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.

Friday, February 23, 2007

LIGHT CONCERTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

CONCERTS AND VARIETY SHOWS IN SOUTH AFRICA

I have compiled the following information from newspapers, personal recollections and programmes. The list is far from complete. Please contact me if you can fill in the gaps.

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH, November 1955
Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. They also toured the then Rhodesias.

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH, 23 November 1955
City Hall, East London
Recital presented by East London Association of the Arts.

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH, with Arthur Tatler (piano)
City Hall, Johannesburg Tuesday, 31 January 16th and 21 February 1956
City Hall, Benoni, Saturday, (opening Benoni's Golden Jubilee celebrations) 4th February 1956
City Hall, Pretoria, Wednesday, 8 February 1956
B tour to Bethal, Bloemfontein, Parys (concert on an island on the Vaal River), Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

THE NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS 29 May 1957
Johannesburg
Anne and Webster sang at this concert produced by Cedric Messina and Monte Doyle in aid of Jimmy Elliott Appeal.

HOBBIES EXHIBITION, May 1957
Round Table, East London
Anne and Webster sang at this exhibition.

STARLIGHT 13 to16 November 1957
Prosperity Park, Zoo Lake. All funds in aid of the United Party
Anne, Webster, Maria Pavlou, Eva Tamassy, Gordon Mulholland, Jack Kruger, Charles Castle.

VARIETY UNDER THE STARS 7 March 1958
Joubert Park Theatre
Anne and Webster and a host of other performers.

VARIETY PROGRAMME June 1958
Kangalani, home of Eva Harvey (by invitation only!)
Anne and Webster, Sini van der Brom, Francois Bouguenon, Eva Harvey.

VARIETY UNDER THE STARS 8 January 1959
Joubert Park Theatre
Anne and Webster, with Bob Connolly, Olive King etc.

VARIETY UNDER THE STARS 12 March 1959
Joubert Park Theatre
Anne and Webster, with Garth Meade and Doris Brasch.

GRAND VARIETY SHOW, 27, 28 May 1960
Methodist Church Hall, Roberts Avenue, Kensington
Anne and Webster and other artistes.
I (aged 16) attended this show and got their autographs at the interval.

CHRISTMAS CAPERS December 1, 2, 3 1960
Civic Theatre, Bloemfontein
Anne and Webster and local artistes presented by Rotary Club.

CONCERT 30 April 1961
Wanderers Club, Johannesburg.
Anne and Webster sang.

OVER 6OS OLD FOLKS VARIETY SHOW 2 May 1961
City Hall, Durban
Anne and Webster, with Cyril Sugden, Graham Rich.

SATURDAY NIGHT VARIETY SHOW 1961
Amphitheatre, North Beach, Durban
Anne and Webster and top line variety stars.

CONCERT 5 June 1961 8.15 pm
Allan Wilson Beit Hall, Salisbury, Rhodesia
Anne and Webster appeared in a concert after Webster had adjudicated at Vocal Festival for the Rhodesia Institute of Allied Arts.

GALA BENEFIT SHOW February 1962
Ciros Club, Johannesburg
Anne and Webster appeared in benefit show for the actor, David Beattie, who was suffering from cancer.

CONCERT Mid August 1963
Ficksburg
Anne and Webster, accompanied by Desmond Wright.

CONCERT TOUR WITH SABC ORCHESTRA 1964
Anne and Webster were soloists on this tour.

CONCERT TOUR WITH SABC ORCHESTRA September 1965
Anne and Webster were soloists on this tour.

POPULAR CONCERT, 2 October 1966
Johannesburg 80th Birthday
City Hall, Johannesburg
Anne and Webster with SABC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edgar Cree.
Lehar medley (Anne and Webster)
The Holy City (Webster)
Loves old sweet song (Anne and Webster)
We'll gather lilacs (Anne and Webster)
O lovely night (Anne and Webster)
Drink to me only with thine eyes (Anne)
Selection from Bitter Sweet (Anne and Webster)

KNYSNA

GRAND VARIETY CONCERT 15 September 1967, 8.15 pm
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Knysna
Knysna District Choral Society proudly present
Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth

POPULAR CONCERT, December 1967
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Knysna
Anne and Webster

POPULAR CONCERT, 12 January 1968
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Knysna.
Anne and Webster repeat the December concert.

