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Saturday, September 22, 2007


The following is a list of recordings by Webster Booth in my own collection. I have also included records featuring Webster with other singers apart from Anne Ziegler. The duets with Anne will be included in a separate list.
I have filled in recording dates and record numbers where possible. I do not own all the 78s and might have a recording of one side only. Quite a few of these recordings were taped from Webster Booth’s own record collection Arias from opera and oratorio are listed under the name of the work.

Along the road of dreams, Granichstaedten, 2 February 1931
Always as I close my eyes, Coates, 1931 Bb21106, B3758
At dawning, Cadman, March 1935, OEA2630 B8413
Aye, aye, aye, Freire B9009
Beauty’s eyes, Tosti, Drawing Room 1962 SABC
Beauty’s eyes, Tosti
Because, d’Hardelot, Clifford Greenwood, May 1943 OEA9969, B8920
Bird sang in the rain, A Haydn Wood B8545
Bird songs at eventide, Coates, Fred Hartley, 5 January 1934, MR1220 CAR 2466
A Brown bird singing, Wood, 1929 B 3319
Come back my love, Rubinstein, arr. Grun B9271
Come into the garden, Maud, Balfe, Gerald Moore (piano), 9 May 1940 2EA8535-1 C3418
Danny Boy (trad), Herbert Dawson B9022
Drink to me only (trad arr Moore) Gerald Moore, 6 June 1941 OEA9323 B9193
England, Mother England, Edward Charles Booth (1905)
Evening Song, An Blumenthal C3962
Everywhere I go, Easthope Martin, Four Pastorales, Walter Goehr, 5 November 1946 OEA411412-2 B9585
For you alone, Geehl, Clifford Greenwood May 1939, B8920 OEA 8610
Friend o’mine Drawing Room 1962 SABC
Goodbye, Tosti, orch conducted by Warwick Braithwaite 1940 C3139
Greensleeves (trad) B9585
Heavenly night, Brown, Ray Noble, 2 February 1931 B3778
Homing, del Riego, Gerald Moore, 1942 B9264
I bless the day, di Jongh 1951, B10027
I hear you calling me, Marshall, Charles Prentice, March 1940 OEA8397 B9173
I love the moon, Rubens, 1929, Bb17949 B3319
I’ll walk beside you, Alan Murray, August 1939, OEA8028 B8968
Ideale, Tosti, Clifford Greenwood, October 1939 OEA8165 B9009
If you are there, Michael North, B9777
If you had you but known, Denza, SABC Drawing Room 1962
If you had you but known, Denza, C3116
I’ll walk beside you, Murray, Clifford Greenwood, August 1939 OEA8028 B8968
Indian Summer, Herbert, Ronnie Munro, April 1939 OEA8485 B9031
In old Madrid, Trotere, Fred Hartley, February 1934
Lavender Lass, Alan Murray, B9040
Let me dream in your arms again, Nicholls. B3283
Liebestraum, Liszt, Warwick Braithwaite, 1940, C3139
Love is my song, Alan Murray B9040
Macushla, Mac-Murrough, Clifford Greenwood, September 1939 OEA8029 B8968
May the good Lord bless and keep you,Willson
Message, The, Blumenthal C3962
Mifanwy, Forster, March 1935, OEA2629 B8413
Moonlight and you, De Crescenzo, 1931, Bb21105, B3758
Moon of Romance, Strachey, 1937, OEA3951, B8527
Morning, Speaks B9071
Mountains of Mourne, Collison, The, B9164
My dreams, Tosti Eric Robinson, 6 August 1947, OEA12220, B9617
My dreams, Tosti, SABC, Drawing Room, 1962
My love and I stand alone, B8442
Nirvana, Stephen Adams, B9617
No more, Yradier
O dry those tears, del Riego, B9562
O dry those tears, del Riego, Drawing Room, 1962
Pale Moon, Logan, George Scott-Wood, October 1934, OEA2476, B8393
Parted, Tosti, George Melachrino, 20 March 1946 OEA10928 B9472
Passing by, Purcell, Gerald Moore, 6 June 1941, OEA9322-1 B9193
Perfect Day, A, Jacobs-Bond, Bertram L Harrison (organ) 11 June 1947, OEA9005-2 B9534
Phil, the Fluter’s Ball, French, (Gerald Moore) December 1940, OEA 9071 B9123
Princess Elizabeth, Crean, Richard Crean, 1930, Bb19321, B3448
Roses of Picardy, Haydn Wood, Fred Hartley and his sextet, 5 January 1934, CAR2467 Regal-Zonophone MR1220
Rose of Tralee,The, Glover, Gerald Moore (Piano) December 1940 B9123 OEA 9073
Say that you are mine, Lockton-Kerrich OEA2701, B8435
Serenade in the night, Bixio, November 1936, OEA4068 B8948
Serenata, Toselli, Fred Hartley’s quintet, 1938, CAR2540, Regal-Zonophone MR1288
She is far from the land, Moore, Gerald Moore, C3171
Smilin’ through, Penn, Gerald Moore 1942, B9264
Snowy-breasted pearl, The (arr) Stanford Robinson, Gerald Moore, C3171
A song for you and me, Rizzi, 1937 OEA3952, B8527
Song of Songs, Moya, Gerald Moore, May 1941 OEA9320 B9205
Speak to me of love, Cesare Andrea Bixio Durium Dance Orchestra, December1932 Durium M-41172
Sweet melody of light B8442
There's a land, a dear land, Frances Allitsen
To Mary, White, Philip Green, June1942 B9244
‘Tis the day, Leoncavallo, B9777
Trees, Harbach, Gerald Moore, May 1941, B9205
Until, Sanderson B9562
Vienna, city of my dreams, Sieczynski, 21 February1936, OEA2700 B8421
When Big Ben Chimes, Kennedy Russell, B9201
World is mine tonight, The, Posford, 1934, OEA2477 B8393

