BROADCASTS ON THEIR RETURN TO THE UK (1978 – 1997)

 

These were the last broadcasts featuring Anne and Webster on their return to the UK in 1978. This is a photo of Anne and Webster shortly after their return with Penny, a dog to whom Webster was deeply devoted.

 

Woman’s HourBBC Radio 2, 6 May 1970 14.01 Introduced by: Marjorie Anderson. ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH talk to SUE MACGREGOR. JILL BALCON. They were living in Knysna, South Africa when this broadcast was recorded.

Woman’s Hour – BBC Radio 4 FM, 12 May 1978 13.45 Introduced from Wales by Sue MacGregor. In Harmony: ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH have recently set up home in Wales after 20 years in South Africa.

  1978 – BBC Afternoon. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, interviewed by Mavis Nicholson

Pierrots and Fol de Rols – BBC Radio 4 FM, 23 May 1979 19.45 Cyril Fletcher revives memories of Concert Party with the help of many stars and personalities who started their careers there, including ARTHUR ASKEY, JACK WARNER, STANLEY HOLLOWAY, LESLIE CROWTHER, BILL PERTWEE, WALTER MIDGLEY, ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH, ELSIE AND DORIS WATERS, and GREATREX NEWMAN. Research by GREATREX NEWMAN and BILL PERTWEE. Producer MICHAEL FORD BBC Birmingham.

29 August 1979. 6.20 pm Wyn Calvin, BBC Radio Wales, It’s a Grand Night for Singing. Jess Yates introduces half an hour of music with additional guests, Margaret Lacey, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. Producer: David Richards.Director: Islywyn Maelor Evans.

Lovers Come Back – BBC Radio 4 FM, 21 December 1979 16.10 The lives and music of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, written and presented by Frank Dixon. You could be well into your 40s without knowing what Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth meant to those of us who were around during and after the war. Anne and Webster were – and still are – all about romance. Judi Goodwin met and interviewed Anne Ziegler and Webster BoothProducer Herbert SmithBBC Manchester.
1 April 1980. Granada Television. Liz Howell at Rhos-On-Sea, North Wales. Brief interview with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler.
Click on the link to see the video. 1980 ONLY A ROSE TV APPEARANCE
Only a Rose (Radio Series) – BBC Radio 2, 6 August 1980 21.15  Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth recall on-stage memories and back-stage glimpses of many of the great artists they have met in the theatre, concert hall and studio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2nvwoxe5h0
Producer DAVID WELSBY BBC Birmingham.Part of Anne and Webster’s reminiscences in the Only a Rose series. More may be heard on YouTube or at Ziegler Booth Radio.

 

2 October 1980 – Nationwide. BBC 1 Television. Laurie Mayer reports from Conwy where Jess Yates, former presenter of ITV’S Stars on Sunday, has lived in seclusion since his career was destroyed by the Press, especially News of World when they discovered he was living with KAY, a girl half his age, in 1974; & interviews YATES, his companion Anita Kay, Katie Brooks, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (former singing stars, & friends of YATES. ZIEGLER & BOOTH sing to his accompaniment on electric organ.

 

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January 29 1981 – BBC Two. 8.30 Russell Chat show, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth as guests. Anne criticised the low standard of South Africans fledgling TV service. Russell Harty with his guests Dorothy Stevens & Saxon (dog who stars in films/TV), Paul Breeze & wife Lynn, Anne Ziegler & Webster Booth (old radio singing stars). Ziegler & Booth talk about their marriage, why they went to South Africa & type of life they led, now back & living in N.Wales.

5 March 1981 – Russell Harty Show, BBC 2 Television. Live show from the Palace Theatre Manchester to celebrate its imminent reopening. Harty gives a history of the theatre & there are performances by and interviews with old performers. Nat Mills, Arthur English, Eric Hawkesworth paper tearer, Gill Banks and Sid Green Stagehands, Nat Jackley, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.

Russell Harty – BBC Two England, 20 April 1981 20.30 presents some of the memorable people, performances and happenings from his recent venture into the unpredictable world of live television, including Rod Stewart, Hot Gossip, Hercules the Bear, Peter O’Toole, Lily Tomlin, Shakin’ Stevens, The Hallé Choir, Sooty, Diana Dors, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Jan Leeming and, of course, Grace Jones. Producers TOM GUTTERIDGE, KEN STEPHINSON. Editor GORDON WATTS

30 July 1981 – Recording started at Grampian last week of a new six-part series in which well-known people who have left the limelight are interviewed about how they have made new lives for themselves. Jimmy Mack is the interviewer for the series, which is for half -hour slots. In the first programme two former singing duos are interviewed, Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson and Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.Chris Kay is producer and director of the series, called The Time of Your Lives, and it will be shown in the Grampian area in the autumn.

13 August 1981 with Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson
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Ah, Yes! I Remember it Well BBC Radio 2, 11 April 1982 21.00 Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, in company with The William Hand Ensemble, Harold Rich at the piano and artists on record, look back at some of the music, people and events that hold special memories for them in more than 50 years of music making. Producer DAVID WELSBY BBC Birmingham.

19 November 1982 60 Years – Local Radio Remembers BBC. A programme from the Savoy Hotel to celebrate the BBC Diamond Jubilee. Contributions from Doris Hare, Elsie Waters, Charlie Chester, Dame Anna Neagle,
Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.Music by Midnite Follies Orchestra, with
Ian Stewart (piano), Peter Duncan, Maurice Denham, Leslie Mitchell, Richard Murdoch, Percy Edwards, Henry Hall, Tony Wadsworth, Susan Briggs, Hugh Wontner, Joan Childs, Jean Melville, Basil Vernon, Reg Patrick, Judy Shirley, Charles Max-Muller, Margery Porter, Henry Hatch, Tommy Wadsworth, Anne Lenner, Al Baum, (speakers) John Parry, Evette Davis (vocalists)

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The Golden Years – BBC Radio 2, 18 April 1984 22.00 Recalling the ballads of yesterday, and the much-loved artists who sang them, including music by Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler and Peter Dawson. Compiled and presented by Alan Keith. Producer TIM MCDONALD
Only a Rose.- BBC Two England, 31 July 1984 18.15Webster Booth, one of the finest British tenors of this century, died on 21 June this year, aged 82. In this film, made exactly a year before his death, he and his wife and partner Anne Ziegler talk about their career to James Hogg of Nationwide. It was Webster’s last television appearance. Producer JULIA MCLAREN. ONLY A  ROSE
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 The Golden Years – BBC Radio 2, 26 November 1986 22.30 A sentimental look at the much-loved singers of the past, including Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler and Paul Robeson. Compiled and presented by Alan Keith. Producer MONICA COCKBURN.
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Anne Ziegler (Series) – BBC Radio 2, 19 July 1987 18.30 presents some of her favourite records collected during more than 50 years of music making. Producer DAVID WELSBY BBC Pebble Mill.
It’s a Funny Business – BBC Radio 2, 14 October 1987 22.00 says Anne Ziegler. For 45 years, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth were the most popular man and wife partnership in show business. Mike Craig encourages Anne to reminisce about their long, successful career. BBC Manchester.. Presenter and Producer: Mike Craig.
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22 September 1989 – BBC2. 7.30-8.00 pm, A Hundred Not Out: Centenary of the Blackpool Opera House. Programme Number RNWF933Y, Recorded on 26 July 1989. John Mundy narrates a programme about the Blackpool Opera House, celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Lord Delfont unveils roll of honour to commemorate the centenary. Among others, Anne Ziegler recalls the glamour of the shows. Featuring Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Mike Craig, Ken Dodd, Cilla Black, Frank Carson, Mike Yarwood, Marti Webb, Charlie Chester, Formby, Tommy, Bobby Ball, Stanley Holloway, Jimmy Jewell, Bernard Delfont, Bill Waddington, Brian Crompton, Anne Ziegler, Betty Driver, Harold Fielding, Ben Warris, Josef Locke, Ken Robinson, (theatre-goer), Alfred Black, (theatre producer), Lisa Waddington, George Black (theatre producer), Dickie Hurran, Elizabeth Buzzard,Jack Taylor (theatre producer), Peter Rigby Camera), Bernie Lowe (Camera), Mel Cross (Camera), John Mundy (Narrator), Terry Wheeler (Producer).
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The Golden Years (Series) BBC Radio 2, 30 January 1991 21.30 Last in the series featuring the great ballad singers of yesterday on record. This week featuring Richard Crooks, Lily Morris, Heddle Nash , John McCormack ,Norman Allin , Peter Dawson , Anne Ziegler and Webster BoothPresented by Alan Keith. Producer Bridget Apps.
The Seven AgesBBC Radio 2, 16 October 1991 21.30 In the last programme of the series, Anne Ziegler talks to Peter Haigh about one of the best-loved musical partnerships of the 40s and 50s – Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth – and introduces some of her favourite recordings.Producer:  David Welsby.
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 The Webster Booth StoryBBC Radio 2, 28 June 1994 21.00 Robin Gregory recalls the life and career of the great English tenor Leslie Webster Booth, who died ten years ago this month. Booth’s widow and former singing partner Anne Ziegler shares her memories of an artist who was equally at home in oratorio or variety. Other comments come from impresario Harold Fielding,  accompanist Gladys Midgley and presenter Brian Kay, and the programme includes examples of Booth’s solo and duet recordings. Contributors to programme: Wife/soprano: Anne Ziegler, son Keith Leslie Booth, brother Edwin Norman Booth, impresario: Harold Fielding, Accompanist: Gladys Midgley (née Vernon), Former Kings Singer: Brian Kay, and soprano Lorely Dyer, second wife of Stanford Robinson. Presenter: Robin Gregory. Writer: Stephen Pattinson. Producer  Anthony Wills.
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Radio’s Golden Greats – BBC Radio 2, 25 October 1997 19.30 As part of the BBC’s 75th anniversary, Roy Hudd presents a gala concert from Alexandra Palace, London. Robin Stapleton conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, with guest artists paying tribute to, among others, Anne Ziegler , Bud Flanagan and Joyce Grenfell. During the interval, Bob Sinfield looks at major events at the BBC during the war years. Producer Alan Boyd.

                                     Anne and Webster in 1983, the year before Webster’s death.

 
Compiled by Jean Collen (2014)
Updated: May 2017.

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BROADCASTING IN SOUTH AFRICA (1956 – 1975)

 

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BROADCASTING IN SOUTH AFRICA. 

Anne and Webster settled in South Africa in mid-July 1956. I compiled the following list from newspapers, magazines and personal diaries. Contact me if you can add more information to this list.

MOBILGAS MELODY WORLD 16 February 1956/57? Springbok Radio, 
Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in a programme compèred by Michael Drinn.

LIGHT UP AND LAUGH – ITMA, December1956. Thirteen-week series on Springbok Radio, recorded at the Brooke Theatre. Webster (rather incongruously!) took Tommy Handley’s part in South African presentation of ITMA scripts.

ELDORADO, (Ralph Trewhela) 1957. Anne and Webster took the leading roles in this musical, directed by Frank Douglass, SABC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Jeremy Schulman. Work commissioned by SABC for 21st anniversary programme.

AT HOME WITH ANNE, commenced on 21 January 1958. Anne presented this series on Springbok Radio. The programme was still running in July 1959.

DO YOU REMEMBER? 1959 to 24 April 1960, Anne and Webster presented weekly music programme on Springbok Radio on Sunday afternoon. They spoke about their illustrious careers and the people with whom they had worked. I have asked numerous times whether there are any copies of this programme still in the archives of Springbok Radio. Sadly, I have had no response to my query.+

Anne in a recording of a broadcast at SABC, 1963

CONCERT HOUR 1960 – English service of the SABC. SABC Concert Orchestra, Rita Roberts, Webster Booth, Asaf and Philharmonic Choirs, conducted by Anton Hartman. 

DOUGLAS LAWS Record show, 4 October 1960. Anne and Webster appeared as guest artistes.

MESSIAH 8 December 1960. Webster sang tenor solos in the Port Elizabeth Oratorio Festival, conducted by Robert Selley.

TEST YOURSELF 1960. Anne and Webster presented this quiz show together on Springbok Radio.

OPERA, ORATORIO AND OPERETTA (ON WINGS OF SONG) Wednesdays at 8.30 pm, later Thursday, 9.20 pm, 1961. Webster presented a weekly programme of recordings (including some of their own) on the English Service.

DREAM OF GERONTIUS, MESSIAH, 27 November 1961. Port Elizabeth Oratorio Festival broadcast Monday and Wednesday at 8.00 pm. Webster had appeared in the first performance of the Dream of Gerontius in South Africa in Cape Town in 1957. Webster, with Emelie Hooke, Joyce Scotcher, Harold Hart, Port Elizabeth Orchestra, directed by Robert Selley.

GILBERT AND SULLIVAN 1962, 1963. When the copyright on Gilbert’s words ended, Webster presented a weekly programme on the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on the English Service. During his illness in 1962, Paddy O’Byrne read the scripts of this programme.

DRAWING ROOM, April 1962. Webster presented a short series of drawing room concerts before a studio audience on the English Service. He and Anne sang in this series, and a number of guest artistes took part. He also sang duets with the bass, Graham Burns. The guest artistes were Doris Brasch, Rita Roberts, Gert Potgieter, Gé Korsten, Graham Burns, Jean Gluckman, Kathleen Allister and Walter Mony The accompanist was Anna Bender.

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Here is a recording from The Drawing Room. Webster is accompanied by Anna Bender.

FRIEND O’ MINE (1962)

MUSIC FOR ROMANCE, August 1962. Anne presented a series of programmes in which she presented recordings and reminisced about her life and career in England.

PORT ELIZABETH ORATORIO FESTIVAL, November 1962. Elijah and Messiah. 
Webster, Monica Hunter, Joyce Scotcher, and Graham Burns, conducted by Robert Selley. 
The complete oratorios were broadcast locally in the Eastern Cape. Excerpts were broadcast nationally later, but strangely, none of Webster’s recordings were used in the national broadcast.

RECITAL WITH ORCHESTRA 8 April1963. Anne and Webster sang a programme of duets, with orchestra conducted by Edgar Cree, on the English service.

BALLADS OLD AND NEW, October 1963. Webster presented this short series on the English Service towards the end of 1963.

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE PALACE, November 1963. A short series, which attempted to recreate the atmosphere of the Music Hall on the English Service. Anne and Webster were guest artistes on this programme. 

Webster, Anne, Jeanette James and Bruce Anderson sing a quartet in the programme
GREAT VOICES, 1963-1964. Webster presented this series on the English Service. He was unkindly criticised by the critic Jon Sylvester of The Star for including some of his own recordings on the programme, yet most people expected to hear Webster Booth the singer, as well as Webster Booth, lately-turned broadcaster. If one listens to recordings of Webster Booth, one will realise that he had a very great voice indeed and should be remembered today as a great singer, rather than as a romantic duettist. I sent a letter of protest to Jon Silvester under the pseudonym of Pooh Bah.

I met Webster in the street shortly after this cutting appeared in The Star and he asked me if I had written it. I asked him how he knew, and he replied that I was the only one who could have written it!

Pooh Bah
Me (as Pooh Bah) sent a letter of protest to Jon Silvester!

SUNDAY AT HOME 1963. English Service. Paddy O’Byrne conducted a fifteen minute interview with Anne and Webster at their home in Craighall Park. Click on the link to listen to the broadcast:  PADDY O’BYRNE PRESENTED SUNDAY AT HOME WITH ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH (1963)

OPERA AND OPERETTA, July 1964, Monday, 7.35 pm. Webster returned to the English Service with this series.

IF THE SHOE FITS, Christmas 1964. Webster and Anne starred in this Christmas pantomime on the English Service.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME 1965. Anne and Webster presented a series of children’s programmes, directed by Kathleen Davydd.

TEN O’CLOCK AND ALL’S WELL, September 1966. Webster was guest presenter for a week in this short series on the English Service. Earlier in the year he had presented a “sort of housewives’ choice” programme early in the morning.

