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.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

BROADCASTING (1938 - 1939)




 James Dyrenforth, Sydney Jerome, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (Radio Pictorial) 1938


6th January 1938 - Scottish  8.45 THE GEISHA, a broadcasting version of Owen Hall’s story of a Tea House, with some additional pidgin English by Clifford W Collinson: lyrics by Harry Greenbank; music by Sidney Jones; Adapted and produced by Gordon McConnel, assisted by Rex Haworth, with Huntley Wright, Fred Yule, Lawrence Baskcomb, Colleen Clifford, Ewart Scott, Arnold Matters, Gladys Young, Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Billie Baker; The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra; Conductor, Harold Lowe.

A pot-pourri written for broadcasting by Julius Buerger, with Gaby Valle (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor),
Rae Jenkins and his Schrammel Quartet
The BBC Chorus (Section C)
The BBC Theatre Orchestra Leader, Tate Gilder.
Produced and conducted by Stanford Robinson.
This programme pictures in an hour's non-stop music a holiday to fit with an itinerary including Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Tyrol, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, and Russia

Clarkson Rose: Comedian
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler : Musical Comedy Duets
A Motoring Episode by Charles Hayes and George Barker
Leonard Henry :Comedian
The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell
Compere, Charles Hayes

THE STOKE-ON-TRENT CHORAL SOCIETY - Regional Programme Midland, 12 February 1938 19.30
Kate Winter (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Stanley Pope (baritone), David Franklin (bass)
The City of Birmingham Orchestra
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by E. C. Redfern from the Victoria Hall, Hanley
Parts 1 and 2 of The Childhood of Christ by Berlioz
Stoke-on-Trent Choral Society, founded in 1909, has given concerts regularly for eighteen seasons. On two occasions the choir has sung under the baton of Sir Henry Wood. The two hundred members of the Society are connected chiefly with the pottery industry. Their enthusiasm can be gauged from the fact that many of them live as far as twelve miles away from the hall where the rehearsals take place.

Presented by - Harry S. Pepper and Douglas Moodie
Singing Commere, Judy Shirley
Ernest Butcher and Muriel George
The Odyssey of a Valentine written and told by Valentine Dunn.
Inspector Hornleigh Investigates
S. J. Warmington as Inspector Hornleigh)
No. 28, 'The Javanese Goddess* by Hans W. Priwin
Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth with the BBC Revue Chorus, The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell

THE BRISTOL ROYAL ORPHEUS GLEE SOCIETY - Regional Programme Western, 17 February 1938 20.10
Conductor, Graham Harris.
 Webster Booth (tenor)
from the Colston Hall , Bristol

CABARET- BBC Television, 22 February 1938 15.20 -with Anne Ziegler, Jane Carr, Edna Squire Brown, the Cafe Anglais Glamour Girls. Ian Grant as compere. The BBC Television Orchestra, leader Boris Pecker , conductor Hyam Greenbaum. Presentation by D. H. Munro

THE LIFE OF OFFENBACH - National Programme Daventry, 27 February 1938 21.25 - A pot-pourri of music by Jacques Offenbach devised by Julius Buerger
Production by Stanford Robinson
Geoffrey Dunn , and Rex Haworth, Ruth Naylor (soprano), Pauline Maunder (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Richard Watson (bass)
Narration written and spoken by Wilfrid Rooke Ley
The BBC Chorus (Section C)
The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conductor, Stanford Robinson

28th February 1938
Regional
9.15 I REMEMBER, presented by Percy Edgar; Marjorie Westbury (Soprano); Webster Booth (Tenor); The BBC Midland Orchestra and Singers.
A Musical Play - Book and lyrics by Otto Hauerback
Music by Rudolf Friml
Adapted for the microphone by Reginald Burston and Martyn C. Webster
The Midland Revue Orchestra
Leader, Norris Stanley
The Midland Revue Chorus
Conducted by Reginald Burston
Production by Martyn C. Webster
Boris Strogoff, Russian Ambassador to Austria: John Lang
Katinka, his bride: Helen Crerar
Petrov, an old servant to Boris: Stuart Vinden
Varenka, Katinka's maid: Dorothy Summers
Tatiana, Katinka's mother: Mary Pollock
Ivan Dimitre, Katinka's former sweetheart, Webster Booth
Thaddeus Hopper, a wealthy American: Fred Duprez
Halif, a Circassian slave-trader: Warwick Vaughan
Knopf, manager of the Cafe-Turkoisin-Vienna: Clive Selborne
Arif Bey, warden of Izzet Pasha's harem: Lester Mudditt
Olga (Nashan), first wife to Boris: Dorothy Paul
M Pierre, porter at Hotel Riche, Constantinople: Warwick Vaughan
Mrs Helen Hopper, Thaddeus Hopper's wife: Marjorie Westbury

7th April 1938 Scottish National  8.0 MILESTONES OF MELODY, Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (by permission of the Savoy Hotel Ltd), presented by John Burnaby with Anne Ziegler, Monte Rey, Patrick Waddington, Eve Becke, Cyril Grantham, The Top Hattes and the Geraldettes, The BBC Male Revue Chorus, Al Bollington at the Theatre Organ.