Ah, fill the cup/ Ah, Moon of my delight from In a Persian Garden, Lehmann, from B9069
Christopher Robin songs Fishing, Vespers, Sneezles, Buckingham Palace, , Fraser Simpson, with instrumental quintet, B9304
Devotion, Schumann, October 1946 B9497
Eleanore, Coleridge Taylor, Hubert Greenslade, 16 November 1945, OEA10750-3 B9451
Elegie, Massenet 1938, OEA6981 B8843
The, Four Indian Love Lyrics, Temple bells, Woodford-Finden, B9342
Four Indian Love Lyrics, Kashmiri Song, Woodforde-Finden, B9343
I love thee Grieg, October 1946 B9497
Morgen, Richard Strauss
On Wings of Song, Mendelssohn, Gerald Moore, 12 February 1943, OEA9969 B9315
Serenade, Schubert
Unmindful of the roses/Life and death, Taylor Coleridge, Herbert Greenslade, 16 November 1945, B9451

Beneath her window, Serenade medley, C3051
Chappell Ballads, Jack Hylton: Love’s Garden of Roses, Maire, my girl C1846
Cochrane’s Coronation Review (1937), with Janet Lind, Magda Neeld, WB
Goodnight Vienna Selection, Posford, with Olive Groves, Decca recording, K644
Home and Beauty – Cochrane’s Coronation Revue 1937, with Janet Lind C2890
Irving Berlin Waltz Medley, New Mayfair Orchestra, Ray Noble, 22 December 1930
Ivor Novello Medley, Helen Hill, LWB, conducted by Harry Acres, C4080/C4081
Merrie England gems HMV Light Opera company, with WB and others, C2106
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs medley with Nora Savage, George Scott-Wood and chorus, Columbia DX832
Songs that sold a million, with Foster Richardson, Dorothy Clarke, December 1937, C2961, 7P295
Theatreland at Coronation Time (1937), with Garda Hall, Sam Costa C2903
This Year of Theatreland 1936 with Janet Lind, 1936, 2EA4081/2 C2867
Voice of Romance, The, with Fred Hartley’s quinet, presented by James Dyrenforth, radio broadcast (circa 1936)
West End Nights, Gay Deceivers: You are me, Serenade; Stop Press!: You and the Night and the Music; Easter Parade, with Muriel Barron, Marjorie Stedeford, chorus, conducted by Debroy Somers, Columbia DX691, circa June 1935


Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life, Naughty Marietta, Herbert B8435
Always, Puritan Lullaby, Leslie-Smith,May 1947, B9534
Bells of St Mary’s, The, The Bells of St Mary’s, Emmett-Adams, Jack Byfield February 1946, OEA10927
Break of Day, Waltz Time, May, Eric Robinson, June 1947, OEA 12678 B9963
Dance Away the Night. Married In Hollywood, Dave Stamper and Harlam Thompson, B3283.
Dolores, Floradora, Leslie Stuart, Music Hall broadcast
Drinking song The Rose of Persia, Sullivan, Mark Lubbbock, 11 July 1950, OEA14877-2 B9999
Heart’s Desire (1935)Vocal Gems from the film,
I leave my heart in an English garden, Dear Miss Phoebe Harry Parr-Davies, Mark Lubbock, 20 December 1950,OEA15269-2 B10027,
Kiss in the Dark, A, Herbert The Great Victor Herbert, January 1940 OEA8484 B9031
Land without music, Oscar Straus, B8520
Love, could I only tell thee The Geisha, Richard Capel, Gerald Moore, March 1940, B9173
Merrie England, German, Light Opera Company, C2106
English Rose, Merrie England,, German, Clifford Greenwood, 18 July 1939, OEA8027 B8947
Morning Glory Sweet Yesterday, Leslie-Smith, Adelphi Theatre Orchestra, Herbert Lodge, 1945, B9429
My heart and I, Old Chelsea, Tauber, B9963
Night was made for love, The, The Cat and the Fiddle, The Kern
Oh Maiden, My Maiden Frederica Léhar, November 1939, OEA8192 B9058
One alone, Romberg Desert Song, 1941, OEA9568 B9255
One day when we were young, The Great Waltz, Strauss II, April 1939, OEA7642 B8899 Queen of June, Ivan Caryll, The Earl and the Girl, Music Hall broadcast, 1940s
Romance (Patria) Feher, The Robber Symphony, Feher, January 1936, B8405
Serenade, Frasquita Lehar (with crack!)
Serenade, The Student Prince, Romberg, Walter Goehr, November 1939/23 May 1940, OEA8192 B9058
Serenata, Feher The Robber Symphony, Feher, January1936, B8405
Song of the Vagabonds Vagabond King, Friml, Debroy Somers, 20 December 1941, OEA9567 B9255
Star of my soul The Geisha Sydney Jones, Philip Green, June1942, OEA9565 B9244
Stay with me forever Giuditta Léhar, 1935, OEA2703 B8421
Sweethearts, Sweethearts, Herbert, Clifford Greenwood, 2 May, 1939, OEA7643 B8899
Take a pair of sparkling eyes Gondoliers G&S, Halle Orchestra, Leslie Heward, 23 September 1941, C3261
Tell me tonight, Tell me tonight, Mischa Spoliansky, Durium Dance Orchestra, December1932 Durium M-41172
Two eyes of blue, broadcast
Wand’ring Minstrel Mikado G&S Halle Orchestra, Leslie Heward, 23 September 1941, C3261
Way you look tonight, The, Swing Time Kern, November 1936, OEA4069 B8498
Wayside rose, Frederica Lehar , B9701
Where haven lies, A princess in Kensington German, Mark Lubbbock, 11 July 1950, OEA14877-1 B9999
Wine song, TheThe Laughing Lady, May,April 1947, B9518
You are my heart’s delight, The Land of Smiles, Lehar (broadcast)

