-Turkoisin-Vienna: Clive Selborne, Arif Bey, warden of Izzet Pasha’s harem: Lester Mudditt. Olga (Nashan), first wife to Boris: Dorothy Paul, M Pierre, porter at Hotel Riche, Constantinople: Warwick Vaughan, Mrs Helen Hopper, Thaddeus Hopper’s wife: Marjorie Westbury.

OVERTURE AND BEGINNERS, PLEASE! No. 2 – National Programme Daventry, 10 April 1938 21.50 A programme arranged and produced by Gordon McConnel in collaboration with Gwen Williams. Jean Colin (soprano), Esther Coleman (mezzo-contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Arnold Matters (baritone), Four Singers from the BBC Chorus, The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder

 

HERO AND HEROINENational Programme Daventry, 14 May 1938 21.35 A programme of songs and duets from famous operettas arranged by Gwen Williams and Stanford Robinson. The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder, Conductor, Stanford Robinson. Maria Elsner (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor).

ORGANESTRANational Programme Daventry, 27 May 1938 18.40 A Programme for Theatre Organ and Variety Orchestra. Presented by Charles Shadwell and Reginald Foort. Webster Booth (tenor).

THEATRE COMPOSERS No. 2National Programme Daventry, 26 June 1938 21.05  FRANZ LEHAR – The Man and his Music. A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher. Music selected by Mark H. Lubbock . Production by Gordon McConnel. Dennis Noble, Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Hella Langdon. Compere, Bertram Wallis. The Rae Jenkins Trio. The BBC Theatre Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra. (Leader, Tate Gilder ) Conductor, Stanford Robinson.

DANCE CABARETRegional Programme Western, 29 June 1938 20.45 from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth. Claude Dampier, The Professional Idiot, Assisted by Billie Carlyle, Webster Booth, The Romantic Tenor, Davy Burnaby and Michael North, The Carlyle Cousins In Close Harmony, Al Bowlly, Britain’s Ambassador of Song, and dance to Billy Thorburn and his Music with Eddie Gurey.

Billy Thorburn , who provides the dancing in this programme allows no brass in his band, and conducts without a baton from his pianist’s stool.

Rarely before have so many famous artists been together in a West of England cabaret. Of special interest is the appearance of Webster Booth, the tenor who has delighted critics with his singing at Covent Garden this season in The Magic Flute and Der Rosenkavalier.

27th August 1938 – National  Sunday 11.30 Charles Ernesco and his Quintet, with Webster Booth

LANDMARKS IN ENGLISH MUSIC-2Regional Programme Midland, 6 September 1938 21.45 Purcell-1688 Arranged by Alexander Brent-Smith and presented by W. K. Stanton Marjorie Westbury (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Margaret Ablethorpe pianoforte) The BBC Midland Singers – Chorus Master, Edgar Morgan, The BBC Midland Orchestra. Leader, Alfred Cave. Conducted by Leslie Heward.

The illustrations are all by Purcell, except where otherwise indicated.

Trio, Sweet Tyranesse

WEBSTER BOOTH AND MARGARET ABLETHORPE What shall I do?

MARJORIE WESTBURY AND MARGARET ABLETHORPE I attempt from love’s sickness to fly (The Indian Queen)

MARJORIE WESTBURY, WEBSTER BOOTH, AND MARGARET ABLETHORPE Sound the trumpet,

STRING ORCHESTRA Cobell

MARJORIE WESTBURY AND ORCHESTRA  Fairest Isle (King Arthur)

WEBSTER BOOTH, SINGERS, AND ORCHESTRA: How blest are shepherds (King Arthur)

MARJORIE WESTBURY, SINGERS, AND ORCHESTRA Thy hand, Belinda /When I am laid in earth, With drooping wings ye cupids come (Dido and Aeneas)

SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA :Soul of the World (Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day)

WEBSTER BOOTH AND ORCHESTRA : When a cruel long winter (The Faery Queen)

SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA: Hail, great parent (The Faery Queen)

MARJORIE WESTBURY AND ORCHESTRA Hark, the echoing air (The Faery Queen)

MARJORIE WESTBURY, SINGERS, AND ORCHESTRA: If love’s a sweet passion (The Faery Queen)

ORCHESTRA: Monkey’s Dance (The Faery Queen)

 SONGS I LIKERegional Programme Midland, 14 September 1938 20.30 Webster Booth (tenor)

Webster Booth began his career in the Midlands, where he sang in a church choir until his voice broke. He started business in an accountant’s office, but took up singing as a profession after having a successful audition with the D’Oyly Cartes in Birmingham. His contribution to Songs I Like will be repeated on the National wavelength tomorrow.

