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 (1936-1937)

1936 to 1940 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 to sing 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 Formbv , 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. bhe 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.

Last, but not least, of a brilliant cast is George Queen , who plays the goose. Priscilla with an amazing fidelity to life.

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.

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

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.

THE OLD BALLAD CONCERTS – 5 - Regional 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)

29th February 1936 - 10.0 The BBC Theatre Orchestra; Conductor, Stanford Robinson; Anne Ziegler (Soprano)

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.


                                                              Anne in 1936

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.

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. 

ROMANCE IN RHYTHM – GERALDO AND HIS ORCHESTRA - Regional 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
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.

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

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.

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.

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 )

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 i. 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.

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 

LOTS OF LOVE Autumn 1936 - Radio broadcast. Anne Ziegler and Cavan O'Connor, with Adele Dixon, Greer Carson, Bruce Winston, Eric Portman.

Lots of Love - National Programme Daventry, 13 October 1936 20.00
An Improper Story of Four Centuries (very properly cut to an Hour) By HOLT MARVELL; Music by JACK STRACHEY
The singers include JOHN McKENNA, ANNE ZIEGLER and THE RADIO THREE
THE TELEVISION ORCHESTRA

Conducted by HYAM GREENBAUM

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)

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
Presented by THE HEAD CHEFS:
LESLIE SARONY and LESLIE HOLMES
Additional Seasoning by THE BBC REVUE CHORUS AND THE BBC VARIETY ORCHESTRA
Chef d'Orchestre, CHARLES SHADWELL
Produced by MARTYN C. WEBSTER

 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 AND JEAN GILBERT
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 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

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)
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

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 

HEDDLE NASH and MARIA ELSNER IN GYPSY LOVE - National 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: 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.

HUNTLEY WRIGHT as Wun-Hi in THE GEISHA - National Programme Daventry, 4 January 1937 19.45
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

 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.

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

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.)

Presented 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

25th 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)

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

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

The Railway Clearing House Male Voice Choir
Janet Howe (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor)
Ernest Lush (solo pianoforte)
Conductor, Stanford Robinson from the Kingsway Hall

A 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)

3rd 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.

17th 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)
24th April 1937 Regional – Saturday  7.30 Concert by the Railway Clearing House Male Voice Choir; Janet Howe (Contralto): Webster Booth (Tenor); Ernest Lush (Solo Pianoforte); conductor, Stanford Robinson, from the Kingsway Hall.

MOZART - Regional Programme Midland, 28 April 1937 19.40
A 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) 

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)
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.

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

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

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 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)

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

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 BOUFFE - Regional Programme Midland, 4 December 1937 21.10 - A 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

Jean Collen

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