Aida What if ‘tis I am chosen..Heavenly Aida, Verdi, Liverpool PO, Sir Malcolm Sargent, 21 October 1943, C3379
The Barber of Seville, ‘Tis the spring of all invention, Rossini, with Dennis Noble, Basil Cameron, Liverpool PO, 21 December 1943 C3398
La Bohème,Your tiny hand is frozen, Puccini, Liverpool PO, Warwick Braithwaite, 12 September 1938 C3030
La Bohème, Lovely maid in the moonlight Puccini, with Joan Cross (Collingwood), Sadlers Wells, Abbey Road, London, 3 November 1938, C3053
La Bohème Puccini, In a coupé, with Dennis Noble, Halle Orchestra, Warwick Braithwaite, 29 August 1942, C3369
Carmen Selection, Bizet, with Nancy Evans, Dennis Noble, Noel Eadie, Sadler's Wells orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite, C3086
Carmen, Flower Song, Bizet, Liverpool PO, Warwick Braithwaite, 12 September 1938, 2EA1173 C3030
Don Giovanni, Mine be her burden Mozart Liverpool PO, Sir Malcolm Sargent, 21 October, 1943, C3372
Don Giovanni, Speak for me to my lady, Mozart, Liverpool PO, Sir Malcolm Sargent, 21 October, 1943, C3372
Esmerelda, O Vision entrancing, Goring Thomas, Liverpool PO, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 4 July 1944, C3407
Faust, Gounod, All hail thy dwelling pure and holy, Hallé (Braithwaite) 29 August 1942 2ER632 C3309
Faust Then leave her, Gounod, with Norman Walker, Joan Cross, Braithwaite Sadlers Wells opera chorus and London PO, Kingsway Hall, 3 March 1939, 2EA 7540 C3086,
Immortal Hour, The, Faery Song, Boughton John T Cockerill (harp) 18 July 1939,
OEA7849-1 B8947
Immortal Hour, The, Faery Song, Boughton, with spoken dialogue, New Zealand, 1948
Madam Butterfly, Puccini, Ah, love me a little, Duet, with Joan Hammond, Liverpool PO, conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent 1943 2ER722/3 C3378
Magic Flute, Oh loveliness beyond compare, Mozart Liverpool PO, Sargent, c3402, 21 October, 1943
The Mastersingers, Prize Song, Wagner, Halle Orchestra, Warwick Braithwaite, 29 August 1942 C3309
I Pagliacci, On with the motley, Leoncavallo, Liverpool PO, Basil Cameron, 21 December 1943, C3379
Rigoletto, This one or that one, Verdi, B8803
Rigoletto Woman is fickle Verdi (Braithwaite) B8829
Rigoletto, Fairest Daughter of the Graces Verdi, Quartet with Noel Eadie, Edith Coates, Arnold Matters, London PO, Warwick Braithwaite, Abbey Road, London, 3 March 1939, 2EA7540 C3086
Sadko, Hindu Song, Rimsky Korsakov, 1938, OEA6982 B8843
Il Seraglio, Mozart, Constanze, Constanze, Liverpool PO, Basic Cameron, 20 December 1943, C3402
Il Trovatore, Miserere, Verdi, with Joan Cross, Collingwood, Sadlers Wells, Abbey Road, London, 3 November 1938, C3053
Semele, Where e’re you walk Halle orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite 28 August 1942 C3305
Serse, Ombra mai fu/O friendly tree (Largo) Handel, LPO, Wyn Reeves, 28 October 1939, C3130, 7P317
Tosca Strange harmony of contrasts Puccini LPO (Braithwaite) September 1938 OEA1175 B8803
Tosca ,When the stars were brightly shining, Puccini, September 1938, OEA1174 B8803

Acis and Galatea, Handel, Love in her eyes sits playing, Warwick Braithwate, 8 March 1948, C3796
Acis and Galatea, Love sounds the alarm, Handel Warwick Braithwate, 8 March 1948, C3796
Creation, Haydn And God created man/In Native Worth, Stanford Robinson, Kingsway Hall, 7 February 1947 C3571
Creation, Haydn complete (P’maritzburg City Hall 1964), WB, Monica Hunter, Joyce Scotcher, Michaelhouse & St Anne’s choral societies, conducted by Ronald Charles
Elijah Ye people, rend your hearts/If with all your hearts Mendelssohn Elijah, Mendelssohn, Liverpool PO, Warwick Braithwaite, 28 February, 1939, C3095
Elijah Then shall the righteous shine forth, Mendelssohn, , LPO, Warwick Braithwaite, 28 February 1939, Kingsway Hall, C3095
Elijah, It is enough, Mendelssohn (Knysna 1968 at concert)
Elijah Excerpts 1968, with Webster singing baritone part. Knysna
Elijah complete (P’maritzburg City Hall 1963), WB, Monica Hunter, Joyce Scotcher, Michaelhouse & St Anne’s choral societies, conducted by Barry Smith
Hiawatha’s wedding feast, On, away, awake beloved, Coleridge-Taylor, , Liverpool PO, Sir Malcolm Sargent, 4 July 1944, C3407
Jephtha Deeper, and deeper still/ Waft her angels through the skies, Handel, Liverpool PO, Malcolm Sargent, 4 July 1944 C3414
Judas Maccabeus, Sound an alarm, Handel, December 1949 C3939
Messiah Comfort ye/Ev’ry Valley Handel, LPO, Warwick Braithwaite, 28 February 1939, C3087
Messiah He was cut off out of the land/But thou dids’t not leave his soul in hell, Handel, City of Birmingham Orchestra, George Weldon, 22 May 1945 HMVc3430
Messiah Thy rebuke hath broken his heart, Handel, City of Birmingham Orchestra, George Weldon, 22 May 1945 HMVc3430
Messiah Thy rebuke hath broken his heart/Behold and See, piano accompaniment (Knysna 1968)
Samson, O loss of sight/Total Eclipse, Handel, Stanford Robinson, 7 February 1947, C3571 Samson ,Why does the God of Israel sleep Handel, December 1949 C3939
St Paul, Be thou faithful unto death Mendelssohn, Halle orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite, C3305