 THEATRE COMPOSERS No. 3Regional Programme London, 25 September 1938 21.05 – Andre Messager – The Man and his Music. A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher. Music selected by Mark H. Lubbock. Production by Gordon McConnel. Stella Andreva (coloratura-soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Morgan Davies (baritone), Linda Parker (soprano) Compere, Bertram Wallis. The Rae Jenkins Trio.The BBC Theatre Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra, leader Tate Gilder. Conductor, Stanford Robinson

28th September 1938 – Webster Booth sings with Charles Ernesco and his Quintet in the Scottish National programme at 6.25.

8.0 COFFEE AND MUSIC: an after-dinner entertainment presented by Doris Arnold, with Margaret Eaves, Webster Booth and Allan Paul.

10.0 MOVIE MELODIES: a selection of songs from the films, presented by Roy Speer, with Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Diana Clare, Sam Costa, with the BBC Revue Chorus, the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

HUGH THE DROVERRegional Programme London, 1 November 1938 20.30 or Love in the Stocks – A romantic ballad opera in two acts. Libretto by Harold Child. Music by R. Vaughan Williams . The BBC Theatre Chorus, The BBC Theatre Orchestra Leader, Tate Gilder, Conductor, Stanford Robinson. Narration written by Wilfrid Rooke Ley, spoken by Kaye Seeley Production by Stanford Robinson , in collaboration with Gordon McConnel , Rex Haworth, and Charles Groves. By the time Vaughan Williams had finished his first opera, Hugh the Drover, in 1914, he had written the Sea Symphony, the London Symphony, the song-cycle On Wenlock Edge, and the Tallis Fantasia. His attention was turned at that time to folk song. and Hugh the Drover is full of that kind of music.

Like Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Smetana’s Bartered Bride, Vaughan Williams’s  Hugh the Drover is a national opera. Its background is a great historical fact, the threatened invasion of England by Napoleon. The characters are the common people of the country, and the customs of folk life enter naturally into the story.

The Constable: Samuel Worthington, Mary (his daughter): Rose Alper, Aunt Jane (his sister): Gladys Palmer, John the Butcher (betrothed to Mary): Redvers Llewellyn, Hugh the Drover: Webster Booth, Turnkey: Powell Lloyd, Showman: Robert Irwin, Cheap Jack: Stearn Scott, Shell-Fish Seller: James Bond, Primrose Seller: Marjory Grant, Ballad Seller: Reginald Mitchell, Sergeant: John Hargreaves.

THE CREATION: 9th November 1938. Broadcast from Town Hall, Birmingham (from Webster‘s score)

GENERAL RELEASERegional Programme Midland, 14 November 1938 21.30, Songs from the current films with Marjery Wyn, Webster Booth, We Three. The Midland Revue Orchestra.Leader Norris Stanley, Conductor, Reginald Burston, Compere, Martyn C. Webster.

26th November 1938 – 7.0 HUGH THE DROVER, or LOVE IN THE STOCKS (Repeat)

THE HALLé SOCIETY’S CONCERTRegional Programme Midland, 22 December 1938 19.30 from the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Messiah, The oratorio by Handel -Part I. Isobel Baillie (soprano), Muriel Brunskill (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Keith Falkner (bass), The Hallé Chorus – Chorus master, Herman Brearley, The Hallé Orchestra  – Leader, Alfred Barker, Conducted by Malcolm Sargent.

9.5- During the Interval: The Messiah in the Industrial North, by WL Wilmshurst.