THE ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH SHOW 26, 27, 28 August 1972
Durban Jewish Club
Anne and Webster accompanied by Jack Dowle, with top supporting artistes.

FAREWELL CONCERT, late 1975
Somerset West
Anne and Webster planned to retire from the stage at the end of 1975, but when they returned to England in early 1978 they were in great demand so came out of retirement until Webster's health broke down in 1983.


Thursday, February 22, 2007

LIGHT CONCERTS IN UK AND TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA.

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH IN CONCERTS, CONCERT PARTY AND VARIETY



Anne and Webster in Variety at the London Palladium, early 1940s. Posted by Hello


1920s and 1930s

SUNDAY LEAGUE CONCERT
(Lawrence Wright/Horatio Nichols) 1929

Empire Theatre, Croydon
Webster sang 'My inspiration is you'. Lawre nce Wright liked his voice and recommended him to Columbia for a gramophone test. He eventually signed with HMV.


CONCERT PARTY (Ernest Butcher, Muriel George) June to September 1930
Central Pier, Blackpool
Webster


SUNDAY CONCERT 1931
Floral Hall, Southport.
Mark Hambourg (piano). Anne was the only other artiste on the programme.


MASONIC DINNERS 1930s
Webster sang at a number of Masonic dinners in the 1930s. Apparently the singers at these dinners were not only men, for he remembered when Betsy de la Porte, the South African singer, was a fellow soloist. She busied herself with her knitting while she waited for her appearance.



SUNSHINE CONCERT PARTY
(Powis Pinder) May to September 1931-1933

Summer Theatre, Shanklin.
Webster's second wife Paddy Prior (dance and light comedy act) obtained a job in the show.


CABARET 1933-1935
Anne sang at a variety of Joseph Lyons venues on and off for two years: Regent Palace Hotel, the Popular Cafe in Piccadilly, The Strand Corner House, the Trocadero, the Cafe de la Paix, the Monico.


SUMMER SMILES CONCERT PARTY May - September 1935
Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Anne.


HARRY GORDON'S ENTERTAINERS Summer 1935
Beach Pavilion, Aberdeen.
Webster.


HARRY GORDON'S ENTERTAINERS Summer 1936
Beach Pavilion, Aberdeen
Anne appeared as guest artiste.


CONCERT, 24 January 1937
Empire Theatre, Edinburgh.
Concert in aid of the benevolent funds of the National Union of Journalists.
Stars from all the entertainment houses in the city appeared before a crowded audience, including Will Fyffe, Joan Cole, Anne Ziegler, Miriam Sabbage, Jones and Thomas and the full chorus of the Cinderella company, Tom Cable (compere), Dot Carr, Leslie Fuller, Hal Gordon, Kenneth Kove, the Marquartsteiner Tyrolean Dancers, and others. The full Empire Orchestra was under the leadership of Harry Joseph.


CABARET AND BROADCASTS 1937
While Anne starred in VIRGINIA, Webster did some broadcasts with Will Rogers and sang at the Rainbow Room, New York.


CONCERT 27 March 1938
City Hall, Hull
Hull Male Voice Choir, with the Stollwerkscher Mannenchor, with Anne and Webster as guest artists.


CONCERT 5 November 1938
South Wales.
Empire Theatre, Croydon
Webster appeared with Olive Groves after his wedding to Anne in London earlier that day.


LIGHT CLASSICAL CONCERT Sunday, March 26 1939.
Opera House, Workington
Anne with Cedric Derbyshire (bass baritone)
Winifred Dawson, first violin
Piano accompanist: S. C. Johnston


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


CONCERT Summer 1939
Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon
Anne and Webster with Harry Engleman's Quintet.


HARRY GORDON'S ENTERTAINERS Summer, 1939
Beach Pavilion, Aberdeen.
Anne and Webster appeared together.


CONCERT August 1939
Pier Pavilion, Eastborne.
Anne and Webster.


CONCERT 2 September 1939
Buxton
Anne and Webster were also booked to perform on Sunday 3 September, but war was declared on that day so Webster had to go to Bristol immediately to join the staff of the BBC.


VARIETY CONCERTS from 23 September 1939.
Bristol
Anne appeared in twice nightly variety in with Herman Darewski.