Abide with me, Samuel Liddle, Herbert Dawson B9514
*Abide with me (trad) Tommy Handley funeral, January, 1949 Pathe news
Agnus Dei Bizet, chorus, organ (Herbert Dawson), London PO, conducted by Wynn Reeves, November 1939 B8990
At the end of the day, Donald O’Keefe, Eric Robinson, OEA15602-3 B10092
Ave Maria Bach Gounod, LPO and chorus, Herbert Dawson (organ) conducted by Wynn Reeves, November 1939, B8990 OEA8170
Bless this house, Brahe, Herbert Dawson B9022
*God be in my head, Walford Davies, The Tommy Handley Memorial Choir, January 1949
Holy City, Adams, conducted by Edgar Cree, Jo'burg City Hall 1966
Holy City Adams C3196
How lovely are thy dwellings, Samuel Liddle, Herbert Dawson B9514
Little road to Bethlehem, Head, Herbert Dawson (organ) and orchestra, B9598
*Long day closes, The, Sullivan, The Tommy Handley Memorial Choir, January 1949
Lord's Prayer Malotte, B9201
Lost chord, Sullivan Herbert Dawson (organ), Kingsway Hall, December 1939, C3130, 7P317
Nazareth, Gounod
Star of Bethlehem, Adams, C3196
*Webster Booth sang in a choir of fellow Savage Club members, all foremost concert singers of the day, at the funeral of Tommy Handley in early January 1949 and the memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral at the end of that month.Tommy Handley’s ITMA (It’s That Man Again) was very popular during the war.

DUETS with various singers

Battle Eve, The, Theo Bonheur, WB with Graham Burns, SABC Drawing Room 1962
Excelsior, Balfe, WB with Dennis Noble and chorus, C3124
It is the merry month of May, Merrie England, Ena van der Vyver, Knysna concert, late 1960s.
Watchman, what of the night? Sarjeant, WB with Dennis Noble and chorus, C3124
Watchman, what of the night? Sarjeant, WB with Graham Burns, SABC Drawing Room 1962

Chappell Ballads, Jack Hylton:WB: Love’s Garden of Roses, Maire, my girl C1846
Giannina Mia, The Firefly, Friml, Carlo Santana accordian orchestra Brunswick SA1573A
Merrie England selection, German, Light Opera Company, C2106
One day when we were young, The Great Waltz, Strauss, Carlos Santana accordian orchestra Brunswick DR3441/SA1588-A
Sweethearts, Sweethearts, Herbert, Carlos Santana accordion orchestra Brunswick DR3207/SA1573A
Sympathy, Firefly, Herbert, Carlos Santana accordion orchestra, Brunswick DR2471/SA1413A
Tales from the Vienna woods, The Great Waltz, Strauss, Carlos Santana accordion orchestra, Brunswick DR3440/SA1588-B
Wooden shoes, Sweethearts, Herbert, Carlos Santana accordion orchestra, Brunswick DR3208/SA1573B

The Creation, Haydn
Monica Hunter, Webster Booth, Walter Heinen St Anne’s College (chorus mistress: Mildred Augustyn), Michaelhouse, Pietermaritzburg Philharmonic orchestra (augmented), conducted by Ronald Charles, sleeve notes: Ronald Charles, City Hall, Pietermaritzburg, 19 September 1964, Recording engineers: Ah Hofmeyr, L E De Klerk, Recordings Unlimited, P’maritzburg.

Elijah, Mendelssohn
Monica Hunter, Joyce Scotcher, Webster Booth, Wilfred Hutchings, Choral societies of St Anne’s (chorus mistress Mildred Augustyn) & Michaelhouse, John Harper (organ), conducted by Barry Smith, sleeve notes: John Morehen, Pietermaritzburg City Hall, 21 September 1963, Gallotone GALP101

The Golden Age of Ballads and Parlour Songs,
Miscellaneous singers, including Webster Booth, Parted, Tosti, George Melachrino OEA10928-1 B9472 20 March 1946, Sleeve notes: Lyndon Jenkins, EMI1987 GX2554

The Golden Age of Webster Booth,
Roses of Picardy, Vienna, city of my dreams, Drink to me only, Sweethearts, On Wings of Song, Nirvana, The Faery Song (The Immortal Hour), A Perfect Day, Serenade (The Student Prince), Passing by, Everywhere I go, Come into the garden, Maud, Song of the Vagabonds, Eleanore, I leave my heart in an English garden, At the end of the day, Sleeve notes: Hugh Palmer, 78s transferred by Peter Brown, EMI GX2547

Famous British Tenors
Miscellaneous singers, including Webster Booth, O Vision Entrancing (Esmeralda), Goring Thomas, Royal Liverpool PO, Malcolm Sargent, July 1944 Sleeve notes: Grenvile Eves, 1970 EMI HQM 1228