OVERTURE AND BEGINNERS, PLEASE! No. 2 - National Programme Daventry, 10 April 1938 21.50
A programme arranged and produced by Gordon McConnel in collaboration with Gwen Williams
Jean Colin (soprano), Esther Coleman (mezzo-contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Arnold Matters (baritone)
Four Singers from the BBC Chorus
The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder

from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth
Douglas Byng the stage and cabaret star
Jane Carr stage, screen, and radio favourite
Webster Booth the romantic tenor
Anne Ziegler the lyric soprano
Arthur Askey comedian and compere
and dance to Billy Bissett and his Canadians with THE CANADIAN CAPERS and ALICE MANN
 
from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth
Claude Dampier, The Professional Idiot
Assisted by Billie Carlyle
Webster Booth, The Romantic Tenor
Davy Burnaby and Michael North
The Carlyle Cousins In Close Harmony
Al Bowlly, Britain's Ambassador of Song
 and dance to Billy Thorburn and his Music with Eddie Gurey
The Billy Boys.
Billy Thorburn , who provides the dancing in this programme allows no brass in his band, and conducts without a baton from his pianist's stool.
Rarely before have so many famous artists been together in a West of England cabaret. Of special interest is the appearance of Webster Booth, the tenor who has delighted critics with his singing at Covent Garden this season in The Magic Flute and Der Rosenkavalier.
 
9th April 1938
Sunday
9.35 OVERTURE AND BEGINNERS, PLEASE NO 2, a programme arranged and produced by Gordon McConnell in collaboration with Gwen Williams The Singers: Jean Colin (Soprano); Esther Coleman (Mezzo-Contralto); Webster Booth (Tenor); Arnold Matters (Baritone); Four Singers from the BBC Chorus; the BBC Orchestra, conducted by Harold Lowe.

Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (By permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with Romance and Rhythm
Anne Ziegler, Eve Becke, Monte Rey, Cyril Grantham, Patrick Waddington, The Top Hatters, The Geraldettes,The BBC Male Revue Chorus.
Presented by John Burnaby

21st April 1938 At 9.45 there will be a DANCE CABARET with Douglas Byng, Jane Carr, Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, and others.
9.15 Dance Cabaret; Douglas Byng (stage and cabaret artist), Jane Carr (stage, screen and radio artist), Webster Booth (tenor), Anne Ziegler (soprano), Arthur Askey (comedian and compère); Billy Bissett and his Canadians with the Canadian Capers, and Alice Mann from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth

Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (By permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with Romance and Rhythm
Anne Ziegler, Eve Becke, Monte Rey, Cyril Grantham, Patrick Waddington, The Top Hatters, The Geraldettes,The BBC Male Revue Chorus.
Presented by John Burnaby

A programme of songs and duets from famous operettas arranged by Gwen Williams and Stanford Robinson
The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Maria Elsner (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor)

A Programme for Theatre Organ and Variety Orchestra
Presented by Charles Shadwell and Reginald Foort
Webster Booth (tenor)
LIONEL MONCKTON - The Man and his Music
A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher
Music selected by Mark H. Lubbock.
Production by Gordon McConnel.
 The compere, Bertram Wallis
Dennis Noble, Betty Huntley-Wright, Anne Ziegler,
The BBC Theatre Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder ), conductor, Stanford Robinson

MILESTONES OF MELODY (Series) - National Programme Daventry, 1 June 1938 20.00
Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (by permission of the Savoy Hotel, Ltd.) with Romance and Rhythm
Anne Ziegler, Eve Becke, Monte Rey, Cyril Grantham, Jack Melford, The Top Hatters, The Geraldettes.
Section of the BBC Male Chorus
Al Bollington at the BBC Theatre Organ
Presented by John Burnaby

Part 1 - The Guv'nor of the Gaiety
An illustrated biography compiled and written by S. R. Littlewood
Produced by Gordon McConnel in collaboration with Mark H. Lubbock
The cast will include Sir Seymour and Lady Hicks (Ellaline Terriss), Robert Nainby, Willie Warde, Horace Percival, Betty Huntley-Wright, Stuart Robertson, Anne Ziegler, Bertha Willmott, Denis O'Neil
The BBC Theatre Chorus and The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
The Compere, S. R. Littlewood . Should circumstances prevent Sir Seymour and Lady Hicks from taking part in the actual broadcast, their contributions to the programme will be recorded.




Anne and Webster (Radio Pictorial -1938)

Scottish National - 8.0 MILESTONES OF MELODY , Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra (by permission of the Savoy Hotel Ltd), presented by John Burnaby with Anne Ziegler, Monte Rey, Patrick Waddington, Eve Becke, Cyril Grantham, The Top Hattes and the Geraldettes, The BBC Male Revue Chorus, Al Bollington at the Theatre Organ.

