Broadcasts by Webster Booth (1927 – 1935)

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Webster Booth took part in many BBC broadcasts from 1927 onwards. If he appeared in an extended series I have not listed every broadcast, for example, he appeared in many programmes with Fred Hartley and his Novelty Quintet and with Charles Ernesco and his Quintet so only a few of those broadcasts are recorded here. I will post the broadcasts in several sections, as follows: 1927 – 1935, 1936 to 1939, 1940-1956. Broadcasts with Anne Ziegler appear in my Ziegler-Booth blog. If you can add any additional information please contact me.

For some reason, he was banned from broadcasting on the BBC from 1932 – 1934 – possibly because of his divorce from Winifred Booth (née Keey) although he was not the guilty party! It was Fred Hartley who brought him back to the BBC in 1934.

Webster in an early broadcast. Posted by Hello

 

24th November 1927
Daventry -5 XX – 12.00 The Daventry Quartet; Margaret Minor (Contralto); Webster Booth (Tenor)

LIGHT MUSIC5GB Daventry (Experimental), 7 December 1927 18.45

THE ALFRED CAVE SEXTET; A. E. ROGERS, (Baritone) ; WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor)

LIGHT MUSIC5GB Daventry (Experimental), 18 February 1928 18.50

THE GERSHOM PARKINGTON QUINTET with DOROTHY LEBISH (Contralto) and WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor)

 

THE VICTOR OLOF SEXTET5GB Daventry (Experimental), 6 April 1928 21.10

9.18 WINIFRED DAVIS; 9.26 SEXTET; 9.42 WEBSTER BOOTH; 9.50 SEXTET

 

A STUDIO CONCERT5XX Daventry, 5 November 1928 15.25

ANNE LIDDELL (Contralto) WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor), ANTHONY COLLINS (Viola) 
 THE OPIEROS2ZY Manchester, 6 April 1929 19.50 TOM HOWELL’S CONCERT PARTY Relayed from the Central Pier, Blackpool

 

A BALLAD CONCERT5XX Daventry, 6 November 1929 12.00

LEVA LEACH (Contralto), WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor)

A CONCERT – National Programme Daventry, 13 March 1930 15.45

FANNIE MOSS (Mezzo-Soprano), WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor), THE CHELSEA OCTET

ORGAN RECITAL – National Programme Daventry, 7 November 1930 12.30 by RUSSELL W. K. TAYLOR , F.R.C.O. Sub-Organist, SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL Relayed from ST. MARY-LE-BOW. WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor)

 

 

30th December 1930 Television Programme (Sound 261.3 M) (Vision 356.3 M)

11.0-11.30 am – Pauline and Diane Instrumental Entertainers; Webster Booth, (Tenor)

A BALLAD CONCERT  – Regional Programme London, 20 October 1931 12.00 EDITH DELANEY (Soprano), GWLADYS GAUSIDE (Contralto), WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor), EDERN JONES (Baritone), MAY JARDINE (Pianoforte)

FRED HARTLEY and his NOVELTY QUINTETRegional Programme London, 10 March 1934 21.10 with WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor) and MARIO DE PIETRO (Banjo)
FRED HARTLEY AND HIS NOVELTY QUINTETRegional Programme London, 24 March 1934 18.30 with WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor) and PHYLLIS EVENS (soprano), Hugo Rignold (Violin)
   Webster Booth sings Roses of Picardy with Fred Hartley and his Quintet.

A BALLAD CONCERT – 29 March 1934 15.50 Regional Programme London, Margaret Bissett (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor) (National Programme)

4th April 1934 –Scottish Regional listeners will, at 8.30 tonight, be entertained by a broadcasting version of the operetta THE LILAC DOMINO arranged and produced by Gordon McConnel. The cast includes Harry Welchman, Webster Booth and Barbara Couper.