1939 Bristol Hippodrome: December 10 
All-Star Variety Concert, with Suzette Tarri, Anne Ziegler, Helen Clare, Horace Percival, Tommy Handley, Davy Burnaby, Michael North, Dick Bentley, George Moon, Phil Green, Jack Warner, Jack Train, Jean Colin, Fred Yule, Richard Hassett, Denny Dennis, Mackenzie Twins, Alan Paul, Billy Ternent, Bryan Michie, Doris Arnold, Jack Hylton’s Band, Bristol Aeroplane Company Band, in aid of Bristol’s Own Fund, in presence of the Lord Mayor and Sheriff.

December 30-January 4: Webster Booth 



1940s and 1950s


MUSIC HALL DEBUT March 1940
Palace Theatre, Manchester
Anne and Webster made their debut in Variety.

Palace Theatre, Manchester. Posted by Hello
GALA VARIETY PERFORMANCE May 1940
London Palladium.
Because of the war this show replaced the traditional Royal Command Performance. Anne and Webster appeared with many other stars of Variety.


ON WITH THE SHOW (Lawrence Wright) June to October 1940
North Pier, Blackpool
Anne and Webster appeared in variety.


Bristol Hippodrome
December 30-January 4 1940/1941: Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler, Sober as a Judge, with Jimmy James and company; Herschel Henlere, Paul Wingrave, Duncan Gray, Terina, Two Rexanos, Red Fred.




VARIETY 14 April 1941
Empire, Glasgow
Anne and Webster appeared in variety.


HULLABALOO Summer 1941
Blackpool Opera House.
VARIETY presented by George Black.
Anne and Webster appeared in variety. With Jack Hylton.


MERRIE ENGLAND Summer 1941
Circus Big Top at Blackpool.
A concert version was presented with Anne and Webster in the leading roles.


GANGWAY 1941-May 1942
George Black's musical smile at the Palladium
Produced by Robert Nesbitt
Dances: Wendy Toye
Gowns by Norman Hartnell
Roberta Huby and the girls
Lamar and Rosita
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler with accompanist, Charles Forwood (misspelt as 'Forward' in the programme!), Teddy Brown, Tommy Trinder, Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon, The Bredwins, Kim Kendall
Orchestra conducted by Debroy Somers


AID TO RUSSIA Sunday, December 7th 1941 at 3.00pm
Grand Concert at WIMBLEDON THEATRE
Arranged by Debroy Somers
Band of HM Welsh Guards, Debroy Somers & his band, Frances Day, Flanagan and Allen, Teddy Brown, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Zoe Gail, Cyril Smith, Naunton Wayne, Jack Warner, George Gee (who had appeared with Webster in ‘My kingdom for a cow’), Mark Hambourg, Jetsam, Lupino Lane and George Baker.


VARIETY (George Black) May 1942
Blackpool Opera House.
Anne collapsed and was taken ill during the run of this summer season.


CONCERT 1942
Abertillery Chapel, Wales.
Anne and Webster sang at a concert here.
HAROLD FIELDING’S FOUR WEEK TOUR. 1943
Albert Hall and the Belle Vue in Manchester (the hall seated 7000 people
Anne, Webster, Rawicz and Landauer, Albert Sandler and his trio.


ORCHESTRAL CONCERT, 16 November 1943
Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow.
Mark Hambourg (Piano), Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Julian Clifford.

ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
5 November 1945

London Coliseum
Anne and Webster, Wilson, Kepple and Betty, Vic Oliver, Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon, Tommy Trinder, Chappie d’Amato, Will Hay, George Doonan and Sid Field appeared in the Victory Royal Variety Performance. The concert took place on Anne and Webster’s seventh wedding anniversary.


VARIETY tour (Harold Fielding) 1946
6 February 1946
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Harold Fielding presents
WEBSTER BOOTH AND ANNE ZIEGLER
Radio's Famous Romantic Vocalists.
Only remaining tickets 4/- and 3/- unreserved
Town Hall Sheffield, Usher Hall Edinburgh, St Andrew’s Hall Glasgow, Caird Hall Dundee, City Hall Newcastle.
Webster and Anne. Webster was taken ill with 'flu at the Usher Hall concert. He appeared in the first half and was unable to continue singing after the interval, so Anne had to finish this concert on her own and play a number of subsequent venues without Webster. Weingarten (Piano), Melsa (Violin) and Herbert Dawson (solo Piano and accompanist to Mr Melsa) also appeared.