THEATRE COMPOSERS No. 2 - National Programme Daventry, 26 June 1938 21.05  FRANZ LEHAR - The Man and his Music
A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher
Music selected by Mark H. Lubbock
Production by Gordon McConnel
Dennis Noble, Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Hella Langdon
Compere, Bertram Wallis
The Rae Jenkins Trio
The BBC Theatre Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra
(Leader, Tate Gilder )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson

from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth
Claude Dampier, The Professional Idiot
Assisted by Billie Carlyle
Webster Booth, The Romantic Tenor
Davy Burnaby and Michael North
The Carlyle Cousins In Close Harmony
Al Bowlly, Britain's Ambassador of Song
 and dance to Billy Thorburn and his Music with Eddie Gurey
The Billy Boys.
Billy Thorburn , who provides the dancing in this programme allows no brass in his band, and conducts without a baton from his pianist's stool.
Rarely before have so many famous artists been together in a West of England cabaret. Of special interest is the appearance of Webster Booth, the tenor who has delighted critics with his singing at Covent Garden this season in The Magic Flute and Der Rosenkavalier.

A romance with music adapted from the Hungarian by Arthur Wimperis and Laun Wylie.
Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis , music by Albert Sirmay and Jack Waller.
 Adapted for the microphone by Reginald Burston and Martyn C. Webster
The Midland Revue Chorus, The Midland Revue Orchestra, leader Norris Stanley , conductor Reginald Burston. Production by Martyn C. Webster
(From Midland)
Naval Officer (attached to the Svlvanian Embassy): Cedric Johnson
Baron Sigman (Sylvanian Ambassador): Lester Mudditt
Marie (stenographer at the Embassy): Dorothy Leake
Albert Chuff (Continental Manager of the Colossal Assurance Co ): Hal Bryant
Captain Torelli (of the Cruiser Fire Eater): Webster Booth
Princess Elaine (of Novia): Anne Ziegler
A young Lieutenant (of the Fire Eater): John Morley
Wandu Navarro: Yvette Darnac
Ivanoff (leader of the rebellion): Godfrey Baseley
The Lord Chamberlain (of Sylvania): Godfrey Baseley
King Christian 11 of Sylvania: Leslie Bowmar
The King's Aide-de-Camp: John Morley
The Attorney General: Cedric Johnson
The Story Teller: Stuart Vinden

27th August 1938 - National  Sunday 11.30 Charles Ernesco and his Quintet, with Webster Booth

Purcell-1688 Arranged by Alexander Brent-Smith and presented by W. K. Stanton Marjorie Westbury (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Margaret Ablethorpe pianoforte)
The BBC Midland Singers - Chorus Master, Edgar Morgan
The BBC Midland Orchestra
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by Leslie Heward
The illustrations are all by Purcell, except where otherwise indicated.
Trio, Sweet Tyranesse
WEBSTER BOOTH AND MARGARET ABLETHORPE
What shall I do?
MARJORIE WESTBURY AND MARGARET ABLETHORPE
I attempt from love's sickness to fly (The Indian Queen)
MARJORIE WESTBURY, WEBSTER BOOTH, AND MARGARET ABLETHORPE
Sound the trumpet,
STRING ORCHESTRA
Cobell
MARJORIE WESTBURY AND ORCHESTRA
Fairest Isle (King Arthur)
WEBSTER BOOTH, SINGERS, AND ORCHESTRA
How blest are shepherds (King Arthur)
MARJORIE WESTBURY, SINGERS, AND ORCHESTRA
Thy hand, Belinda /When I am laid in earth, With drooping wings ye cupids come (Dido and Aeneas)
SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA
Soul of the World (Ode on St. Cecilia's Day)
WEBSTER BOOTH AND ORCHESTRA
When a cruel long winter (The Faery Queen)
SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA
Hail, great parent (The Faery Queen)
MARJORIE WESTBURY AND ORCHESTRA
Hark, the echoing air (The Faery Queen)
MARJORIE WESTBURY, SINGERS, AND ORCHESTRA
If love's a sweet passion (The Faery Queen)
ORCHESTRA
Monkey's Dance (The Faery Queen)

Webster Booth (tenor)
Webster Booth began his career in the Midlands, where he sang in a church choir until his voice broke. He started business in an accountant's office, but took up singing as a profession after having a successful audition with the D'Oyly Cartes in Birmingham. His contribution to Songs I Like will be repeated on the National wavelength tomorrow.

A Light-Hearted half-hour in which the audience will join with Reginald Foort at the BBC Theatre Organ with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.
Production by Max Kester

THE BBC THEATRE ORCHESTRA - National Programme Daventry, 18 October 1938 13.15  Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock, Anne Ziegler (soprano)
19th October 1938 - 10.30 DANCE CABARET: Douglas Byng (Cabaret Artist); Webster Booth (Tenor); Oliver Wakefield (The Voice of Inexperience); Anne Ziegler (Lyric Soprano); Cliff Cooke (Compere); Dance music played by Billy Thorburn and his Music, with Eddie Guery and The Royal Bath Hotel Singers, from the Royal Bath Hotel Ballroom, Bournemouth.

