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. The Webster Booth-Anne Ziegler Yahoo group is for those who remember them from the days of their success in the UK and South Africa, and for others discovering them for the first time. In the group there is a discussion forum and access to rare recordings and photographs featuring them as duettists and soloists.

Monday, January 22, 2007

ORATORIO AND SERIOUS CONCERTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The information is taken from newspapers, personal diaries and programmes. If you can add to it please contact me.

JOHANNESBURG 1956-1967

BEETHOVEN NINTH SYMPHONY 17 October 1956
City Hall, Johannesburg
Webster, Betsy de la Porte, Mimi Coertse, Frederick Dalberg, SABC Orchestra, Festival Choir, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.

THE CRUCIFIXION Easter Sunday morning, 1957
St George's Church, Noord Street,
Webster, Wilfred Hutchings, Choir augmented with Johannesburg Operatic Society chorus, conducted by Drummond Bell.

MESSIAH November 1957
St George's Presbyterian Church and St James' Presbyterian Church, Malvern.
Anne, Webster, Joy Hillier and Wilfred Hutchings, conducted by Drummond Bell.
My parents and I (aged 13) attended the performance at St James' Presbyterian Church. It was the first time I saw Anne and Webster, although I had already heard their recordings on the radio.

MESSIAH EXCERPTS, 20th March 1958
City Hall, Johannesburg
Webster sang at free lunch-hour organ recital, with Harry Stanton (organ).

ELIJAH May 20 1958
City Hall, Johannesburg
Emmarentia Scheepers (later known as Emma Renzi), Webster, Sarie Lamprecht, Graham Burns, Bennie Veenemans, SABC Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Society, conducted by Anton Hartman.

KING OLAF (Elgar) February 1959
City Hall, Johannesburg
Webster, with Johannesburg Philharmonic Society

THE CHRISTMAS ORATORIO 1960
Kimberley
Webster sang the tenor solos.

MESSIAH 8 December 1960
Webster sang tenor solos in the Port Elizabeth Oratorio Festival, conducted by Robert Selley.

RECITAL 4 May 1961
Krugersdorp
According to my diary entry Webster gave a recital.

DREAM OF GERONTIUS, MESSIAH 27 November 1961
Port Elizabeth Oratorio Festival, broadcast Monday and Wednesday at 8pm
Webster with Emelie Hooke, Joyce Scotcher, Harold Hart, Port Elizabeth Orchestra, directed by Robert Selley.

OLIVET TO CALVARY April 1962
St George's Presbyterian Church, Noord Street
Webster and Dudley Cock, with Drummond Bell conducting.

ROUND THE CHRISTIAN YEAR AT ST MARKS 1962
St Mark's Presbyterian Church, Yeoville.
Webster as soloist, with Herbert Woodhouse (organ) and choir.

CONCERT WITH MALE VOICE CHOIR Late November 1962
Uitenhage
Webster sang at this concert before or after singing at the Oratorio Festival in Port Elizabeth.

PORT ELIZABETH ORATORIO FESTIVAL Late November 1962
Elijah and Messiah
Webster, Monica Hunter, Joyce Scotcher, and Graham Burns, conducted by Robert Selley.

THE RESURRECTION Easter Sunday 1963
St George's Presbyterian Church, Noord Street
Webster, another soloist and choir, conducted by Drummond Bell (organ).

ELIJAH 21 September 1963
City Hall, Pietermaritzburg
Webster and other soloists, with Michaelhouse and St Annes choirs, conducted by Ronald Charles

FAURÉ REQUIEM November 1963
Yeoville Congregational Church
Webster, with Lou-Anne Parsons and choir,conducted by Desmond Wright. Soprano solos from Messiah were sung by Doris Bolton.

CRUCIFIXION Easter 1964
St George's Presbyterian Church, Noord Street
Webster, with Brian Morris, conducted by Drummond Bell (organ)

THE CREATION 19 September 1964
City Hall, Pietermaritzburg
Webster and other soloists, with Michaelhouse and St Annes Choirs, conducted by Ronald Charles
A recording was made of this performance.