9.20pm MESSIAH, by Handel, Part 2. The Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent: Isobel Baillie (Soprano), Muriel Brunskill (contralto), Webster Booth(tenor), Keith Falkner (Bass) from the Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

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ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC – BBC Home Service Basic, 4 January 1939 22.35 played by the BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder ) Conductor, Stanford Robinson, with Gwen Catley and Webster Booth, Wilfrid Parry and Charles Groves (pianofortes) and the BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves )

 LAKMERegional Programme London, 17 January 1939 20.00 An opera by Leo Delibes, Libretto by E. Gondinet and F. Gille. English version by Claude Aveling, The BBC Theatre Chorus, the BBC Theatre Orchestra, leader Tate Gilder , conductor Stanford Robinson. Narration written by Wilfrid Rooke Ley. Production by Stanford Robinson in collaboration with Gordon McConnel , Rex Haworth , and Charles Groves. British Officers: Gerald: Webster Booth, Frederic: John Hargreaves, Nilakanta, a Brahmin priest: Harold Williams, Lakme, Nilakanta’s daughter: Stella Andreva, Mallika, Lakme’s attendant: Mae Craven.

 THE BBC ORCHESTRANational Programme Daventry, 29 January 1939 17.20 (Section E) Led by Marie Wilson, Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite. Webster Booth (tenor)

 CHARLES ERNESCO  AND HIS QUINTET –  National Programme Daventry, 22 February 1939 13.00 with Webster Booth.

Charles Ernesco studied the violin at the Guildhall School of Music under Max Mossel and got his first engagement at the age of twenty as an extra in the London Symphony Orchestra at the Leeds Festival of 1925. For five or six years he played at Covent Garden during the International Season. Then in 1934 he formed his popular Quintet, which still consists of its original members.

His vocalist, Webster Booth, is also no stranger to Covent Garden; as the tenor in Der Rosenkavalier last year, he scored a remarkable success. He is equally at home in concert-party work and in Handel, and listeners will specially remember his fine singing in such radio opera productions as Lakmé and Hugh the Drover.

 7th March 1939 8.0 GLAMOROUS NIGHT, a romantic play with music by Ivor Novello; lyrics by Christopher Hassall; orchestrations by Charles Prentice; radio adaptation by VC Clinton-Baddeley; produced by Hedley Briggs in collaboration with Mark H Lubbock and George Lestrange; technical production, Rex Haworth: Ivor Novello, Mary Ellis, Harvey Braban, Fanny Wright, Eric Anderson, Webster Booth as Lorenti, Robert Andrews, Minnie Rayner, Gerald Lawrence, Elisabeth Welch, Leo de Pokorny, and Eric Miklewood; The BBC Orchestra; Conductor Stanford Robinson.

11th March 1939 Scottish National (261.1 M) 6.50 JOHAN STRAUSS, 1825-1899. A Pot-pourri by Julius Buerger; Gwen Catley (Coloratura Soprano); Hella Toros (Soprano); Nancy Evans (Contralto); Webster Booth (Tenor); Denis Noble (Baritone); Pianists:- Wilfrid Parry, Arthur Sandford; Rae Jenkins and his Schrammel Quartet, the BBC Theatre Chorus; The BBC Theatre Orchestra; Conductor, Stanford Robinson.

 

1st April 1939 On Saturday at 9.40 Olive Groves, Webster Booth and Arnold Matters will tell the story of the ballad.
9.40 Saturday at 9.40. THE STORY OF THE BALLAD, with Olive Groves, (soprano) Webster Booth, (Tenor) Arnold Matters, (Baritone) with the BBC Theatre orchestra. Programme arranged and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock.

Sunday. 9.45 Charles Ernesco and his Quintet, with Webster Booth.

Friday 14 April 1939. 20.00 THE EXETER MALE VOICE CHOIR Conductor, W. J. Cotton . Webster Booth (tenor) from the Barnfield Hall, Exeter.

18th April 1939 7.45 GYPSY LOVE: Adapted for Broadcast from the English book by BasilHood, the original German libretto by A M Wilner and Robert Bodanzky; English lyrics by Adrian Ross; Music by Franz Lehar; Adaptation and production by Gordon McConnel, with Hella Langdon, BillieBaker, Dennis Noble, Rae Jenkins (Violin solos), Horace Percival, Webster Booth, Dudley Rolph, Evers, Kenneth Ellis, and Margaret Schlegel; The BBC Theatre Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Stanford Robinson.