By that time I was living in the UK but Webster told me about TEN O’CLOCK AND ALL’S WELL in a letter dated 19 September 1966.September 7 66 LWB2


 

 

 

ORCHESTRAL CONCERT (FOR JOHANNESBURG EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY)  
2 October 1966, CITY HALL, JOHANNESBURG. Anne and Webster were soloists, with the SABC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edgar Cree. 
O lovely night (Anne and Webster) 
Drink to me only with thine eyes (Anne)
Lehar medley (Anne and Webster) 
The Holy City (Webster) 
Love’s old sweet song (Anne and Webster) We’ll gather lilacs (Anne and Webster) 
Selection from Bitter Sweet (Anne and Webster)

MELODY MARKET, May 1967. Webster presented this programme in the early morning on the English Service.  “A sort of housewife’s choice,” was how he described it. It was the last programme for the SABC before he and Anne left Johannesburg for Knysna a month or so later. 

SOUTH AFRICA A TOUCH OF THE BRITISH, 29 May 1973. BBC TV. 
Documentary. Anne and Webster appeared in this documentary. Anne said that she had had enough of South Africa and wanted to go home to die. The programme ended with Anne and Webster singing We’ll gather lilacs

PETER BROOMFIELD’S OPEN HOUSE, 20 March 1975. English Service. 
Anne and Webster were guests of Peter Broomfield on his morning programme, broadcast from Cape Town, on the English Service. Anne’s friend, Babs Wilson-Hill (Marie Thompson) who was on a visit from the UK, and Anne and Webster’s singing dog, Silva were also present in the studio. Silva sang along to a Harry Lauder record! 

A MUSICIAN REMEMBERS, 19 and 26 October 1975. English Service. Webster reminisced about his career in the theatre. Click on the link to hear this programme: A MUSICIAN REMEMBERS 1

A MUSICIAN REMEMBERS, 2 and 9 November 1975. English Service. Anne reminisced about her career in the theatre. Click on the link to hear the programme: A MUSICIAN REMEMBERS 2

WOMENS’ WORLD, English Service,1975 – Pamela Deal, who had conducted the first interview with Anne and Webster when they stopped off briefly on their way to Australia in 1948, interviewed them again when they decided to stop singing in public. They had given a farewell concert in Somerset West towards the end of 1975. This decision was rescinded when they moved back to the UK in early 1978 and found that people remembered them and wanted to see and hear them once again.

 When Anne and Webster left South Africa their voices were rarely heard on South African radio. Ronald Charles, the broadcaster and musician who had been the musical director at Michaelhouse in the sixties, played several of Webster’s oratorio recordings from his personal collection on his classical request programme. As far as I know, most of the 78s in the SABC record library were discarded, but as time passed, a number of their recordings were released on CD. Occasionally a recording was played on Uit Vergange se Dae on Radio Pretoria. 

The late Paddy O’Byrne was always happy to play a recording when he was with the SABC and later at Radio Today, although his access to their recordings was extremely limited. Clare Marshall, on her Sunday morning programme, Morning Star on Radio Today 1485, was about the only broadcaster in South Africa to feature their recordings regularly. Sadly, her programme is no longer on the air as the station has changed direction recently. After I wrote my book Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth Clare invited me to be her guest on her Morning Star programme on 28 April 2013. Click on the link at: My interview with Clare Marshall on “Morning Star” (28 April 2013)



Compiled by Jean Collen. Updated in 2017.


BROADCASTS BY WEBSTER BOOTH AND ANNE ZIEGLER (1946 – 1956)

 

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MUSIC-HALL – Light Programme, 2 January 1946 13.15 with Foster and Clarke, Herschel Henlere , Issy Bonn, Peter Brough and Archie Andrews, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, and Gillie Potter.BBC Variety Orchestra. conducted by Charles Shadwell. Producer, John Sharman.

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 4 January 1946 20.00 with Harry Shields, Bert Waller and Dave Kidd, Jimmy Lyons, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Jackie Hunter, Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Rae Jenkins.  Announcer, Lionel Marson. Producer, John Sharman.

NAVY MIXTURE – Light Programme, 26 January 1946 21.15 Paddie O’Neil introduces this week’s entertainment for the Royal Navy with her guest from Off the Liberty BoatStripey and BuntsMusic for the Messdeck provided by Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth; Peter Brough and Archie Andrews; BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Produced by Charles Maxwell.

11 February 1946 20.00 VARIETY CAVALCADE. Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler.  

MUSIC FOR ROMANCE (SERIES) – Light Programme, 24 February 1946 19.15 Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. with the George Melachrino Orchestra. A weekly programme of songs and orchestral music for all lovers of romantic melodies. Presented by Ronald Waldman.

Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in MUSIC FOR ROMANCE – Light Programme, 31 March 1946 19.15 – 12 May 1946 with the George Melachrino Orchestra. A weekly programme of songs and orchestral music for all lovers of romantic melodies.Presented by Ronald Waldman.

Victory Day MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 8 June 1946 19.45 Johnnie Riscoe and Violet Terry, Nosmo King, Peter Waring, Vincent Tildsley ‘s Mastersingers, Mr. Murgatroyd and Mr. Winterbottom, *Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth Only a Rose, Webster Booth: The Bells of St Mary’s, Anne Ziegler: Down in the Forest, Duet: Laugh at Life, Jewel and Warriss, Cicely Courtneidge, BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Rae Jenkins. Announcer, Lionel Marson. Producer, John Sharman.

MUSIC-HALL – Light Programme, 14 August 1946 18.00 with Billy Kay, the Vickers Twins, Joe Murgatroyd and Poppett, Michael oward, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Sandy Powell.BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Frank Cantell. Announcer. Lionel Marson. Producer, John Sharman.

22 September 1946 ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH present themselves on records.

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS – Light Programme, 24 December 1946 20.15 An all-star Variety show broadcast from His Majesty’s Theatre (by permission of Jack Hylton) with Arthur Askey; Lilian Braithwaite; Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth; Jeanne de Casalis; Anne Shelton; Claude Hulbert and Enid Trevor; Jack Warner; the Luton Girls Choir: conductor, Arthur Davies. Master of Ceremonies. Joe Linnane. Sydney Lipton and his Orchestra. Produced by Audrey Cameron and Tom Ronald.

ALL-STAR SHOW – Light Programme, 31 December 1946 20.45 A cavalcade of music by artists who have appeared in the Light Programme during 1946. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Anne Shelton, Rawicz and Landauer, Dorothy Squires accompanied by Billy Reid, Sam Browne and Mary Naylor, Raymond Newell, The Four Ramblers, Jean Cavall, Benny Lee, Albert Sandier and his Trio and Louis Levy and his Orchestra. The programme introduced by John Watt and presented by Henry Reed.

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MUSIC-HALL – Light Programme, 5 January 1947 12.00 with Harry Shields. Bert Waller and Dave Kidd , Jimmy Lyons, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Jackie Hunter, and Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders. BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Rae Jenkins. Announcer. Lionel Marson. Producer, John Sharman.

VARIETY- BBC Television, 18 January 1947 21.20 Introduced by Norman Wooland, Hugh Eliot (comedian), Valerie Tandy (songs), Horace King and Betty (illusionists), Martin May (songs at the piano), Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (songs), Jackie Hunter (comedian). Orchestra directed by Eric Robinson.

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 26 April 1947 20.00 with Eddie Reindeer, Keith Wilbur, Buck Warren and Chic, Peter Brough with * Archie Andrews, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Jimmy O’Dea, BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Rae Jenkins. Announcer, Lionel Marson. Producer, John Sharman.

Friday 30 May 1947 20.45 GALA VARIETY Light Programme, Introduced by Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Home with Elsie and Doris Waters, Tommy Handley with Diana Morrison and Joan Harben, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Eric Barker with Pearl Hackney, Jon Pertwee , Richard Gray , Humphrey Lestocq , and George Crow, Albert Sandler, Luton Girls’ Choir. Directed by Arthur E. Davies, Augmented  BBC Variety Orchestra, Conducted by Rae Jenkins. Produced by Ronald Waldman.

*Queen Mary had chosen Anne and Webster’s act as one of her favourite acts.

SATURDAY BANDSTAND – Light Programme, 21 June 1947 19.45 A musical entertainment, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Iris Loveridge (piano) and The London Brass Players, Programme introduced by Peter Fettes. Produced and conducted by Harry Mortimer. From the Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, London.

VARIETY – BBC Television, 25 June 1947 20.30 with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth – (the singing stars), Mayura (dancer), Maida Trio (jugglers), Spence and Davies (musical clowns), Joy Harington (impressions), Stanley Andrews and his Orchestra, Produced by Michael Mills.

30 July 1947 21.15 Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler in THE STUDENT PRINCEBBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA – BBC Home Service Basic, 12 August 1947 19.30, Leader, Alfred Barker, Conducted by Harold Lowe and BBC Theatre Chorus – Chorus-Master, John Clements. Anne Ziegler (soprano) Webster Booth (tenor) in a programme of operetta music.

25 September 1947 ON WINGS OF SONG  Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth with the Melachrino Orchestra, conducted by George Melachrino in their new programme: On Wings of Song. Programme produced and introduced by Doris Arnold. This was a weekly series which ran for some time.

Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in NEW MOON – BBC Home Service Basic, 29 September 1947 20.00 with Leslie Perrins. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, and Laurence Schwab. Music by Sigmund Romberg. Adapted for radio by Kenneth Pakeman, Tamworth Co-operative Choir – (Conductor. Albert Knight ) BBC Midland Light Orchestra  – (Leader. Frank Thomas), Music directed by Gilbert Vinter, Produced by Kenneth Pakeman in conjunction with William Hughes, Julie: Betty Huntley-Wright, Monsieur Beaunoir: Lester Mudditt, Capt Georges Duval: Wilfred Babbage, Vicomte Ribaud: Leslie Perrins, Fouchet: Robert Mawdesley, Robert: Webster Booth, Alexander: Reginald Purdell, Besac: Fred Yule, Jacques: Denis Folwell, Marianne: Anne Ziegler, Brunet: Hal Bryant, Philippe: Peter Wilde, sung by: Harry Porter, Clotilde: Joyce Barbour, Admiral de Jean: Bryan Johnson, Narrator: Bruce Belfrage.

SATURDAY NIGHT VARIETY – BBC Television, 11 October 1947 20.30 The Three Falcons, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Terry Thomas, Richard Hearne, Vera Lynn, The Band of the Scots Guards under the direction of Captain S. Rhodes. Pipers of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards and The Girls, Stanley Andrews and his Orchestra. Ballet and dances arranged by Gemze de Lappe (principal dancer from Oklahoma) Produced by Walton Anderson From Radiolympia, Terry Thomas is appearing in Piccadilly Hayride.

VARIETY BAND-BOX – Light Programme, 12 October 1947 18.00 from the People’s Palace, London,  with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Derek Roy, Charmian Innes, Sydney Shaw, The Two Rascals, Davy Kaye, Norrie Sowman, Billy Ternent and his Orchestra, Produced by Joy Russell-Smith.

STARLIGHT-  BBC Home Service Basic, 13 October 1947 19.15 This week Christopher Stone invites Anne Ziegler to talk with him and to sing for you.

ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH – Light Programme, 30 October 1947 21.30 in their programme On Wings of Song with the Melachrino Orchestra. Conducted by George Melachrino.Produced and introduced by Doris Arnold.

MUSIC ALL THE WAY – Light Programme, 1 November 1947 19.15Tip-Top Tunes played by Geraldo and his Orchestra featuring Songs with Strings and the Geraldo String Choir. Presented by David Miller. 8.0 Family Favourites – Tunes you ask us to play. 8.30 Saturday Bandstand – National Band Festival. Massed Brass Bands  – Black Dyke Mills, Brighouse and Rastrick, Fairey Aviation Works, Harton Colliery, Luton, Munn and Felton’s Works, Park and Dare Parkhead Forge, Conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Luton Choral Society. Introduced by Peter Fettes.From the Daily Herald Festival Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

CALEDONIAN CABARET – BBC Home Service Basic, 10 December 1947 22.15 Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Eric Barker and Pearl Hackney, Harry Ogilvie and his Orchestra. Master of Ceremonies – Gerry Wilmot. From the Salutation Hotel, Perth.

WORKERS’ PLAYTIME – BBC Home Service Basic, 23 December 1947 12.30 from Westminster Hospital. With Johnny Denis and his Novelty Music, Peter Cavanagh , and Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. George Myddleton at the piano. Presented by Bryan Sears.

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MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 14 February 1948 20.00 with Holt and Maurice, Albert Whelan, Beryl Orde, Joey Porter, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Sandy Powell.BBC Variety Orchestra Conducted by Rae Jenkins. Announcer, Denys Drower. Producer, John Sharman.

Rae Jenkins

 

ARIETY BANDBOX – Light Programme, 29 February 1948 17.00 from the People’s Palace, London,  with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Derek Roy, Primo Scala and his Accordion Band, Edna Hatzfeld and Alan Paul, Roy Walker, Bob Andrews. Billy Ternent and his Orchestra. Introduced by Philip Slessor, Produced by Joy Russell -Smith.

STARS IN YOUR EYES – BBC Television, 12 March 1948 21.15 with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Jimmy Edwards, Elton Hayes, Orchestra directed by Eric Robinson, Presented by Michael Mills.

Anne and Webster went on a concert tour to New Zealand and Australia in May of 1948. They did several broadcasts in South Africa while their ship sailed round South African ports.

 Broadcasting at the SABC, Johannesburg (1948).

6 November 1948 – IN TOWN TONIGHT. Anne and Webster appeared on this programme the day after their return from the tour of Australia and New Zealand.

ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH – Light Programme, 25 November 1948 19.30 bring you songs of today and yesterday with Sidney Torch and his Orchestra. Introduced by Peter Fettes.Presented by Elizabeth Tyson.

A series of programmes which lasted for some time.

TO TOWN WITH TERRY – BBC Home Service Basic, 20 December 1948 18.45 Ethel Revnell, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Ruth Dunning, Claude Hulbert and Enid Trevor, April, May, and June and Terry Thomas. BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins, Script by Talbot Rothwell and Terry Thomas, Production by Audrey Cameron.

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 25 December 1948 18.30 Roy Walker, Beryl Orde, Peter Brough with Archie Andrews, Vera Lynn, Jack Warner, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Vic Oliver, BBC Variety Orchestra Conducted by Rae Jenkins, Announcer, Denys Drower, Producer, John Sharman.

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STARS IN YOUR EYES – BBC Television, 8 January 1949 20.30 Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Bernard Miles, Terry Thomas, Maurice Denham, Dinah Miller,The Wendy Toye Ballet-Hoo with Hermione Burton, Mark Baring, Claudine Goodfellow, Bret Daniels, Tamara Kirova, Alec Martin, Barbara Pearce. Donald Reed and Stars of the Opera – Kenneth Neate and Constance Shacklock in part of Act 2 Carmen by Bizet. Orchestra directed by Eric Robinson. Presented by Michael Mills

WOMAN’S HOUR – Light Programme, 31 January 1949 14.00 Introduced by Joan Griffiths. Today’s Guests: Singing in a Suitcase, by Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.

*R.A.F. BOMBER COMMAND REUNION – Light Programme, 12 March 1949 20.00 Listeners join members and ex-members of Bomber Command at their reunion in the Royal Albert Hall, London. *Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Stanley Holloway, Anne Shelton. Central Band of the R.A.F. (by permission of the Air Council) Conducted by Squadron-Leader A. E. Sims, M.B.E. Director of Music. Introduced by John Mills, Production by Harry Alan Towers Organised by the Evening News.

*Many members of the audience were inebriated at this reunion and Anne and Webster’s turn was not well-received. They cut it short!

VARIETY BANDBOX – Light Programme, 27 March 1949 21.00 from the Kilburn Empire, London with Albert Modley, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Michael Howard, Ronald Chesney, Tony Hancock, Eric James and George Myddleton, Benny Hill, The Harmaniacs. Billy Ternent and his Orchestra. Introduced by Philip Slessor. Produced by Bryan Sears.

RING UP THE CURTAIN! – BBC Home Service Basic, 29 March 1949 21.30 Anne Ziegler (soprano), Marie Burke (mezzo-soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), BBC Theatre Chorus (Chorus-Master. John Clements), BBC Theatre Orchestra (Leader. Alfred Barker) Conductor, Walter Goehr.

MUSICAL MEMORIES – Light Programme, 10 April 1949 14.15 The Melachrino Orchestra Conducted by George Melachrino with today’s guests: Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.

MUSIC-HALL –  BBC Home Service Basic, 23 April 1949 20.00 with Sandy Sandford, Adelaide Hall, Jeanne de Casalls, The Maple Leaf Four, Harry Hemsley, George Doonan, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins, Announcer, Denys Drower, Producer, Michael North.

