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.

Friday, November 07, 2014

BROADCASTS - 1940 - 1942





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Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, with Sydney Jerome.

An excerpt from Prince Littler's pantomime, Presented by Prince Littler.
Orchestra under the direction of Ray Theobald
From Golders Green Hippodrome
Muddles: Leonard Henry
King Satupon (The Oneth): Syd Walker
Prince Silverthistle: Anne Ziegler
Princess Beauty: Greta Fayne
Queen Quibblina: Jimmy Young
Fairy Rosydawn: Bebe Terry
Somina (The Witch): Isobel Marden


with Alan Paul  - A programme of music of a quiet nature .
Singers: Dorothy Carless, Three in Harmony, Webster Booth
The Players: Jean Pougnet , David Wise, Frederick Riddle, Anthony Pini , Victor Watson , John Cockerill , Arthur Gleghorn , Leon Goossens, Reginald Kell , Andrew Walkowski , Dennis Gomm
All arrangements by Alan Paul, devised and presented by John Burnaby and Alan Paul

Selected by Mark H. Lubbock and played by the BBC Theatre Orchestra - leader, Tate Gilder,conductor, Stanford Robinson
Gwen Catley ,Webster Booth,
Wilfrid Parry and Charles Gloves (pianofortes),
the Alfredo Campoli Trio
BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves)

The story of the Popular Song with Marjorie Westbury, Webster Booth, John Rorke
The BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves)
The BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder )
The programme presented and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock

Evelyn Dall (by permission of Bert Ambrose), Webster Booth, and John Bentley in General Release - Songs from current and forthcoming film issues
with the Radio Graces, the BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves ),
BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder )
The programme arranged and conducted by Reginald Burston
Compere, Hugh Morton
Keen filmgoers, as well as many other listeners, will be interested to know that for this programme Reginald Burston has persuaded the producers and Jack Hylton to release the original scores of the new Band Waggon film, and Alexander Korda has released the original score of the incidental music for The Four Feathers.
Another point of interest about the production is that Evelyn Dall , the popular dance-band vocalist, is entering a new field, so far as sound broadcasting is concerned.

(By permission of Paramount Pictures) by Ernest Vayda and Guy Bolton, from the play The Prince Consort by Leon Xanroff and Jules Chancel.
Music by Victor Schertzinger, lyrics by Clifford Grey.
Radio score by Jack Beaver.
The Revue Chorus and the Augmented Revue Orchestra, conducted by Hyam Greenbaum
Produced by Douglas Moodie.
Count Alfred: Jack Warner
Jacques, his valet: Tony Sympson
The Queen of Sylvania: Anne Ziegler
Lulu, her maid: Jane Young
Her Major Domo: Gibb McLaughlin
Smaller parts: Olivia Burleigh, Evelyn Nielsen, Arthur Pusey, H. Brough Robertson, Tarver Penna, Alan Keith, Jacques Brown


Presented by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman
The Western Brothers
Inspector Homleigh investigates (No. 12-3rd series), by H. W. Priwin, with S. J. Warmington as Inspector Homleigh
Anniversary —memories of famous first nights.
Anne Ziegler (Soprano)

THE STORY OF THE POPULAR SONG - Forces Programme, 21 February 1940 21.45  Devised and written by M. Willson Disher
with Marjorie Westbury, Webster Booth, John Rorke
The BBC Theatre Chorus (Trained by Charles Groves)
The BBC Theatre Orchestra (Leader, Tate Gilder )
The programme presented and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock

SATURDAY AT NINE-THIRTY-FIVE - BBC Home Service Basic, 13 April 1940 21.35
Listeners' Request Night with Webster Booth
The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conducted by Harold Lowe

From the Lewisham Hippodrome, London (by permission of Harry Joseph and Idris Lewis )
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Al and Bob Harvey,Will Hay, Junior, and Company, Issy Bonn,Billy Bissett 's Canadians On 877 kc/s 342.1 m.