Sunday 3.00 Orchestral and Vocal Concert; Excerpts from THE MAGIC FLUTE by Mozart; translation by EJ Dent; programme introduced by FH Grisewood, with Arnold Matters (Baritone); Lorely Dyer (Soprano); Webster Booth (Tenor); Norman Allin (Bass); Gwen Catley (Soprano); The BBC Theatre Orchestra; Conductor, Stanford Robinson.

16th May 1939.9.45 The BBC Theatre Orchestra: Conductor, Stanford Robinson: Webster Booth (Tenor); Cyril Smith (Pianoforte)

CONCERT Friday in May 1939, Mansion House, Dublin. Webster Booth was guest artiste at a concert which was broadcast on Radio Eireann.

21st July 1939 DANCE CABARET with Webster Booth, Ted Ray, Beryl Orde, and C Denier Warren comes from the Polygon Hotel, Southampton, at 9.30. Scottish National 9.30 DANCE CABARET : Ted Ray (Fiddling and Fooling); Webster Booth(Tenor); Beryl Orde (Impressions); C Denier Warren (Stage and film comedian); and Fred Ballerini and his Dance Band, from the Polygon Hotel Southampton.

26th August 1939 Scottish 9.50 The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell, Webster Booth (Tenor)

3rd September to December 1939 – At the outbreak of war Webster Booth was appointed to the BBC staff as singer, together with Tommy Handley, Vera Lennox, Ernest Longstaffe, Sam Costa, Charles Shadwell, Doris Arnold, Betty Huntley-Wright,Leonard Henry and others.

6 September 1939 22.00 SONGS FROM THE SHOWS with John Rorke Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth,  C. Denier Warren, The BBC Variety Orchestra, Leader, Frank Cantell, Conducted by Charles Shadwell and the BBC Revue Chorus, Compere, John Watt . Songs from the Shows, a series first produced in 1931, like Tennyson’s brook, goes on for ever. True it changed its title sometimes to Songs from the Films, giving listeners a radio version of The Three Little Pigs in 1934, which paved the way for the Silly Symphonies.
The series embraced modern shows and went back to Hullo, Ragtime, to the old Gaiety favourites, and even farther. It broke out in sub series-theatres, composers-and maintained its popularity to such an extent that it still goes on. Whatever shows may be chosen tonight listeners may be sure that such artists as Betty Huntley-Wright , Webster Booth, John Rorke, and C. Denier Warren will put the songs over.

Thursday, 7 September 1939, 19.10 SWEET SERENADE. with Wynne Ajello, Webster Booth, The Five Serenaders,Presented by Douglas Lawrence. Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, Bart.

8th September 1939, 8.30 SING SONG, a programme of variety and community singing: produced by Ernest Longstaffe, with Leonard Henry, John Rorke, Gwen Lewis, Sydney Burchall, and Webster Booth and Betty Huntley Wright (duets), The BBC Revue Chorus, The BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

Saturday 9 September, 1939. 17.30 MOVIE MELODIES. A selection of songs you remember from the films you saw.Sung by Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth,Diana Clare, Sam Costa, The BBC Revue Chorus with the BBC Variety Orchestra (leader, Frank Cantell ), conducted by Charles Shadwell, Presented by Roy Speer.

11th September 1939 8.30 VARIETY HALF HOUR. Presented by Archie Campbell, with Leonard Henry, Gwen Lewis, Arthur Sandford, Webster Booth, the BBC Revue Chorus, the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

13 September 1939, 15.00. SWEET SERENADE. With Wynne Ajello, Webster Booth, and The Five Serenaders. Presented by Douglas Lawrence.

Thursday 14 September 1939. 20.30. SONGS FROM THE SHOWS with John Rorke , Margaret Eaves , Webster Booth, and C. Denier Warren, The BBC Variety Orchestra (leader, Frank Cantell ), conducted by Charles Shadwell and the BBC Revue Chorus, Compere, John Watt

18th September 1939. 8.0 COFFEE AND MUSIC: an after-dinner entertainment presented by Doris Arnold, with Margaret Eaves, Webster Booth and Alan Paul.

