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.

Interview from Radio Wales (1978) 1978 – BBC Afternoon. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, interviewed by Mavis Nicholson. 

 

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. Hear the recording at the top of the page.

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 A 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.
 
 

 

 
 

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

Updated 2017.


 

WEBSTER BOOTH BROADCASTS (1940 – 1945)

 

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Thursday, 4 January 1940. 22.35 ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC 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).

MUSIC IN THE EVENINGBBC Home Service Basic, 15 January 1940 18.35 with
Alan Paul  – A programme of music of a quiet nature .Singers: Dorothy Carless, Three in Harmony, Webster Booth.
The Players: Jean Pougnet , David Wise, Frederick Riddle, Anthony Pini , Victor Watson , John Cockerill , Arthur Gleghorn , Leon Goossens, Reginald Kell, Andrew Walkowski , Dennis Gomm. All arrangements by Alan Paul, devised and presented by John Burnaby and Alan Paul
Selected by Mark H. Lubbock and played by the BBC Theatre Orchestra – leader, Tate Gilder,conductor, Stanford Robinson. Gwen Catley ,Webster BoothWilfrid Parry and Charles Gloves (pianofortes), the Alfredo Campoli Trio, BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves)
SATURDAY AT NINE-THIRTY’ – BBC Home Service Basic, 27 January 1940 21.30
The story of the Popular Song with Marjorie Westbury, Webster Booth, John Rorke, The BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves), The BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder). The programme presented and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock.
Evelyn Dall (by permission of Bert Ambrose), Webster Booth, and John Bentley in General ReleaseSongs from current and forthcoming film issues with the Radio Graces, the BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves), BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder) The programme arranged and conducted by Reginald Burston, Compere, Hugh Morton.
Keen filmgoers, as well as many other listeners, will be interested to know that for this programme Reginald Burston has persuaded the producers and Jack Hylton to release the original scores of the new Band Waggon film, and Alexander Korda has released the original score of the incidental music for The Four FeathersAnother point of interest about the production is that Evelyn Dall , the popular dance-band  vocalist, is entering a new field, so far as sound broadcasting is concerned.
THE STORY OF THE POPULAR SONG – Forces Programme, 21 February 1940 21.45Devised and written by M. Willson Disher with  Marjorie Westbury, Webster Booth, John Rorke, The BBC Theatre Chorus (Trained by Charles Groves), The BBC Theatre Orchestra (Leader, Tate Gilder), The programme presented and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock.
SATURDAY AT NINE-THIRTY-FIVE – BBC Home Service Basic, 13 April 1940 21.35
Listeners’ Request Night with Webster Booth. The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Harold Lowe.
A musical comedy/operetta by Bruno Hardt Warden. 
The music by Robert Stolz. Adapted for broadcasting from the English version by Holt Marvell, Hassard Short, Desmond Carter, and Reginald Purdell. The BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves). The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Reginald Burston, Production by Martyn C. Webster.
Wild Violets was originally produced at Drury Lane in 1932. Set in Switzerland and involving all the best ingredients of melody and romance, it has one of the most tuneful scores written for the theatre during recent years, as most will agree who remember such numbers as You, just you, A girl has got my heart, and Don’t say good-bye.
Augusta: Dorothy Paul
Hans: Ernest Butcher
Greta, their daughter: Meg Titheradge
Otto Bergmann: Frank Drew,
Paul Hoffman: Webster Booth
Carl Hoffman, Paul’s son: Dudley Rolph
Erik Schmidt: Patrick Waddington
Madame Hoffman, Headmistress of the Chateau Violette: Dorothy Summers Mile.
Yvonne Duprez, assistant mistress at the Chateau: Yvette Damac.
Liesel: Marjorie Westbury
Mitzi:Billie Baker
Lena:Helen Crerar
Augusta, maid at the Chateau: Dorothy Paul
Hans,her sweetheart: Ernest Butcher
Mary Rutherford, the new girl from England: Heather Boys
Algernon Rutherford, her grandfather: Edgar Norfolk
Dr. Franck, music-master at the Chateau: John Morley
The narrator: Stuart Vinden.

21st October 1940Programme for the forces. 11.0 William Murdoch (Piano), Webster Booth (Tenor), Josef Hassid (Violin), Bruce Dargavel (Baritone).