A musical comedy/operetta by Bruno Hardt Warden
The music by Robert Stolz
Adapted for broadcasting from the English version by Holt Marvell, Hassard Short, Desmond Carter, and Reginald Purdell
The BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves)
The BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder
Conducted by Reginald Burston, Production by Martyn C. Webster.
Wild Violets was originally produced at Drury Lane in 1932. Set in Switzerland and involving all the best ingredients of melody and romance, it has one of the most tuneful scores written for the theatre during recent years, as most will agree who remember such numbers as You, just you, A girl has got my heart, and Don't say good-bye.
Augusta: Dorothy Paul
Hans: Ernest Butcher
Greta, their daughter: Meg Titheradge
Otto Bergmann: Frank Drew,
Paul Hoffman: Webster Booth
Carl Hoffman, Paul's son: Dudley Rolph
Erik Schmidt: Patrick Waddington
Madame Hoffman, Headmistress of the Chateau Violette: Dorothy Summers Mile. Yvonne Duprez, assistant mistress at the Chateau: Yvette Damac
Liesel: Marjorie Westbury
Mitzi: Billie Baker
Lena: Helen Crerar
Augusta, maid at the Chateau: Dorothy Paul
Hans, her sweetheart: Ernest Butcher
Mary Rutherford, the new girl from England: Heather Boys
Algernon Rutherford, her grandfather: Edgar Norfolk
Dr. Franck, music-master at the Chateau: John Morley
The narrator: Stuart Vinden


George Black presents A GRAND VARIETY GALA - Forces Programme, 5 May 1940 20.00 in aid of the Variety Artists' Benevolent Fund
Appearing before the interval are
Rawicz and Landauer, Vic Oliver, Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon, Arthur Askey, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Florence Desmond and Jack Warner.
The London Palladium Orchestra conducted by Clifford Greenwood
From the London Palladium

at the Ballroom of the Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth
with Hutch (Leslie Hutchinson ), Jeanne de Casalis  (Mrs. Feather), Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler - (the famous singers), Eric Barker (the Prince of Satirists), and Benny Loban and his Music Weavers with Eddie Gurey and Celia Lipton.
Compere, Kenneth Rainford
Presented by Leslie Bridgmont

French theatrical memories. Arranged and produced by Gordon McConnel , in collaboration with Gwen Williams
Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Franklyn Kelsey
Narrator, Patrick Waddington
The BBC Theatre Chorus (trained by Charles Groves)
The BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
The pot-pourri of hits from famous English musical shows is well established as a popular broadcasting item. Little, so far, however, has been heard of the theatre music of France, to which the whole of tonight's programme will be devoted.
Some French theatre composers, such as Offenbach, Messager, Lecocq, and Planquette are well known over here, but it is not only with these that the programme will be concerned. The operettas of Renaldo Hahn , for example, are little known over here. Likewise those of Louis Ganne. These two composers have reputations in this country as a song-writer and an orchestral composer respectively. The songs, by the way, will all be sung in English.

presented by Lawrence Wright.
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Dave Morris, Iris Sadler, Elsie Prince, Alec Hales , Sydney Glen, Cochrane and Odette, the Oomph Girls, the Blue Riband Three.
Bram Martin and his Band.
From a Northern seaside resort – Blackpool

A magazine programme including Anne Ziegler, Cyril Fletcher and Billy Tement and the Dance Orchestra
Spotlight focused by Hugh Morton.
Devised and presented by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman.
Mr. Walker wants to know by Ernest Dudley and Gordon Crier.
Youth takes a bow presented by Jack Hylton and compered by Bryan Michie
Singing commeres, the Three Chimes
The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell

A programme of songs by Eric Maschwitz, set to music by various composers, with Anne Ziegler, Effie Atherton, Horace Percival, Ivor John
BBC Theatre Chorus and BBC Theatre Orchestra, Leader, Tate Gilder
The programme presented and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock

OVERSEAS SERVICE from Autumn 1940. During the war Anne and Webster did many overseas forces broadcasts, usually in the early hours of the morning.
21st October 1940 Programme for the forces. 11.0 William Murdoch (Piano), Webster Booth (Tenor), Josef Hassid (Violin), Bruce Dargavel (Baritone)

A programme of songs and duets from popular musical shows with
Anne Ziegler , Webster Booth, Morgan Davies
BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Arranged and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock
Mark H. Lubbock and his collaborator, Desmond Davis, are presenting another of their popular broadcasts of music written for the stage. This programme will make a feature of numbers from operettas, including The Cat and the Fiddle, The Student Prince, and The Vagabond King.