KNYSNA 1967-1974

THE CRUCIFIXION Easter 1967
Anglican Church, Knysna
Knysna and District Choral Society
Webster sang the tenor solos and conducted. The baritone soloist was Ian Lemmer, with Clarence Gibbons at the organ.

EXCERPTS FROM ELIJAH and MESSIAH 1968?
Knysna and District Choral Society
Webster, Anne, Ena van der Vijver, Dudley Holmes. At this performance Webster sang several bass solos in Elijah

EASTER 1970
Knysna and District Choral Society
Excerpts from Messiah, St Paul, Hymn of Praise, Elijah, The Creation, Daughter of Janus, The Crucifixion and The Christmas Oratorio.
Webster conducted and sang with other soloists.

SOMERSET WEST 1974 to 1977

THE CRUCIFIXION, November 1975
Somerset West Choral Society
Webster conducted and sang the tenor solos.


FILM APPEARANCES

FILM APPEARANCES IN THE UK AND SOUTH AFRICA.

THE MIKADO, 1926
D'Oyly Carte Company, in which Webster Booth appeared as a chorister under his birth name of Leslie W. Booth. Incongruously this film was in hand-mixed colour and silent.

THE INVADER 1934
The film starred Buster Keaton and Webster played the part of a troubadour. A collage of stills from The Invader.


FAUST FANTASY, (film) started shooting on 5th December 1934 and released in 1935.
The film opened at the Curzon Cinema. Anne and Webster starred as Marguerite and Faust in this colour film, with Dennis Hoey as Mephistopheles.

THE ROBBER SYMPHONY 1935
Directed, partly written and music composed by Friedrich Feher.
Webster, with Oscar Asche, Magda Sonja, and George Graves.


Webster, dragging a piano through the snow, in 'The Robber Symphony' Posted by Hello


SUNSHINE AHEAD 1937
Webster Booth, George Baker, Jack Payne and his band and other performers,

SATURDAY NIGHT REVUE, 1937
Webster Booth, with Billy Milton, John Watt, Jimmy Hanson, Sally Gray, Mary Jerrold, Billy Reid and his band, John Reynders and the BBC Orchestra

DEMOBBED (Mancunian) 1944

Anne and Webster (special guests), with Norman Evans, Nat Jackley, Dan Young, Betty Jumel among others

WALTZ TIME 1945
Gainsborough Pictures

Waltz Time 1945 Posted by Hello
With Webster Booth & Anne Ziegler

Webster and Anne in the film "Waltz Time" (1945) Posted by Hello
Peter Graves, George Robey, Albert Sandler, Thorley Walters,
Harry Welchman, Wylie Watson, John Ruddock
Richard Tauber


Anne and Webster as strolling players in 'Waltz Time', 1945. Posted by Hello

THE LAUGHING LADY
(film) 1946
Gainsborough Pictures

'The Laughing Lady' trade poster. Posted by Hello

The Laughing Lady, 1946 Posted by Hello
AZ, WB, Felix Aylmer, Francis L Sullivan and Peter Graves
The ball scene in the film, 'The Laughing Lady', 1946. Posted by Hello

'The Laughing Lady' (1946) Posted by Hello

THE STORY OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN
, 1953
Robert Morley, Ian Wallace, Owen Brannigan, Harold Williams [and voices of Webster Booth, Elsie Morrison, John Cameron]

A BED FOR ZANDILE 1959
Empire Films, South Africa
Webster as doctor in film to promote Santa (fight against Tuberculosis) with Minoria Mnisi.

LORD OOM PIET
(Jamie Uys) 1962
Anne and Webster appeared as guest singers in this South African film. Jamie Uys, Bob Courtney, Arthur Swemmer

KIMBERLEY JIM 1963
Webster played cameo role. With Jim Reeves, Clive Parnell, Madeleine Usher

KING HENDRIK (Emil Nofal) 1965
Webster played cameo role of British ambassador.

JEANNIE C