The Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler Appreciation Group on Facebook has acquired most of the recordings made by Webster and Anne. Until we come across some of the missing recordings (only about 10 sides to go now) I am creating medleys for the group. Most of them last about half-an-hour and feature AZ-WB recordings and recordings by related artists

I did an interview about Webster and Anne with Clare Marshall on Radio Today on 28 April 2013. You can listen to it here.

The Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler Appreciation Group on Facebook has acquired most of the recordings made by Webster and Anne. Until we come across some of the missing recordings (only about 10 sides to go now) I have been creating medleys for the group. Most of them last about half-an-hour and feature AZ-WB recordings and recordings by artists associated with them. Click on the links to listen to them and please let me know what you think of them.

Going through these medleys I see that not many people have listened to them. Although I enjoy compiling the medleys, just as I enjoy listening to them myself, it seems that I am fighting an increasingly losing battle in trying to promote the recordings of Webster, Anne and related artists. I will add more medleys if any interest is shown in the ones I have uploaded here.

August medley featuring Alfredo Campoli (violin), Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler and, Charles Ernesco  

Albert Sandler (violin), Anne and Webster, Rawicz and Landauer (piano)

20 May 1944, Harold Fielding Concert at Albert Hall

Gwen Catley, Webster Booth, Dennis Noble
C3369 Rigoletto/ Caro Nome/Dearest Name/Verdi, Gwen Catley, La Bohème/ In a Coupé/ Puccini, with Webster Booth/ Dennis Noble; Rigoletto, Hallé Orchestra, Warwick Braithwaite, Holdsworth Hall,

Manchester 29 August 1942

Broadcast 4 December 1927 Some of the songs featured – most by Webster Booth, one by Jan Peerce (A Dream) 
A Good Friday selection Webster Booth sings “Abide With Me”, two arias from “Messiah” and “There is no Death”. He sang his first Good Friday “Messiah” at the Albert Hall on Good Friday, 10 April 1936
Four songs for St George’s Day. I Leave My Heart in an English Garden, England, Mother England, There’s a Land, The English Rose. Each song has been shared before.
Webster Booth, Alfredo Campoli (violin)
Alfredo Campoli and Webster Booth combine in a medley for violin and voice. Tell me tonight/Ah sweet mystery of life

Webster Booth
Beneath Her Window – a Serenade Medley Webster Booth (Voice), Herbert Dawson (organ), orchestra conducted by Walter Goehr. Recorded in 1938 HMV C3051
July Medley: Hugo Rignold, Webster Booth
July Medley: All the world is waiting for the sunrise (Seitz), played by P. Sears from YouTube, Castles in the air (WB), Dance of the Wooden Dolls, Side by Side (Melville Gideon from the Co-optimists), Always (WB), Poor Butterfly (Hugo Rignold), Drinking song (WB).
June medley: Gypsy Moon, Still as the night, Loch Lomond, We’ll Gather Lilacs, Ivor Novello medley, Waltz Medley, ‘Tis the Day, featuring Alfredo Campoli, Anne and Webster, Fred Hartley, Rawicz and Landauer, Kathryn Rudge.
Medley to celebrate the eightieth wedding anniversary of Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. 5 November 1938 Anniversary Medley


Harold Williams, Malcolm McEachern and Webster sing a medley to commemorate Hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day (2018)

Harold Williams, Malcolm McEachern, Webster Booth
December 2018 Medley – Alfredo Campoli, Webster Booth, Rawicz and Landauer, Harold William and Malcolm McEachern
Campoli, Webster Booth, Rawicz and Landauer, Harold Williams, Malcolm McEachern in a selection for December  December Medley
A few romantic songs recorded in the 1930s and 1940s sung by Webster Booth. Restored from 78rpm records by Mike Taylor. My Love and I Stand Alone, Pale Moon, Come Back My Love to Me, Sweet Melody of Night. Romantic Songs sung by Webster Booth


Anne and Webster playing with pets, Smokey and Woofenpoof in their garden (1953)
Christmas 2018 medley: When Big Ben Chimes, The Holy City, The Little Road to Bethlehem, Silent Night (with Anne Ziegler), The Star of Bethlehem, O, Come All Ye Faithful. Christmas Medley (2018)
January medley 2019 Alfredo Campoli, Webster Booth, Rawicz and Landauer

January Medley – 2019: Webster Booth, Alfredo Campoli, and Rawicz and Landauer perform the January medley. Eric Coates selection, Everywhere I go (WB), Poeme (Fibich), Sylvia (WB), Fledermaus (R&L), I Bless the Day (WB) January Medley – 2019

Webster Booth (1937)
Webster Booth Birthday medley 2019: La Serenata (Salon Music)

Sylvia WB, Homing WB, On Wings of Song (instrumental), The Nightingale WB, On wings of Song WB, Moonbeams Dance (Carroll Gibbons)

February medley 2019

Serenade (Frasquita) WB, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Japie Human), Just for Today (WB), Fascination (JH), Show Me the Way (WB), Dreaming (Salon Orchestra)

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Webster and Japie Human.

