Wednesday, 19 November 2014

IMMINENT CLOSURE OF BOOTH-ZIEGLER YAHOO GROUP.


I posted the following message to members of the Booth-Ziegler Yahoo Group yesterday:

This group has been running for over 4 years and has 37 members, although only about 6 or 7 members ever comment. I know that people are busy and haven't always got time to join in discussions so I'm wondering whether I should close the group and create a mailing list for those who would like to be informed about things I  post on the internet about Anne and Webster.

I sense that there has been even less interest in this group over the last 6 months. I am getting older and am not in the best of health, so although I had hoped that the group would continue despite everything, I really think it is time to call it a day. If you would like to be added to my mailing list, please contact me . In that way I should have a mailing list composed of people who are still interested in Anne and Webster. Even if you did not belong to the group, you may send me a message with your email address if you want to be added to my mailing list. Contact me at: booth-ziegler@outlook.com

Thanks to those who have commented and supported me in the 4 years since this group has been running. The group has been deleted.

Jean Collen 28 November 2014


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Friday, 14 November 2014

BROADCASTING FEATURING WEBSTER BOOTH (1946 - 1956)

A musical entertainment, given by Webster Booth (tenor), Margaret Good (piano), Marie Wilson (violin), Jean Stewart (viola), William Pleeth (cello), Geoffrey Gilbert (flute), George Elliott (guitar).
Music by J. C. Bach, Schumann, Rossini, Chopin, Richard Strauss, and Schubert
8 June 1946

A musical feature with the BBC Theatre Orchestra and the BBC Theatre Chorus. This week - The Song of the Rivers with Ida Shepley (contralto) and Webster Booth (tenor).
Narrator, Preston Lockwood.
Conductor, Walter Goehr.
Produced by Harold Neden             Walter Goehr

A musical entertainment given by Phyllis Sellick (piano). Webster Booth (tenor). Pauline Juler (clarinet), Max Salpeter and Colin Sauer (violins), Watson Forbes (viola), John Moore (cello), and J. Edward Merrett (double bass).
Programme arranged by Basil Douglas.

BBC Theatre Orchestra (Leader, Alfred Barker )
Conductor, Walter Goehr
BBC Theatre Chorus
Irene Eisinger (soprano)
Webster Booth (tenor)

A musical feature with the BBC Theatre Orchestra and Theatre Chorus, conducted by Harold Lowe.
This week A Hundred Years Ago with Doris Gambell, Webster Booth, Winifred Davey. Jane Grahame, Doris Nichols. and Roy Plomley.
Written by Aubrey Danvers-Walker.
Produced by Harold Neden.

BBC Theatre Orchestra Conductor, Walter Goehr
BBC Theatre Chorus (Trained by John Clements )
Webster Booth (tenor)
Joan and Valerie Trimble - (two pianos)
Produced by Eric Fawcett

MUSIC IN MINIATURE - Light Programme, 7 August 1947 21.30 A musical entertainment given by Louis Kentner (piano), Webster Booth (tenor), Frederick Thurston and Stephen Waters (clarinets), Paul Draper (bassoon), David Martin (violin), Frederick Riddle (viola), and James Whitehead (cello).
Programme arranged by Basil Douglas

STARLIGHT - BBC Home Service Basic, 27 October 1947 19.15 This week Christopher Stone invites Webster Booth to talk with him and to sing for you. 

A black-faced minstrel show - Jimmy Rich, Fred Yule, John Duncan, and C. Denier Warren and Ike Hatch (Ivory and Ebony)
Guest Star, Webster Booth
Kentucky Banjo Team
Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra and Male Voice Chorus, conducted by Leslie Woodgate
At the organ. Charles Smart
Book written and remembered by C. Denier Warren
Choral arrangements by Doris Arnold
Show devised and produced by Harry S. Pepper

      THE PLAIN MAN'S GUIDE TO MUSIC-10 - Light Programme, 9 December 1949 21.00 Sir Malcolm Sargent talks about the Oratorio and conducts illustrations from
Messiah (Handel), The Creation (Haydn), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Dream of Gerontius (Elgar)
Elsie Morison (soprano)
Mary Jarred (contralto)
Webster Booth (tenor)
Norman Walker (bass)
Royal Choral Society, BBC Opera Orchestra
Produced by Roger Fiske            Sir Malcolm Sargent.