8.30 THE LILAC DOMINO, an operetta; broadcasting version founded upon the libretto by Harry B Smith and Robert B Smith; music by Charles Cuvillièr; adapted and produced by Gordon McConnel; with Harry Welchman, Natalie Hall, Frederick W Lloyd, Betty Huntley Wright, Webster Booth, Alfred Wellesley, Claude MacConnell, Sydney Keith, Abraham Sofaer, Barbara Couper, the Eight Step Sisters; the Wireless Chorus (Section C) and the BBC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Stanford Robinson. (London Regional Programme)HARRY WELCHMAN and NATALIE HALL2BE Belfast, 6 April 1934 21.20 in THE LILAC DOMINO – An Operetta. Broadcasting Version founded upon the Libretto by HARRY B. SMITH and ROBERT B. SMITH, Music by CHARLES CUVILLIER. THE EIGHT STEP SISTERS, THE WIRELESS CHORUS (Section C) and THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA, Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
Act I: A Casino on the Riviera
Act II: Garden of the Count’s Villa, overlooking the Mediterranean
Act III, Scene I : Georgine’s Room.
Act III, Scene 2 : The Casino Terrace on a Carnival Night
Adapted and Produced by GORDON MCCONNEL

Conductor: Stanford Robinson, Producer: Gordon McConnel
Characters
Le Comte de Sorize, a multi-millionaire: Frederick W. Lloyd
Leonie d’Andorget (Georgine’s Friend): Betty Huntley Wright
Elliston, the Count’s Nephew: Webster Booth
Prosper Woodhouse, a gambler: Alfred Wellesley
Maximilian, a Waiter: Claude MacConnell
Norman Cahnain, another Gambler: Sydney Keith
The Honourable Andre d’Aubigny, a Young Englishman: Harry Welchman
Carabana,Conductor of a Spanish Gypsy Orchestra: Abraham Sofaer
La Baronne de Villiers, Georgine’s Chaperone: May Agate
Georgine, the Count’s Daughter: Natalie Hall

 

7th April 1934 –Scottish Regional Sunday 3.0 Fred Hartley and his Novelty Quintet, with Webster Booth; George Melachrino (Solo Saxophone) National Programme

22nd May 1934 -Regional Programme Northern, 21.15 A New Operetta by the Authors of Love Needs a Waltz –  NATALIE HALL in PURITAN LULLABY  Book and Lyrics by JAMES DYRENFORTH, Music by KENNETH LESLIE –SMITH THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA and THE REVUE CHORUS. Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
CHARACTERS
The Story of Miles Standish, John Alden, and Priscilla is told by Mrs. Fane (VIVIENNE CHATTERTON), to her son Tommy (PETER PENROSE) (By permission of Sydney Carroll)
Miles Standish: George Baker
John Alden: Webster Booth
Priscilla: Natalie Hall
Mistress Willett: Renée de Vaux
Mistress Culpepper: Arabella Tulloch
Mistress Snodgrass: Phoebe Hodgson
Hobomok: Charles Barrett
Wattawamat: Dennis Hoey
Goofe Gitch: Renée de Vaux
Bushy Beaver: Leslie Bradley
Another Melodious Operetta by the Composer of The Circus Princess, AUTUMN MANOUEVRESRegional Programme London, 9 October 1934 21.00
A Romantic Episode, freely adapted from the Hungarian original Music by EMMERICH KÁLLMÁN. The action of the story takes place in early October, at Magda’s country house on the great plain of Hungary.
THE REVUE CHORUS, THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA, Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
CHARACTERS
Colonel von Lohonay: Gordon McLeod
Stefan: Raymond Newell
Viktor: Webster Booth
Magda: Hermione Gingold
Treska: Lily Birawer
Baroness Lizzi: Mabelle George
Wallenstein: Harold Clemence
The Orderly: George Ide
Hussar Officers: Pascoe Thornton: John Miller
Friends of Magda: Frances Clare, Beatrice Gilbert
FRED HARTLEYNational Programme Daventry, 10 October 1934 20.45
presents  THE MUSIC BOX –OLIVE GROVES (soprano), WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor), ALFREDO CAMPOLI (violin) , LILY PHILLIPS (violoncello), FRED HARTLEY (pianoforte)

11th October 1934 –National Programme –8.00 AUTUMN MANOUEVRES freely adapted from the Hungarian original; Music by Emmerich Kallman, with Gordon McLeod, Raymond Newell, Webster Booth, Hermione Gingold, Lily Birawer, Mabelle George, Harold Clemence, George Ide, Pascoe Thornton, John Miller, Frances Clare, Beatrice Gilbert: the Revue Chorus, the BBC Theatre Orchestra conducted by Stanford Robinson.