My Star (Bassett Silver) BBC Home Service broadcast. My Star (Bassett Silver) sung by Webster Booth on Music Hall (BBC Home Service broadcast) 26 April 1949.

March Medley – Alfredo Campoli, Anne, Webster, Fred Hartley Poupée Valse Alfredo Campoli, Slumber Song (Schumann) AZ, Arioso (Bach) Campoli, I love thee (Grieg) WB, My Star (Bassett Silver) WB, Mystic Beauty (Fred Hartley):

Medley featuring Alfredo Campoli, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler. Softly awakes my heart (AC), Bless this house (WB), The Poplar Tree (AZ), Gypsy Moon (AC), You are my heart’s delight (WB), Tell Me Tonight (AC).

Songs I Like, by Webster Booth. 14 September 1938. Broadcast. Not all the songs from the broadcast have been located.

Morgen (Strauss)/Come into the Garden, Maud (Balfe) Recorded in January 1945 HMV C3418. Webster Booth, accompanied by Ernest Lush and Alfredo Campoli. Both records restored by Mike Taylor.

Song of the Vagabonds (WB), Smilin’ Through (WB), Laat Ons nie van Liefde Weer Praat nie (WB/AZ), Showboat medley (Billy Mayerl), Just a Little Love, a Little Kiss (WB), Shine Through My Dreams, Love is My Reason (WB)

April 2019 medley: Scipio march (Mortimer), Let Me Dream in Your Arms Again (WB), Love is My Song (WB), Demande et Reponse (Albert Sandler), Stay with Me Forever (WB) (If You are There) Scottish medley (Debroy Somers)

May 2019 Loch Lomond medley (Debroy Somers) Love is the key to all glory (AZ/WB) Greensleeves (WB), Gay Vienna (Robert Naylor) Sweethearts/One Day When We Were Young (WB) Dear Miss Phoebe selection ( Parr-Davies) I am grateful to Mike Taylor for several of these fine restorations.

Robert Naylor, Anne and Webster, Debroy Somers. May 2019 Waltz Time medley (Hans May) Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (1945/1947) Albert Sandler on Violin.

Anne and Webster in the film “Waltz Time”
Mid-May Medley: Musette (Hartley), Come Back My Love (WB), Lehar medley (WB/AZ), Pomone Waltz (Albert Sandler), Show Me the Way (WB), Fledermaus fantasy (Rawicz and Landauer)
Medley 29 May 2019 Horse Guards Whitehall, Giannina Mia WB, No, My Heart will Never Sing Again, Autumn Dream (Sydney Torch), May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You (WB), White Horse Inn medley (Peggy Cochrane)
posted 19 days ago
Remembering Webster Booth on the 35th anniversary of his death on 21 June, and Anne Ziegler on the 109th anniversary of her birth on 22 June. Click on the link to listen to the anniversary medley.
Webster Booth (1936) Hornpipe medley: Hornpipe (Eric Coates), Say That You are Mine, Glow Worm Idyll (Paul Linke), Sylvia, The Whistler and His Dog (Harry Mortimer), Trees, Rendezvous (Brooklyn Ensemble) Danny Boy, Nights of Gladness (Harry Mortimer)
27 June 2019 medley – Down the mall (Charles Shadwell), May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You, There is no Death, A Love Song, (Charles Williams), Just for Today, Dusk (Armstrong Gibbs), Homing, Music Everywhere (Coates), Webster Booth and bands.
1 July 2019 Hornpipe medley: Hornpipe (Eric Coates), Say That You are Mine, Glow Worm Idyll (Paul Linke), Sylvia, The Whistler and His Dog (Harry Mortimer), Trees, Rendezvous (Brooklyn Ensemble) Danny Boy, Nights of Gladness (Harry Mortimer)
Irish medley 8 July 2019: Irish medley (Debroy Somers), The Snowy-breasted Pearl, Lullaby (Cyril Scott), Macushla, Trees (Julian Lloyd Webber). Irish medley with Webster Booth, Over to You (Eric Coates)

JEAN BUCKLEY (26 May 1930 – 20 July 2017)

In 1943, Jean Buckley (née Newman) was thirteen years of age, living in wartime Manchester. Jean, an only child, was originally from London and the family had lived in Brighton for a time. When the war came her father decided that they might be safer living in Manchester. This did not prove to be the case. Jean spent many nights in a damp air raid shelter as German bombs fell on the city.