THEATRE COMPOSERS No. 3 - Regional Programme London, 25 September 1938 21.05 - Andre Messager - The Man and his Music
A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher
Music selected by Mark H. Lubbock
Production by Gordon McConnel
Stella Andreva (coloratura-soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Morgan Davies (baritone), Linda Parker (soprano)
Compere, Bertram Wallis
The Rae Jenkins Trio
The BBC Theatre Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra, leader Tate Gilder. Conductor, Stanford Robinson

28th September 1938 - Webster Booth sings with Charles Ernesco and his Quintet in the Scottish National programme at 6.25.
8.0 COFFEE AND MUSIC: an after-dinner entertainment presented by Doris Arnold, with Margaret Eaves, Webster Booth and Allan Paul.
10.0 MOVIE MELODIES: a selection of songs from the films, presented by Roy Speer, with Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Diana Clare, Sam Costa, with the BBC Revue Chorus, the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

or Love in the Stocks - A romantic ballad opera in two acts
Libretto by Harold Child
Music by R. Vaughan Williams
The BBC Theatre Chorus, The BBC Theatre Orchestra Leader, Tate Gilder, Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Narration written by Wilfrid Rooke Ley, spoken by Kaye Seeley Production by Stanford Robinson , in collaboration with Gordon McConnel , Rex Haworth, and Charles Groves
By the time Vaughan Williams had finished his first opera, Hugh the Drover, in 1914, he had written the Sea Symphony, the London Symphony, the song-cycle On Wenlock Edge, and the Tallis Fantasia. His attention was turned at that time to folk song. and Hugh the Drover is full of that kind of music.
Like Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov and Smetana's Bartered Bride, Vaughan Williams’s  Hugh the Drover is a national opera. Its background is a great historical fact, the threatened invasion of England by Napoleon. The characters are the common people of the country, and the customs of folk life enter naturally into the story.
The Constable: Samuel Worthington
Mary (his daughter): Rose Alper
Aunt Jane (his sister): Gladys Palmer
John the Butcher (betrothed to Mary): Redvers Llewellyn
Hugh the Drover: Webster Booth
Turnkey: Powell Lloyd
Showman: Robert Irwin
Cheap Jack: Stearn Scott
Shell-Fish Seller: James Bond
Primrose Seller: Marjory Grant
Ballad Seller: Reginald Mitchell
Sergeant: John Hargreaves

THE CREATION 9th November 1938. Broadcast from Town Hall, Birmingham (from Webster's score)

Songs from the current films with Marjery Wyn, Webster Booth, We Three
The Midland Revue Orchestra.Leader,
Norris Stanley
Conductor, Reginald Burston
Compere, Martyn C. Webster

26th November 1938 - 7.0 HUGH THE DROVER, or LOVE IN THE STOCKS, a romantic ballad opera in two acts; libretto by Harold Child: music by R Vaughan Williams; narration written by Wilfrid Rooke Ley, spoken by Kaye Seely, produced by Stanford Robinson (in collaboration with Gordon McConnel, Rex Haworth and Charles Groves), with Samuel Worthington, Rose Alper, Gladys Palmer, Redvers Llewellyn, Webster Booth, Powell Lloyd, Robert Irwin, Stearn Scott, James Bond, Marjery Grant, Reginald Mitchell, John Hargreaves, The BBC Theatre Chorus; the BBC Theatre Orchestra; Conductor, Stanford Robinson.

ALL DOWN FOR THE FINALE! - Regional Programme Midland, 3 December 1938 21.10  Bill White, call-boy of the Theatre Royal recalls memories of The Belle of New York, Florodora, The Merry Widow,The Lilac Domino.
Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, George Gibbs, Fred Forgham, Denis Folwell
The Midland Revue Chorus, The Midland Revue Orchestra
Leader, Norris Stanley
Conductor, Reginald Burston
Presentation by Martyn C. Webster
The call-boy's cry ‘All down for the finale!', familiar to those who have taken part in big musical-comedy productions, gives the title of this programme. The finales from famous musical comedies will be preceded by a dramatised section, beginning with reminiscences and then going on to unfold the plot of the show up to the finale chosen.