INVITATION TO ROMANCE - Forces Programme, 11 November 1940 14.20 A programme of songs by Eric Maschwitz set to music by various composers with Anne Ziegler, Effie Atherton, Horace Percival, Ivor John
BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra, leader, Tate Gilder
Presented and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock
This show takes you back to the days when collecting the postcards of famous musical-comedy beauties was all the rage

A light opera in three acts, abridged and adapted for broadcasting
Libretto by A. P. Herbert. Music by Thomas F. Dunhill
BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader Tate Gilder )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Produced by.Gordon McConnel, with the musical collaboration of Gwen Williams.

This light opera in three acts was produced by Sir Nigel Playfair at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, on January 16, 1931. It proved one of the most successful productions of his management, and the box-office receipts broke all records for that theatre. After a run of several months it was transferred to the New Theatre in the West End, where it flourished far into the summer months, and afterwards it went on tour to the principal towns in England and Scotland with great success.
The music of Tantivy Towers is continuous ; there is no spoken dialogue. Although it is a real comic opera, and full of wit and satirical humour, the subject has its serious side, and some of the incidents are very dramatic. The treatment, however, is light throughout, and the theme of the work, stated briefly, is the conflict between the artistic set and the county set. The author of the libretto, it may be said, is quite conscious of the shortcomings of both. The cutting of the score for this production has been carried out by the composer himself.
Hugh Heather (a singer): Webster Booth
Jenny Jay (a would-be painter): Betty Huntley-Wright
The Earl of Tantivy: Percy Heming
The Countess of Tantivy: Gladys Parr
Lady Ann Gallop (their daughter): Anne Ziegler
Charles Viscount Harkaway (their son): Roy Henderson
Captain Bareback, M F H: Dennis Noble

THE MUSIC OFJEROME KERN - Forces Programme, 19 November 1940 21.20
with Anne Ziegler, Ronnie Hill, Morgan Davies
BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra Leader, Tate Gilder
Presented and conducted by ' Mark H. Lubbock

SATURDAY AT NINE-FORTY - BBC Home Service Basic, 7 December 1940 21.40 Sir Seymour Hicks presents Picture-Postcard Beauties-No. 3 A recollection of their charms, their lives, and their favourite songs.
 Billie Baker, Linda Gray, Anne Ziegler
BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra - Leader, Tate Gilder
Conducted by Reginald Burston
Programme compiled by S. R. Littlewood and Reginald Burston.

for members of H.M. Forces (with their sweethearts and wives) given by The BBC Salon Orchestra
Leader, Jean Pougnet
Conductor, Leslie Bridgewater
Margaret Eaves, Helen Clare, Webster Booth,
and Fredric Bayco at the organ.
 Introduced by Lionel Gamlin
From a West-Country concert hall

The first part of the oratorio by Handel.
A performance by the Huddersfield Choral Society - Chorus Master, Herbert Bardgett.
Janet Hamilton-Smith (soprano), Maud Heaton (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Keith Falkner (bass)
The Society's Orchestra, Leader, Reginald Stead.
Conductor, Malcolm Sargent,
From a Northern concert hall
There are several reasons for the traditional popularity of Messiah in the North: first, the choruses offer a unique blend of opportunities for great team-work and, in the many magnificent runs and crescendos, for showing off. Secondly, from the religious point of view the plain-spoken chapel-going North welcomes, perhaps subconsciously, the Protestant theology of the oratorio, the familiar words of which are all taken direct from the Bible. Thirdly, the North likes it because it knows it so well and so thoroughly just in the same way that many thousands of people like Gilbert and Sullivan. It is said that familiarity breeds contempt, but it is impossible for anyone to have contempt for such a masterpiece as Messiah.
Part 2 of Messiah will be broadcast next Sunday at 4.15 by the Halle Society conducted by Dr. Malcolm Sargent. 


