ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH
ALL MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS MY COPYRIGHT. DO NOT COPY IT FOR ANY PURPOSE WHATSOEVER WITHOUT OBTAINING MY PERMISSION! Webster Booth (tenor - 1902-1984) and Anne Ziegler (soprano - 1910-2003) were best known in Britain as duettists on the Variety circuit from 1940 to 1955. During that time they rose rapidly to fame and were frequently heard and seen on radio, records, television, film and stage. Besides this Variety Act, Webster Booth was one of the foremost tenors of his generation and continued to sing in numerous oratorios throughout his career on the Variety circuit. Join The Golden Age of Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler and Friends on Facebook.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

BROADCASTING (1927-1935)

I am updating these pages as I have found more broadcasts in the past nine years.

Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler took part in many BBC broadcasts from 1927 onwards. If they appeared in an extended series I have not listed every broadcast. Webster Booth, for example, appeared in many programmes with Fred Hartley and his Novelty Quintet and with Charles Ernesco and his Quintet. Only a few broadcasts are recorded here. I will post these in several sections, as follows: 1927 – 1935, 1936 to 1939, 1940-1956. I hope to obtain more details of broadcasts from 1950 to mid-1956. If you can add any additional information please contact me.

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 MUSIC - 5GB Daventry (Experimental), 7 December 1927 18.45
THE ALFRED CAVE SEXTET; A. E. ROGERS, (Baritone) ; WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor)

LIGHT MUSIC - 5GB Daventry (Experimental), 18 February 1928 18.50
THE GERSHOM PARKINGTON QUINTET with DOROTHY LEBISH (Contralto) and WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor)

THE VICTOR OLOF SEXTET - 5GB Daventry (Experimental), 6 April 1928 21.10
9.18 WINIFRED DAVIS; 9.26 SEXTET; 9.42 WEBSTER BOOTH; 9.50 SEXTET


A STUDIO CONCERT - 5XX Daventry, 5 November 1928 15.25
ANNE LIDDELL (Contralto) WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor), ANTHONY COLLINS (Viola) 

THE OPIEROS - 2ZY Manchester, 6 April 1929 19.50
TOM HOWELL'S CONCERT PARTY Relayed from the Central Pier, Blackpool
WALTER BADHAM (The popular Comedian), H. BAYNTON-POWER (Pianist and accompanist) ,Doris GODFREY (Comedienne), OLIVE TURNER (Entertainer), WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor), Doris FRANCIS (Soprano), Tom HOWELL (Bass-Baritone)

A BALLAD CONCERT - 5XX 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 1930Television 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 QUINTET - Regional Programme London, 10 March 1934 21.10 with WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor) and MARIO DE PIETRO (Banjo) 
FRED HARTLEY AND HIS NOVELTY QUINTET - Regional 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 - Regional Programme London, 29 March 1934 15.50
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 HALL - 2BE 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


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); Irene Eastwood (Soprano)


22nd May 1934 -A New Operetta by the Authors of Love Needs a Waltz -  NATALIE HALL in PURITAN LULLABY - Regional Programme Northern, 22 May 1934 21.15
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
Webster Booth sings Always from The Puritan Lullaby

Another Melodious Operetta by the Composer of The Circus Princess, AUTUMN MANOUEVRES - Regional 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 HARTLEY - National 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 OFFENBACH - Regional Programme Northern Ireland, 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)

7th January 1935 In the Scottish programme at 9.0 will be heard THE LIFE OF OFFENBACH, the first performance of a pot-pourri of the famous composer’s works. There will be a small cast of players, with the BBC Theatre Orchestra and Suzanne Bertin, Gladys Palmer, Webster Booth and Stearn Scott as the singers.


8th January 1935 -8.0 THE LIFE OF OFFENBACH, the first performance of a pot-pourri 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). Robert Speaight, Billy Sinclair, Adrian Thomas, A Scott-Gatty, The Wireless Chorus, The BBC Theatre Orchestra (Leader Montagu Brearley)

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


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.


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.


THE MUSIC OF KENNETH LESLIE-SMITH - Regional Programme London, 21 February 1935 21.15 to lyrics by James Dyrenforth
NATALIE HALL (Soprano), WEBSTER BOOTH (Tenor)
THE B.B.C.THEATRE ORCHESTRA
Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY
Conductor, STANFORD 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

INQUEST ON COLUMBINE - Regional Programme London, 17 April 1935 20.45
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 Catley
Agnes: Jean Roper
 
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

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

REGINALD KING AND HIS ORCHESTRA - National 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.

NATALIE HALL in PURITAN LULLABY – AN OPERETTA - Regional Programme Northern Ireland, 25 September 1935 19.45
Book and Lyrics by JAMES DYRENFORTH; Music by KENNETH LESLIE-SMITH
Characters
The Story of Miles Standish , John Alden and Priscilla, is told by Mrs. Fane (Mary Hinton), to her son Tommy (Peter Penrose )
THE B B C THEATRE ORCHESTRA and THE REVUE CHORUS
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
Production by PETER CRESWELL(From Regional)
Puritan Lullaby was broadcast in the National programme last night
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 BOOTH - Regional Programme Midland, 5 October 1935 19.30

THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA - Regional Programme London, 18 October 1935 21.00
Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY

Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON

WEBSTER BOOTH (tenor) 

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

MARIA ELSNER in THE COUNTESS MARITZA - Regional 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, a Broadcasting Version of the Operetta by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald; music by Emmerich Kallman; arranged for broadcasting by Mark H Lubbock; Daphne Limmer and Gordon McConnel; English Libretto and Production by Gordon McConnel, with Maria Elsner, Bobbie Comber, Leslie French, Webster Booth, Betty Huntley-Wright, Jack Minster, Gladys Young, Heather Boys, Gordon McLeod, Margaret Lauder; the BBC Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Stanford Robinson.

12th November 1935 -Scottish 3.00 The Torquay Municipal Orchestra, Conductor Ernest W Goss; Anne Ziegler (Soprano)

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 THROUGH - National 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.
 


   
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