CHARLES ERNESCO AND HIS QUlNTET - National Programme Daventry, 11 December 1938 18.30 with Anne Ziegler

THE HALLE SOCIETY'S CONCERT - Regional Programme Midland, 22 December 1938 19.30 from the Free Trade Hall, Manchester.
Messiah, The oratorio by Handel -Part I
Isobel Baillie (soprano), Muriel Brunskill (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Keith Falkner (bass)
The Halle Chorus - Chorus master, Herman Brearley
The Halle Orchestra  - Leader, Alfred Barker
Conducted by Malcolm Sargent

23 December 1938 - (668 Kc/s) Northern (449.1 M) - 7.30 MESSIAH, the oratorio by Handel Part 1; The Hallé Chorus, chorus master Herman Brearley; The HalléOrchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent; Isobel Baillie (Soprano); Muriel Brunskill (Contralto); Webster Booth (Tenor); Keith Falkner (Bass), from the Free Trade Hall, Manchester.
9.5- During the Interval: The Messiah in the Industrial North, by WL Wilmshurst.
9.20pm MESSIAH, by Handel, Part 2. The Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent: Isobel Baillie (Soprano), Muriel Brunskill (contralto), Webster Booth(tenor), Keith Falkner (Bass) from the Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

31st December 1938, Saturday 12.30 12.45pm Gramophone records, Webster Booth (Tenor), Joan Cross (Soprano) with Chorus of Sadlers Wells opera.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC - BBC Home Service Basic, 4 January 1939 22.35
played by the BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson, with Gwen Catley and Webster Booth
Wilfrid Parry and Charles Groves (pianofortes) and the BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves )

An opera by Leo Delibes, Libretto by E. Gondinet and F. Gille. English version by Claude Aveling
The BBC Theatre Chorus, the BBC Theatre Orchestra, leader Tate Gilder , conductor Stanford Robinson
Narration written by Wilfrid Rooke Ley
Production by Stanford Robinson in collaboration with Gordon McConnel , Rex Haworth , and Charles Groves
British Officers: Gerald: Webster Booth
Frederic: John Hargreaves
Nilakanta, a Brahmin priest: Harold Williams
Lakme, Nilakanta's daughter: Stella Andreva
Mallika, Lakme's attendant: Mae Craven

(Section E) Led by Marie Wilson
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
Webster Booth (tenor)

9th February 1939 Scottish National 6.0 SCRAPBOOK FOR 1909, presented by Leslie Baily and Charles Brewer; Compere Patric Curwen, Producer: Charles Brewer. A programme in the Scrapbook series. Arthur Wimperis, ex-Inspector JH Jarvis, Miss Muriel Matters, Captain GP Philips; cast also includes Dorothy Holmes-Gore, Anne Ziegler, Ivan Samson, Horace Percival, Ernest Shannon, Eric Lugg, Bryan Powley, Johnnie Singer, and the recorded voices of Christabel Pankhurst and George Graves; Louis Bleriot (BBC disc); Cmdr Robert E Peary; Rt. Hon. HH Asquipth MP; Prime Minister in 1909 (all commercial discs). the BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Louis Levy.

IVOR NOVELLO LOOKS BACK! - Regional Programme London, 17 February 1939 20.15  A biography of his life in words and music, introducing some of the people who have been associated with him: Ivor Novello, Mary Ellis, Dorothy Dickson in a scene from Henry V
Madame Clara Novello-Davies, Peter Scott, Anne Ziegler, Gordon Little, Frank Bird and supporting cast. The programme will also include a short glimpse of the new Ivor Novello musical play The Dancing Years, now in rehearsal.
The recorded voices of Fay Compton, Jack Buchanan, and Jack Hulbert with The Welsh Ladies' Choir, under the direction of Madame Clara Novello Davies.
A Party of Welsh Miners.
 The BBC Revue Chorus and the Augmented BEC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell
Orchestrations by Jack Beaver.
 Interviewer, F. H. Grisewood.
The programme devised and written by Howard Thomas.
Production by Archie Campbell.
This programme will be broadcast again tomorrow (National, 5.0)

CHARLES ERNESCO  AND HIS QUINTET -  National Programme Daventry, 22 February 1939 13.00 with Webster Booth.
Charles Ernesco studied the violin at the Guildhall School of Music under Max Mossel and got his first engagement at the age of twenty as an extra in the London Symphony Orchestra at the Leeds Festival of 1925. For five or six years he played at Covent Garden during the International Season. Then in 1934 he formed his popular Quintet, which still consists of its original members.
His vocalist, Webster Booth, is also no stranger to Covent Garden; as the tenor in Der Rosenkavalier last year, he scored a remarkable success. He is equally at home in concert-party work and in Handel, and listeners will specially remember his fine singing in such radio opera productions as Lakme and Hugh the Drover.

from the Grand Hotel, Torquay
Norman Long  - A song, a joke, and a piano
Bennett and Young - Comedians
Anne Ziegler  - The lyric soprano
Webster Booth - The romantic tenor
Raymond Bennett  - Compere
and dance to
Harry Evans and his Band