Jean had always loved Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth’s singing. She had a clear memory of hearing Webster singing Phil, the Fluter’s Ball with Fred Hartley and his quintet on the radio when she was a young child. As light relief from the sleepless nights in the damp air raid shelter, she and her mother attended many of their concerts and broadcasts in the city. They went backstage to see the couple and Jean saved her pocket money and collected coupons so that she could buy gifts to present to Anne when they went backstage. Anne and Webster saw Jean so often that they sent them complimentary tickets for broadcasts of Variety Bandbox and Variety Fanfare. She remembers Webster coming into the dressing room and greeting them with, “How are my two lovelies this evening?”

When Jean left school she went to work for Singer’s Sewing Machines and became a top sales woman with the company. Unknown to Anne and Webster she began to take singing lessons on a part time basis at the Northern School of Music and managed to obtain a few engagements. She told me that she did not mention this to the Booths in case they felt obliged to use their influence to advance her singing career.

Jean married Maurice Buckley in 1956 but was very upset when Anne and Webster decided to move to South Africa in the same year. They kept in touch with the Booths and she sent them copies of The Stage and other British newspapers while they were living there.

Maurice and Jean Buckley (1956)

When they returned to the UK in 1978 they lived near Jean and Maurice, and spent a lot of time with them. Jean said that Webster always enjoyed watching cricket on TV with Maurice. Jean baked a cake for Anne and Webster’s fortieth wedding anniversary in 1978.

Jean and her poodle, Trixie

A few years later, Jean and Maurice celebrated their Silver wedding anniversary. Here is a lovely photograph of Anne and Webster on that happy occasion. I used this photo as a front cover to my book, Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth

Anne and Webster (1981)

When Webster became ill and was admitted to a nursing home, Jean visited him regularly and took him out for a drive or for tea occasionally to give him a break from the nursing home. She put a tape recording of his records on the car radio. He disliked the nursing home and never wanted to return after his outing with Jean.

After his death, Jean did a great deal for Anne in one way and another. Jean was very hurt when Anne’s friend, Babs Wilson Hill introduced her to someone as “Anne’s greatest fan.” Jean replied, “I think I might be considered Anne’s greatest friend by now.”

The first time I heard of plans to establish a scholarship in Webster Booth’s name at the Royal Northern College of Music was in a letter from Anne Ziegler, dated 20 November 1985, just over a year after Webster Booth’s death on 21 June 1984.

Anne mentioned that a coffee morning had been held in the local church hall in aid of the Webster Booth Memorial Fund. Jean had proposed the idea of providing a scholarship in Webster’s name for a tenor to attend the RNCM for a year’s post-graduate study. Jean and her husband, Maurice worked hard to raise money for the Fund and by the time Anne wrote to me £1,600 had been raised towards the initial goal of £3,500. Anne’s letter continued:

November 20 1985 Anne to me

I wondered why the scholarship was to be awarded at the RNCM as Webster had studied singing with Dr Richard Wassall at the Midland Institute in Birmingham, fitting in lessons after he finished work at a firm of accountants. I knew that conductor Sir Charles Groves was chairman of the RNCM council at that time and Webster had often referred to him affectionately as “Charlie Groves” who had often conducted him in radio broadcasts, so I though that perhaps this was why Jean had chosen the RNCM for the Award.

Many years later, Jean told me why she had chosen the RNCM. In her late teens, she had studied singing part-time at the Northern School of Music, Manchester. This school and the Royal Manchester College of Music amalgamated in 1975 to form the Royal Northern College of Music, which was producing singing graduates of a very high calibre. Manchester was not too far from North Wales where Anne, Jean and Maurice lived. The trip to the College for the annual competition would not be too onerous for Anne as she grew older and it would not be necessary to stay overnight in the city after the Award had been presented.

Jean’s friend, journalist and broadcaster Natalie Anglesey, interviewed her on the BBC about the Webster Booth Memorial Fund, bringing news of it to a wider radio audience. Jean’s interview with Natalie

 Jean continued to raise funds by making things to sell, doing clothing alterations for a small fee, organising raffles, and collecting donations to the Fund from friends, fans, relatives of Webster and Anne, and local neighbours. Donations were often as little as £1 or £2, but occasionally bigger donations were made by societies such as the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society. Webster’s older brother, Edwin Norman Booth, his wife Annie and daughter Margaret took great interest in the progress of the Fund and helped Jean with fund-raising. Annie made beautiful rag dolls to sell, and each member of the family made regular substantial donations. Jean’s early singing training at the Northern College also benefited the Fund in a round-about way. She and her accompanist, Maureen, began entertaining at hotels around Llandudno and all the money Jean earned in this way went towards the fund. To publicise the Award she gave talks to various societies and clubs about Anne and Webster’s career.