STARLIGHT – ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH – BBC Television, 11 July 1949 21.15

VARIETY FANFARE – Light Programme, 8 August 1949 21.15 Heralding Variety in the North with Stainless Stephen, Ronnie Ronalde, Dick Bentley, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Frankie Howerd, The Kordites, Ray Martin and his Orchestra. Produced by Bowker Andrews.

GALA CONCERT (Series) – Light Programme, 17 October 1949 20.00 Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Rawicz and Landauer, The Luton Girls’ Choir directed by Arthur Davies, Mark Lubbock and his Orchestra. Introduced by Christopher Stone. This was a weekly series and ran to the end of 1949.

GALA CONCERT – Light Programme, 19 December 1949 20.00 with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Rawicz and Landauer, The Luton Girls’ Choir,Directed by Arthur Davies, Mark Lubbock and his Orchestra, Introduced by Christopher Stone. Myddleton, Mr. Postlethwaite and Mr. Hugglethorpe, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Robb Wilton, BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins, Master of Ceremonies, Ted Ray, Producer, Michael North.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 24 December 1949 20.00 with Warden and West, The Radio Revellers, Suzette Tarri, Eric James and George George Myddleton, Mr. Postlethwaite and Mr. Hugglethorpe,  Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Robb Wilton, BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins, Master of Ceremonies, Ted Ray. Producer, Michael North.

ANNE ZIEGLER and WEBSTER BOOTH – Light Programme, 26 December 1949 20.00 with Owen Walters and his Orchestra. Introduced by Peter Fettes,

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Television, 28 December 1949 20.40 Tessie O’Shea, Harry Green, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Leon (Shakespeare) Cortez, Luton Girls’ Choir, Laurie Watson, The Three Garcias, Dennis and Betty Railings, Leslie Roberts, Music-Hall Maids. Eric Robinson and his Augmented Orchestra, Produced by Richard Afton. From St. Pancras Assembly Hall.

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VARIETY HALL OF FAME – Light Programme, 1 March 1950 21.00  From the stage, Leslie Henson, From music-hall, Max Miller, From musical comedy, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, From radio, Gladys Young and James McKechnie. Compere, Leslie Mitchell. BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins. Produced by David Miller.

VAUDEVILLE – Light Programme, 9 March 1950 19.30 An all-star Anglo-French Variety gala including Jeanne de Casalis, Stephane Grappelli and his Quintet , The George Mitchell Choir, Hella Toros, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, The Dance Orchestra, conducted by Stanley Black.

On television (1952)

 

MEMORIES OF MUSICAL COMEDY – BBC Home Service Basic, 23 March 1950 19.00 Cavalcade of theatre favourites with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth. BBC Chorus – Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate. Mark Lubbock and his Orchestra, Producer, Edward Nash.

Medley of duets by Anne and Webster

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 20 May 1950 20.00 with Bernard Spear, Victor Seaforth, Jimmy Wheeler, Peggy Cochrane, Robert Moreton, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Leon Cortez. BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins. Master of Ceremonies – Ted Ray. Producer, Michael North.

ROUND THE HALLS – Light Programme, 30 May 1950 19.30 with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Billy Russell, Billy Matchett, Tommy Reilly. Introduced by Philip Robinson. From the Palace Theatre. Blackpool.

LADIES, PLEASE! – Light Programme, 17 July 1950 21.15 An all-woman revue about women, for women with Jeanne de Casalis , Doris Hare Jane Barrett , Cecile Chevreau, Doris Rogers , Lind Joyce, Marie Korchinska (harp), Anne Ziegler, Elsie Randolph. Men on Trial – This week’s victim, Peter Brough, BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor – Rae Jenkins, Script by Godfrey Harrison, Diana Morgan and Ronnie Hanbury. Production by Audrey Cameron.

 

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH – BBC Home Service Basic, 10 August 1950 20.00 in a Summer Serenade with Sidney Torch and his Orchestra. Introduced by Leonard Sachs,Produced by Ronnie Hill.

Variety Concert from Harold Fielding’s MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS – Light Programme, 21 August 1950 21.30 with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Radcliffe and Ray, Rawicz and Landauer. The Winter Gardens Orchestra – Conducted by Leslie Wheeler. Presented by Brian Johnston. From the Winter Gardens, Margate.

 

From the Television studio at THE RADIO SHOW, 1950 – BBC Television, 6 September 1950 20.00 at Castle Bromwich. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Boyer and Ravel.

WORKERS’ PLAYTIME – BBC Home Service Basic, 7 December 1950 12.30 from a canteen in Hawthorn near Pontypridd with the Hedley Ward Trio, Johnny Lockwood, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. James Moody at the piano. Presented by Alun Williams.

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VARIETY BANDBOX – Light Programme, 18 March 1951 21.00 with Max Wall, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Douglas (Cardew) Robinson, Percy Edwards, The Beverley Sisters, Harry Locke, Lind Joyce, Dick Emery, The Harold Smart Quartet. Billy Ternent and his Orchestra. Produced by John Foreman.

FESTIVAL MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 5 May 1951 20.00 Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Charlie Kunz, The Splice of Life with Charlie Clapham, Bill Kerr and Diana Morrison.  This week only: Arthur Askey, The Radio Revellers, The Peter Knight Singers. Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra  – Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet, Produced by Bill Worsley.

Festival of Britain VARIETY – Light Programme, 6 May 1951 19.30 Part 1 – Artists broadcast in the following order: Max Miller; Donald Peers; Frankie Howerd; Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth; Danny Kaye : Music-Hall memories introducing George Robey. Albert Whelan. G. H Elliott. Bertha Willmott and Alan Dean.

Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in AIRS AND GRACES – Light Programme, 11 May 1951 22.20 with Max Jaffa (violin), Reginald Kilbey (cello), Jack Byfield (piano). Light Music String Ensemble Directed by Max Jaffa, Produced by Eric Arden.

FESTIVAL MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 2 June 1951 20.00 Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Charlie Kunz, The Splice of Life with Charlie Clapham, Bill Kerr and Diana Morrison. This week only: Elsie Waters and Doris Waters, Three Monarchs, The Peter Knight Singers.  Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra – Conductor: by Paul Fenoulhet. Producer: Bill Worsley.

FESTIVAL MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 16 June 1951 20.00 Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Charlie Kunz, The Splice of Life with Charlie Clapham, Bill Kerr and Diana Morrison. This week only – Harry Lester and his Hayseeds, Al Read, The Peter Knight Singers, Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet. Produced by Bill Worsley.

KALEIDOSCOPE –BBC Television, 29 June 1951 20.35 An entertainment magazine including Close-Up on the familiar and unfamiliar:Actions Speak Louder than Words -A new novelty feature written by Godfrey Harrison, Pictures in the Fire with Jack Spurgeon and Joan Tucker, Song Time – Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.  Programme introduced by McDonald Hobley, The Kaleidoscope Girls, Dance Director: Joan Davis, Orchestra directed by Eric Robinson.

 

FESTIVAL MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 14 July 1951 20.00 Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Charlie Kunz, The Splice of Life with Charlie Clapham, Bill Kerr and Diana Morrison. This week only: The Four Aces, Ethel Revnell, The Peter Knight Singers. Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet. Produced by Bill Worsley.

First House ONE, TWO, THREE FOUR, FIVE…. – BBC Home Service Basic, 30 July 1951 19.00 with Flotsam introducing tonight : Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Max Wall, The Kordites, with Vic Hammett at the organ.

HULLO UP THERE! – BBC Television, 12 October 1951 21.15 A welcome to the new family of viewers in the North Country from some of Television’s favourite personalities including Ethel Revnell, Terry-Thomas and Richard Heame in an excerpt from a BBC Children’s Newsreel, Eric Barker, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. An excerpt from Cafe Continental. Puppet Corner, featuring: Muffin the Mule with Annette Mills (who writes the songs) and Ann Hogarth (who pulls the strings). Prudence Kitten and The Little Grey Rabbit (with Jan. Bussell and the Hogarth Glove Puppets). Ronnie Waldman ‘s. Puzzle Corner with a viewer competitor from Manchester. Joan Gilbert, Philip Hariben, Leslie Mitchell, Fred Streeter, Humphrey Lestocq, The George Mitchell Octet. Choreography by Haze Gee.Settings by Richard Greenough. Conductor: Eric Robinson, Production by W. Lyon. Shaw Seans and Bryan Seans.

 

Television’s CHRISTMAS PARTY – BBC Television, 25 December 1951 19.30 Join in the fun and games and meet many television personalities who have contributed to programmes during 1951. The guests include: Ethel Revnell, Terry-Thomas, Jewel and Warriss, Vic Oliver, Norman Wisdom, Rawicz and Landauer, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Petula Clark, The Twelve Toppers and many others. Music provided by Eric Robinson and his Orchestra, Your hosts:Leslie Mitchell and Jerry Desmonde, Presented by the Television Light Entertainment Department.

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MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 16 February 1952 20.00 Harry Robbins, Davey Kaye, Jill Manners, Charlie Forsythe and Addie Seamon, Eddie Calvert, Hal Monty, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne. Introduced by Norman Wooland. Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet. Produced by Bill Worsley.

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 5 April 1952 20.00 Sonny Farrar, Cardew Robinson, The Radio Revellers, Morris and Cowley, Eugene Pini, Jeanne de Casalis, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Harry Mooney and Victor King. Introduced by Bill Gates, Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet. Produced by Bill Worsley.

VARIETY FANFARE – Light Programme, 8 May 1952 20.00 High-speed Variety from the North of England with The Kordites, Leslie Sarony, Jimmy Wheeler, Ronald Chesney, Bill Kerr, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Ken Platt. Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Vilem Tausky. Introduced by Alan Clarke. Produced by Ronnie Taylor.

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 31 May 1952 20.00 Sid Millward and his Nitwits, Jean Kennedy, Percy Edwards, Charlie Clapham, Terry Harry Korris and Elva Sheridan, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Derek Roy. Introduced by Bill Gates. Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet. Produced by Bill Worsley.

VARIETY CONCERT HALL – Light Programme, 29 June 1952 16.15  Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Eric Barker, Tommy Reilly, Worthing Municipal Orchestra under the direction of Herbert Lodge, Introduced by Brian Johnston, From the Pier Pavilion, Worthing.

VARIETY FANFARE – Light Programme, 15 July 1952 19.30 High-speed Variety from the North of England with the Kordites, Jack Simpson, Eddie Arnold, Ken Frith and his magic pianos, Michael Howard, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Jimmy Edwards. Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Vilem Tausky. Produced by Ronnie Taylor.

BRIGHT LIGHTS – Light Programme, 26 September 1952 20.45 Autumn listening in the Light Programme. Kenneth Adam Controller, Light Programme outlines the programmes planned for the next three months. Val Gielgud discusses new plays and serials. Michael Standing reviews current and new Variety shows. Previews of The Forces’ Show – Richard Murdoch. Kenneth Horne, and Sam Costa. BBC Show Band directed by Cyril Stapleton. Life with the Lyons Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyon – Barbara and Richard Lyon. Wilfred Pickles in Can I Come In? BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Gilbert Vinter, Book by the Fire – Alan Melville, Anne Ziegler and Webster BoothAny Questions? Freddy Grisewood. All Star Bill  – Frankie Howerd and Derek Roy, The Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black, Introduced by Franklin Engelmann, Produced by Phyllis Robinson.

Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in DUET – Light Programme, 16 October 1952 20.30 with the augmented BBC Revue Orchestra – Conducted by Guy Daines. Soprano: Anne Ziegler, Tenor: Webster Booth.

VARIETY FANFARE – Light Programme, 7 November 1952 20.00 High-Speed Variety from the North of England. The Kordites, The Tanner Sisters, Bernard Spear, Tollefsen, Tony Fayne and David Evans, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Ken Platt. Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra Conducted by Vilem Tausky. Introduced by Alan Clarke. Produced by Ronnie Taylor.

 

VARIETY FANFARE – Light Programme, 19 December 1952 20.00 Presenting High Speed Variety:The Kordites, Ribton and Richards, Bob Monkhouse, Ivor Morton and Dave Kaye, Cardew Robinson, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Littlewood’s Girls Choir, Michael Howard. Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra conducted by Vilem Tausky, Introduced by Alan Clarke, Produced in the North of England by Ronnie Taylor.

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VARIETY FANFARE – Light Programme, 30 January 1953 20.00  Presenting High Speed Variety – The Kordites, The Gaunt Brothers, Eddie Arnold, Ken Mackintosh, Morecambe and Wise, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Ken Platt, Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra Conducted by Vilem Tausky. Introduced by Alan Clarke. Produced in the North of England by Ronnie Taylor.

Alfred Marks in STAR BILL – Light Programme, 4 October 1953 21.10 Geraldine McEwan and Graham Stark, Guest Star: Brian Reece. To Sing to You: Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. The Radio Revellers, The George Mitchell Glee Club, The Stanley Black Concert Orchestra, Encore – Each week the stars take their curtain calls with the songs and tunes you want to hear. Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnston.

VARIETY FANFARE – Light Programme, 4 December 1953 19.30 A high-speed entertainment – Martin Lukins, Tony (Silly Thing) Scott, The Radio Revellers, Jimmy Wheeler, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Ken Platt with the Kordites. Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra Conducted by Vilem Tausky. Introduced by Alan Clarke. Produced by Ronnie Taylor.

 

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VARIETY FANFARE – Light Programme, 6 May 1954 19.30 A high speed entertainment presenting: Little woods Girls’ Choir, Billy Maxam, Ivor Moreton and Dave Kaye, Harry Locke, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Charlie Chester with The Kordites. Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth. Introduced by Alan Clarke. Produced by Eric Miller.

Flotsam (B. C. Hiliam) in 4 FOLLOW ON  – BBC Home Service Basic, 10 May 1954 20.30 Merging memories of yesterday with friendships of today. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Alma Cogan, Eileen Murphy, Eric Barker, The George Mitchell Choir, Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra – Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet. Production by Glyn Jones.

*TUESDAY SERENADE – Light Programme, 25 May 1954 20.30 Arranged and conducted by Stanford Robinson. BBC Concert Orchestra Leader, John Sharpe. BBC Chorus – Chorus Master, Leslie Woodgate. Anne Ziegler (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Joan Trimble and Valerie Trimble (two pianos), The programme Includes a selection from  Wild Violets by Robert Stolz, Ideale (WB), Canterbury Fair (AZ),

*The late Phyl Wise (friend and chorister) attended the recording of this broadcast.

31 May 1954 – BBC VARIETY PARADE: HELLO PLAYMATES; Script by Bob Monkhouse and Denis Goodwin. BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Paul Fenoulhet. Anne Ziegler appeared as guest artist, with Arthur Askey, Denis Goodwin, Irene Handl, Pat Coombs, Bob Monkhouse, David Nixon. Produced by Leslie Bridgmont.

The programme includes: Anne Ziegler and Arthur Askey – patter and duet with orchestra: The Keys of HeavenAnne Ziegler and Webster Booth sang snatches of: Only a Rose and Sweethearts.

BLACKPOOL NIGHT – Light Programme, 25 August 1954 21.00 A visit to the seaside to meet: Derek Roy – Ah yes! Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth – Songs in Duet, Ted Lune – Miles of Smiles, Gladys Morgan – That Woman from Wales, Reginald Dixon – Beside the Seaside, The Hedley Ward Trio –Three Boys and a Beat, Monty Norman – Make Mine Music, Bill Waddington – Lancashire’s Witty Willie, The Littlewood Songsters. The Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth. Introduced by Jack Watson. Produced by Ronnie Taylor.

 

BLACKPOOL NIGHT – Light Programme, 15 September 1954 21.00 A visit to the seaside to meet Jimmy Edwards – Wake Up at the Back ThereAnne Ziegler and Webster Booth – Songs in Duet, Ted Lune- Miles of Smiles, Eddie Calvert  – The Man with the Golden Trumpet, Joan Turner – On Wings of Song, Albert and Les Ward – The Harmonious Discords, Denis Goodwin – I Wish I Was Dead, Reginald Dixon – Beside the Seaside, The Littlewood Songsters. The Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth. Introduced by Jack Watson. Produced by Eric Miller.