The second part of the oratorio by Handel.
A performance by the Hallé Concerts Society
Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gladys Ripley (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Norman Walker (bass)
Hallé Chorus
Hallé Orchestra - Leader, Laurance Turner
Conducted by Malcolm Sargent from a Northern concert hall

WINTER GARDEN ORCHESTRA - Forces Programme, 9 January 1941 16.00
under the direction of Tom Jenkins with Webster Booth in a tea-time programme.
Birmingham-born Webster Booth began his professional life as an accountant. When he was eighteen he met Richard Wassell , then conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra, who thought highly of his voice and taught him at the Midland Institute. Booth joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1923 and stayed with them for four years. He then settled in London, where he made a name for himself in leading stage roles and also in big musical films. He sang at Covent Garden in the International Opera Season, and has also appeared for most of the principal London and provincial choral and orchestral societies.

A programme of songs and duets from popular musical shows with Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Morgan Davies
BBC Theatre Chorus (Trained by Charles Groves)
BBC Theatre Orchestra - Leader, Tate Gilder
Programme arranged and conducted by Mark H. Lubbock

A romantic musical play
Book and lyrics by Phillip Leaver, Music by Kenneth Leslie-Smith
Anne Ziegler, Doris Hare, Norman Shelley, Ewart Scott, Phillip Leaver, Jan van der Gucht, Jacques Brown, Ian Sadler, Stephen Jack
BBC Chorus, Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra Leader, Boris Pecker
Conducted by Hyam Greenbaum
Orchestrations by Phil Cardew
Produced by Vernon Harris

or Lots of love - An improper story of four centuries.
Written by Eric Maschwitz to music by Jack Strachey.
Produced by Desmond Davis
Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler, The Cavendish Three
The story-teller, Desmond Davis
BBC Theatre Orchestra - Leader, Tate Gilder
Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock

BLUE EYES - BBC Home Service Basic, 10 February 1941 20.15 (By arrangement with Lee Ephraim ) A romantic musical play, adapted for broadcasting by Henrik Ege, music by Jerome Kern. Book and lyrics by Guy Bolton and Graham John.
Anne Ziegler, Derek Oldham, Barry Livesey, Ian Sadler, Betty Huntley -Wright, Norman Shelley, Phillip Leaver, Dudley Rolph, Grace McChlery, Harvey Braban, Pearl Colquhoun,  Jacques Brown, Joyce Kennedy and Charles Heslop.
BBC Chorus and the BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Hyam Greenbaum. Produced by Pat Hillyard and Gordon Crier (A recording of the broadcast on December 23, 1940)

A show for the Forces and Civil Defence Services
with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Margaret Rawlings, George Moon and Burton Brown, Johnny Lockwood.
Debroy Somers and his Band
Compere, Bryan Michie.
From a theatre in the South

with Gwen Catley, Webster Booth, Appleton Moore
BBC Theatre Chorus trained by Charles Groves
BBC Theatre Orchestra  - Leader, Tate Gilder
Programme arranged, and conducted by Reginald Burston
Compere, Desmond Davis

for members of H.M. Forces with their sweethearts and wives given by The BBC Salon Orchestra - Leader, Jean Pougnet .
Conductor, Leslie Bridgewater.
Webster Booth, Anne Ziegler
G. T. Pattman at the organ
Introduced by Peter Fettes.
From a West-Country concert hall.

29th March 1941Bristol -  MUSIC HALL. A variety show. Compere: Gordon Crier, produced and presented by John Sharman.Includes Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. Signature tune (Orchestra, Booth & Ziegler), Only a Rose, Feldman Songs: (acc. Orchestra) Webster Booth: I'll walk beside you; Anne Ziegler: When Big Ben Chimes; Duet: Wanting You, with the augmented BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

Including Services spotlight, and featuring
Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Nellie Wallace, Mantovani and his Orchestra
Compere, Gerry Wilmot
From a dance hall...