Patience/The Gondoliers,
Gilbert and Sullivan, Gondoliers (Abridged version) Recorded under the direction of Rupert D’Oyly Carte, Dr Malcolm Sargent. (b) From the sunny Spanish shore;G Baker, E Ackland, A Moxon, W Booth, In enterprise of martial kind-G Baker, A Moxon, N Walker, W Booth, b I stole the prince-S Granville, A Moxon, N. Walker, W Booth, G Baker B3867, Sleeve notes: John Freestone, Transferred from 78s by Keith Hardwick, EMI SHB7 4

Irving Berlin Centenary Celebration, The Great British Dance Bands
including Webster Booth, Irving Berlin Waltz medley, Ray Noble, New Mayfair orchestra, 22 December 1930 EMI 1988 SH512

Webster Booth
I bless the day, The Faery Song, Snowy breasted pearl, Temple Bells, O vision entrancing, A bird sang in the rain, Take a pair of sparkling eyes, Star of my soul, When Big Ben chimes, Onaway! Awake beloved, Greensleeves, Come into the garden, Maud, If you are there, Love is my song, Where haven lies, Always From collection of Scott Sheldon, 1972, Canada, Rococo 5272

Webster Booth: Arias by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and popular songs
Grove so beautiful & stately/Shadows so sweet (Serse), Deeper and deeper still/Waft her, angels, through the skies (Jephtha), Where’er you walk (Semele), Mine be her burden, Speak for me to my lady (Don Giovanni), Ye people rend your hearts, If with all your hearts,(Elijah), What if ‘tis I am chosen/Heavenly Aida (Aida), All hail thou dwelling pure and lowly (Faust), Flower song (Carmen), Your tiny hand is frozen (La Boheme), The Faery song (The Immortal Hour), Take a pair of sparkling eyes (Gondoliers), English Rose (Merrie England), Onaway! Awake, beloved (Hiawatha’s wedding feast), Sleeve notes: John Freestone, compiled from EMI archives by Bryan Crimp,1977, EMI HLM7109 OC O51-06 367M

Jeannie C October 2007

Sunday, April 01, 2007


Webster at the piano.


A theatrical garden party had been organised for early October at the old Rand Show Grounds at Milner Park. Anne had asked whether Ruth, Lucille and I would like to help out at it. Naturally we all agreed. I wore a new dress and a large white hat decorated with a rose for the occasion. I met Lucille at the entrance to the Show Grounds and we soon found Ruth. We all looked quite glamorous and grownup. We walked round the various stalls spotting illustrious local theatrical personalities.
We stopped for a drink in the tea room and heard the New Zealand bass, Inia te Wiata, who had come out to sing in Show Boat for JODS, say to his companion, “I want to meet my old friend, Webster Booth. Has he arrived yet?”

Anne and Webster were late but when they arrived we heard them long before we saw them. Uncharacteristically they were having a blazing row. They stopped quarrelling abruptly when they noticed us, but I could sense the tension between them. Webster greeted us cheerfully enough but Anne was so upset that she ignored us completely.
“You three girls look quite gorgeous,” Webster remarked in a completely different tone of voice to the one he had been using a few minutes earlier. He put his arms around Ruth and me, which hardly served to lighten Anne's mood.

They were due to have strawberries and cream with fellow celebrities but Webster said, “We’ve got loads of time. We can have a good look around first.”
Anne said nothing. Suddenly she marched off, leaving Webster with no alternative but to catch up with her. Lucille wanted to follow them, but Ruth had other ideas.

Anne & Webster - guests of honour at Doris Boulton's production of The Merry Widow in Irené (near Pretoria) 1966.

“We'll leave them alone all afternoon. We don't need them to enjoy ourselves,” she said.

Now that I am years older I know that Anne did not intend to hurt us, but obviously had worries of her own. Lucille was going on holiday that day so she had to leave early. Ruth and I walked with her to the exit of the Show Grounds. We noticed Anne and Webster with the strawberry and cream brigade trying to put a good face on it. Webster waved and beckoned to us, but Ruth instructed us to wave cheerfully and continue briskly on our way.

Ruth had recently passed her driving test so she drove me home in her tiny bubble car. She stayed for tea with my parents, and we hatched a plot to say that we had met two old boyfriends in the dancing pavilion and had a great time twisting the afternoon away. We heard later that Anne and Webster went to Leslie Green's house for an impromptu party with Inia Te Wiata and his wife. We never did find out why they had been quarrelling so bitterly.

Anne and Webster were making a recording of Nursery School Sing-Along with the Nazareth House Children’s Choir, trained and conducted by Sylvia Sullivan. Mrs Sullivan told me that Webster always insisted that she should conduct everything as she was very good at keeping everyone in time. The children of Nazareth House had been allowed to listen to his Great Voices programme on Saturday evening. Webster had told her he was very proud of me. I was singing with the Sylvia Sullivan Choristers, and Webster and Anne lent us their own arrangement of Carl Böhm’s Still as the Night to copy for the choristers to sing.

That same week Webster phoned to ask whether I'd play for him again. Anne had a sore arm and was going to have traction every day that week.

On Thursday, I started playing for Webster again and he was as charming as always. Linda Walters, an attractive girl from Vereeniging, had her lesson and he told us an anecdote about an event which happened, “long before you two were ever thought about”.

On Friday, despite her week in traction, Anne was making the effort to attend the opening night of Show Boat. Webster had to go straight home that evening to fetch Anne for the theatre, so the last pupil of the day gave me a lift home.
Ruth had tickets for the forthcoming recital by the distinguished soprano Maria Stader and she asked the Booths to accompany her to the concert. On Saturday morning, Webster came into the studio feeling tired. He grumbled about having to go to the Maria Stader concert that evening with Ruth and Anne when he would have preferred to have had an early night.