HUGH THE DROVER - Third Programme, 13 March 1950 20.40 or Love in the Stocks, A romantic ballad opera in two acts.
Words by Harold Child, Music by Vaughan Williams.
BBC Opera Chorus
BBC Opera Orchestra Led by John Sharpe.
Conductor. Stanford Robinson
Presented by Mark Lubbock.  Narrator, Patrick Troughton.
Repetiteur, Leo Wurmser.
The constable: Owen Brannigan
Mary, the constable's daughter: Joyce Gartside
Aunt Jane. the constable's sister: Mary Jarred
John, the butcher: Frederick Sharp
The turnkey: Powell Lloyd
A showman: Fabian Smith
A sergeant: Denis Dowling
Hugh, the drover: Webster Booth
A cheap-jack: George Steam Scott
A shell-fish seller: Fisher Morgan
A primrose seller: Ethel Gedge
A ballad seller: David Holman

MUSIC IN MINIATURE - Light Programme, 28 July 1950 21.30 A musical entertainment given by Webster Booth (tenor), Leon Goossens (oboe), Julius Isserlis (piano), Alan Loveday (violin), Reginald Morley (violin), Max Gilbert (viola),Harvey Phillips (cello).
 Ernest Lush (accompanist).
Arranged by Basil Douglas.

MUSIC IN MINIATURE - BBC Home Service Basic, 29 August 1950 15.45 A musical entertainment - Webster Booth (tenor), Leon Goossens (oboe), Julius Isserlis (piano),  Alan Loveday (violin), Reginald Morley (violin), Max Gilbert (viola), Harvey Phillips (cello).
Ernest Lush (accompanist)
Programme arranged by Basil Douglas                 Leon Goosens

RING UP THE CURTAIN! - BBC Home Service Basic, 1 July 1951 16.00 Joyce Gartside (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Denis Dowling (baritone)
BBC Opera Chorus - Trained by Alan G. Melville
BBC Opera Orchestra - Leader, John Sharpe
Conductor, Stanford Robinson.
British Opera - The programme includes items from: The Siege of Rochelle, The Bohemian Girl, Maritana, The Lily of Killarney, Esmeralda, Ivanhoe, Shamus O'Brien,Koanga, The Immortal Hour, Fete Galante, Hugh the Drover, Sir John in Love.
Programme devised by Harold Neden

THESE RADIO TIMES - Light Programme, 27 October 1951 21.15 A happy history of Everyman's entertainment. With Henry Hall, Naunton Wayne, Edwin Styles, Howard Marshall, Webster Booth, Claude Dampier, Kenneth Leslie-Smith, Harry S. Pepper
 and the recorded voices of Davy Burnaby, Stewart MacPherson, John. Snagge, Richard Tauber, Gracie Fields. Nellie Wallace.
Everyman, with the wireless set: Anthony Armstrong.
Written by Gale Pednick.
Producer: Thuretan Holland

 SONG OF TWO CITIES - Light Programme, 18 November 1952 21.00 Paris and Vienna - Part 8 This story of a musical rivalry that spanned a century ends with music from two masterpieces Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, the idol of Vienna, and The Tales of Hoffmann with which Offenbach triumphed in Paris even after his death.
Gwen Catley, Ruth Packer, Anna Pollak, Webster Booth, Trefor Jones, Roderick Jones
BBC Chorus - Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate
BBC Concert Orchestra - Leader, John Sharpe
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter
with Keith Pyott as the Voice of Paris and Rudolph Offenbach as the Voice of Vienna.
Devised by Kenneth Pakeman and written by Maurice Gorham.
Produced by Malcolm Baker-Smith and Kenneth Pakeman.
(Anna Pollak broadcasts by permission of the Governors of Sadler's Wells)

Ena Mitchell (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Norman Walker (bass)
BBC Chorus - Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate
BBC Symphony Orchestra - Leader, Paul Beard
Conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent
Parts 1 and 2

MUSIC OF COLERIDGE-TAYLOR - BBC Home Service Basic, 7 December 1952 16.00 
Webster Booth (tenor)
BBC Concert Orchestra - (Leader, John Sharpe )
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter
Suite: Othello
Song: Eleanore
Three Dream Dances
Song: Onaway!, awake, beloved (Hiawatha)

The story of GILBERT AND SULLIVAN - Light Programme, 25 December 1952 16.30 An adaptation from the sound-track of the forthcoming Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat production based on some episodes in the lives of Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert .Written for the screen by Sidney Gilliat and Leslie Baily (by permission of Bridget D'Oyly Carte )
Webster Booth, Martyn Green, Elsie Morison, Margery Thomas, John Cameron, Gordon Clinton, Owen Brannigan, Harold Williams, Tom Round, Muriel Brunskill, Jennifer Vyvyan, Joan Gillingham
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
Programme produced by Thurstan Holland
W S Gilbert: Robert Morley
Mrs Gilbert:: Isabel Dean
Arthur Sullivan: Maurice Evans
Richard D'Oyly Carte: Peter Finch
Helen D'Oyly Carte: Eileen Herlie
Mr Marston: Wilfred: Hyde White
Grace Marston: Dinah Sheridan

MIKADO - LIGHT OPERA COMPANY INCLUDING WEBSTER BOOTH

by Liza Lehmann
Elsie Morison (soprano), Audrey Brice (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Frederick Harvey (baritone)
BBC Chorus - Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate
BBC Concert Orchestra - Leader, John Sharpe
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter

Webster Booth - (in a recorded programme) discusses with Roy Plomley the gramophone records he would choose to have with him if he were condemned to spend the rest of his life on a desert island.