17 November 1940 BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA visits a West of England town. Popular concert by Stanford Robinson and BBC Theatre Orchestra supported by BBC Theatre Chorus, Olga Haley (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Jack Mackintosh (comet virtuoso)

for members of H.M. Forces (with their sweethearts and wives) given by The BBC Salon Orchestra, Leader, Jean Pougnet, Conductor, Leslie Bridgewater.
Margaret Eaves, Helen Clare, Webster Booth
and  Fredric Bayco at the organ.
 Introduced by Lionel Gamlin from  a West-Country concert hall.
The first part of the oratorio by Handel.  performance by the Huddersfield Choral Society – Chorus Master, Herbert Bardgett. Janet Hamilton-Smith (soprano), Maud Heaton (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Keith Falkner (bass).
The Society’s Orchestra, Leader, Reginald Stead. Conductor, Malcolm Sargent,
From a Northern concert hall.
There are several reasons for the traditional popularity of Messiah in the North: first, the choruses offer a unique blend of opportunities for great team-work and, in the many magnificent runs and crescendos, for showing off. Secondly, from the religious point of view the plain-spoken chapel-going North welcomes, perhaps subconsciously, the Protestant theology of the oratorio, the familiar words of which are all taken direct from the Bible. Thirdly, the North likes it because it knows it so well and so thoroughly just in the same way that many thousands of people like
Gilbert and Sullivan. It is said that familiarity breeds contempt, but it is impossible for anyone to have contempt for such a masterpiece as Messiah.
Part 2 of Messiah will be broadcast next Sunday at 4.15 by the Halle Society conducted by Dr. Malcolm Sargent. 
The second part of the oratorio by Handel. A performance by the Hallé Concerts Society, Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gladys Ripley (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Norman Walker (bass) Hallé Chorus, Hallé Orchestra – Leader, Laurance Turner, Conducted by Malcolm Sargent from a Northern concert hall.
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WINTER GARDEN ORCHESTRA – Forces Programme, 9 January 1941 16.00
under the direction of Tom Jenkins with Webster Booth in a tea-time programme.
Birmingham-born Webster Booth began his professional life as an accountant. When he was eighteen he met Richard Wassell , then conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra, who thought highly of his voice and taught him at the Midland Institute. Booth joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1923 and stayed with them for four years. He then settled in London, where he made a name for himself in leading stage roles and also in big musical films. He sang at Covent Garden in the International Opera Season, and has also appeared for most of the principal London and provincial choral and orchestral societies.
with Gwen Catley, Webster Booth, Appleton Moore. BBC Theatre Chorus trained by Charles Groves. BBC Theatre Orchestra  – Leader, Tate Gilder. Programme arranged, and conducted by Reginald Burston. Compere, Desmond Davis
WHAT MANCHESTER THINKS TODAY – BBC Home Service Basic, 7 May 1941 21.20A second musically illustrated review of some Manchester first nights from Tom Jones (1907) to Happy Birthday (1940). The programme compiled by S. R. Littlewood. Arranged  and produced by Gordon McConnel.
Joan Hammond, Webster Booth, Billie Baker, Bobbie Comber, The Three Radio Graces.BBC Theatre Chorus Trained by Charles Groves. BBC Theatre Orchestra – Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Reginald Burston. Compere, Wilfred Pickles.
Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Harold Lowe, with Webster Booth (tenor)
 When Webster Booth was eighteen he met Richard Wassell , then conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra, who thought highly of his voice and taught him at the Midland Institute. Booth joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1923 and stayed with them for four years. He has sung at Covent Garden in the International Opera season, and has also appeared for most of the principal London *and provincial choral and orchestral’ societies.
THE ARTIST’S CHOICE – Forces Programme, 8 December 1941 16.55
Music chosen by Webster Booth, Sir Adrian Boult, Dennis Noble, and Egon Petri, with the reasons for their choice. Presented on gramophone records by Herbert C. Ridout.
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Romantic ballad opera by R. Vaughan Williams. Libretto by Harold Child. Produced by Stanford Robinson and Mark H. Lubbock BBC  Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra:conductor Stanford Robinson. Narrator, Dennis Arundell
The Constable: Owen Brannigan, Mary: Lorely Dyer, Aunt Jane: Gladys Palmer
John the Butcher: Dennis Noble, Hugh the Drover: Webster Booth
SINGING TO YOU – Forces Programme, 12 July 1942 15.30 Story of Webster
Booth
and his songs. Gramophone programme, compiled and written by Bettine
Rampton, and presented by Leslie Perowne
THE SHEPHERDS OF THE DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS – BBC Home Service Basic, 8 December 1942 21.40 Pastoral episode, founded upon Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, by R. Vaughan Williams. Ladies of the BBC Theatre  Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra – conductor, Stanford Robinson.
Produced by Stephen Thomas in collaboration with the conductor.
A pilgrim: Roy Henderson
First shepherd: Sinclair Logan
Second shepherd: Webster Booth
Third shepherd: Victor Harding
A celestial messenger: Geoffrey Dunn
Voice of a bird: Margaret Field-Hyde
Narrator: Patric Curwen.
BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Forces Programme, 20 December 1942 20.00
(90 players). Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult. Webster Booth (tenor)
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The Stuff We Gave the Troops. Programme designed to reflect the more serious side of ENSA’s musical activities-featuring some famous singers of the day, including Webster Booth and Joan Hammond.Devised by Walter Legge. Presented by the Department of National Service Entertainment (NAAFI)
SUNDAY RHAPSODY City of Music – BBC Home Service Basic, 9 July 1944 21.35
A Viennese pot-pourri by Julius Buerger, with Gwen Catley, Webster Booth, Dennis Noble (by permission of Jay Pomeroy)Winifred  Davey (solo piano).BBC  Theatre Chorus. BBC Theatre Orchestra.Conductor: Stanford Robinson. Narrator, Anthony Craxton.
Edwardian Melodies – A pot-pourri for broadcasting, arranged by Stanford Robinson, with special orchestrations by Julius Buerger and Leo Wurmser. Prelude, London chimes ; Pomp and Circumstance ; the Ballroom; Ballad Concert; Promenade and Bandstand ; Musical Comedy ; Epilogue, London chimes. Lorely Dyer. (by permission of Lee Ephraim ), Nancy Evans, Webster Booth, Stanley Pope Alfredo Campoli (solo violin). Narrator: Frederick Ranalow, BBC Theatre Orchestra : conductor,  Stanford Robinson. (BBC recording)
Stanford Robinson (conductor)
Sunday Rhapsody – THE MUSIC OF ERIC COATES – BBC Home Service Basic, 8 October 1944 22.00 A radio pot-pourri with Gwen Catley (soprano),Webster Booth (tenor), Roderick Jones (baritone) (by permission of the Administrators of Sadler’s Wells), BBC Theatre Chorus and BBC Theatre Orchestra. Conductor, Stanford Robinson.