 

THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA – Regional Programme Northern, 4 November 1934 18.30 (Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY ) Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON. WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor)
(London Regional Programme)

 FRED HARTLEY and his NOVELTY QUINTET (SERIES)Regional Programme London, 12 November 1934 18.30 with WEBSTER BOOTH (All items arranged Fred Hartley )
13th December 1934 -6.30 – SONGS FROM THE RADIO SHOWS – NO 2 , a Selection of Music that has been specially written for Broadcast Shows: the BBC Variety Orchestra and the Chorus, conducted by Stanford Robinson: Reginald Purdell, Anona Winn, Wynne Ajello, Raymond Newell, Webster Booth: the Dancing Daughters (trained by Rosalind Wade): the New Harmony Trio: compered by John Watt. (The London Regional Programme)
THE LIFE OF OFFENBACHRegional Programme Northern Ireland and Scotland, 7 January 1935 21.00. The first performance of a Potpourri by Dr. Artur Kulka and Dr. Julius Burger Produced and conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON, SUZANNE BERTIN (soprano), GLADYS PALMER (contralto), WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor), STEARN SCOTT (bass), and a small cast of players. THE WIRELESS CHORUS, THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA. Leader, Montague Brearley (From Regional)

 

8th January 1935 -8.0 THE LIFE OF OFFENBACH (Repeat) 

January 17 1935 ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CONCERT (Felix Weingartner) Choral Symphony (Beethoven) Janet Hamilton-Smith, Margaret McArthur, Webster Booth, William Parsons and the BBC Chorus at Queen’s Hall.
William Parsons (bass)William Parsons (Bass)

24th January 1935 -8.0 OUR TOWN; written by L du Garde Peach, composed by Ernest Longstaffe, produced by Ernest Longstaffe, with Lawrence Baskcomb, Miriam Ferris, Alma Vane, Webster Booth, Ernest Sefton, Philip Wade, J Hubert Leslie, The Revue Chorus and The Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

Regional Programme London, 21 February 1935 21.15  THE MUSIC OF KENNETH LESLIE-SMITHto lyrics by James Dyrenforth
NATALIE HALL (Soprano), WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor)
THE B.B.C.THEATRE ORCHESTRA, Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY, Conductor,
STANFORD ROBINSONStanford Robinson
Meet the Prince: Eight Hours for Working, When your Ship comes in,
Love Needs a Waltz: Dear little Diary, Love will right the wrong
Puritan Lullaby: Canterbury Fair, Always, A Hymn to Her
Old Words to New Music: I couldn’t tell you why, Low Down Spirit Blues
Inquest on Columbine:The Ball Scene, When I Saw You
Regional Programme London, 17 April 1935 20.45 INQUEST ON COLUMBINE 
A Love Story in Music founded on COMPTON MACKENZIE ‘S novel: Carnival.
Words by JAMES DYRENFORTH; Music by KENNETH LESLIE-SMITH; Orchestration by JULIUS BÜRGER. THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA, Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON
 Inquest on Columbine will be repeated in the National programme tomorrow night.
Characters
The Coroner: Andrew Churchman
Maudie: Hermione Gingold
Maurice Avery: Webster Booth
Castleton (Fuzz): Frank Drew
Zachary Trewhella (a Cornish farmer): Robert Easton
Jenny Pearl: Tessa Deane
Maudie: Linda Parker
Irene: Marie Cohen
Florrie: Leila Boxill
Madge: Elsie Hay
Betty: Janet Powell
Doris: Irene Brightman
Josie: Gwendoline CatleyGwen Catley 01A
Agnes: Jean Roper

Regional Programme London, 27 May 1935 20.30 WINNIE’S HOUR 

A Variety Entertainment devised by HARRY HEMSLEY, Produced by ERNEST LONGSTAFFE and sponsored by Harry Hemsley ‘s Famous Radio Children: Winnie, aged 41 years, Elsie, aged 7 years, Horace.
Specially featuring: CLARICE MAYNE, RUPERT HAZEL and ELSIE DAY, WEBSTER BOOTH, BILLIE BAKER, HARRY HEMSLEY and LEONARD HENRY THE BBC VARIETY ORCHESTRA
Conductor:  ERNEST LONGSTAFFE