He drove me home at lunchtime in his blue Hillman Minx convertible. It was a lovely warm day so he put the roof down. He said sombrely that it would be better if I could go to the concert in his place. But then he added, “It would break Ruth's heart if I didn't go.” Without being bigheaded he was perfectly aware of the power and influence he exerted over us lesser mortals.

Just as we were passing the Kensington Sanatorium he said, “It’s such a lovely day. Let's just keep on driving all the way to Durban”. Lovely impossible idea.

Instead of driving to Durban, he dutifully took me home, and he and Anne went to the concert with Ruth that night as planned. I heard all about the concert on Sunday when Ruth and I went to the SABC to a studio recital given by Shura Cherkassky, the world-renowned pianist. I remember his brilliant performance of the Mozart sonata in B flat, which was in my own repertoire, and Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Of the students at that time I particularly remember Colleen McMenamin singing Our Language of Love from Irma la Douce, the current hit show at the Brooke Theatre in De Villiers Street, and Innes Kennersley, singing old ballads like Nirvana, Tosti's Goodbye and the more rousing The Road to Mandalay.

Webster teased me when Innes sang Goodbye. “Do you want to borrow my handkerchief, darling? This is a very sad song.”

In November 1963, Anne and Webster celebrated their Silver Wedding anniversary with a big party. Anne arrived unexpectedly at our house with Hilda, to show me their new puppy, a sweet little Cairn terrier, whom they had just collected from the breeder in Highland Road. Anne named the puppy Silva in memory of the Silver Wedding. She was a dear little pup and lived to the ripe old (dog) age of fourteen.

Next day Webster phoned to tell me that Anne had developed ’flu, so he was coming in to the studio on his own that afternoon. I offered to play for him but he was all concern about my diploma paper work the following day. I persuaded him that I should enjoy playing and it wouldn’t affect my exam if I stopped studying for a few hours.

He arrived with a box of glacé fruits to wish me well for the exam. During my lesson that day, I sang Always by Kenneth Leslie-Smith from The Puritan Lullaby, the song he had made famous on radio in the original broadcast of The Puritan Lullaby in the nineteen-thirties.

Next day after the first exam I went up to the studio. I heard him say to pupils Frances and Henrietta as I unlocked the door, “I hope it’s Jeannie.”

He told me to sit down and went off to make me coffee after my ordeal, while I talked to the sisters who were singing duets together. After they left, he said that it had been a very heavy morning without me there to accompany for him.

I played for him on Monday, and during some free time we went through the baritone part of Fauré’s Requiem, which he was to sing the following night. I was sorry not be able to attend this performance, but at least I had a preview of his part of it.

“I think I’ll do, don’t you?” he said complacently.

On Thursday, Anne told me how well he had sung the Fauré, but then, even at his age, he always sang well.

By this time Ruth was on holiday, waiting for her matric results, so we often went out together, and sometimes she would come up to the studio for a harmony lesson from me, so that she would be up to standard when she started her course at Cape Town. She was planning to do a music degree, and vowed that if she could not make it as a serious singer she would come back to Johannesburg and take up pop singing. She whistled beautifully and did great imitations of Miriam Makeba’s Where Did It Go, That Sweet Young Love of Mine? and Eartha Kitt, complete with growl, singing Let’s Do It!
Two days before Christmas I went for my usual lesson. Webster came into the kitchen and handed me a little box. He made me promise to put it away at once and not open it until Christmas day. Needless to say curiosity got the better of me. I opened the box on the crowded bus on the way home. It contained a most beautiful pair of garnet earrings. I was thrilled and longed to wear them immediately, but they were for pierced ears, so of course I decided that I would have my ears pierced as soon as possible.

Ear piercing was not as common in those days as it is now. Despite objections from my parents, and even Ruth, I had my ears pierced in Dr Davis’ surgery at the top of the hill in Roberts Avenue. I had to wear sleepers for six weeks until my ears healed and I could at last wear the lovely gift. Sadly, I lost one of the droplets not long afterwards, so I wore the other droplet on a chain round my neck and the top stones as earrings.

The garnet droplet is still on its chain round my neck, and I wear the earrings on special occasions. Over forty years later I can still remember what it was like to be young and exuberant enough to dance down Eloff Street as though my feet had sprouted wings.
Jeannie C 2006

Saturday, March 24, 2007


I have included musicals, operas and plays in which Anne and Webster appeared and also the amateur shows directed by them - either together or separately. The list is not complete so I would be glad to hear from anyone who can add to itor enlarge on the information presented below.


NIGHT IN VENICE Wednesday 14 November to Saturday 1 December 1956
Reps Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Johannesburg Operatic Society
Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, June Hern, Tom Reid, Harold Lake, Stella Beder
Director: Arnold Dover
Music: Drummond Bell

SPRING QUARTET September 1956
Cape Town
Anne and Webster, directed by Leonard Schach

ANGELS IN LOVE 29 July 1957
Reps Theatre
Anne played the part of Dearest, with Rory McDermot, Joan Blake, Michael Turner, Arthur Hall, and Edwin Quail (Fauntleroy), directed by Minna Schneier.

WALTZ TIME 31 May 1958
Springs Civic Theatre
Anne and Webster, produced by Bert Dobson

MERRIE ENGLAND 16 to 21 June 1958
City Hall, East London
The Dramatic Society of East London
Anne and Webster, Mabel Fenney, Pamela Emslie, Hilary Adams, Cawood Meaker, Jimmy Nicholas, produced by Doreen Egan, conducted by Jean Fowler.

Anne and Webster (starred)? and produced the show.