GARRISON THEATRE – BBC Television, 24 September 1954 20.45 from the Drill Hall of 451st (Chelsea) H.A.A. Regiment, R.A., T.A. The Duke of York’s Headquarters, London with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Eve Boswell, The Voltaires, Lou Campara, The Spillanes, Compere, George Martin, Orchestra under the direction of Steve Race. Produced by Dennis Monger.

Jack Payne introduces SAY IT WITH MUSIC – Light Programme, 18 November 1954 20.00 A weekly parade of the Stars of Show Business :Dickie Valentine, Max Wall, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, The Ray Ellington Quartet ,The International Violinist – Alan Loveday. Band of the Week -Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra, The Mitchell Choristers Directed by George Mitchell, The Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet. Produced by Glyn Jones.

BALLAD CONCERT – BBC Home Service Basic, 23 November 1954 18.45 The old songs we still love sung by Anne Ziegler (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor),Geraint Evans (baritone) with David McCallum and the Spa Orchestra. At the organ, Felton Rapley. At the piano, Josephine Lee. The programme includes Four Jolly SailormenFriend o’ Mine, Down in the ForestLove’s Garden of RosesPhil the Fluter’s Ball. Introduced by Lionel Marson. Produced by Harold Neden

FRIEND O’ MINE

Richard Heame in MR. PASTRY’S SPICY LIFE – BBC Television, 4 December 1954 21.15 The Celebrated scrapbook of a personality with McDonald Hobley, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Laurie Payne, Cameron Hall. Script by Richard Hearne and Talbot Rothwell, Designer, Roy Oxley, Orchestra under the direction of Eric Robinson, Produced by Bill Ward,

NAZARETH

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Northern Variety Parade presents Norman Evans in MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME – BBC Home Service Basic, 8 March 1955 19.00 with Ethel Manners, Victor Seaforth, Jimmy Clitheroe, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, The Littlewood Songsters,The Kordites, Augmented BBC Northern Variety Orchestra – Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth, Script by Cass James, Produced by Ronnie Taylor.

 

BLACKPOOL NIGHT – Light Programme, 17 August 1955 21.00 A visit to the seaside to meet Reginald Dixon, The Hedley Ward Trio, Cardew Robinson, Les Howard, Daisy Mae and Company with Saveen, Roy Stevens, Hylda Baker, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Harry Secombe, Littlewoods Girls’ Choir. Augmented BBC Northern Variety Orchestra conducted by Alyn Ainsworth, Introduced by Jack Watson. Produced by Eric Miller.

HOLIDAY HOTEL – BBC Television, 11 September 1955 19.45 Stay with the stars at Blackpool and meet Jimmy Clitheroe, paging Joan Regan, Hylda Baker, Frank Cook, Two Earls, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, and Jack Watson. Final of the Summer Showgirl Competition judged by Raymond, Avis Scott , Donald Gray. Orchestra directed by Billy Ternent. Designer. Frederick Knapman. Produced by Barney Colehan and Ronnie Taylor. From the Norbreck Hydro. Blackpool.

A RENDEZVOUS – BBC Home Service Basic, 27 September 1955 22.45 Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth accompanied by Arthur Tatler at the piano.

 

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MIDDAY MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 9 January 1956 12.20 – Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra Leader, George Deason, Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet, George Fierstone and his Quintet, Variety: Neville Taylor, TV: Bill Pertwee, Theatre: Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, In Town MIDDAY Today: Max Wall. Presented by Bill Worsley.

THE PETULA CLARK SHOW, BBC Television,10 January 1956. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (guests)

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 6 July 1956 12.30 Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra Leader, John Jezard, Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet with the Peter Crawford Trio, George Williams, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Beryl Reid. Presented by Bill Worsley.

The Booths sailed for South Africa in mid-July on board the Union Castle liner, the Pretoria Castle.

 

 

Compiled by Jean Collen 2014.

Updated May 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broadcasts by Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler (1940 – 1945)

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – BBC Home Service Basic, 9 January 1940 20.30 An excerpt from Prince Littler’s pantomime, Presented by Prince Littler. Orchestra under the direction of Ray Theobald. From Golders Green Hippodrome. Muddles: Leonard Henry, King Satupon (The Oneth): Syd Walker, Prince Silverthistle: Anne Ziegler, Princess Beauty: Greta Fayne, Queen Quibblina: Jimmy Young, Fairy Rosydawn: Bebe Terry, Somina (The Witch): Isobel Marden.

  Greta Fayne – Princess Beauty.

THE LOVE PARADE  BBC Home Service Basic, 9 February 1940 20.00 (By permission of Paramount Pictures) by Ernest Vayda and Guy Bolton, from the play The Prince Consort by Leon Xanroff and Jules Chancel. Music by Victor Schertzinger, lyrics by Clifford Grey. Radio score by Jack Beaver. The Revue Chorus and the Augmented Revue Orchestra, conducted by Hyam Greenbaum, Produced by Douglas Moodie. Count Alfred: Jack Warner, Jacques, his valet: Tony Sympson, The Queen of Sylvania: Anne Ziegler, Lulu, her maid: Jane Young, Her Major Domo: Gibb McLaughlin,, Smaller parts: Olivia Burleigh, Evelyn Nielsen, Arthur Pusey, H. Brough Robertson, Tarver Penna, Alan Keith, Jacques Brown,

MONDAY NIGHT AT EIGHT – Forces Programme, 21 February 1940 14.30 Presented by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman, The Western Brothers. Inspector Homleigh investigates (No. 12-3rd series), by H. W. Priwin, with S. J. Warmington as Inspector Homleigh. Anniversary —memories of famous first nights. Anne Ziegler (Soprano)

 VARIETY from Forces Programme, 20 April 1940 21.20  From the Lewisham Hippodrome, London (by permission of Harry Joseph and Idris Lewis) Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Al and Bob Harvey, Will Hay, Junior, and Company, Issy Bonn, Billy Bissett ‘s Canadians On 877 kc/s 342.1 m.

George Black presents A GRAND VARIETY GALA – Forces Programme, 5 May 1940 20.00 in aid of the Variety Artists’ Benevolent Fund  pearing before the interval are  Rawicz and Landauer, Vic Oliver, Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon, Arthur Askey, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Florence Desmond and Jack Warner. The London Palladium Orchestra conducted by Clifford Greenwood. From the London Palladium.

 RADIO PARTY NIGHT – BBC Home Service Basic, 10 May 1940 22.00 at the Ballroom of the Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth, with Hutch (Leslie Hutchinson ), Jeanne de Casalis  (Mrs. Feather), Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler – (the famous singers), Eric Barker (the Prince of Satirists), and Benny Loban and his Music Weavers with Eddie Gurey and Celia Lipton. Compere, Kenneth Rainford, Presented by Leslie Bridgmont

POT-POURRI PARISIENBBC Home Service Basic, 21 May 1940 21.35 French theatrical memories. Arranged and produced by Gordon McConnel , in collaboration with Gwen Williams. Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Franklyn Kelsey, Narrator, Patrick Waddington, The BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves), The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder, Conductor, Stanford Robinson.

The pot-pourri of hits from famous English musical shows is well established as a popular broadcasting item. Little, so far, however, has been heard of the theatre music of France, to which the whole of tonight’s programme will be devoted.

Some French theatre composers, such as Offenbach, Messager, Lecocq, and Planquette are well known over here, but it is not only with these that the programme will be concerned. The operettas of Reynaldo Hahn , for example, are little known over here. Likewise those of Louis Ganne. These two composers have reputations in this country as a song-writer and an orchestral composer respectively. The songs, by the way, will all be sung in English.

ON WITH THE SHOWBBC Home Service Basic, 13 July 1940 20.15 presented by Lawrence Wright. Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Dave Morris, Iris Sadler, Elsie Prince, Alec Hales , Sydney Glen, Cochrane and Odette, the Oomph Girls, the Blue Riband Three, Bram Martin and his Band. From a Northern seaside resort – Blackpool.

 SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT – BBC Home Service Basic, 5 October 1940 19.00 A magazine programme including Anne Ziegler, Cyril Fletcher and Billy Tement and the Dance Orchestra, Spotlight focused by Hugh Morton. Devised and presented by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman. Mr. Walker wants to know by Ernest Dudley and Gordon Crier. Youth takes a bow presented by Jack Hylton and compered by Bryan Michie. Singing commeres, the Three Chimes. The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell.

INVITATION TO ROMANCE – Forces Programme, 8 October 1940 22.00 A programme of songs by Eric Maschwitz, set to music by various composers, with Anne Ziegler, Effie Atherton, Horace Percival, Ivor John, BBC Theatre Chorus and BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder, The programme presented and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock.

OVERSEAS SERVICE from Autumn 1940. During the war Anne and Webster did many overseas forces broadcasts, usually in the early hours of the morning. IN THE LIMELIGHT! – Forces Programme, 22 October 1940 21.20 A programme of songs and duets from popular musical shows with Anne Ziegler , Webster Booth, Morgan Davies, BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder. Arranged and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock.

Mark H. Lubbock and his collaborator, Desmond Davis, are presenting another of their popular broadcasts of music written for the stage. This programme will make a feature of numbers from operettas, including The Cat and the Fiddle, The Student Prince, and The Vagabond King.

 INVITATION TO ROMANCE – Forces Programme, 11 November 1940 14.20 A programme of songs by Eric Maschwitz set to music by various composers with Anne Ziegler, Effie Atherton, Horace Percival, Ivor John. BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra, leader, Tate Gilder, Presented and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock. This show takes you back to the days when collecting the postcards of famous musical-comedy beauties was all the rage

 TANTIVY TOWERSBBC Home Service Basic, 14 November 1940 20.00 A light opera in three acts, abridged and adapted for broadcasting, Libretto by A. P. Herbert. Music by Thomas F. Dunhill. BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader Tate Gilder). Conductor, Stanford Robinson. Produced by.Gordon McConnel, with the musical collaboration of Gwen Williams.

This light opera in three acts was produced by Sir Nigel Playfair at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, on January 16, 1931. It proved one of the most successful productions of his management, and the box-office receipts broke all records for that theatre. After a run of several months it was transferred to the New Theatre in the West End, where it flourished far into the summer months, and afterwards it went on tour to the principal towns in England and Scotland with great success.

The music of Tantivy Towers is continuous ; there is no spoken dialogue. Although it is a real comic opera, and full of wit and satirical humour, the subject has its serious side, and some of the incidents are very dramatic. The treatment, however, is light throughout, and the theme of the work, stated briefly, is the conflict between the artistic set and the county set. The author of the libretto, it may be said, is quite conscious of the shortcomings of both. The cutting of the score for this production has been carried out by the composer himself.

Hugh Heather (a singer): Webster Booth, Jenny Jay (a would-be painter): Betty Huntley-Wright, The Earl of Tantivy: Percy Heming, The Countess of Tantivy: Gladys Parr, Lady Ann Gallop (their daughter): Anne Ziegler, Charles Viscount Harkaway (their son): Roy Henderson, Captain Bareback, M F H: Dennis Noble,  

THE MUSIC OF JEROME KERN – Forces Programme, 19 November 1940 21.20 with Anne Ziegler, Ronnie Hill, Morgan Davies, BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra Leader, Tate Gilder, Presented and conducted by ‘ Mark H. Lubbock.  

SATURDAY AT NINE-FORTY – BBC Home Service Basic, 7 December 1940 21.40 Sir Seymour Hicks presents Picture-Postcard Beauties-No. 3 A recollection of their charms, their lives, and their favourite songs. Billie Baker, Linda Gray, Anne Ziegler. BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra – Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Reginald Burston. Programme compiled by S. R. Littlewood and Reginald Burston.

 IN THE LIMELIGHTForces Programme, 10 January 1941 21.20 A programme of songs and duets from popular musical shows with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Morgan Davies. BBC Theatre Chorus (Trained by Charles Groves), BBC Theatre Orchestra – Leader, Tate Gilder. Programme arranged and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock.

 SWEET YESTERDAY – BBC Home Service Basic, 26 January 1941 18.55, A romantic musical play. Book and lyrics by Phillip Leaver, Music by Kenneth Leslie-Smith. Anne Ziegler, Doris Hare, Norman Shelley, Ewart Scott, Phillip Leaver, Jan van der Gucht, Jacques Brown, Ian Sadler, Stephen Jack, BBC Chorus, Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra Leader, Boris Pecker, Conducted by Hyam Greenbaum, Orchestrations by Phil Cardew, Produced by Vernon Harris.  LIFE BEGINS ANEW

 FAREWELL TO JUAN – BBC Home Service Basic, 7 February 1941 21.35, or Lots of love – An improper story of four centuries. Written by Eric Maschwitz to music by Jack Strachey. Produced by Desmond Davis. Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler, The Cavendish Three, The story-teller, Desmond Davis. BBC Theatre Orchestra – Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock

 BLUE EYES – BBC Home Service Basic, 10 February 1941 20.15 (By arrangement with Lee Ephraim ) A romantic musical play, adapted for broadcasting by Henrik Ege, music by Jerome Kern. Book and lyrics by Guy Bolton and Graham John. Anne Ziegler, Derek Oldham, Barry Livesey, Ian Sadler, Betty Huntley -Wright, Norman Shelley, Phillip Leaver, Dudley Rolph, Grace McChlery, Harvey Braban, Pearl Colquhoun,  Jacques Brown, Joyce Kennedy and Charles Heslop. BBC Chorus and the BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Hyam Greenbaum. Produced by Pat Hillyard and Gordon Crier (A recording of the broadcast on December 23, 1940)

 SERVICES VARIETYForces Programme, 16 February 1941 12.30 A show for the Forces and Civil Defence Services with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Margaret Rawlings, George Moon and Burton Brown, Johnny Lockwood. Debroy Somers and his Band. Compere, Bryan Michie. From a theatre in the South.  

A GRAND CONCERTForces Programme, 23 March 1941 16.00 for members of H.M. Forces with their sweethearts and wives given by The BBC Salon Orchestra – Leader, Jean Pougnet .Conductor, Leslie Bridgewater. Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler, G. T. Pattman at the organ. Introduced by Peter Fettes. From a West-Country concert hall.

29th March 1941Bristol – MUSIC HALL. A variety show. Compere: Gordon Crier, produced and presented by John Sharman.Includes Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. Signature tune (Orchestra, Booth & Ziegler), Only a Rose, Feldman Songs: (acc. Orchestra) Webster Booth: I’ll walk beside you; Anne Ziegler: When Big Ben Chimes; Duet: Wanting You, with the augmented BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

MY HEART AND I

SUNDAY MATINEE – Forces Programme, 27 April 1941 14.15 Including Services spotlight, and featuring Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Nellie Wallace, Mantovani and his Orchestra. Compere, Gerry Wilmot, From a dance hall… 

GRAND HOTEL – Forces Programme, 5 May 1941 16.00 The Winter Garden Orchestra under the direction of Tom Jenkins with Anne Ziegler in a tea-time programme.  

ACK-ACK, BEER-BEER – Forces Programme, 5 June 1941 17.15 Radio’s own twice-weekly magazine for men of the Anti-Aircraft and Balloon Barrage units.  Nellie of the NAAFI (with Doris Hare and Rookie Gee at the Canteen counter). Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler – Good songs, well sung. The sentimental twenties – Kay Cavendish. Compere, Ivan Samson, Editors, Bill MacLurg and Howard Thomas.

BREAK FOR MUSIC – Forces Programme, 5 December 1941 12.30  Concert for war workers with the ENSA Variety Orchestra, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler.

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BREAK FOR MUSIC – Forces Programme, 16 February 1942 12.30 ENSA concert for war-workers. Billy Mayerl and his Orchestra, with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. 

MUSIC-HALL – Forces Programme, 17 May 1942 21.30 with Welsh and Martin; Jack Warner; Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (by permission of George Black). BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Compere, Norman Wooland. Presented by John Sharman at 10.0.

10 June 1942 9.30 STARLIGHT, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.

25 July 1942 19.00 BBC VARIETY ORCHESTRA  Conductor, Charles Shadwell , with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.

MONDAY NIGHT AT EIGHT – BBC Home Service Basic, 9 November 1942 20.00 Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Donald Peers BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Produced by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman.

BREAK FOR MUSIC – BBC Home Service Basic, 27 November 1942 12.30 ENSA concert- for war-workers, from a factory canteen. Leslie Jeffries and his Rialto Orchestra. Guest artists, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler

BANDSTAND – BBC Home Service Basic, 4 December 1942 18.55 Lilting music, melody, and song for everybody. Solo pianist, Harriet Cohen. Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth and the BBC Revue Chorus in vocal selections from The New Moon, arranged by Wally Wallond.