The Winter Garden Orchestra under the direction of Tom Jenkins with Anne Ziegler in a tea-time programme

WHAT MANCHESTER THINKS TODAY - BBC Home Service Basic, 7 May 1941 21.20 A second musically illustrated review of some Manchester first nights from Tom Jones (1907) to Happy Birthday (1940).
The programme compiled by S. R. Littlewood.
Arranged and produced by Gordon McConnel.
Joan Hammond, Webster Booth, Billie Baker, Bobbie Comber, The Three Radio Graces.
BBC Theatre Chorus Trained by Charles Groves.
BBC Theatre Orchestra - Leader, Tate Gilder
Conducted by Reginald Burston
Compere, Wilfred Pickles

Leader, Tate Gilder, Conducted by Harold Lowe, with Webster Booth (tenor)
 When Webster Booth was eighteen he met Richard Wassell , then conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra, who thought highly of his voice and taught him at the Midland Institute. Booth joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1923 and stayed with them for four years. He has sung at Covent Garden in the International Opera season, and has also appeared for most of the principal London *and provincial choral and orchestral' societies.

Radio's own twice-weekly magazine for men of the Anti-Aircraft and Balloon Barrage units.
Nellie of the NAAFI (with Doris Hare and Rookie Gee at the Canteen counter)
Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler - Good songs, well sung.
The sentimental twenties - Kay Cavendish.
Compere, Ivan Samson
Editors, Bill MacLurg and Howard Thomas

Concert for war workers with the ENSA Variety Orchestra, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler.

Music chosen by Webster Booth, Sir Adrian Boult, Dennis Noble, and Egon Petri, with the reasons for their choice. Presented on gramophone records by Herbert C. Ridout

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ENSA concert for war-workers. Billy Mayerl and his Orchestra, with Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler

Romantic ballad opera by R. Vaughan Williams. Libretto by Harold Child. Produced by Stanford Robinson and Mark H. Lubbock
BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra:conductor Stanford Robinson. Narrator, Dennis Arundell
The Constable: Owen Brannigan
Mary: Lorely Dyer
Aunt Jane: Gladys Palmer
John the Butcher: Dennis Noble
Hugh the Drover: Webster Booth
Turnkey: Powell Lloyd

with Welsh and Martin; Jack Warner; Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth (by permission of George Black). BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.
Compere, Norman Wooland.
Presented by John Sharman at 10.0

Story of Webster Booth and his songs. Gramophone programme, compiled and written by Bettine Rampton, and presented by Leslie Perowne

Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Donald Peers BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Produced by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman.

ENSA concert- for war-workers, from a factory canteen. Leslie Jeffries and his Rialto Orchestra. Guest artists, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler

Lilting music, melody, and song for everybody.
Solo pianist, Harriet Cohen.
Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth
and the BBC Revue Chorus in vocal selections from The New Moon, arranged by Wally Wallond.
Anne Lenner presents the Film Hit of the Week:
John Ansell conducts one of his own compositions.
Charles Smart at the BBC theatre organ.
BBC Revue Orchestra and the Dance Orchestra, conducted by Mansel Thomas. Produced by Henry Reed 


THE SHEPHERDS OF THE DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS - BBC Home Service Basic, 8 December 1942 21.40 Pastoral episode, founded upon Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, by R. Vaughan Williams
Ladies of the BBC Theatre Chorus,
BBC Theatre Orchestra - conductor, Stanford Robinson.
Produced by Stephen Thomas in collaboration with the conductor.
A pilgrim: Roy Henderson
First shepherd: Sinclair Logan
Second shepherd: Webster Booth
Third shepherd: Victor Harding
A celestial messenger: Geoffrey Dunn
Voice of a bird: Margaret Field-Hyde
Narrator: Patric Curwen

Lilting music, melody, and song, introduced by Esmond Knight.
Eda Kersey (violin); Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, and the BBC Revue Chorus in vocal selections from The Three Musketeers, arranged by Wally Wallond.
Anne Lenner presents the Film Hit of the Week.
Haydn Wood conducts one of his own compositions.
Charles Smart at the BBC Theatre Organ;
BBC Revue Orchestra and the Dance Orchestra, conducted by Mansel Thomas. Produced by Henry Reed
Conducting own composition: Haydn Wood
Organ: Charles Smart
Conducted By: Mansel Thomas.
Produced By: Henry Reed

(90 players). Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult. Webster Booth (tenor)

Gala BBC programme from the Queensberry All - Services Club, London.
Listeners will hear Harry Pringle, Teddy Brown, Elsie Randolph, Max Miller, Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler, Flanagan and Allen, and Jack Payne and .his  Orchestra. Presented by John Sharman