Anne and Jean in Penrhyn Bay before going to the Royal Northern College, Manchester for the prize winners’ concert for the Webster Booth prize.

I did not meet Jean when I visited Anne in Penrhyn Bay in 1990, although Anne told me a great deal about her while I was there. Jean had even made a cake for our tea! Jean and I began our correspondence in 2007 and we often said how sorry we were that we had not met each other in 1990 as we could have become good friends.

After Webster’s death, Anne went on holiday with the Buckleys every year. They usually took self-catering accommodation and Jean did all the cooking.

Maurice and Jean on holiday with Anne and Bonnie in the 1990s.

Jean did a great deal to help Anne as she got older. She and Maurice created an en suite room in their home and would have been happy to have Anne to live there if ever she felt unable to continue living in her own home. Even when Maurice became ill, Jean still took Anne shopping, to doctor’s appointments and to the annual prize winners’ concert at the RNCM. When Anne’s gardener could not continue working Jean even helped Anne with the gardening!

Sadly, Anne and Jean fell out over a trivial matter several years before Anne’s death and they were never reconciled. I corresponded regularly with Jean for over ten years and I was sad when she lost her sight and had to move to a frail care home. She developed Alzheimer’s disease and I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been to be in strange surroundings, unable to see and not remembering very much. She was an only child and had no children of her own. I was sad to hear that she died on 20 July 2017 at the age of eighty-seven. I hope she is now at peace. I will treasure the letters and emails she wrote to me, and the photos and memorabilia she sent to me. She will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by me and friends who loved her.

Jean Collen ©

23 July 2017




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

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

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

 MUSICAL MOMENTS – Regional Programme Midland, 15 January 1936 20.35

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10th March 1936 Scottish National – 8.30 ROMANCE IN RHYTHM: Geraldo and his Orchestra (by permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd); with Webster Booth, Olive Groves, the Radio Three, the Romantic Young Ladies, and the Tophatters; compered by Leslie Mitchell.
ROMANCE IN RHYTHM – GERALDO AND HIS ORCHESTRARegional Programme London, 20 April 1936 20.00


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Parsons (bass)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trio, Sweet Tyranesse


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORCHESTRA: Monkey’s Dance (The Faery Queen)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10.45 A song recital by Webster Booth (Tenor)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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On 22 April 1948 she and Bettie Bucknelle sailed for Australia, where they intended to make a new life. Paddy’s brother had settled there some time earlier. It must have been upsetting for Paddy to see Webster and Anne as established stars while, despite her considerable talent, she had not made a big and lasting name for herself.

Paddy Prior in Newquay
Paddy Prior at the Old Vicarage, Newquay after World War 2

Webster Booth married his second wife, Dorothy Annie Alice Prior (stage name Paddy Prior) on 10 October 1932 at the Fulham Registry Office. He had married Winifred Keey there eight years earlier but had divorced her in 1931 after she deserted him and their small son, Keith, several years before.

Marriage Henderson Prior

Marriage certificate of Hubert Edward Prior and Annie Jane Henderson on 25 October 1902.

Paddy Prior, was born in December 1904, the daughter of Fulham ironmonger, Hubert and his wife, Annie Henderson. Paddy began her professional stage career while still a teenager. She was a talented soubrette, comedienne and dancer, and possessed a pleasant mezzo soprano voice into the bargain.

Paddy’s parents lived at Disbrowe Road when they were first married.

Disbrowe Road
Disbrowe Road, Fulham (today)

Paddy’s birthplace in Fulham. Her baptism on 29 January 1905 at St Peter, Fulham.

Baptismal certificate.
Baptismal certificate – Dorothy Annie Alice Prior.

1911 Census

1911 census Paddy Prior
1911 census

George William Henderson was a relative of Annie Jane Prior (nee Henderson).

In 1924, at the age of nineteen, Paddy spent nearly a year as a member of the travelling Rogues concert party from April to January 1925. In various reviews Paddy was praised for her comedy talent and her speciality dancing with comedian Fred Roper. They were appearing at Leas Pavilion, Folkestone in January 1925, but by the 5 February Paddy had left the Rogues to join the Gamblers and Their Tipster concert party at the same venue. This party also toured extensively, so before she was twenty-one, Paddy had seen much of the country and gained valuable professional experience into the bargain.