BANDSTAND – BBC Home Service Basic, 11 December 1942 18.45 Lilting music, melody, and song, introduced by Esmond Knight. Eda Kersey (violin); Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, and the BBC Revue Chorus in vocal selections from The Three Musketeers, arranged by Wally Wallond. Anne Lenner presents the Film Hit of the Week. Haydn Wood conducts one of his own compositions. Charles Smart at the BBC Theatre Organ; BBC Revue Orchestra and the Dance Orchestra, conducted by Mansel Thomas. Produced by Henry Reed. Conducting own composition: Haydn Wood. Organ: Charles Smart. Conducted By: Mansel Thomas. Produced By: Henry Reed

 MUSIC-HALLForces Programme, 26 December 1942 20.00 Gala BBC programme from the Queensberry All – Services Club, London. Listeners will hear Harry Pringle, Teddy Brown, Elsie Randolph, Max Miller, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Flanagan and Allen, and Jack Payne and .his  Orchestra. Presented by John Sharman

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AT HOME TO THE FORCES – Forces Programme, 21 January 1943 19.05 Each Thursday evening many civilians invite to their homes members of the Forces stationed in their neighbourhood. This is a series planned for the special entertainment of civilians, and men of the Army and Royal Air Force who are listening together. This evening – London, Paris, and New York songs from the musical shows of two continents, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. BBC .Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra, Conductor, Stanford Robinson. Programme arranged and presented by Mark H. Lubbock.

MONDAY NIGHT AT EIGHTBBC Home Service Basic, 1 February 1943 20.00 with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth; Ronald Gourley.  BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Produced by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman.

3 April 1943 11.00  Variety Introduced by Norman Wooland: Hugh Eliot (comedian),Valerie Tandy (songs),Horace King and Betty (illusionists),Martin May (songs at the piano), Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (songs), Jackie Hunter (comedian) Orchestra directed by Eric Robinson.

THE VAGABOND KING – Forces Programme, 13 May 1943 19.05 Excerpt from the romantic musical comedy, with music by Rudolf Friml , presented by Tom Arnold , and produced by Robert Nesbitt and Maxwell Wray. Cast includes Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler , Henry Baynton, Tessa Deane, and Syd Walker. Orchestra directed by Bob Wolly. From the Winter Garden Theatre, London.  

THE STAGE PRESENTS…. Forces Programme, 16 May 1943 21.30 Theatreland’s tribute to the Forces everywhere: a programme sponsored by every branch of the entertainment world and offered to you by the Theatre’s War Service Council. This week : BEN LYON, BEBE DANIELS, Edith EVANS, JOHN GIELGUD,  MONSEWER EDDIE GRAY, ANNE ZIEGLER, WEBSTER BOOTH, and the full chorus of the London production of THE VAGABOND KING, with JAY WILBUR and his ORCHESTRA. The programme, produced by John Watt and Ronald Waldman, comes from a theatre in the heart of London and is transmitted throughout the world-wide network of the BBC

GRAND HOTEL – Forces Programme, 15 August 1943 20.20 Albert Sandler and the Palm Court Orchestra, with Anne Ziegler (soprano) and Webster Booth (tenor), in a programme of the kind of music heard in the Palm Court of your favourite hotel in the days before the war. Programme produced by Fred Hartley and Douglas Lawrence.

GALA NIGHT – BBC Home Service Basic, 21 August 1943 21.35 Stars from the stage and concert-hall in a series of Popular Celebrity Concerts with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Alfredo Campoli , and Alan Howland. BBC Theatre Orchestra : conductor, Stanford Robinson.

THE HAPPIDROMEForces Programme, 5 September 1943 19.10 with Foster and Clarke, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Teddy Brown, Gillie Potter, and Harry Korris as Mr. Lovejoy, assisted by Cecil Frederick (Ramsbottom) and Robbie Vincent (Enoch). Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus. Show produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

BANDSTAND – Forces Programme, 11 September 1943 19.45 Lilting music, melody and song for everybody, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. BBC Revue Chorus. BBC Revue Orchestra, and a section of the Dance Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. Programme introduced by Lionel Gamlin. Produced by Henry Reed

 VAUDEVILLE OF 1943 – BBC Home Service Basic, 25 December 1943 20.00 A Saturday-night entertainment featuring famous stars of Variety,music, and drama. Randolph Sutton , Mr. Murgatroyd and Mr. Winterbottom, Robert Donat , Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, and Elsie and Doris Waters. Revue Chorus and augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. Producers, John Sharman and Harry S. Pepper. (BBC recording)

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MUSIC-HALL BBC Home Service Basic, 1 January 1944 13.30 with Ted Andrews and Barbara; Rupert Hazell and Elsie Day; Harry Korris, Robbie Vincent, and Pat Lennox; Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. Producer. John Sharman.

 BANDSTAND Forces Programme, 8 January 1944 21.30 with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, and Alfredo Campoli (violin). BBC Revue Chorus. Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. Programme introduced by Lionel Gamlin. Produced by Henry Reed.

11 January 1944. John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS. Fifty-eighth programme in the series presenting music from stage and film successes, of the present and of the past. Cast includes Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth , Betty Kent , and George Melachrino ‘. Musical arrangements by Donald Edge , and orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. The Dance Orchestra, conducted by Billy Ternent. BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWSForces Programme, 18 January 1944 20.15 Fifty-ninth programme in the series presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past. Cast includes Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Betty Kent , and George Melachrino. Musical arrangements by Donald Edge. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. The Dance Orchestra, conducted by Billy Tement , and the BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. Produced bv John Watt and Henry Reed.

John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWSForces Programme, 1 February 1944 20.15 Sixty-first programme, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Bettie Bucknelle, George Melachrino , and Betty Kent. Musical arrangements by Donald Edge.Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. The Dance Orchestra, conducted by Billy Ternent, and the BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

SONGS FROM THE SHOW PRESENTED BY JOHN WATTGeneral Forces Programme, 14 March 1944 17.30 Presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, *Bettie Bucknelle and George Melachrino. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. BBC Augmented Revue Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

*Bettie Bucknelle (close friend of Webster’s second wife, Paddy Prior) appeared in several SONGS FROM THE SHOWS at this time.

Bettie Bucknelle on cover of sheet music.

 

22 April 1944. 12.30 John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past. Cast includes Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. Augmenteti BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed,

SONGS FROM THE SHOWS PRESENTED BY JOHN WATT – General Forces Programme, 5 May 1944 22.00 Presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Judy Shirley and Sam Browne. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. BBC Augmented Revue Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Groves.

John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS – General Forces Programme, 19 May 1944 22.00 Presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Sam Browne, C. Denier Warren, and Reginald. Purdell. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. BBC Augmented Revue Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

 John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWSGeneral Forces Programme, 26 May 1944 21.45 Presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Sam Browne, Polly Ward, C. Denier Warren, and Reginald. Purdell. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. BBC Augmented Revue Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

 BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRAGeneral Forces Programme, 4 June 1944 21.15 and BBC Theatre Chorus, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. Conductor: Stanford Robinson.

 John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS – General Forces Programme, 7 June 1944 12.15 Presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Sam Browne, C. Denier Warren, Reginald Purdell. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus, Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

 GRAND HOTEL – General Forces Programme, 2 July 1944 21.15 Albert Sandler and the Palm Court Orchestra, with Anne Ziegler (soprano), and Webster Booth (tenor). Programme produced by Fred Hartley and Douglas Lawrence.

 Violinist Albert Sandler 

John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS (Series) – BBC Home Service Basic, 8 July 1944 13.30  Music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, C. Denier Warren, Cherry Lind and Gene Crowley. James Moody at the piano. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond.BBC Revue Chorus. Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

 John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS General Forces Programme, 14 July 1944 21.15 Music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, C. Denier Warren, Cherry Lind and Gene Crowley. James Moody at the piano. Orchestrations supervised by Wally Wallond. BBC Revue Chorus. Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, Conductor: Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed. Produced By: John Watt, Produced By: Henry Reed.

 29th July 1944 – Sunday – Home Service 9.35- BBC Midland Light Orchestra, with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler.

WEBSTER BOOTH and ANNE ZIEGLER – BBC Home Service Basic, 30 July 1944 21.35  sing with the BBC Midland Light Orchestra : conductor, Rae Jenkins.  

John Watt Introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS – BBC Home Service Basic, 17 August 1944 20.00 Music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, C. Denier Warren, Reginald Purdell, Cherry Lind, and Gene Crowley. Carroll Gibbons at the piano. The Bachelor Girls and the Four Clubmen, James Moody, BBC Revue Chorus, Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, Conductor: Charles Groves. Producers John Watt and Henry Reed.

John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS – BBC Home Service Basic, 19 August 1944 13.30 Music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, C. Denier Warren, Reginald Purdell, Cherry Lind, and Gene Crowley. Carroll Gibbons at the piano. The Bachelor Girls and the Four Clubmen. James Moody, BBC Revue Chorus, Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, Conductor: Charles Groves. Producers John Watt and Henry Reed.

John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS – BBC Home Service Basic, 31 August 1944 20.00 Music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, C. Denier Warren , Reginald Purdell , Paula Green , and Gene Crowley. Carroll Gibbons at the piano. The Bachelor Girls and the Four Clubmen, James Moody, BBC Revue Chorus, Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, Conductor: Charles Groves. Producers John Watt and Henry Reed.

 Paula Green, singer

 

Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in THE LAUGHING LADY

BBC Home Service Basic, 4 September 1944 20.00 Romantic musical play by Ingram d’Abbes, with music by Henry Reed,.Lyrics by Max Kester and Henrik Ege. Orchestrations by Cecil Woods. BBC Revue Chorus and augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, Conductor: Charles Groves. Producer Henry Reed. Lady Denise Mountroyal: Anne Ziegler, Sir Felix Mountroyal: Felix Aylmer, André Latour: Webster Booth, Lord Mandeville: Neal Arden, Michael O’Hara: Denis O’Neil, Prince of Wales: Phillip Leaver, Fierre: Heron Carvie, Louise: Vera Lennox, Narrator: Henry Oscar.

John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS – BBC Home Service Basic, 7 September 1944 20.00 Another programme in the series presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, C. Denier Warien, Reginald Purdell , Paula Green, and Gene Crowley. The Bachelor Girls and the Four Clubmen, with James Moody at the piano. BBC Revue Chorus ; augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

John Watt introduces SONGS FROM THE SHOWS – BBC Home Service Basic, 14 September 1944 20.00 Last programme in the series presenting music from stage and film successes of the present and of the past, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, C. Denier Warren, Reginald Purdell, Paula Green, and Gene Crowley. The Bachelor Girls and the Four Clubmen, James Moody at the piano. BBC Revue Chorus. Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra. Conductor Charles Groves. Produced by John Watt and Henry Reed.

 TUESDAY SERENADE – BBC Home Service Basic, 10 October 1944 21.30 BBC Theatre Orchestra, with Anne Ziegler (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor) Tony Lowry and Clive Richardson (two pianos) Conductor: Stanford Robinson. The Operetta selection is from The Student Prince by Romberg.

News Headlines followed by THE BRITISH BAND OF THE A.E.F. – General Forces Programme, 1 December 1944 13.00 under the direction of R.S.M. George Melachrino , with Anne Ziegler. (Recording of Wednesday’s broadcast in the A.E.F Programme)

STARLIGHTGeneral Forces Programme, 2 December 1944 12.15  Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, and the BBC Revue Orchestra.

 MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 30 December 1944 20.00, with Ted Andrews and Barbara, Rupert Hazell and Elsie Day, Harry Korris, Robbie Vincent, and Pat Lennox, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. Producer, John Sharman.

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BREAK FOR MUSICBBC Home Service Basic, 19 January 1945 12.30 ENSA show for war-workers from a factory canteen, introduced by Bryan Michie R.A.F. Skyrockets Dance Orchestra, directed by Cpl. Paul Fenoulhet (by permission of the Air Officer Commanding). Guest artists, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.

BRITISH BAND OF THE A.E.F. – General Forces Programme, 19 January 1945 13.00 Under the direction of R.S.M. George Melachrino, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, and L.A.C. George Chisholm , R.A.F. Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford, Maudie Edwards , Gillie Potter, Jack Warner, Claude Dampier and Billie Carlyle, Rawicz and Landauer. BBC Revue Chorus and Van Phillips and his Concert Orchestra. Produced by C. F. Meehan.

       Duo pianists, Rawicz and Landauer.

GRAND HOTELGeneral Forces Programme, 21 January 1945 21.15 Albert Sandler and the Palm Court Orchestra, with Anne Ziegler (soprano), and Webster Booth (tenor), in a programme of the kind of music heard in the Palm Court of your favourite hotel in the days before the war followed at 9.58 by News Headlines

 MUSIC OF THE FOOTLIGHTS – General Forces Programme, 27 January 1945 21.15 Programme drawn from the world’s repertoire of theatre music, with Anne Ziegler (soprano), Webster Booth, (tenor), the BBC Theatre Chorus, and the BBC Theatre Orchestra: conductor, Stanford Robinson.

THE BIG SHOW No. 3 – General Forces Programme, 11 February 1945 20.00 Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford, Maudie Edwards, Gillie Potter, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Jack Warner, Claude Dampier and Billie Carlyle, Rawicz and Landauer, BBC Revue Chorus, Van Phillips and his Concert Orchestra, Produced by C. F. Meehan, Piano duo: Rawicz and Landauer, Comedian: Claude Dampier, Comedian: Billie Carlyle, Conductor: Van Phillips, Producer: C. F. Meehan.

SHIPMATES ASHOREGeneral Forces Programme, 14 April 1945 18.00 Programme for officers and men of the Merchant Navy recorded at the M.N. Club in London, with Doris Hare, Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, and Mark Daly joining in from the new Merchant Navy House, Middlesbrough. Music by Debroy Somers and HM Orchestra. Produced by Alfred Dunning and Victor Smythe. (BBC recording)

 

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 28 July 1945 20.00 with Harry Pringle, Kitty Masters, Peter Cavanagh, Mr. Murgatroyd and Mr. Winterbottom, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Norman Evans. BBC Revue  Orchestra, conducted by Alan Crooks. Announcer, Norman Wooland. Producer, John Sharman.

 Lee Ephraim presents SWEET YESTERDAYBBC Home Service Basic, 6 August 1945 19.50 A new musical romance by Philip Leaver. Music by Kenneth Leslie -Smith. Lyrics by James Dyren forth and Max Kester. Produced by Jack Hulbert. Webster Booth. Anne Ziegler. Doris Hare, Mark Daly, Reginald Tate, Hugh Miller, Franklin Bennett, Rupert White, Terry Farrell. Orchestra under the direction of Herbert Lodge, From the Adelphi Theatre, London.                                                    

                                                              Anne and Webster in Sweet Yesterday.

 Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler in SWEET YESTERDAY BBC Home Service Basic, 12 September 1945 20.15 with Doris Hare, Reginald Tate, Hugh Miller, and Mark Daly. Radio version of the new musical romance, played by the company now appearing in the production presented by Lee Ephraim at the Adelphi Theatre, London. Book by Phillip Leaver. Music by Kenneth Leslie -Smith. Lyrics by James Dyrenforth and . Max Kester. Produced for the stage by Jack Hulbert. Radio adaptation and production by Vernon Harris. Full Adelphi Theatre chorus and orchestra, under the direction of Herbert Lodge.

Sir John Manders: Reginald Tate
Captain Hals: Franklin Bennett
Monsieur de Vigny: Hugh Miller
Lieutenant Carrocher: Rupert White
Louise Varennes: Anne Ziegler
Captain Edouard Labouchere: Webster Booth
Sans-Gene: Doris Hare
Cabouchon: Mark Daly
Innkeeper’s wife: Gwen Lewis

 HERE’S WISHING YOU WELL AGAIN Light Programme, 14 September 1945 20.00 A weekly party for Forces in hospitals everywhere, with Margaret Lockwood and Jeanne de Casalis. Two competitions: Stars and Sterling : and Sporting Chance, with John Snagge and a famous sportsman. The Western Brothers, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth; C. H. Middleton; Charles Ernesco and his Sextet; and Rita Williams. Produced bv Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

MUSIC-HALLBBC Home Service Basic, 29 September 1945 20.00 with Charles Harrison, Billy (Uke) Scott, Peter Cavanagh, George Doonan, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Dave and Joe O’Gorman.BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. Producer, John Sharman.