VARIETY SEASON three weeks, commencing May 12 1947
Coliseum, Charing Cross
Twice nightly 6.0, 8.30
Matinee Wednesday at 2.30
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, accompanied by Charles Forwood
Billy Russell, Ali Bey (The Great Arabian Wizard), Peter Cavanagh,
Henry Hall and his orchestra
Betty Driver


PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH
Sunday 15 June 1947
Odeon, Weston-Super-Mare


ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH, 21 July 1947 (for a week)
Margate Winter Gardens.
Variety concert.


MORNING SERVICE
KING’S PRIVATE CHAPEL, WINDSOR 1947/48
King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret were present.
Anne and Webster sang excerpts from Messiah and a hymn by Vaughan Williams.


HAROLD FIELDING PRESENTS 4 February 1948
Usher Hall Edinburgh
WEBSTER BOOTH AND ANNE ZIEGLER (Charles Forwood, accompanist)
Radio's Famous Romantic Vocalists,
Lionel Bowman, the famous South African Pianist,
Peter Dawson, singing the songs he has made immortal on 12,000,000 gramophone records.
Peter Dawson was indisposed, so his place was taken by Alfred Swain.


TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA 1948
Anne and Webster left on the ill-starred maiden voyage of Imperial Star on April 2 1948. When the ship docked in South Africa en route to Australia they broadcast in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.



After a concert in New Zealand, 1948. Posted by Hello


Australian pianist Clarence Black was their accompanist on the tour. They opened in Wellington on 1 June, travelled to eighteen towns, sang in twenty-six concerts and did ten broadcasts in the space of eight weeks. They then did a further tour in Australia and returned to the UK (Tilbury) aboard the Straithaird, arriving home on their tenth wedding anniversary, 5 November 1948.


CONCERT IN B’HAM TOWN HALL March 1949
Anne and Webster sang in aid of the restoration fund for St James’s Church, Handsworth, where Webster had first sung as a chorister before going to Lincoln at the age of nine.



ON WITH THE SHOW
Summer 1949

North Pier, Blackpool
The Silver Jubilee of Lawrence Wright’s show.
Anne and Webster appeared with a host of other stars of the day.



Bristol Hippodrome 1949: August 1-6: Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Rudells, Albert Whelan, Frank Preston, MacDonald and Graham, Charles Ancaster, Kardoma, Johnson Clark



CONCERT September 1949
IRELAND


CONCERT October 1949
BIRMINGHAM CITY HALL
Anne and Webster were singing at this concert with Webster’s family in the audience. His father, who had celebrated his eighty-third birthday, was taken ill and died at the concert.


BRYNGWYN GIRLS CHOIR November 1949
Bryngwyn, Wales.
Anne and Webster appeared as guest artistes with the choir, conducted by music teacher Cyril Blake.

CONCERT, 19 November 1949
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
CELEBRITY PRODUCTIONS (SCOTLAND) LTD
present
ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH
with Jules Adrian (Solo Violinist)
Grace Spero (Solo Pianist)

HAROLD FIELDING’S FESTIVAL OF BRITISH RADIO
1952

Anne and Webster sang at this event.


WEBSTER BOOTH, ANNE ZIEGLER and THE FIVE SMITH BROTHERS October 5, 1952
Blackpool
Anne and Webster sang at a Harold Fielding Concert featuring Booth and Ziegler Singing Songs of Today and Yesterday, with The Five Smith Brothers, trumpeter Eddie Calvert and The Malcolm Mitchell Trio.


CONCERT Thursday 23 June 1955
St Andrew’s Hall, Glasgow
SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA, conducted by Carl Rankl with Anne and Webster as soloists.


These are all the concerts and variety dates in the UK and the 1948 tour known to me, but there were obviously hundreds – if not thousands more – of which I am unaware. If you have memories of these, please contact me by e-mail so that I can add to this article. My thanks to Norman Staveley of Hull and Bob Bain of Glasgow for additional information.


JEANNIE C Copyright 2005