MERRIE ENGLAND 12 to 29 November 1958
Reps Theatre, Johannesburg
Anne and Webster starred and produced the show, with Marian Saunders, June Bass, Nohline Mitchell, Kenneth Anderson, Len Rosen, and Dudley Cock, conducted by Drummond Bell.

City Hall, East London
Anne appeared as principal boy. Anne told me that she had also appeared in DICK WHITTINGTON in East London, but I am not sure when this was.If you know, please get in touch with me.

City Hall, East London
The Dramatic Society of East London
Anne and Webster and East London cast.

Reps Theatre
Johannesburg Repertory Players, National Theatre and
Childrens Theatre
Anne Ziegler, Yvonne Theron, Siegfried Mynhardt, David Beattie, Hilda Kriseman,
Olive King, Bruce Anderson, directed by Hugh Goldie.
Music: Joyce Goldie (Piano conductor)
Band: Leader Walter Mony, Bassoon: R Cherry, Clarinet: P Reinders, Percussion: A Johnson, Violin: Erica Anderson, Viola: Lance Lange, Cello: Phyllis Chaplin

I know very little about this show. I am not sure whether Webster sang in it, directed it or did both.

A COUNTRY GIRL October 1960
Produced by Anne and Webster at Little Theatre, Springs. Leads were played by Corinne van Wyk and John Wilcox.

LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS 19 December 1960 to January 1961
Playhouse, Johannesburg
Anne, Valerie Miller, Leon Eagles, John Boulter, Robert Haber and Ivor Berold, directed by Leonard Schach

THE DESERT SONG October to November 1961
Springs Little Theatre
Anne directed this show for the Springs Operatic Society. Sylvia Watson (nee Reilly), who kindly wrote to me to tell me more about these shows was in the chorus.

THE AMOROUS PRAWN September to October 30 1961
Alexander Theatre (previously the Reps Theatre)
National Theatre, Pretoria, 31 October to November 12
Alhambra Theatre, Durban, November 15?
Webster was the prawn, with Simon Swindell, Gabriel Bayman, Diane Wilson, Joe Stewardson, Ronald Wallace and Joan Blake, directed by Victor Melleney.

Alexander Theatre
Webster took a small non-singing part with Simon Swindell, Michael McGovern, Gordon Mulholland, Joe Stewardson, directed by Albert Ninio.
My piano teacher, Sylvia Sullivan, saw the play and remarked about Websters role, Such a small part for such a great man.

Springs Little Theatre
Anne and Webster directed this production for the Springs Operatic Society.

Webster directed this production. As a gimmick he had a chimpanzee going on to the stage with the pirates. The chimpanzee idea was not without problems. She disgraced himself during Websters opening night speech. With a quick wit he quipped, You naughty girl. I wont take you out again in a hurry.

THE MERRY WIDOW November1962
Springs Little Theatre
Anne directed this production for the Springs Operatic Society.

Alexander Theatre
Anne and Webster with Jane Fenn, George Moore, Deborah Francis, Leonne Carnot, Clive Pownall, Paddy Canavan, Anthony James and Michael Newell, directed by John Hayter.

Alexander Theatre
Webster took the part of Colonel Fairfax at short notice with Denise Allen, June Hern, Lilian Gartside, Len Rosen, Lyle Matthews, Ethlynne Cohen and Peter Lynsky, directed by Keith Stammers-Bloxham, conducted by Desmond Wright.

TONIGHT AT 8.30 8 July 1964
Hofmeyr Theatre, Cape Town
Port Elizabeth
Anne and Webster appeared in Family Album with Yvonne Bryceland, Michael Drin, Nanette Rennie and Flora McKenna, directed by Margaret Inglis, conducted by Keith Jewell.

THE NEW MOON October 1964
Springs Little Theatre
Anne directed this production for the Springs Operatic Society.

THE MERRY WIDOW October 1965
Anne directed this production in Bloemfontein.

THE LOVE POTION November 1966
Intimate Theatre, Johannesburg
Anne, with Alec Bell, Fiona Fraser and Arthur Hall, directed by Ricky Arden

THE BARTERED BRIDE November (Pretoria) 14, 17, 20, 22 December 1966 (Johannesburg)
Aula Theatre, Pretoria
Civic Theatre, Johannesburg
Webster played non-singing role of Circus Master, with Ge Korsten, Nellie du Toit, Gert Potgieter and Oysten Liltveld, directed by Victor Melleney, conducted by Leo Quayle

Anne and Webster either directed or appeared in this production or perhaps they did both.

KNYSNA 1967-1974

Knysna and District Choral Society
Webster, Anne, Dorothy Davies, James Squier and Ena van der Vijver

CINDERELLA December 1968
Anne played principal boy and wrote the script. Del le Roux, Ena van der Vijver, Dot Davies and Sadie Hamilton Cox were also in the cast.

PANTOMIME December 1969
Anne played principal boy and wrote the script but I do not know the name of the pantomime.

Knysna, George, Oudtshoorn and Ladismith (Cape)

Port Elizabeth Opera House
Port Elizabeth Musical and Dramatic Society
Anne produced this show.

Port Elizabeth Opera House
Webster produced and conducted for this pantomime, while Anne played Principal Boy.

THE MIKADO 4 to 14 April 1973
Guild Theatre, East London
The East London Light Operatic Society
Pam Emslie, Colin Carney, Bernie Lee, Leigh Evans, Irene McCarthy, Jim Hagerty and Jimmy Nicholas
Webster produced this show.
I moved to East London and arrived in time to take part in the chorus.

Musical plays, pantomimes and operas 1923-1955

Please contact me If you can add further information to this list.