24 December 1924

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Whitehall Court, Fulham – Paddy’s home in the 1920s.

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In November 1925 Paddy appeared at the Taunton Lyceum in Little Miss Muffet as Dolly Dimple. The pantomime toured various towns until early 1926.

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Little Miss Muffet – Paddy played Little Dolly Dimple.

By April Paddy was out of work and obliged to put an advertisement in The Stage as follows:

8 April 1926 PADDY PRIOR, SOUBRETTE AND DANCER, VACANT: First class offers for CP, Revue, and Musical Comedy. PA 37 Arundel Mansions, Fulham SW6

By July Paddy was working again, this time with Leslie Fuller’s Whitby Pedlars, and a review pointed out that, “Paddy Prior is a charming and dainty soubrette, who uses her mezzo voice effectively.”

The pattern of Paddy’s stage career was set: concert party, after-dinner entertainment, pantomime and musical comedy. Towards the end of the twenties she was also on television at Daventry, first in De Courville’s Hour in 1929.

Albert de Courville.

Albert de Courville

then in the early thirties in Philip Ridgeway’s series entitled The Ridgeway Parade, which included Janet Lind, Dorothy Dampier and Hermione Gingold in the cast. She starred in the Cicely Courtneidge role on a Scottish tour of Lido Lady in 1929.

31 January 1929 – Advertisement in The Stage. PADDY PRIOR – Playing Lead LIDO LADY Co. This week, Theatre Royal, Inverness, next His Majesty’s, Aberdeen

Selection from LIDO LADY

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Stage adverts

Cast of Ridgeway ParadeDress Rehearsal

The Ridgeway Parade – Regional Programme London, 7 October 1931 21.15 (New Series. No. I) Sweep Night – A Song and Dance Show Written by HOLT MARVELL and PHILIP RIDGEWAY. Musical Arrangements by DOROTHY HOGBEN
Devised and Produced by PHILIP RIDGEWAY

THE FIRST OF THE NEW SERIES OF RIDGEWAY PARADES – National Programme Daventry, 9 October 1931 20.00 SWEEP NIGHT – A song and dance show, written by Holt Marvell and Philip Ridgeway. Musical arrangements by Dorothy Hogben. Devised and produced by Philip Ridgeway. Fred Curtis, Bertha Wilmott, Irene Vere, Hermione Gingold, Gerald Osborne, Dorothy Dampier, Anna Day, Sinclair Cole, Bert Meredith, Douglas Pemberton, Lola Gordon, Beatrice Galleway, Jack Hodges, John Charlton, Paddy Prior, Arthur Jay, Wallace Norford, Dorothy Hogben and her Orchestra. Philip Ridgeway.

Singing, dancing, burlesque-and Mr. Ridgeway. The producer is the life and soul of his own shows. It is Philip Ridgeway who designed costumes for his Paraders to wear in the Studio, who makes his whole company dance furiously for a minute before the red light goes on in order that they should start their broadcast warmed up, who created and impersonated Joe Ramsbotham of Rawthenstall, of the unsteady Lancashire accent. These Parades, of which the present series is the third, are among the most generally popular light entertainments ever broadcast. They may lack the subtlety and satire of the revues of Gordon McConnel, John Watt, Denis Freeman; their aim is otherwise—broad humour, popular songs, vitality, rather than finesse. Many of the members of former Parade companies are taking part in the present series. Mr. Ridgeway’s musical director, Dorothy Hogben, is again in charge of the orchestra. Philip Ridgeway is well qualified to possess an acquaintance with the popular taste in entertainment. Still in his thirties, he has been connected with the theatre since he was a boy, as actor, author, producer and manager in turn. It is typical of his lively versatility that the two most widely acclaimed achievements of his career have been his introduction of Chekhov to London, at the Barnes Theatre, several years ago, and the invention last autumn of the Ridgeway Parades. Tonight he will be beside the microphone as usual, the inevitable flower in his buttonhole, waving his company on, a cross between Sir Henry Wood, Francois Descamps and Grock. So on with the show. We’re a lot of little songs to chase the blues, Dancing shoes to amuse. We’re the lightest and the brightest of revues, We’re the Ridgeway Parade.



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Ridgeway Parade



MURRAY ASHFORD’S ENTERTAINERS – Regional Programme Midland, 17 June 1932 18.30 From THE PAVILION, JEPHSON GARDENS, LEAMINGTON SPA. WINIFRED SCOTT-BAXTER (Soprano), EDWARD WARD, (Baritone), CLIFFORD WARREN (Entertainer), PADDY PRIOR (Soubrette), MARIE GROS (Comedienne), DOROTHY BRADSHAW (at the Piano), FRANK RYDON (Light Comedian), WILBY LUNN and CONNIE HART (Living Marionettes).