11 October 1944 Guest stars:’KATHLEEN’ AND WEBSTER BOOTH. 

THE BRITISH BAND OF THE A.E.F. – General Forces Programme, 18 October 1944 13.00Under the direction of R.S.M. George Melachrino , with Kathleen Booth? and Webster Booth. 

George Melachrino

A jubilee tribute to the composer, with Gladys Ripley (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor) BBC Theatre Chorus and BBC Theatre Orchestra. Orchestrations by Leo Wurmser. Chorus arrangements by John Clements. Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Teresa del Riego, who wrote the music of 0 dry those tears, Thank God for a gardenHoming, and many other familiar songs, this year celebrates her fiftieth year as a composer.
Sunday Rhapsody VICTORIAN MELODIES: BBC Home Service Basic, 31 December 1944 21.30 Pot – pourri for broadcasting, arranged by Stanford Robinson, including ballroom memories, plantation songs, student songs, and ballads.
Orchestrations by Leo Wurmser. Ada Alsop , Winifride Ingham (by permission of Jay Pomeroy). Webster Booth, Frederick Harvey. Narration, written by Harold Nede and spoken by Christopher Stone. BBC Theatre Chorus and Orchestra: conductor, Stanford Robinson.
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Sunday Rhapsody –  EDWARDIAN MELODIES – BBC Home Service Basic, 11 March 1945 21.30 Produced by Gwen Williams and Stanford Robinson.Orchestrations by Julius Buerger and Leo Wurmser, with Lorely Dyer, Nancy Evans, Webster Booth, Stanley Pope, Alfredo Campoli (violin).Script  written by Desmond Davis.Narrator:Frederick Ranalow. BBC Theatre Chorus. BBC Theatre Orchestra:conductor, Stanford Robinson.

CITY OF MUSICLight Programme, 28 August 1945 13.15 A Viennese pot-pourri by Julius Buerger. with Gwen Catley, Webster Booth, William Parsons, and Winifred Davey (solo piano). BBC Theatre Chorus, and BBC Theatre Orchestra: conductor, Stanford Robinson. Narrator, Anthony Craxton. 
William Parsons (bass)
Sunday Rhapsody VICTORIAN MELODIES (No. 2) – BBC Home Service Basic, 30 December 1945 21.30A potpourri produced by Gwen Williams and Stanford Robinson , including ballroom memories, part songs, and ballads. Special orchestrations by Leo Wurmser. Wth Doris Gambell (soprano). Marjorie Thomas (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Norman Allin (bass).
BBC Theatre Chorus and Orchestra. Conductor. Stanford Robinson.
Narration written by Harold Neden.Programme introduced by Christopher Stone.
 
Compiled by Jean Collen 2014.
Information from The Scotsman and the BBC Genome Project.
JEAN COLLEN © 2014
Updated May 2017

WEBSTER BOOTH BROADCASTS (1936 – 1939)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Parsons (bass)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trio, Sweet Tyranesse

WEBSTER BOOTH AND MARGARET ABLETHORPE What shall I do?

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

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

STRING ORCHESTRA Cobell

MARJORIE WESTBURY AND ORCHESTRA  Fairest Isle (King Arthur)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORCHESTRA: Monkey’s Dance (The Faery Queen)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10.45 A song recital by Webster Booth (Tenor)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jean Collen

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