29 April 1953 The Creation Royal Choral Society, Webster Booth (tenor) Conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Malcolm Sargent’s birthday concert.(from Webster’s score).

NIGHTS OF GLADNESS - Light Programme, 22 December 1953 20.00 Tribute to composers whose melodies have enriched the world of operetta, musical comedy, and revue.
Written by Gale Pedrick.
Introduced by The Man with the Opera Cloak and illustrated by scenes and music Chapter 9 - The music of: Nat D. Ayer, Harry Parr Davies, Emmerich Kalman
Singers: Victoria Elliott, Webster Booth, Joan Young, Dudley Rolph, Billie Baker, Dick James
BBC Chorus - Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate.
BBC Concert Orchestra Conducted by Guy Daines.
Musical adviser, Harold Neden.
Produced by Douglas Moodie.

Personalities of the radio and entertainment world introduce music of their own choice. 19-James Dyrenforth with Lorely Dyer (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor).
BBC Concert Orchestra - Leader, John Sharpe.
Conducted by Rae Jenkins.
Produced by Harold Neden.

Tom Jenkins and the Palm Court Orchestra.
Webster Booth (tenor)

HENRY WOOD PROMENADE CONCERTS - BBC Home Service Basic, 1 September 1954 19.30 Webster Booth (tenor), Iris Loveridge (piano),
Royal Choral Society
BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Leader, Paul Beard
Conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent
From the Royal Albert Hall, London

The old songs we still love sung by Marion Lowe (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Raymond Newell (baritone)
with David McCallum and the Spa Orchestra
At the organ, Felton Rapley
At the piano, Clifton Helliwell
The programme includes: Thora, Where my caravan has rested, I hear you calling me, The Company Sergeant Major, A Summer Night
Produced by Harold Neden

BALLAD CONCERT - BBC Home Service Basic, 21 December 1954 18.35 The old songs we still love, sung by:Gwen Catley (soprano), Audrey Brice (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Owen Brannigan (bass-baritone)
David McCallum and the Spa Orchestra.
At the organ. Felton Rapley.
At the piano, Josephine Lee.
The programme includes Twickenham Ferry,  An Old Garden,The Star of Bethlehem, Until, Japanese Love Song, A Sergeant of the Line, April Morn, Nazareth.
Introduced by Lionel Marson.
Produced by Harold Neden. NAZARETH

BBC Concert Orchestra -Leader, John Sharpe
Conductor, Charles Mackerras
Webster Booth (tenor)
Programme presented by John Tylee.

Sir Malcolm Sargent introduces and conducts a GILBERT AND SULLIVAN CONCERT - BBC Television, 30 May 1955 21.15
with Jacqueline Delman (soprano) Marjorie Thomas (contralto)
Webster Booth (tenor), John Cameron (bass) and Chorus
The St. Cecilia Orchestra (Leader, Lionel Bentley ) Presented by Philip Bate

HENRY WOOD PROMENADE CONCERTS - Light Programme, 13 August 1955 19.30  Webster Booth (tenor), Peter Katin (piano)
BBC Choral Society - Chorus Master. Leslie Woodgate Royal Choral Society,
BBC Symphony Orchestra - Leader, Paul Beard
Conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent
From the Royal Albert Hall , London
Part 1

GRAND HOTEL - Light Programme, 16 October 1955 21.00 Jean Pougnet and the Palm Court Orchestra. Visiting artist: Webster Booth

Hugh Burden, Clive Morton and Richard Humdall
The story of a great partnership in six episodes by Leslie Baily  - 4— The First Quarrel
Other parts played by: Eric Phillips, Olwen Brookes, George Skillan, Ysanne Churchman; and Betty Fleetwood. Narrator, Hugh Burden
The songs from the operas sung by: Webster Booth, Gwen Catley, Victoria Elliott, Arnold Matters, George James, Janet Howe, Denis Bowen , Gilbert Wright.
Pianist. Alan Richardson,
BBC Chorus - Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate.
BBC Concert Orchestra - Leader, John Sharpe
Conductor, Charles Mackerras.
Production by Vernon Harris
(The BBC acknowledges the assistance of Miss Bridget D'Oyly Carte and of Sir Newman Flower , the biographer of Sir Arthur Sullivan)




Compiled by Jean Collen 2014

BROADCASTING FEATURING WEBSTER BOOTH (1938 - 1945)


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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

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.