 

MUSIC-HALL – BBC Home Service Basic, 27 October 1945 20.00 with Bill Waddington, Kitty Masters, Hatton and Manners, The Two Leslies – Leslie Sarony and Leslie Holmes, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Collinson and Breen. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. Producer, John Sharman.

5 November 1945 18.55 ROYAL COMMAND PERFORMANCE. Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler and others.

Anne and Webster appeared at the Royal Variety Performance 1945.

 

TUESDAY SERENADEBBC Home Service Basic, 20 November 1945 21.15

BBC Theatre Orchestra, with Anne Ziegler (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Tony Lowry and Clive Richardson (two pianos), BBC Theatre Chorus: conductor, Stanford Robinson. The programme includes a selection from The Student Prince by Romberg.

 

MUSIC-HALLBBC Home Service Basic, 29 December 1945 20.00 with Foster and Clarke, Herschel Henlere, Issy Bonn, Peter Brough and Archie Andrews, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Gillie Potter, BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. ,Producer, John Sharman. (BBC recording)

Compiled by Jean Collen, May 2017.

 

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BROADCASTS FEATURING WEBSTER BOOTH AND ANNE ZIEGLER (1934 – 1939)

 

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1934. North Regional -Sunday -7.0-7.45 STABAT MATER, by Pergolesi (for Female Voices, string orchestra and Continuo); the Liverpool Ladies’ Choir (by permission of the Liverpool Music Society); the Northern String Orchestra (leader, John Bridge), Conductor, John Tobin; Tilly Connely (Harpsichord)’ Emily Evans (Soprano); Doris Walker (Soprano); Nancy Evans (Contralto); Irené Eastwood (Soprano). Irené changed her name to Anne Ziegler when she moved to London to go on the stage.
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29th January 1935 -Following a reading of Scottish poetry by CRM Brookes, a modern fairy tale, by James Dyrenforth, with music by Kenneth Leslie-Smith, entitled LOVE NEEDS A WALTZ, will be relayed. Among those taking part in this are Bruce Carfax, Ernest Sefton, Gordon Bailey, Sam Browne, Ben Welden, and Anne Ziegler.
Anne was hailed as a ‘Radio Nightingale Discovery’.

19th February 1935 -Scottish National – 8.0 THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER, a Comic Opera, adapted for Broadcasting from Stanislaus Stange’s English Version of the Libretto by Adolf Bernauer and Leopold Jacobson; Music by Oscar Strauss; adapted and produced by Gordon McConnel, with Anne Ziegler, Amy Augarde, Betty Huntley-Wright, Horace Percival, Franklyn Kelsey, Percy Heming, Jan van der Gucht, the Wireless Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Montague Brearley), Conductor Stanford Robinson.

RADIO THEATRE February 1935 -Prince Edward Theatre. Anne Ziegler, with Stannelli, Richard Murdoch, Claude Dampier, Billie Carlyle and Elsie Sterndale.

RADIO MUSIC HALL 1935 –Anne Ziegler, with Claude Hulbert, Muriel George and Ernest Butcher and Mario Lorenzo.

15th May 1935 -Scottish National – 10.00 THE MAY REVUE; music by Jack Strachey; produced by C. Denis Freeman, with Nelson Keys, Sylvia Leslie, Patrick Waddington, Hermione Gingold, C Denier Warren, Max Kirby, Anne Ziegler; the Radio Three; the BBC Variety Orchestra, directed by Mark H. Lubbock.

1st June 1935 -Scottish National Saturday 8.30 BITTER SWEET, a Romantic opera by Noel Coward, adapted for the microphone by Henrik Ege, with Evelyn Laye, Serge Abranovic, Betty Huntley-Wright, Patricia Burke, Patrick Waddington, Tessa Deane, Rose Hignell, Anne Ziegler, Phillip Cunningham, Norah Howard, Effie Atherton, Hermione Gingold, Gerald Nodin, Leslie Perrins, John Cheatle, Elaine Inescort, Winifred Davies, Billy Milton, Philip Desborough, Dimitri Vetter, Hector Abbas, Dorothy Tetley, Stanley Vine, Gwen Williams; the BBC Theatre Orchestra; Mantovani and his Orchestra; the BBC Revue Chorus, conducted by Stanford Robinson; Assistant Conductor Arthur Wood. 9.30 Time, Weather, and News Summary; 9.45 BITTER SWEET (Act 2)

20th June 1935 -The radio version of Owen Hall’s THE GEISHA, with Huntley Wright in his original part and Anne Ziegler as O Mimosa San, will be reintroduced by Marie Tempest in the Scottish National programme tonight at 8.0.
8.0 Marie Tempest introduces THE GEISHA, a broadcasting version of Owen Hall’s story of a Tea House; Lyrics by Harry Greenbank; Music by Sidney Jones; Pidgin English by Clifford W. Collinson; adapted and produced by Gordon McConnel with William Stephens, Lawrence Baskcomb, Colleen Clifford, Huntley Wright, Ewart Scott, Arnold Matters, Gladys Young, Anne Ziegler, Ian Glennie, Betty Huntley-Wright; the BBC Chorus, the BBC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Stanford Robinson.

The Scotsman, 29th June 1935, page 20 -Sunday 6.30 – 7.45 The BBC Theatre orchestra conducted by Stanford Robinson; Anne Ziegler (Soprano)

12th November 1935 -Scottish 3.00 The Torquay Municipal Orchestra, Conductor Ernest W Goss; Anne Ziegler (Soprano)
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1936 – 1940 This was one of the most prolific broadcasting periods for Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. They appeared in separate broadcasts until January 1938 when they began singing together. They were married on 5 November 1938.
Excerpts from Mother Goose – Regional Programme Northern, 1 January 1936 19.00 –presented by TOM ARNOLD (for Julian Wylie Productions, Ltd.) Relayed from The Empire Theatre, Liverpool Book by J. Hickory Wood and Dan Leno , Jnr. Music composed, selected and arranged by James W. Tate and E. W. Eyre
Ballets, Musical Number and Ensembles staged by John Roker, J. W. JACKSON ‘S SIXTEEN ENGLISH DANCERS, TWENTY-FOUR EILEEN ROGAN CHILDREN, Chorus and Ballet, Produced by TOM ARNOLD
George Lacy is one of the finest dames of modern times and a great artist. His change of appearance from his comedy make-up of the early scenes to the beauty that invests Mother Goose after she has bathed in the Magic Pool is as wonderful as the pathos of his acting when beauty leaves her.
George Formby , brilliant son of a brilliant father, needs no introduction to Liverpool audiences. Like his father, he is Lancashire’s own comedian
Anne Ziegler is Liverpool born and bred, and sang in concerts there under her own name of Irene Eastwood. She decided that musically her own name would not get her anywhere; changed it to Anne Ziegler, and won fame on the air. She is slim, blonde, and beautiful. Anne as principal boy in her first pantomime.
Last, but not least, of a brilliant cast is George Queen, who plays the goose. Priscilla with an amazing fidelity to life.

Sunday – 6.0 Up North for Pantomime: Anne Ziegler, Principal Boy in Tom Arnold’s Pantomime, MOTHER GOOSE at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

29th February 1936 – 10.0 The BBC Theatre Orchestra; Conductor, Stanford Robinson; Anne Ziegler (Soprano)
Anne sang A Song in the Night by Loughborough on Pathé. Unfortunately,  this excerpt is missing its soundtrack, but click on the link to hear the recording: https://clyp.it/dk0yxd2i

Comic Opera-5 – National Programme Daventry, 26 March 1936 20.30. A Programme of Songs and Scenes from LA POUPÉE, English lyrics by ARTHUR STURGESS; Music by EDMOND AUDRAN.THE ROSE OF PERSIA English lyrics by BASIL HOOD; Music by ARTHUR SULLIVAN and THE POLICEMAN’S SERENADE – A Grand Little Opera Words by A. P. HERBERT; Music by ALFRED REYNOLDS
Artists: GEORGE BAKER (Baritone) ANNE ZIEGLER (Soprano) APPLETON MOORE (Baritone) BERNARD ANSELL, IAN GLENNIE, IVAN GOLDING, IRENE BRIGHTMAN, JOHN DUNCAN, THE B B C REVUE CHORUS and THE B B C THEATRE ORCHESTRA, Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON, The Programme arranged by GORDON MCCONNEL (the Producer) and MARK H. LUBBOCK. This was broadcast in the Regional programme last night.

6th June 1936 – Aberdeen Sunday 9.0 UP NORTH THIS WEEK: Anne Ziegler, accompanied by the Buxton Spa Orchestra: Conductor: Maurice Mies from the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.

HARRY GORDON OF INVERSNECKY AND HIS COMPANY – Regional Programme Scotland, 13 July 1936 21.30 – from the Beach Pavilion, Aberdeen.
This year Harry attains his majority in the Beach Pavilion, having begun there twenty-one years ago at a salary of £2 a week. Eight years later he became lessee of the Pavilion, since when he has managed and produced a long succession of amusing shows, in addition to undertaking the work of principal comedian. Assisting him tonight are Murray Stewart and his Orchestra Mascotte, Joan Coleridge , Anne Ziegler, Fred Yule, Jack Holden, Jack Key, Four Paramount Tiller Girls, and Alice Stephenson.

6th August 1936 LOTS OF LOVE 10.5, An Improper Story of Four Centuries (very properly cut to an Hour) by HOLT MARVELL.  Music by JACK STRACHEY, ANNE ZIEGLER (Soprano), CAVAN O’CONNOR (Tenor) and THE RADIO THREE, GORDON LITTLE (Baritone), THE B B C VARIETY ORCHESTRA, Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON, ORCHESTRA: Hungarian Souvenir, GORDON LITTLE: Can This Be Love?
ANNE ZIEGLER AND CAVAN O’CONNOR: Two Songs from Lots of Love 1. Vienna in the Spring; 2. Moon of Romance.
GORDON LITTLE: A Night in November.
ANNE ZIEGLER AND GORDON LITTLE: Ghosts of My Lovers.
ORCHESTRA: Suite, Three Cameos 1. The Little Waltz; 2. Polka, Grand-mamma Goes Gay; 3. Ascot Parade.
ANNE ZIEGLER AND GORDON LITTLE: Holiday Abroad. 
ORCHESTRA – Selection from the Monthly Revues.
Of those who are to sing some of his numbers tonight, Anne Ziegler first broadcast in Love Needs a Waltz, Cavan O’Connor won fame as the Vagabond Lover, and Gordon Little, another well-known broadcaster, played in Stop Press at the Vaudeville last year.

Lots of Love (Repeat) – National Programme Daventry, 13 October 1936 20.00 Radio broadcast. Anne Ziegler and Cavan O’Connor, with Adele Dixon, Greer Carson, Bruce Winston, Eric Portman.

Radio Pie – Regional Programme London, 5 November 1936 19.30. Written, composed, and concocted by THE TWO LESLIES: (LESLIE SARONY and LESLIE HOLMES).
Ingredients: TOMMY HANDLEY, TESSIE O’SHEA (By permission of George Black ), THE SINGING PORTER, MARIO DE PIETRO, ANNE ZIEGLER, HUGO STEFFANI AND HIS TWENTY-ONE SILVER SONGSTERS.

TV BROADCAST 1 December 1936, 9.45 10.00 pm. BBC TV Anne appeared with Gilbert Webster (xylophone).
9th December 1936 Scottish National Regional 9.0 The BBC Theatre Orchestra conducted by Harold Lowe; Anne Ziegler (Soprano); Michael Collins (Violoncello)

Round the Pantomimes—2 – Regional Programme Scotland, 29 December 1936 21.00 Cinderella with WILL FYFFE, JOAN COLE, ANNE ZIEGLER, WINNIE COLLINS etc. from the Empire Theatre, Edinburgh (By permission of George Black ) Continuity by P. I. KEITH MURRAY and R. E. KINGSLEY
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HUNTLEY WRIGHT as Wun-Hi in THE GEISHA – National Programme Daventry, 4 January 1937 19.45
This was one of the first broadcasts in which Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler appeared together. Webster was still married to Paddy Prior, but a divorce was pending.
A broadcasting version of Owen Hall ‘s Story of a Tea House – with some additional pidgin English by Clifford W. Collinson , F.R.G.S; Lyrics by Harry Greenbank, Music by Sidney Jones – Composer of A Greek Slave, An Artist’s Model, A Gaiety Girl. The BBC Revue Chorus and The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Conducted by Harold Lowe, Adaptation and production by Gordon McConnel with technical assistance of Rex Haworth.
The Geisha will be repeated in the Regional programme on Thursday at 8.45
Characters:
Police-Sergeant Takemini (attendant on the Marquis): Franklyn Kelsey
Marquis Imari (Chief of Police and Governor of the Province): Lawrence Baskcomb
Juliette (A French Tea Girl): Colleen Clifford
Wun-Hi (Chinese Proprietor of the Tea House): Huntley Wright
Officers of H M S Turtle: Lieutenant Cunning: Ewart Scott
Lieutenant Reginald Fairfax: Arnold Matters
Lady Constance Wynne (a Wealthy Englishwoman): Gladys Young
O Mimosa San (A Geisha): Anne Ziegler
Lieutenant Katana (of the Imperial Japanese Artillery): Webster Booth
Molly Seamore: Billie Baker

THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER – Regional Programme Scotland, 30 March 1937 20.45 A Comic Opera adapted for broadcasting by Gordon McConnel from Stanislaus Stange’s English version of the libretto by Adolph Bernauer and Leopold Jackson. Music by Oscar Straus, The BBC Revue Chorus and The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock. Production by Gordon McConnel and Rex Haworth. (From Regional).
Nadina Popoff, Daughter of Colonel Popoff: Anne Ziegler
Aurelia, Wife of Colonel Popoff: Gladys Parr
Mascha, Her Cousin: Betty Huntley Wright
Bumerli, Lieutenant in the Servian Army: .Horace Percival
Massakroff, Captain in the Bulgarian Army:.Franklyn . Kelsey
Kasimir Popoff, Colonel in the Bulgarian Army: Dick Francis
Alexius Sparidoff, Major in the Bulgarian Army: . Jan Van Der Gucht.

DANCING THROUGH – National Programme Daventry, 14 May 1937 20.00 Geraldo won fame for his non-stop music when he broadcast his first programme of ‘ Non-Stop Dance Music ‘ in 1934. In this fifth edition of Dancing Through he is trying to beat his record of 152 tunes which he played in the last (in December, 1935), and he will probably succeed. The vocalists are all well-known broadcasters.
Monte Rey , who has broadcast so often with Geraldo himself, Lily Morris of Music-Hall fame, Anne Ziegler, associated with radio musical comedy and operetta, and Wilfrid Thomas and Eve Becke , who were both so often with the Air-do-Wells. At the organ is the brilliant organist who succeeded Reginald Foort at the Paramount, Tottenham Court Road, Al Bollington, who gave a broadcast on the BBC Theatre Organ on Christmas Eve.

PADDLE STEAMER – BBC Television, 17 June 1937 15.35 Down River in 1850 with Sebastian Shaw and Anne Ziegler, Dances arranged by Wendy Toye, To Music by John Gardner, Produced by Dallas Bower. In this unusual production a leading rôle will be taken by an actor who, though he has been on the stage since 1914, when he was nine years old, has made a number of exceptionally notable hits in the last year in the film world, one of his latest parts being the leading male role in Farewell Again. His stage appearances include The Constant Nymph, The Sacred Flame, Precious Bane, Double Door, and repertory work at Stratford-on-Avon, and in Liverpool and Hull. Anne Ziegler is, of course, one of the most constant favourites in television programmes. Her numerous visits to Alexandra Palace include an appearance as a solo artist on June 2.
Wendy Toye, the brilliant twenty-year-old actress and dancer, who has arranged the dances in this programme, produced a ballet at the Palladium when she was only ten years of age. She studied dancing almost from infancy, and has appeared with the Camargo Society and toured with Anton Dolin and Alicia Markova.