MANY interesting personalities are associated with Murray Ashford’s Entertainers. Paddy Prior is familiar to admirers of the Ridgeway Parade, Marie Gros is the niece of the late Marie Lloyd and sings many of her songs, while Edward Ward has appeared in several Drury Lane successes.

Webster Booth divorced his first wife, Winifred Keey, in 1931.

Between Leslie Webster Booth (Petitioner) and Winifred Dorothy Booth (Respondent) and Trevor Davey (Co-respondent)

TAKE NOTICE that a Petition has been filed in this Division endorsed with Notice to you to appear and answer the charges in the Petition of Leslie Webster Booth of 151 Biggin Hill, Upper Norwood, in the County of London, praying for a dissolution of marriage. In default of your so appearing, you will not be allowed to address the Court, and the Court will proceed and hear the said Petition proved and pronounce sentence. AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT for the purpose of the aforesaid within one month after the date of this Publication an appearance must be entered at the Divorce Registry, Somerset in respect thereof AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT House, Strand, London. W INDERWICK, Registrar, Solicitors for the Petitioner:-W H Speed & Co., 18 Sackville Street, London, W1

Like Webster, Paddy was a member of the Concert Artistes’ Association, and it was there that she first heard Webster sing. In an interview with W.S. Meadmore in Gramophone in November 1935, Webster described his meeting with Paddy. He was singing One Alone from The Desert Song when his attention was drawn to her seated in the audience, obviously enjoying his singing. They were introduced after the concert and married on 10 October 1932.  They spent their honeymoon in Newquay, Cornwall.

Webster Booth and Paddy Prior appeared together at the Bellingham Club 5 months prior to their marriage.

Clacton Entertainers present Paddy with a wedding gift at the end of September 1932.

10 October 1932 – Marriage. Webster married Dorothy Annie Alice Prior on 10 October 1932 at Fulham Registry Office, the same registry office where he had married Winifred Keey in 1924.

While married to Dorothy (Paddy) Prior, the couple lived at 5 Crescent Court, Golders Green Crescent, NW11. They were listed separately in the telephone book as Webster Booth, tenor, Speedwell 6608; and Paddy Prior, soubrette-entertainer, Speedwell 6608

Although Webster was living with Anne at her flat in Lauderdale Mansions in 1937, Paddy and Webster remained listed in the telephone book at the same address until their divorce was made final in October 1938.

13 October 1932 – Wedding Bells. Paddy Prior and Webster Booth were married at the Fulham Register Office last Monday. A reception followed before the bride and bridegroom left for a honeymoon at Newquay, and several professional friends were in attendance to toast the happy couple.

One Alone

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5 Crescent Court, Golders Green Crescent, Golders Green

Paddy and Webster lived at Crescent Court, Golders Green Crescent, Golders Green during their marriage (pictured above).

May 1933 – Piccadilly Revels. Murray Ashford and Wilby Lunn’s Piccadilly Revels will open a fortnight’s engagement at the Pavilion, Bournemouth, next Monday, with a visit to the Argyle, Birkenhead, to follow. The company will start their long resident season at the Floral Hall, Scarborough, on Whit Saturday. The Western Brothers, Ena Broughton, Webster Booth, Paddy Prior, Violet Stevens, Edgar Sawyer, Andrée Conti, Isolde, Alexis and Carlo, and the Euphan Maclaren Girls form the cast.

Piccadilly Revels, Scarborough 1933

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Piccadilly Revels. Webster is seated in middle row with Paddy to the left.

Paddy Prior (middle row left), Webster Booth (seated next to her)

In 1934 they were members of Powis Pinder’s Sunshine concert party at the Sunshine Theatre, Shanklin. Arthur Askey and Bernard Lee were also in this company.

Paddy Prior (extreme left) Webster Booth (standing behind Arthur Askey) Sunshine Concert Party, Shanklin 1934

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Sunshine, Shanklin.

At the end of 1934 Webster was chosen to play Faust in the film, The Faust Fantasy and Anne Ziegler was chosen to play Marguerite. Filming began in December and, according to Anne and Webster’s joint autobiography Duet, they fell in love almost at first sight. Paddy’s marriage to Webster was about to end before it had properly begun.

Filming Faust (1934/1935)

Webster and Anne meet during the filming of Faust

1935 – Fred Hartley’s wedding. Mrs Webster Booth (Paddy) is mentioned as being one of the wedding guests present. Roses of Picardy. Click on the link and listen to Webster singing this song with Fred Hartley’s quintet.