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

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

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.

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)


Anne and Webster (Radio Pictorial -1938)

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.

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.

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.

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.
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 )                            Gwen Catley

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)

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.

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.

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

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

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


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

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

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)


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.

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

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

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 Porte
MUSIC IN THE EVENING - BBC Home Service Basic, 15 January 1940 18.35 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.

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

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


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)


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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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


The Stuff We Gave the Troops. Programme designed to reflect the more serious side of ENSA's musical activities-featuring some famous singers of the day, including Webster Booth and Joan Hammond.
Devised by Walter Legge.
Presented by the Department of National Service Entertainment (NAAFI)

SUNDAY RHAPSODY City of Music - BBC Home Service Basic, 9 July 1944 21.35
A Viennese pot-pourri by Julius Buerger, with Gwen Catley, Webster Booth, Dennis Noble (by permission of Jay Pomeroy)
Winifred Davey (solo piano).
BBC Theatre Chorus. BBC Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson.
Narrator, Anthony Craxton.

Edwardian Melodies - A pot-pourri for broadcasting, arranged by Stanford Robinson , with special orchestrations by Julius Buerger and Leo Wurmser.
Prelude, London chimes ; Pomp and Circumstance ; the Ballroom; Ballad Concert; Promenade and Bandstand ; Musical Comedy ; Epilogue, London chimes. Lorely Dyer. (by permission of Lee Ephraim ), Nancy Evans, Webster Booth, Stanley Pope Alfredo Campoli (solo violin). Narrator: Frederick Ranalow. BBC Theatre Chorus, BBC Theatre Orchestra : conductor, Stanford Robinson. (BBC recording)

Sunday Rhapsody - THE MUSIC OF ERIC COATES - BBC Home Service Basic, 8 October 1944 22.00 A radio pot-pourri with Gwen Catley (soprano), Webster Booth (tenor), Roderick Jones (baritone) (by permission of the Administrators of Sadler's Wells),
BBC Theatre Chorus and BBC Theatre Orchestra
Conductor, Stanford Robinson

THE BRITISH BAND OF THE A.E.F. - General Forces Programme, 18 October 1944 13.00 Under the direction of R.S.M. George Melachrino , with Kathleen Booth and Webster Booth.
A jubilee tribute to the composer, with Gladys Ripley (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor)
BBC Theatre Chorus and BBC Theatre Orchestra.
Orchestrations by Leo Wurmser.
Chorus arrangements by John Clements.
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Teresa del Riego, who wrote the music of 0 dry those tears,Thank God for a garden, Homing, and many other familiar songs, this year celebrates her fiftieth year as a composer.

Sunday Rhapsody VICTORIAN MELODIES: BBC Home Service Basic, 31 December 1944 21.30 Pot - pourri for broadcasting, arranged by Stanford Robinson, including ballroom memories, plantation songs, student songs, and ballads.
Orchestrations by Leo Wurmser.
Ada Alsop , Winifride Ingham (by permission of Jay Pomeroy). Webster Booth, Frederick Harvey.
Narration, written by Harold Nede and spoken by Christopher Stone.
BBC Theatre Chorus and Orchestra: conductor, Stanford Robinson.

Sunday Rhapsody -  EDWARDIAN MELODIES - BBC Home Service Basic, 11 March 1945 21.30
Produced by Gwen Williams and Stanford Robinson.
Orchestrations by Julius Buerger and Leo Wurmser, with Lorely Dyer, Nancy Evans, Webster Booth, Stanley Pope, Alfredo Campoli (violin).
Script written by Desmond Davis.
Narrator: Frederick Ranalow.
BBC Theatre Chorus. BBC Theatre Orchestra:conductor, Stanford Robinson

CITY OF MUSIC - Light Programme, 28 August 1945 13.15 A Viennese pot-pourri by Julius Buerger. with Gwen Catley, Webster Booth, William Parsons, and Winifred Davey (solo piano).
BBC Theatre Chorus, and BBC Theatre Orchestra: conductor, Stanford Robinson. Narrator, Anthony Craxton


Sunday Rhapsody VICTORIAN MELODIES (No. 2) - BBC Home Service Basic, 30 December 1945 21.30 A potpourri produced by Gwen Williams and Stanford Robinson , including ballroom memories, part songs, and ballads. Special orchestrations by Leo Wurmser.With Doris Gambell (soprano). Marjorie Thomas (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Norman Allin (bass).
BBC Theatre Chorus and Orchestra. Conductor. Stanford Robinson.
Narration written by Harold Neden.
Programme introduced by Christopher Stone.

Compiled by Jean Collen 2014.
Information from The Scotsman and the BBC Genome Project.




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