Ivor Novello and Mary Ellis in GLAMOROUS NIGHT - Regional Programme London, 9 March 1939 18.00
A romantic play with music by Ivor Novello
Orchestrations by Charles Prentice. Lyrics by Christopher Hassall. Radio adaptation by V. C. Clinton-Baddeley
The BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves )
The BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Produced by Hedley Briggs in collaboration with Mark H Lubbock and George Lestrange
Technical Production, Rex Haworth
Mr Allen -: Harvey Braban
Mrs Allen: Fanny Wright
Anthony Allen: Ivor Novello
A Waiter: Eric Anderson
A Footman: Eric Anderson
Ship's Purser: Eric Anderson
Militza Hajos: Mary Ellis
Lorenti: Webster Booth
King Stefan of Krasnia: Robert Andrews
Phoebe: Minnie Rayner
Baron Lydyeff: Gerald Lawrence
Cleo Wellington: Elizabeth Welch
The Foreign Gentleman: Leo de Pokorny
The Young Officer: Eric Micklewood

JOHANN STRAUSS-1825-1899 - Regional Programme London, 13 March 1939 21.00 A Pot-Pourri by Julius Buerger
Gwen Catley (coloratura soprano), Hella Toros (soprano), Nancy Evans (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Dennis Noble (baritone),
Pianists: Wilfrid Parry, Arthur Sandford
Rae Jenkins and his Schrammel Quartet
The BBC Theatre Chorus
The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
This pot-pourri-by the compiler of The Empire Sings, The Life of Offenbach, Holiday in Europe, and Themes of London - was first broadcast in November, 1936, but has now been considerably rewritten. It traces the long and successful career of Johann Strauss from his first concert in 1844 to his death fifty-five years later.

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH in Musical-Comedy Selections
YORKY AND SCOTTY - Two Close Friends-very Close
AL AND BOB HARVEY - The Famous Canadian Comedians
LEONARD HENRY - Comedian
TED RAY - Fiddling and Fooling
THE BBC VARIETY ORCHESTRA conducted by CHARLES SHADWELL
Presented by JOHN SHARMAN

MELODIES FROM THE COMEDIES - Regional Programme Midland, 23 March 1939 21.05 A contrast in styles with Gordon Little, Anne Ziegler, John Bentley, The Rhythmettes,The Midland Revue Orchestra, Leader, Norris Stanley,Conductor, Reginald Burston, Compere, Martyn C. Webster

ORCHESTRAL AND VOCAL CONCERT - National Programme Daventry, 28 March 1939 15.00 Excerpts from The Magic Flute by Mozart
Translation by E. J. Dent
The BBC Theatre Orchestra,
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Programme introduced by F. H. Grisewood
Papageno, the bird-catcher (baritone): Arnold Matters
Papagena (soprano): Lorely Dyer
Tamino, an Egyptian prince (tenor): Webster Booth
Sarastro, the High Priest (bass): Norman Allin
Monostatos, a Moor (tenor): Webster Booth
The Queen of Night (soprano): Gwen Catley

The Story of the Ballad with Olive Groves (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Arnold Matters (baritone)
The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
The programme arranged and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock

Jerome Kern - The Man and his Music
A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher
The music selected and the programme produced by .Mark H. Lubbock
Anne Ziegler, Patricia Burke, Gordon Little, Ronnie Hill
Compere, Charles B. Cochran
The BBC Theatre Chorus and The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock
Here is a programme in narration and music, surveying the work of one of the most versatile jazz composers ever born. It is perhaps surprising to reflect that as long ago as 1905 Jerome Kern was writing song hits, and that he has kept up a steady output ever since. Who does not remember such numbers as She didn't say Yes, Who? Silver Lining, Dancing Time, and, more recently Smoke gets in your eyes? C. B. Cochran was responsible for putting on two shows that between them contained some of Kern's finest works, namely The Cat and the Fiddle and Music in the Air.

THE EXETER MALE VOICE CHOIR - Regional Programme Western, 14 April 1939 20.00 Conductor, W. J. Cotton
Webster Booth (tenor)
from the Barnfield Hall, Exeter

Adapted for broadcasting from the English book by Basil Hood . The original German libretto by A. M. Willner and Robert Bodanzky. English lyrics by Adrian Ross. Music by Franz Lehar
(Violin solos by Rae Jenkins )
The BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves ),
The BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Adaptation and production by Gordon McConnel
Ilona, Dragotin's daughter: Hella Toros
Jolan, Dragotin's niece: Billie Baker
Jozsi, a Gypsy musician: Dennis Noble
Count Dragotin, a Ruritanian nobleman: Horace Percival
Jonel, betrothed to Ilona: Webster Booth
Kajetan, a shy young man: Dudley Rolph
Lady Babby, an English lady: Sybil Evers
Andor, an innkeeper: Kenneth Ellis
Zorika, a Gypsy girl: Margaret Schlegel

from the Polygon Hotel, Southampton
Anne Ziegler the lyric soprano
Leonard Henry comedian and compere
Suzette Tarri in comedy cameos
Jack Train in character comedy
and dance to Fred Ballerini and his Dance Band
The first broadcast of cabaret from the Polygon Hotel was made last December. Programmes have been broadcast on several occasions since then, and each time the artists have included Fred Ballerini and his dance band, the combination that is appearing this evening.