Fred Hartley's wedding 1935Mention of Mrs Webster Booth as one of the guests at the wedding.

In May 1935 Webster and Paddy did an extensive broadcast from Daventry entitled A Musical Comedy Pot-Pourri. Harry Bidgood and Sydney Jerome accompanied them on two pianos and played several piano duets. Paddy and Webster sang several duets together.

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Webster Booth and Paddy Prior Daventry broadcast – May 1935

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So this is love – Paddy and Webster sang Just Suppose as their first duet.

Two of the duets which Webster and Paddy sang in the broadcast were: Fancy Me Meeting You (Hit the Deck by Yeomans) sung here by Binnie Hale. Click on the link to listen.

Who? (Sunny by Jerome Kern) sung here by Binnie Hale and Jack Buchanan. Click on the link to listen.

As Binnie Hale is the archetypal soubrette, I dare say that Paddy’s mezzo soprano voice was similar to Binnie’s.

In October of the same year, Webster sang in an early broadcast with Anne Ziegler, several years before Paddy divorced him – the programme was called Musical Comedy Moments.

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Broadcast from Daventry – Webster and Anne Ziegler

Webster and Paddy continued to work together for several years after his meeting with Anne. Their last  professional appearance was on 30 April 1936 when they performed together at the City Musical Union’s 84th Annual Dinner at the Holborn Restaurant. At the end of May they were guests at the wedding of their friends, Violet Stevens and Bryan Courage.

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Special Concert in 1936

But in July 1937 Anne and Webster sailed for New York together, where Anne had been engaged to play in the musical, Virginia at the Center Theater. She had changed her name to Anne Booth for this production, after being advised that Americans disliked German-sounding names at that time also anticipating her eventual marriage to Webster. Webster returned to Southampton onboard the MV Georgic and gave his address as 74 Lauderdale Mansions, Maida Vale (Anne’s flat), although he was still listed in the telephone directory as living in Crescent Court, Golders Green, where he and Paddy had spent their short married life.

From the beginning of 1938 Anne and Webster began taking engagements together, while Paddy filed for divorce on 29 March 1938 “on the grounds of his adultery in April 1937, with Miss Irene Eastwood, otherwise Miss Anne Zeigler (sic), singer…”

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Decree nisi March 1938

In September 1938 before Webster’s divorce from Paddy had been finalised, Anne was featured on the cover of Radio Pictorial sporting an opulent diamond solitaire engagement ring:

Radio Pictorial

and on 7 October 1938 the absolute decree was granted to Paddy Prior against Webster Booth. Anne was named as the co-respondent in the divorce.

After the divorce Paddy moved to 14 Muswell Hill Road, sharing her new home with a young Welsh singer, Bettie Bucknelle, who had sung on the radio show, Band Waggon, which starred Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch. In January 1939 Bettie was featured in a show with Charlie Kunz and Denny Dennis.

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Bettie Bucknelle was singing with Denny Denis in a Charlie Kunz show on Radio Luxembourg and Radio Normandy in early 1939.

Bettie Bucknelle and Paddy Prior in Newquay shortly before they Bucknelle left for Australia.

Anne and Webster were married on 5 November 1938 and went on to even greater success as romantic duettists on the variety stage during the war. I always felt very sorry for Paddy having to watch Anne and Webster obtaining great fame in the theatre while she never achieved great fame despite being a talented and hard working performer.

Witcock and Rutherford’s WEST-END VANITIES  – Regional Programme London, 21 December 1938 16.30 Helen Hill, Paddy Prior, Jean Forbes-Macintyre, Lucas Bassett, Bradley Harris, Derek Moreland, Frank Wilcock, Tubby Harold. Introduced by Harry S. Pepper.

The Folkestone Bouquets. Paddy Prior, middle row  (2nd from the right) 1939.

Bouquets' concert party Paddy Prior

ROUND THE CONCERT PARTIES, No. – Regional Programme London, 28 July 1939 20.30 A composite programme of excerpts from three concert parties –DAZZLE Presented by Eric Ross from Pierrot Land, Bognor Regis – Ida Williams, John Lovering, Barbara Wells, Fred Gibson, Eric Ross, Ted Andrews, The Dazzle Girls, Joan Pendleton, Violet Shute, Beryl Pryer and Phyllis Revell.

SUMMER FOLLIES Presented by Will Catlin, Devised and produced by Harry Bright from the Arcadia Theatre, Llandudno. Phil Strickland, The Carlyle Cousins, Terry and Doris Kendall, Ross Eaves, Marion Francis, Sydney Snape, Vera Kitchen, Leslie Moorhouse, Joan Cowley, The Mayfair Dancers,Wagstaff’s Zelo Orchestra.