29 May 1935 From Daventry: A Musical Comedy Potpourri with Webster Booth, Paddy Prior, Harry Bidgood and Sydney Jerome.Paddy Webster

 

REGINALD KING AND HIS ORCHESTRANational Programme Daventry, 21 September 1935 16.15 WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor)

24th September 1935 -In the Scottish National programme at 8.40 PURITAN LULLABY an operetta by James Dyrenforth and Kenneth Leslie-Smith, will be presented, a month those taking part being George Baker, Webster Booth, Natalie Hall and Stuart Robinson.
8.40 THE PURITAN LULLABY, An operetta, Book and Lyrics by Leslie Dyrenforth, Music by Kenneth Leslie-Smith, with George Baker, Webster Booth, Natalie Hall, Renée de Vaux, Arabella Tulloch, Phoebe Hodgson, Walter Horsbrugh, Stuart Robertson, Ethel Lodge, Malcolm Graeme, Mary Hinton, Jack Clayton; the BBC Theatre Orchestra and the Revue Chorus, conducted by Stanford Robinson.Production by PETER CRESWELL

Regional Programme Northern Ireland, 25 September 1935 19.45 repeat of The Puritan Lullaby

 The Story of Miles Standish , John Alden and Priscilla, is told by Mrs. Fane (Mary Hinton), to her son Tommy (Peter Penrose )
Characters
Mrs Fane: Mary Hinton
Tommy: Peter Penrose
Miles Standish: George Baker
John Alden: Webster Booth
Priscilla: Natalie Hall
Mistress Willett: Renée de Vaux
Mistress Culpepper: Arabella Tulloch
Mistress Snodgrass: Phoebe Hodgson
Hobomok: Walter Horsbrugh
Wattawamat: Stuart Robertson
Goofe Gitche: Ethel Lodge
Bushy Beaver: Malcolm Graeme
RECITAL BY WEBSTER BOOTHRegional Programme Midland, 5 October 1935 19.30

 

THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRARegional Programme London, 18 October 1935 21.00 Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY, Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON, WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor) 

 THE OXFORD NEW THEATRE ORCHESTRARegional Programme Midland, 3 November 1935 16.30, Conducted by WILLIAM BRIGHTWELL. WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor) 

 

MARIA ELSNER in THE COUNTESS MARITZARegional Programme Scotland, 6 November 1935 20.45 A Broadcasting Version of the Operetta by JULIUS BRAMMER and ALFRED GRÜNWALD. Music by EMMERICH KÁLLMÁN THE B B C CHORUS AND THE B B C THEATRE ORCHESTRA, Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON, The Operetta arranged for broadcasting by MARK H. LUBBOCK , DAPHNE LIMMER, English libretto and production by GORDON MCCONNEL (From Regional) This operetta will be broadcast in the National programme at 8.0 on Friday.

Characters
Countess Maritza: Maria Elsner
Prince Moritz Dragomir Populescu: Bobbie Comber
Baron Kaloman Zsupan: Leslie French
Count Tassilo Endrody-Wittemburg: Webster Booth
Lisa, his sister: Betty Huntley Wright
Karl Stephan Liebenberg: Jack Minster
Princess Bozena Cuddenstein zu Chlumetz: Gladys Young
Ilka von Dambassy: Heather Boys
Tschekko (an old servant of Maritza): Gordon McLeod
Manja (a young gypsy girl): Margaret Lauder
 8th November 1935 -8.0 THE COUNTESS MARITZA (Repeat) 

THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA – Regional Programme London, 1 December 1935 18.30 Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY, Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON, WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor), THE BBC REVUE CHORUS and ORCHESTRA 

DANCING THROUGHNational Programme Daventry, 14 December 1935 20.30 with OLIVE GROVES, BETTY WARREN, ESTHER COLEMAN, WEBSTER BOOTH, and GERALDO AND HIS GAUCHO TANGO ORCHESTRA. One hour of music, highly concentrated; eighteen years of melody telescoped into sixty minutes! In this programme Geraldo and his Orchestra hope to play non-stop 170 tunes that have been popular between 1918 and 1936. As usual, the titles will not be announced. 

 

 

   

Jean Collen copyright 2005

Updated 2017.


 

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