Leader, Tate Gilder
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Webster Booth (tenor)
Cyril Smith (pianoforte)

Dorothy Dickson in FAREWELL TO JUAN - National Programme Daventry, 23 May 1939 20.00 or Lots of Love - An Improper Story of Four Centuries (very properly cut down to one hour)
Written by Eric Maschwitz , to music by Jack Strachey
The Storyteller, Edwin Styles
Gibb McLaughlin as The Barman
Elizabeth Maude as Laura Vanelli
Dorothy Dickson as Iris Flame
Richard Ainley as Don Juan
Ruth Maitland as Minnie
Singers: Heddle Nash, Anne Ziegler, The Cavendish Three
The BBC Theatre Orchestra
(Leader, Tate Gilder )
Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock
Rae Jenkins and his Schrammel Quartet
At the piano, Alan Paul
Orchestrations by Julius Buerger, Wally Wallond , and Jack Beaver
Trio arrangements by Kay Cavendish
Production by Archie Campbell.

CONCERT on RADIO EIREANN Friday in May 1939 - Mansion House, Dublin. Webster Booth was guest artiste at a concert.

RADIO NORMANDIE 18 June, 1939 - Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, with George Formby, Tommy Handley, Jack Warner, Vic Oliver, Bebe Daniels, Leonard Henry, Olive Groves, Donald Peers, Phyllis Robins and Reginald Foort.

from the Polygon Hotel, Southampton
Ted Ray - Fiddling and fooling
Webster Booth - The romantic tenor
Beryl Orde - Impressions
C. Denier Warren - The stage and film comedian
and dance to Fred Ballerini and his Dance Band
Presented by Leslie Bridgmont

SATURDAY AT NINE-FORTY-FIVE - National Programme Daventry, 22 July 1939 21.45  Music for Films sung and played by Anne Ziegler, Heddle Nash and The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock , With a descriptive commentary by C. A. Lejeune

HARRY ENGLEMAN'S QUINTET - Regional Programme Midland, 23 July 1939 21.30 with Anne Ziegler (soprano) and Webster Booth (tenor) from the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

JAN BERENSKA AND HIS ORCHESTRA - Regional Programme Midland, 26 July 1939 18.00 Webster Booth (tenor) from the Pump Room, Leamington Spa

26th August 1939 – Scottish 9.50 The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell, Webster Booth (Tenor)
from the Grand Hotel, Torquay
Forsythe, Seamon, and Farrell - A ton of fun
Warden and West
Fanny and Biddy (the two dames)
Anne Ziegler - The lyric soprano
Webster Booth - The romantic tenor
Suzette Tarri - In comedy cameos
and dance to Harry Evans and his Dance Band
Presented by Leslie Bridgmont

3rd September to December 1939. - At the outbreak of war Webster Booth was appointed to the BBC staff as singer, together with Tommy Handley, Vera Lennox, Ernest Longstaffe, Sam Costa, Charles Shadwell, Doris Arnold, Betty Huntley-Wright,Leonard Henry and others.

with John Rorke, Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, C. Denier Warren
The BBC Variety Orchestra
Leader, Frank Cantell
Conducted by Charles Shadwell and the BBC Revue Chorus
Compere, John Watt
Songs from the Shows, a series first produced in 1931, like Tennyson's brook, goes on for ever. True it changed its title sometimes to Songs from the Films, giving listeners a radio version of The Three Little Pigs in 1934, which paved the way for the Silly Symphonies.
The series embraced modern shows and went back to Hullo, Ragtime, to the old Gaiety favourites, and even farther. It broke out in sub series-theatres, composers-and maintained its popularity to such an extent that it still goes on. Whatever shows may be chosen tonight listeners may be sure that such artists as Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, John Rorke , and C. Denier Warren will put the songs over.

Sidney Burchall, Wynne Ajello, Esther Coleman, Webster Booth,
The Male Voice Quartet
At the pianos, Ivor Dennis and Alan Paul
Presented by Martyn C. Webster
The Ballad-Monger introducing songs old and new made his début with the mazagine programme Roundabout in May this year and became one of its most popular features. Tonight he is to appear in a programme on his own with a very strong support from popular radio favourites.

with Wynne Ajello, Webster Booth, The Five Serenaders
Presented by Douglas Lawrence

8 October 1939 - 8.30 SING SONG, a programme of variety and community singing: produced by Ernest Longstaffe, with Leonard Henry, John Rorke, Gwen Lewis, Sydney Burchall, and Webster Booth and Betty Huntley Wright (duets), The BBC Revue Chorus, The BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