D'OYLY CARTE 1923-1928
Theatre Royal, Brighton
Webster Booth made his stage debut with the D'Oyly Carte Company at the on September 9th 1923 as one of the yeomen in The Yeomen of the Guard. He remained with the company for four and a half years. He was in the chorus and played small parts. He felt that he would only advance if he waited long enough to fill dead mens shoes.

ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON (Fred Melville) December 1928
Brixton Theatre
Webster played the part of King Arthur in this pantomime at the

Anne took small parts while having singing lessons with John Tobin.

BABES IN THE WOOD (Fred Melville) 1929
Webster played Will Scarlett at the Brixton Theatre.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Sir Alfred Butt) March 28th 1930
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Webster played the Duke of Buckingham for three months.
Dennis King - DArtagnan
Adrienne Brune - Constance
Lilian Davies - The Queen
Marie Ney - Milady

New Theatre, London
Starred Maggie Teyte. Anne sang the top soprano in an octet. The show closed after three weeks.

A KINGDOM FOR A COW (Kurt Weill) 28 June 1935
Savoy Theatre London.

Webster, with Jacqueline FRANCELL, Aubrey MATHER, Ben PULLEN, Bobbie COMBER, Cecil BROOKING, EdwardDALBY, George GEE, Hay PETRIE, Henry HEPWORTH, Herbert GARRY, Joan HAY, La JANA, Norman WILLIAMS, Vivienne CHATTERTON and Wilfrid CAITHNESS.
This show also closed after three weeks.

MOTHER GOOSE (Tom Arnold) 1935-1936
Anne played Principal Boy, with George Formby, George Lacey, Mollie Fisher (principal girl), Babs Wilson-Hill (principal dancer).

CINDERELLA (Tom Arnold) 1936-1937
Anne was Principal Boy, with Will Fyffe and Babs Wilson-Hill as Fairy Queen and principal dancer

VIRGINIA 2 September to 23 October 1937 (60 performances)
Center Theatre, Rockefeller Center, New York
Musical Supervisor: Don Voorhees. As Anne Booth, Anne took the part of Sylvia Laurence with a large cast, including Mona Barrie and Bertha Belmore.

Covent Garden.
Webster sang small parts in Der Rosenkavalier and The Magic Flute, conducted by Erich Kleiber.

Streatham Hill Theatre
Anne played Prince Silverthistle, with Enid Stamp-Taylor as principal girl.

Golders Green Hippodrome, London
Produced by Prince Littler, staged by Ellis Holland, Anne Ziegler as Prince Silverthistle, Jimmy Young, Queen Quibblina, Terrys famous Juveniles
Circus Big Top, Blackpool.
A concert version with Anne and Webster as Bessie Throckmorton and Raleigh

THE VAGABOND KING Monday March 8 1943 (for two weeks)
Evenings at 6, matinee each Wednesday and Saturday at 2
Palace Theatre, Manchester
Tom Arnold presents:
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Tessa Deane, Syd Walker
Henry Baynton, Arthur Ellis, Sara Gregory
Dialogue directed by Maxwell Wray
Production Robert Nesbitt
Orchestra directed by Bob Wolly

THE VAGABOND KING Tuesday, June 1 1943
Winter Garden Theatre, London
Tom Arnold presents:
Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler
Henry Baynton Tessa Deane Syd Walker
Evening performances 6.30
Matinees: Wednesday, Thursday and
Saturday at 2.30
Ticket Evening,
Stalls 8/6 U27
Programme 6d

SWEET YESTERDAY Monday April 16 1945
Palace Theatre, Manchester
Adelphi, London June 21st 1945
Two weeks. Evenings at 6.15
Matinee each Wed and Sat at 2
Lee Ephraim presents
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler
Produced by Esme Church
Musical drection: Herbert Lodge
Phillip Leaver, Hugh Morton, Doris Hare, Mark Daly
Programme 3d

Luton Hoo
Anne and Webster, the Luton Girls Choir. There were over 600 people in the chorus.

AND SO TO BED (Vivian Ellis) 17 May, 1953

The Streatham Hill Theatre
Jack de Leon presents
Leslie Henson
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler
Barbara Shotter
Directed by Wendy Toye
Orchestra: Alexander Faris
Week commencing Monday, March 16th 1953
Evenings at 7.30
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30
Stalls 7/6. 5/6. 4/6. 3/6
Grand Circle 6/-, 4/6
Boxes 50/- (seats 4)
Balcony 2/6

Anne was principal boy in this pantomime. I do not know where it took place...


April 19-24 1954
Bristol Hippodrome:
Arthur Riscoe, Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler, Barbara Shotter, Colin Hickman, Kenneth Collinson, David Sharpe, Mostyn Evans, Richard Curnock, Gwen Nelson, Hazel Jennings, Joy Mornay

Monday May 10th 1954
Chiswick Empire Jack de Leon presents
Arthur Riscoe, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Barbara Shotter,
Directed by Wendy Toye
Orchestra directed by Mark Lubbock
Mon-Fri 7.15, Mat Wed 2.30, Sat 5.10, 8.15
Boxes one guinea & 18/-, Orchestra stalls 4/3, Stalls 3/3, 2/6
Circle 3/6, Balcony 1/-

DICK WHITTINGTON December 24th 1954.

Kings Theatre, Hammersmith
The trustees of JB Mulholland have pleasure in presenting
James Shirvell pantomime with Charles Drake, Betty Wood, Anne Ziegler, George Doonan
Derek Nimmo, Kirbys flying ballet
Direction: Donald Clive
Music: Howard Sylvester
Twice daily from December 27th at 2.30 and 7.0
Until further notice

Anne and Webster toured the UK in this straight play, which was interspersed with song.