AMERICA CABARET AND BROADCASTS 1937. While Anne starred in Virginia at the Center Theater, New York, Webster did a few broadcasts with Will Rogers and sang at the Rainbow Room, New York.
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6th January 1938 – Scottish 8.45 THE GEISHA, a broadcasting version of Owen Hall’s story of a Tea House, with some additional pidgin English by Clifford W Collinson: lyrics by Harry Greenbank; music by Sidney Jones; Adapted and produced by Gordon McConnel, assisted by Rex Haworth, with Huntley Wright, Fred Yule, Lawrence Baskcomb, Colleen Clifford, Ewart Scott, Arnold Matters, Gladys Young, Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Billie Baker; The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra; Conductor, Harold Lowe.

VARIETY – National Programme Daventry, 26 January 1938 19.15. Clarkson Rose: Comedian, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler : Musical Comedy Duets, A Motoring Episode by Charles Hayes and George Barker, Leonard Henry :Comedian, The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell, Compere, Charles Hayes.

MONDAY AT SEVEN – National Programme Daventry, 14 February 1938 19.00, Presented by – Harry S. Pepper and Douglas Moodie. Singing Commere, Judy Shirley, Ernest Butcher and Muriel George, The Odyssey of a Valentine written and told by Valentine Dunn. Inspector Hornleigh Investigates, S. J. Warmington as Inspector Hornleigh)
No. 28, The Javanese Goddess by Hans W. Priwin, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth with the BBC Revue Chorus, The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell.

CABARET– BBC Television, 22 February 1938 15.20 -with Anne Ziegler, Jane Carr, Edna Squire Brown, the Cafe Anglais Glamour Girls. Ian Grant as compere. The BBC Television Orchestra, leader Boris Pecker , conductor Hyam Greenbaum. Presentation by D. H. Munro.

7th April 1938 Scottish National 8.0 MILESTONES OF MELODY, Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (by permission of the Savoy Hotel Ltd), presented by John Burnaby with Anne Ziegler, Monte Rey, Patrick Waddington, Eve Becke, Cyril Grantham, The Top Hattes and the Geraldettes, The BBC Male Revue Chorus, Al Bollington at the Theatre Organ.

DANCE CABARET – Regional Programme Western, 21 April 1938 21.15
from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth
Douglas Byng the stage and cabaret star
Jane Carr stage, screen, and radio favourite
Webster Booth the romantic tenor
Anne Ziegler the lyric soprano
Arthur Askey comedian, and compere, and dance to Billy Bissett and his Canadians with THE CANADIAN CAPERS and ALICE MANN.
MILESTONES OF MELODY – Regional Programme London, 18 April 1938 20.20 Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (By permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with Romance and Rhythm: Anne Ziegler, Eve Becke, Monte Rey, Cyril Grantham, Patrick Waddington, The Top Hatters, The Geraldettes,The BBC Male Revue Chorus.

21st April 1938 At 9.15 there will be a DANCE CABARET with Douglas Byng, Jane Carr, Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, and others.
9.15 Dance Cabaret; Douglas Byng (stage and cabaret artist), Jane Carr (stage, screen and radio artist), Webster Booth (tenor), Anne Ziegler (soprano), Arthur Askey (comedian and compère); Billy Bissett and his Canadians with the Canadian Capers, and Alice Mann from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth

MILESTONES OF MELODY – Regional Programme London, 6 May 1938 20.00 Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (By permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with Romance and Rhythm: Anne Ziegler, Eve Becke, Monte Rey, Cyril Grantham, Patrick Waddington, The Top Hatters, The Geraldettes,The BBC Male Revue Chorus.

THEATRE COMPOSERS National Programme Daventry, 29 May 1938 21.05 LIONEL MONCKTON – The Man and his Music. A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher. Music selected by Mark H. Lubbock. Production by Gordon McConnel. The compere, Bertram Wallis.Dennis Noble, Betty Huntley-Wright, Anne Ziegler, The BBC Theatre Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder ), conductor, Stanford Robinson.
MILESTONES OF MELODY (Series) – National Programme Daventry, 1 June 1938 20.00 Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (by permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with Romance and Rhythm. Anne Ziegler, Eve Becke, Monte Rey, Cyril Grantham, Jack Melford, The Top Hatters, The Geraldettes. Section of the BBC Male Chorus, Al Bollington at the BBC Theatre Organ. Presented by John Burnaby.
GEORGE EDWARDES – Regional Programme London, 15 June 1938 18.00 Part 1 – The Guv’nor of the Gaiety. An illustrated biography compiled and written by S. R. Littlewood. Produced by Gordon McConnel in collaboration with Mark H. Lubbock. The cast will include Sir Seymour and Lady Hicks (Ellaline Terriss), Robert Nainby, Willie Warde, Horace Percival, Betty Huntley-Wright, Stuart Robertson, Anne Ziegler, Bertha Willmott, Denis O’Neil. The BBC Theatre Chorus and The BBC Theatre Orchestra. Leader, Tate Gilder. Conductor, Stanford Robinson. The Compere, S. R. Littlewood . Should circumstances prevent Sir Seymour and Lady Hicks from taking part in the actual broadcast, their contributions to the programme will be recorded.

THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA – National Programme Daventry, 18 October 1938 13.15 Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock, Anne Ziegler (soprano).

Anne Ziegler on the cover of Radio Pictorial (1938) She is wearing a diamond solitaire engagement ring a month or so before Webster’s divorce was finalised.


Scottish National – 8.00 MILESTONES OF MELODY, Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (by permission of the Savoy Hotel Ltd), presented by John Burnaby with Anne Ziegler, Monte Rey, Patrick Waddington, Eve Becke, Cyril Grantham, The Top Hattes and the Geraldettes, The BBC Male Revue Chorus, Al Bollington at the Theatre Organ.

PRINCESS CHARMING – National Programme Daventry, 24 August 1938 19.30
A romance with music adapted from the Hungarian by Arthur Wimperis and Laun Wylie. Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis music by Albert Sirmay and Jack Waller. Adapted for the microphone by Reginald Burston and Martyn C. Webster
The Midland Revue Chorus, The Midland Revue Orchestra, leader Norris Stanley , conductor Reginald Burston. Production by Martyn C. Webster. (From Midland) Naval Officer (attached to the Svlvanian Embassy): Cedric Johnson, Baron Sigman (Sylvanian Ambassador): Lester Mudditt, Marie (stenographer at the Embassy): Dorothy Leake, Albert Chuff (Continental Manager of the Colossal Assurance Co ): Hal Bryant, Captain Torelli (of the Cruiser Fire Eater): Webster Booth, Princess Elaine (of Novia): Anne Ziegler, A young Lieutenant (of the Fire Eater): John Morley, Wandu Navarro: Yvette Darnac, Ivanoff (leader of the rebellion): Godfrey Baseley, The Lord Chamberlain (of Sylvania): Godfrey Baseley, King Christian 11 of Sylvania: Leslie Bowmar, The King’s Aide-de-Camp: John Morley, The Attorney General: Cedric Johnson, The Story Teller: Stuart Vinden.

FOORT-ISSIMO -National Programme Daventry, 17 September 1938 19.30, A Light-Hearted half-hour in which the audience will join with Reginald Foort at the BBC Theatre Organ with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. Production by Max Kester.

THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA – National Programme Daventry, 18 October 1938 13.15 Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock, Anne Ziegler (soprano).

19th October 1938 – 10.30 DANCE CABARET: Douglas Byng (Cabaret Artist); Webster Booth (Tenor); Oliver Wakefield (The Voice of Inexperience); Anne Ziegler (Lyric Soprano); Cliff Cooke (Compere); Dance music played by Billy Thorburn and his Music, with Eddie Guery and The Royal Bath Hotel Singers, from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth.

A month after Webster’s divorce from Paddy Prior was finalised, Webster and Anne were married on 5 November 1938.

Anne and Webster wedding

ALL DOWN FOR THE FINALE! – Regional Programme Midland, 3 December 1938 21.10 Bill White, call-boy of the Theatre Royal recalls memories of The Belle of New York, Florodora, The Merry Widow,The Lilac Domino.
Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, George Gibbs, Fred Forgham, Denis Folwell, The Midland Revue Chorus, The Midland Revue Orchestra, Leader, Norris Stanley, Conductor, Reginald Burston. Presentation by Martyn C. Webster.
The call-boy’s cry ‘All down for the finale!’, familiar to those who have taken part in big musical-comedy productions, gives the title of this programme. The finales from famous musical comedies will be preceded by a dramatised section, beginning with reminiscences and then going on to unfold the plot of the show up to the finale chosen.

CHARLES ERNESCO AND HIS QUlNTET – National Programme Daventry, 11 December 1938 18.30 with Anne Ziegler  
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9th February 1939 – Scottish National 6.0 SCRAPBOOK FOR 1909, presented by Leslie Baily and Charles Brewer; Compere Patric Curwen, Producer: Charles Brewer. A programme in the Scrapbook series. Arthur Wimperis, ex-Inspector JH Jarvis, Miss Muriel Matters, Captain GP Philips; cast also includes Dorothy Holmes-Gore, Anne Ziegler, Ivan Samson, Horace Percival, Ernest Shannon, Eric Lugg, Bryan Powley, Johnnie Singer, and the recorded voices of Christabel Pankhurst and George Graves; Louis Bleriot (BBC disc); Cmdr Robert E Peary; Rt. Hon. HH Asquipth MP; Prime Minister in 1909 (all commercial discs). the BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Louis Levy.

Ivor Novello

IVOR NOVELLO LOOKS BACK! – Regional Programme London, 17 February 1939 20.15 A biography of his life in words and music, introducing some of the people who have been associated with him: Ivor Novello, Mary Ellis, Dorothy Dickson in a scene from Henry V. Madame Clara Novello-Davies, Peter Scott, Anne Ziegler, Gordon Little, Frank Bird and supporting cast. The programme will also include a short glimpse of the new Ivor Novello musical play The Dancing Years, now in rehearsal. The recorded voices of Fay Compton, Jack Buchanan, and Jack Hulbert with The Welsh Ladies’ Choir, under the direction of Madame Clara Novello Davies.
A Party of Welsh Miners. The BBC Revue Chorus and the Augmented BEC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell. Orchestrations by Jack Beaver. Interviewer, F. H. Grisewood. The programme devised and written by Howard Thomas. Production by Archie Campbell. This programme will be broadcast again tomorrow (National, 5.0)

DANCE CABARET – National Programme Daventry, 1 March 1939 22.35 from the Grand Hotel, Torquay. Norman Long – A song, a joke, and a piano, Bennett and Young – Comedians, Anne Ziegler – The lyric soprano,
Webster Booth – The romantic tenor, Raymond Bennett – Compere, and dance to Harry Evans and his Band.
18th March 1939 Among those appearing in MUSIC HALL at 8.0 are Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth and Leonard Henry. Scottish National 8.0 MUSIC HALL, presented by John Sharman, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth in musical comedy selections; Yorky and Scotty, Al and Bob Harvey (Canadian comedians), Leonard Henry (comedian), Ted Ray (Fiddling and Fooling); Pat Hyde (Radios sweetheart); The BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

MELODIES FROM THE COMEDIES – Regional Programme Midland, 23 March 1939 21.05, A contrast in styles with Gordon Little, Anne Ziegler, John Bentley, The Rhythmettes, The Midland Revue Orchestra, Leader, Norris Stanley, Conductor, Reginald Burston, Compere, Martyn C. Webster.

THEATRE COMPOSERS – No. 6 National Programme Daventry, 9 April 1939 21.05 Jerome Kern – The Man and his Music. A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher. The music selected and the programme produced by .Mark H. Lubbock
Anne Ziegler, Patricia Burke, Gordon Little, Ronnie Hill. ompere, Charles B. Cochran. The BBC Theatre Chorus and The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder. Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock.

Here is a programme in narration and music, surveying the work of one of the most versatile jazz composers ever born. It is perhaps surprising to reflect that as long ago as 1905 Jerome Kern was writing song hits, and that he has kept up a steady output ever since. Who does not remember such numbers as She didn’t say Yes, Who? Silver Lining, Dancing Time, and, more recently Smoke gets in your eyes? C. B. Cochran was responsible for putting on two shows that between them contained some of Kern’s finest works, namely The Cat and the Fiddle and Music in the Air.

DANCE CABARET – Regional Programme Western, 6 May 1939 21.00 from the Polygon Hotel, Southampton. Anne Ziegler the lyric soprano, Leonard Henry comedian and compere, Suzette Tarri in comedy cameos, Jack Train in character comedy and dance to Fred Ballerini and his Dance Band.
The first broadcast of cabaret from the Polygon Hotel was made last December. Programmes have been broadcast on several occasions since then, and each time the artists have included Fred Ballerini and his dance band, the combination that is appearing this evening.

Dorothy Dickson in FAREWELL TO JUAN – National Programme Daventry, 23 May 1939 20.00 or Lots of Love – An Improper Story of Four Centuries (very properly cut down to one hour) Written by Eric Maschwitz , to music by Jack Strachey. The Storyteller, Edwin Styles, Gibb McLaughlin as The Barman, Elizabeth Maude as Laura Vanelli, Dorothy Dickson as Iris Flame, Richard Ainley as Don Juan, Ruth Maitland as Minnie, Singers: Heddle Nash, Anne Ziegler, The Cavendish Three, The BBC Theatre Orchestra, (Leader, Tate Gilder ) Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock , Rae Jenkins and his Schrammel Quartet, At the piano, Alan Paul, Orchestrations by Julius Buerger, Wally Wallond , and Jack Beaver. Trio arrangements by Kay Cavendish. Production by Archie Campbell.

RADIO NORMANDIE 18 June, 1939. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, with George Formby, Tommy Handley, Jack Warner, Vic Oliver, Bebe Daniels, Leonard Henry, Olive Groves, Donald Peers, Phyllis Robins and Reginald Foort.
SATURDAY AT NINE-FORTY-FIVE – National Programme Daventry, 22 July 1939 21.45 Music for Films sung and played by Anne Ziegler, Heddle Nash and The BBC Theatre Orchestra. Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock . With a descriptive commentary by C. A. Lejeune.
30th August 1939 10.20 DANCE CABARET, with Warden and West; Fanny and Biddy (the Two Dames); Anne Ziegler (Lyric Soprano); Webster Booth (Tenor); Suzette Tarry (Comedy Cameos), and Harry Evans and his Dance Band, from the Grand Hotel, Torquay.

Webster joined the staff of the variety section of the BBC in Bristol at the outbreak of war. Not long afterwards, Anne was allowed to join him and they rented a flat in Bristol while they were working there.

5th October 1939 – 6.45 MUSIC FOR FILMS sung and played by Anne Ziegler, Heddle Nash, John Nash, John Stevens, and the BBC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Burston; descriptive commentary written by CA Lejeune, spoken by Cathleen Cordell.

Sunday 22 October, 1939. 18.35 THE BBC VARIETY ORCHESTRA. Leader, Frank Cantell. Conductor, Charles Shadwell with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, (Solo trumpets, Alf Lewis and Leslie Uzzell ), Charles Woodforde (solo Cello), Arthur Sandford (solo piano).

Tuesday, 24 October 1939, 12.15 MUSIC IN THE MORNING A programme of light music with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, and Dorothy Carless. All arrangements by Alan Paul, Presented by John Burnaby and Alan Paul. This programme is notable for the fact that two of the broadcasters are the wives of radio celebrities. Anne Ziegler is the wife of Webster Booth,  and Dorothy Carless the wife of Eugene Pini , whom she married on the eve of the outbreak of war.

Tuesday, 7 November 1939. 12.00 MUSIC IN THE MORNING. A programme of light music, with Anne Ziegler , Webster Booth, Dorothy Carless , and the strings of the Television Orchestra, All arrangements by Alan Paul,Presentation by John Burnaby and Alan Paul.

21st November 1939 12.30 MUSIC IN THE MORNING, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Dorothy Carless, and the strings of the Revue Orchestra.

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BROADCASTS BY WEBSTER BOOTH (1946 – 1956)

 

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Webster did many broadcasts with Anne during this period and these will appear on a separate file. In 1948 the Booths did a concert tour to New Zealand and Australia, and did several broadcasts in South Africa while their ship travelled to various South African ports, so there are not many broadcasts listed for either of them in that year.

MUSIC IN MINIATURE – Light Programme, 23 May 1946 20.30

A musical entertainment, given by Webster Booth (tenor), Margaret Good (piano), Marie Wilson (violin), Jean Stewart (viola), William Pleeth (cello), Geoffrey Gilbert (flute), George Elliott (guitar). Music by J. C. Bach, Schumann, Rossini, Chopin, Richard Strauss, and Schubert.