A selection of songs you remember from the films you saw.
Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Diana Clare, Sam Costa
The BBC Revue Chorus with the BBC Variety Orchestra (leader, Frank Cantell ), conducted by Charles Shadwell
Presented by Roy Speer

with Leonard Henry , Gwen Lewis , Arthur Sandford , Webster Booth
The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra (leader Frank Cantell ), conducted by Charles Shadwell
Presented by Archie Campbell

with John Rorke , Margaret Eaves , Webster Booth, and C. Denier Warren
The BBC Variety Orchestra (leader, Frank Cantell ),
conducted by Charles Shadwell,
and the BBC Revue Chorus
Compere, John Watt

18th September 1939 - 8.0 COFFEE AND MUSIC: an after-dinner entertainment presented by Doris Arnold, with Margaret Eaves, Webster Booth and Alan Paul

A selection of songs you remember from the films you saw sung by Betty Huntley-Wright , Webster Booth, Diana Clare , Sam Costa , the BBC Revue Chorus and The BBC Variety Orchestra, (leader, Frank Cantell ), conducted by Charles Shadwell
Presented by Roy Speer

with John Rorke , Wynne Ajello , Webster Booth, and C. Denier Warren
The BBC Variety Orchestra (leader, Frank Cantell)
BBC Revue Chorus
 conducted by Charles Shadwell
Compere, John Watt
23rd September 1939 - 7.15 THE BALLAD MONGER, with another batch of songs, old and new, presented by Martyn C Webster, with Sydney Burchall, Wynne Ajello, Esther Coleman and Webster Booth

A cavalcade of waltz music-old and new.
 Margaret Eaves, Esther Coleman ,Webster Booth, Dudley Rolph, and others
The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra
conducted by Charles Shadwell
The programme presented by Ronald Waldman

with another batch of songs both old and new with Sidney Burchall, Elsie Otley, Esther Coleman, Webster Booth
Presented by Martyn C. Webster

28th September 1939 - 7.45 SONGS FROM THE SHOWS, with Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge; Wynne Ajello; Webster Booth; Pat Taylor; Stanley Riley; and C Denier Warren; The BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell, The BBC Revue Chorus; compere John Watt.

29th September 1939 - 9.30 MOVIE MELODIES, a selection of songs from films, sung by Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Pat Taylor and Sam Costa; The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

2nd October 1939 - 7.0 30 MOVIE MELODIES , a selection of songs from films, sung by Betty Huntley-Wright and Webster Booth; The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

5th October 1939 - 6.45 MUSIC FOR FILMS sung and played by Anne Ziegler, Heddle Nash, John Nash, John Stevens, and the BBC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Burston; descriptive commentary written by CA Lejeune, spoken by Cathleen Cordell.

8.0 SONGS FROM THE SHOWS, with Evelyn Laye, Webster Booth, Sidney Burchall, C Denier Warren, Doris Hare, and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell; the BBC Revue Chorus; Compere, John Watt.

10.45 A song recital by Webster Booth (Tenor)

6th October 1939 - LOVE IN BLOOM, a programme of love songs sung by Webster Booth, Diana Clare, Betty Huntley-Wright, presented by David Porter.

A selection of songs you remember from the films you saw sung by artists you know including:Betty Huntley-Wright , Webster Booth , Alan Breeze
The BBC Revue Chorus and The BBC Variety Orchestra
(leader, Frank Cantell )
Conducted by Charles Shadwell
Compere, David Porter
Presented by Roy Speer

conducting the augmented BBC Variety Orchestra in a programme of popular music with Webster Booth

16th October 1939 - 3.30 SWEET SERENADE, presented by Douglas Lawrence, with Wynne Ajello, Webster Booth, and the Orchestra

The sixth and last edition of songs you remember sung by artists you know, including Betty Huntley-Wright, Webster Booth, Denny Dennis and the Cavendish Three
The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra (leader Frank Cantell ), conducted by Charles Shadwell
Compere, David Porter, Presented by Roy Speer

22nd October 1939 - 6.25 The BBC Variety orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Charles Woodforde (solo Cello); Alf Lewis and Leslie Uzzell (solo trumpets); Arthur Sandford (solo piano)

A programme of light music with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, and Dorothy Carless
All arrangements by Alan Paul
Presented by John Burnaby and Alan Paul.
This programme is notable for the fact that two of the broadcasters are the wives of radio celebrities. Anne Ziegler is the wife of Webster Booth and Dorothy Carless the wife of Eugene Pini , whom she married on the eve of the outbreak of war

and don't forget the chorus! Written by Ernest Longstaffe and Leonard Henry. No. 6 of the popular get together series with Leonard Henry and Webster Booth The BBC Revue Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra  Produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe

A programme of light music, with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Dorothy Carless , and the strings of the Television Orchestra. All arrangements by Alan Paul. Presented by John Burnaby and Alan Paul

with A. H. Morgan 's Rhythmic Sextet, Webster Booth, and the Three Minx
Presented by Leslie Bridgmont

A programme of love songs sung by Webster Booth, Betty Huntley-Wright , Dorothy Carless, and Denny Dennis, with the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Hyam Greenbaum
Compere, James Dyrenforth
Presented by David Porter



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