22.00 MOVIE MELODIES. A selection of songs you remember from the films you saw sung by Betty Huntley-Wright , Webster Booth, Diana Clare , Sam Costa , the BBC Revue Chorus and The BBC Variety Orchestra, (leader, Frank Cantell ), conducted by Charles Shadwell, Presented by Roy Speer.

23rd September 1939 7.15 THE BALLAD MONGER, brings to you songs old and new with Sidney Burchall, Wynne Ajello, Esther Coleman, Webster Booth, The Male Voice Quartet. At the pianos, Ivor Dennis and Alan Paul. Presented by Martyn C. Webster. The Ballad-Monger introducing songs old and new made his debut with the magazine programme Roundabout in May this year and became one of its most popular features. Tonight he is to appear in a programme on his own with a very strong support from popular radio favourites.

27th September 1939 10.45 WHERE THERE’S A WALTZ! A cavalcade of waltz music old and new; programme presented by Ronald Waldman, with Margaret Eaves, Esther Coleman, Webster Booth and Dudley Rolph; the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Programme presented by Ronald Waldman.

28th September 1939 7.45 SONGS FROM THE SHOWS, with Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge; Wynne Ajello; Webster Booth; Pat Taylor; Stanley Riley; and C Denier Warren; The BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell, The BBC Revue Chorus; compere John Watt.

29th September 1939 – 9.30 MOVIE MELODIES, a selection of songs from films, sung by Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Pat Taylor and Sam Costa; The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

2nd October 1939 – 7.0 30 MOVIE MELODIES , a selection of songs from films, sung by Betty Huntley-Wright and Webster Booth; The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

5 October 1939. 20.00 SONGS FROM THE SHOWS, with Evelyn Laye, Webster Booth, Sidney Burchall, C Denier Warren, Doris Hare, and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell; the BBC Revue Chorus; Compere, John Watt.

10.45 A song recital by Webster Booth (Tenor)

6th October 1939 12.15 LOVE IN BLOOM, a programme of love songs sung by Webster Booth, Diana Clare, Betty Huntley-Wright, presented by David Porter.

Monday, 9 October, 1939. 20.00  Movie Melodies – songs you remember from the films you saw sung by artists you know including: Betty Huntley-Wright , Webster Booth , Alan Breeze, The BBC Revue Chorus and The BBC Variety Orchestra (leader, Frank Cantell), Conducted by Charles Shadwell, Compere, David Porter, Presented by Roy Speer.

14th October 1939 21.30 Geraldo conducting the augmented BBC Variety Orchestra in a programme of popular music, with Webster Booth (Tenor).

16th October 1939 3.30 SWEET SERENADE, presented by Douglas Lawrence, with Wynne Ajello, Webster Booth, and the Orchestra.

16.30 MOVIE MELODIES The sixth and last edition of songs you remember sung by artists you know, including Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Denny Dennis and the Cavendish Three, The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra (leader: Frank Cantell ), conducted by Charles Shadwell, Compere, David Porter, Presented by Roy Speer.

Wednesday, 1 November 1939, 22.40 SING IT THROUGH and don’t forget the chorus! Written by Ernest Longstaffe and Leonard Henry.No. 6 of the popular ‘ get together’ series with Leonard Henry and Webster Booth, The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra. Produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe

Wednesday, 22 November 1939. 10.30 SWING SONG with AH Morgans Rhythmic Sextet, Webster Booth and the Three Minx.

15.00 LOVE IN BLOOM. A programme of love songs sung by Webster Booth, Betty Huntley-Wright , Dorothy Carless , and Denny Dennis , with the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Hyam Greenbaum, Compere, James Dyrenforth, Presented by David Porter.

4th December 1939, Monday. 3.0 LOVE SONGS sung by Webster Booth, Betty Huntley-Wright, Dorothy Carless, and Denny Dennis. 

Wednesday, 27 December 1939, 9.00 SWEET SERENADE with A. H. Morgan ‘s Rhythmic Sextet, Webster Booth, and the Three Minx, Produced bv Leslie Bridgmont.

 

JEANNIE C © 2005

Jean Collen

© Updated in May 2017
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Updated 6 June 2016
 
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