FANTASIA – Light Programme, 7 October 1946 20.45 A musical feature with the BBC Theatre Orchestra and the BBC Theatre Chorus. This week – The Song of the Rivers with Ida Shepley (contralto) and Webster Booth (tenor). Narrator, Preston Lockwood. Conductor, Walter Goehr. Produced by Harold Neden.

MUSIC IN MINIATURE – BBC Home Service Basic, 12 November 1946 16.15 A musical entertainment given by Phyllis Sellick (piano). Webster Booth (tenor). Pauline Juler (clarinet), Max Salpeter and Colin Sauer (violins), Watson Forbes (viola), John Moore (cello), and J. Edward Merrett (double bass). Programme arranged by Basil Douglas.

TUESDAY SERENADE – BBC Home Service Basic, 19 November 1946 21.15 BBC Theatre Orchestra (Leader, Alfred Barker ) Conductor, Walter Goehr, BBC Theatre Chorus, Irene Eisinger (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor).

FANTASIA – Light Programme, 16 December 1946 20.45 A musical feature with the BBC Theatre Orchestra and Theatre Chorus, conducted by Harold Lowe. This week A Hundred Years Ago with Doris Gambell, Webster Booth, Winifred Davey. Jane Grahame, Doris Nichols. and Roy Plomley. Written by Aubrey Danvers-Walker. Produced by Harold Neden.

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TUESDAY SERENADE – BBC Home Service Basic, 11 February 1947 21.15 BBC Theatre Orchestra Conductor, Walter Goehr. BBC Theatre Chorus (Trained by John Clements ) Webster Booth (tenor), Joan and Valerie Trimble – (two pianos) Produced by Eric Fawcett.  

MUSIC IN MINIATURE – Light Programme, 7 August 1947 21.30 A musical entertainment given by Louis Kentner (piano), Webster Booth (tenor), Frederick Thurston and Stephen Waters (clarinets), Paul Draper (bassoon), David Martin (violin), Frederick Riddle (viola), and James Whitehead (cello). Programme arranged by Basil Douglas.

STARLIGHT – BBC Home Service Basic, 27 October 1947 19.15 This week Christopher Stone invites Webster Booth to talk with him and to sing for you.

THE KENTUCKY MINSTRELS – BBC Home Service Basic, 2 December 1947 21.30 A black-faced minstrel show – Jimmy Rich, Fred Yule, John Duncan, and C. Denier Warren and Ike Hatch (Ivory and Ebony). Guest Star, Webster Booth.  Kentucky Banjo Team, Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra and Male Voice Chorus, conducted by Leslie Woodgate. At the organ. Charles Smart. Book written and remembered by C. Denier Warren, Choral arrangements by Doris Arnold. Show devised and produced by Harry S. Pepper


Sir Malcolm Sargent.

THE PLAIN MAN’S GUIDE TO MUSIC-10 – Light Programme, 9 December 1949 21.00 Sir Malcolm Sargent talks about the Oratorio and conducts illustrations from Messiah (Handel), The Creation (Haydn), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Dream of Gerontius (Elgar). Elsie Morison (soprano), Mary Jarred (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Norman Walker (bass), Royal Choral Society, BBC Opera Orchestra, Produced by Roger Fiske.

Malcolm Sargent conducting the orchestra at a Promenade concert (1954)

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HUGH THE DROVER – Third Programme, 13 March 1950 20.40 or Love in the Stocks, A romantic ballad opera in two acts. Words by Harold Child, Music by Vaughan Williams. BBC Opera Chorus, BBC Opera Orchestra Led by John Sharpe. Conductor. Stanford Robinson. Presented by Mark Lubbock.  Narrator, Patrick Troughton. Repetiteur, Leo Wurmser.

The constable: Owen Brannigan

Mary, the constable’s daughter: Joyce Gartside, Aunt Jane. the constable’s sister: Mary Jarred, John, the butcher: Frederick Sharp, The turnkey: Powell Lloyd, A showman: Fabian Smith, A sergeant: Denis Dowling, Hugh, the Drover: Webster Booth, A cheap-jack: George Steam Scott, A shell-fish seller: Fisher Morgan, A primrose seller: Ethel Gedge, A ballad seller: David Holman.

 RING UP THE CURTAIN! – BBC Home Service Basic, 1 July 1951 16.00 Joyce Gartside (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Denis Dowling (baritone) BBC Opera Chorus – Trained by Alan G. Melville, BBC Opera Orchestra – Leader, John Sharpe. Conductor, Stanford Robinson. British Opera – The programme includes items from: The Siege of Rochelle, The Bohemian Girl, Maritana, The Lily of Killarney, Esmeralda, Ivanhoe, Shamus O’Brien,Koanga, The Immortal Hour, Fete Galante, Hugh the Drover, Sir John in Love. Programme devised by Harold Neden.

O, Vision Entrancing from Esmeralda

MUSIC IN MINIATURELight Programme, 28 July 1950 21.30 A musical entertainment given by Webster Booth (tenor), Leon Goossens (oboe),*Julius Isserlis (piano), Alan Loveday (violin), Reginald Morley (violin), Max Gilbert (viola),Harvey Phillips (cello). Ernest Lush (accompanist). Arranged by Basil Douglas.

 *I wonder if Julius Isserlis was the father of the well-known cellist, Steven Isserlis?

THESE RADIO TIMES – Light Programme, 27 October 1951 21.15 A happy history of Everyman’s entertainment. With Henry Hall, Naunton Wayne, Edwin Styles, Howard Marshall, Webster Booth, Claude Dampier, Kenneth Leslie-Smith, Harry S. Pepper and the recorded voices of Davy Burnaby, Stewart MacPherson, John. Snagge, Richard Tauber, Gracie Fields. Nellie Wallace. Everyman, with the wireless set: Anthony Armstrong. Written by Gale Pednick. Producer: Thurstan. Holland

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24 May 1952 Light Programme. Malcolm Sargent conducts the BBC Opera Orchestra with Webster Booth in a concert of Empire music for Empire Day.

SONG OF TWO CITIES – Light Programme, 18 November 1952 21.00 Paris and Vienna – Part 8 This story of a musical rivalry that spanned a century ends with music from two masterpieces Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, the idol of Vienna, and The Tales of Hoffmann with which Offenbach triumphed in Paris even after his death.

Gwen Catley, Ruth Packer, Anna Pollak, Webster Booth, Trefor Jones, Roderick Jones. BBC Chorus – Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate. BBC Concert Orchestra – Leader, John Sharpe. Conductor, Gilbert Vinter with Keith Pyott as the Voice of Paris and Rudolph Offenbach as the Voice of Vienna. Devised by Kenneth Pakeman and written by Maurice Gorham. Produced by Malcolm Baker-Smith and Kenneth Pakeman. (Anna Pollak broadcasts by permission of the Governors of Sadler’s Wells)

Haydn – THE CREATION – Third Programme, 4 December 1952 20.05 Ena Mitchell (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Norman Walker (bass), BBC Chorus – Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate. BBC Symphony Orchestra – Leader, Paul Beard. Conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent. Parts 1 and 2

MUSIC OF COLERIDGE-TAYLOR – BBC Home Service Basic, 7 December 1952 16.00  Webster Booth (tenor), BBC Concert Orchestra – (Leader, John Sharpe ) Conductor, Gilbert Vinter. Suite: Othello, Song: Eleanore, Three Dream Dances, Song: Onaway!, awake, beloved (Hiawatha)

The story of GILBERT AND SULLIVANLight Programme, 25 December 1952 16.30 An adaptation from the sound-track of the forthcoming Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat production based on some episodes in the lives of Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert .Written for the screen by Sidney Gilliat and Leslie Baily (by permission of Bridget D’Oyly Carte ) Webster Booth, Martyn Green, Elsie Morison, Margery Thomas, John Cameron, Gordon Clinton, Owen Brannigan, Harold Williams, Tom Round, Muriel Brunskill, Jennifer Vyvyan, Joan Gillingham. London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Programme produced by Thurstan Holland.

W S Gilbert: Robert Morley, Mrs Gilbert: Isabel Dean, Arthur Sullivan: Maurice Evans, Richard D’Oyly Carte: Peter Finch, Helen D’Oyly Carte: Eileen Herlie, Mr Marston: Wilfred: Hyde White, Grace Marston: Dinah Sheridan.

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THE GOLDEN THRESHOLD –  BBC Home Service Basic, 18 January 1953 16.00 by Liza Lehmann. Elsie Morison (soprano), Audrey Brice (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Frederick Harvey (baritone) BBC Chorus – Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate, BBC Concert Orchestra – Leader, John Sharpe, Conductor, Gilbert Vinter.  

*DESERT ISLAND DISCS – BBC Home Service Basic, 3 April 1953 18.25 Webster Booth – (in a recorded programme) discusses with Roy Plomley the gramophone records he would choose to have with him if he were condemned to spend the rest of his life on a desert island.

*Unfortunately no recording of this broadcast still exists, but we did manage to obtain a script of the programme from the BBC.

 29 April 1953 THE CREATION Royal Choral Society, Webster Booth (tenor) Conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Malcolm Sargent’s birthday (from Webster’s score.)

Monday, 25 May 1953, 12.00 Robert Morley, Maurice Evans and Eileen Herlie in the story of GILBERT AND SULLIVAN (repeat)

An adaptation from the sound-track of the new Frank Launder -Sidney Gilliat production, based on some episodes in the lives of Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert , Written for the screen by Sidney Gilliat and Leslie Baily, (by permission of Bridget D’Oyly Carte) with words and music selected from the operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan sung by Webster Booth,. Martyn Green, Elsie Morison , Marjorie Thomas, John Cameron, Gordon Clinton, Owen Brannigan, Harold Williams, Tom Round,  Muriel Brunskill, Jennifer Vyvyan. Joan Gillingham, London Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Radio adaptation by Gordon Gow, Produced by Denys Jones.

NIGHTS OF GLADNESS – Light Programme, 22 December 1953 20.00 Tribute to composers whose melodies have enriched the world of operetta, musical comedy, and revue.Written by Gale Pedrick. Introduced by The Man with the Opera Cloak and illustrated by scenes and music Chapter 9 – The music of: Nat D. Ayer, Harry Parr Davies, Emmerich Kalman. Singers: Victoria Elliott, Webster Booth, Joan Young, Dudley Rolph, Billie Baker, Dick James. BBC Chorus – Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate. BBC Concert orchestra Conducted by Guy Daines. Musical adviser, Harold Neden. Produced by Douglas Moodie.

18 December 1953. 21.15 The Christmas Music from Handel’s Messiah Handel Messiah: part 1 (up to & including Glory to God) plus Hallelujah and  Amen choruses from the Town Hall, HUDDERSFIELD.

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 3 January 1954 18.30 I KNOW WHAT I LIKE, Personalities of the radio and entertainment world 
introduce music of their own choice. 15—Fred Streeter with Doris Gambell (soprano)
Webster Booth (tenor),  Ian Wallace (bass), BBC Concert Orchestra, (Leader, John Sharpe), 
Conducted by Stanford Robinson. Produced by Harold Neden.

I KNOW WHAT I LIKE – BBC Home Service Basic, 31 January 1954 18.30, Personalities of the radio and entertainment world introduce music of their own choice. 19-James Dyrenforth with Lorely Dyer (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor). BBC Concert Orchestra – Leader, John Sharpe. Conducted by Rae Jenkins. Produced by Harold Neden.

GRAND HOTEL – Light Programme, 11 April 1954 19.30, Tom Jenkins and the Palm Court Orchestra. Webster Booth (tenor).

HENRY WOOD PROMENADE CONCERTS – BBC Home Service Basic, 1 September 1954 19.30 Webster Booth (tenor), Iris Loveridge (piano), Royal Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra  – Leader, Paul Beard, Conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent. From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

BALLAD CONCERT – BBC Home Service Basic, 21 September 1954 18.45 The old songs we still love sung by Marion Lowe (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Raymond Newell (baritone), with David McCallum and the Spa Orchestra. At the organ, Felton Rapley. At the piano, Clifton Helliwell.

The programme includes: Thora, Where my caravan has rested, I hear you calling me, The Company Sergeant Major, A Summer Night. Produced by Harold Neden.

BALLAD CONCERT – BBC Home Service Basic, 21 December 1954 18.35 The old songs we still love, sung by Gwen Catley (soprano), Audrey Brice (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Owen Brannigan (bass-baritone), David McCallum and the Spa Orchestra. At the organ. Felton Rapley. At the piano, Josephine Lee.

Gwen Catley, the diminutive coloratura soprano.

The programme includes Twickenham Ferry,  An Old Garden,The Star of Bethlehem, Until, Japanese Love Song, A Sergeant of the Line, April Morn, Nazareth. Introduced by Lionel Marson. Produced by Harold Neden.

 IN LIGHTER MOOD – BBC Home Service Basic, 27 December 1954 15.15 BBC Concert Orchestra -Leader, John Sharpe, Conductor, Charles Mackerras. Webster Booth (tenor) Programme presented by John Tylee.

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April 1955 John Stainer THE CRUCIFIXION A meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer. Webster Booth, John Heddle Nash.

Sir Malcolm Sargent introduces and conducts a GILBERT AND SULLIVAN CONCERT – BBC Television, 30 May 1955 21.15 with Jacqueline Delman (soprano) Marjorie Thomas (contralto) Webster Booth (tenor), John Cameron (bass) and Chorus. The St. Cecilia Orchestra (Leader, Lionel Bentley ) Presented by Philip Bate.

 HENRY WOOD PROMENADE CONCERTSLight Programme, 13 August 1955 19.30  Webster Booth (tenor), Peter Katin (piano) BBC Choral Society – Chorus Master. Leslie Woodgate Royal Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra – Leader, Paul Beard, Conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent. From the Royal Albert Hall , London

Part 1. 

 

GRAND HOTEL – Light Programme, 16 October 1955 21.00 Jean Pougnet and the Palm Court Orchestra. Visiting artist: Webster Booth. 

21 December 1955 7.15 pm Handel’s MESSIAH Part 1  from the Town Hall, HUDDERSFIELD Part 1 at 7.15 : Part 2 at 9.15.

22 December 1955 21.00 The Christmas Music from Handel’s Messiah Conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano), Norma Procter (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Hervey Alan (bass), Huddersfield Choral Society (Chorus-Master, Herbert Bardgett), BBC Northern Orchestra, (Leader. Reginald Stead), Ernest Cooper (organ), from the Town Hall, Huddersfield.

GILBERT AND SULLIVAN – BBC Home Service Basic, 25 December 1955 21.15 Hugh Burden, Clive Morton and Richard Humdall. The story of a great partnership in six episodes by Leslie Baily  – 4— The First Quarrel. Other parts played by: Eric Phillips, Olwen Brookes, George Skillan, Ysanne Churchman; and Betty Fleetwood. Narrator, Hugh Burden. The songs from the operas sung by: Webster Booth, Gwen Catley, Victoria Elliott, Arnold Matters, George James, Janet Howe, Denis Bowen , Gilbert Wright. Pianist. Alan Richardson, BBC Chorus – Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate. BBC Concert Orchestra – Leader, John Sharpe, Conductor, Charles Mackerras. Production by Vernon Harris.

(The BBC acknowledges the assistance of Miss Bridget D’Oyly Carte and of Sir Newman Flower , the biographer of Sir Arthur Sullivan.

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8 January 1956 21.15 Hugh Burden, Clive Morton and Richard Hurndall in GILBERT AND SULLIVAN The story of a great partnership in six episodes by Leslie Baily. 6: Yeomen, Gondoliers and Goodbye. Other parts played by: Betty Hardy, Dudley Rolph , Ella Milne, Eric Phillips , Humphrey Morton, Narrator, Hugh Burden.The songs from the operas sung by: Webster Booth. Doris Gambell, Anna Pollak, Roderick Jones, George James. Sheila Rex, Gilbert Wright. Pianist: Alan Richardson. BBC Chorus (Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate ), BBC Concert Orchestra (Leader, John Sharpe ). Conductor. Charles Mackerras. Production by Vernon Harris.

 That was the last solo broadcast Webster Booth did in the UK, but he did several more with Anne Ziegler before they sailed for South Africa on board the Pretoria Castle in mid-July, 1956.

 

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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

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