1939 FOLKESTONE BOUQUETS Presented by Wilby Lunn from the Marine Gardens Pavilion, Folkestone. Betty Pugh Bruce Clark, Dorothy Bradshaw, Harold Stead, Paddy Prior, Stock Wynn, George Carden, The Mariajanos, Marguerite Lome, Eileen Lome, Hylda Burdon, Ruby Savage, Wilby Lunn and Connie Hart.  The programme presented by Harry S. Pepper

A show in 1941.

1941 show

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Variety concert (1941)

Paddy continued with her theatrical career and when war broke out she joined ENSA. Here is a photograph of Paddy entertaining the troops during World War 2.

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Paddy entertaining the troops during World War 2

Signatures of Paddy and other members of ENSA after entertaining at

Clare Hall, South Mimms in 1943.ENSA Canadian Legion, Bolton Camp

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ENSA signatures

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So Deep is the Night, with Bettie Bucknelle’s photo on the cover

20 November 1945. Only a few weeks after Anne and Webster had sung at the Victory Royal Variety Performance, Paddy was the hostess at the CAA and Bettie Bucknelle was one of the performers at this concert. One could hardly blame Paddy for feeling rather bitter about Anne and Webster’s great success while she was doing much the same thing as always.

November 1946.

Paddy and Bettie Bucknelle entertained British forces in the Middle East and returned to England in 1946. In 1947 she did a summer season with the Oval Entertainers, Margate, where a reviewer described her as “a gay young lady with a sparkling sense of humour as fresh as Margate’s famous sea breezes.”.

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On 22 April 1948 she and Bettie Bucknelle sailed for Australia, where they intended to make a new life. Paddy’s brother had settled there some time earlier. It must have been upsetting for Paddy to see Webster and Anne as established stars while, despite her considerable talent, she had not made a big and lasting name for herself.

Bettie Bucknelle and Paddy Prior in Newquay shortly before they Bucknelle left for Australia.

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Extract from passenger list to Australia.

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Passenger list to Australia – April 1948. Bucknell and Booth


A  newspaper photo regarding their arrival in Australia in 1948.

Later that year Anne and Webster made an extensive and triumphant concert tour of New Zealand and Australia. They heard that Paddy and Bettie had booked seats in the front row for one of their concerts in Sydney. Webster feared that they might be planning an unpleasant demonstration against them at this concert. He was asked whether he could recommend Paddy as understudy to Cicely Courtneidge in the play, Under the Counter, which meant she would have to leave for New Zealand to rehearse the understudy role. Paddy had played the lead in a Scottish tour of Lido Lady in the late twenties, the same role in which Cicely had starred in London a few years earlier. He had no hesitation in making this recommendation, so Paddy was not able to attend the concert as she had to go to New Zealand right away to begin understudy rehearsals.

There is evidence of Bettie Bucknelle singing in a number of broadcasts, including broadcasts with the famous bandleader Jay Wilbur, but I could not find out anything about Paddy’s Australian theatrical career. In a 1949 electoral register, she is listed as a housewife!


Shortly after Anne and Webster returned to the UK from South Africa in 1978, a letter arrived for Webster from Paddy who was still living in Australia. She said he would be welcome to visit her if he ever decided to go out there. Anne did not show this letter to Webster!

I was pleased to hear from Paddy’s niece, Beverley June McLachlan (née Prior) and her daughter, Paddy’s great-niece, Cheryl Willits recently. Paddy married Harold Bradshaw and the couple lived in Hobart, Tasmania where Paddy continued to entertain at their bowling club, singing and doing comedy skits. Cheryl mentioned that Paddy had sung on the radio with Ross Higgins,

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Ross Higgins, the well-known Australian actor and entertainer who died at the age of 86 in October 2016. I am happy to know that Paddy’s subsequent life in Australia was a happy one.

Comments from Cheryl Willits and Beverley McLachlan which appeared in the original post on my Jean Collen website.

Cheryl Willits, in reply to me: Hey there, My mother might be able to help you on this as she is Paddy’s niece. I am her great niece. If you would like any info feel free to email me and I could put you in touch with my mother. Reading the article has been a delight, Regards, Cheryl.

Beverley McLachlan: Paddy Prior did marry Harold Bradshaw. She was my aunt. My Father was Paddy’s brother. Paddy and Brad lived in Tasmania and still entertained at their bowling club, singing and comedy skits in Hobart, Tasmania.

Sadly, I did not hear any more from Beverly or Cheryl.

Jean Collen

April, 2016.

Updated: 24 August 2019