Webster Booth (tenor)
Webster Booth began his career in the Midlands, where he sang, first in the local church choir. He was accepted as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral when he was nine. He remained there until his voice broke at the age of thirteen. He started business in an accountant's office, but took up singing as a profession after having a successful audition with the D'Oyly Carte Opera when the company was in Birmingham. His contribution to ' Songs I Like ' will be repeated on the National wavelength tomorrow.
An impression of the Neapolitan
Arranged by Giorgio R. Foa and Reginald Burston
Produced by Anthony McDonald with Leonie Zifado and Trefor Jones
Narrator, Hugh Morton
The BBC Midland Singers
Conductor, Edgar Morgan
The BBC Midland Orchestra
Led by Ernest Element
Conducted by Reginald Burston
Over a thousand years ago the Neapolitan festival known as Piedigrotta began. Originally it was a military parade, but for the last hundred years it has been one of song. Carnival cars, drawn by oxen or donkeys, represent the subject or scene of new songs.
Many songs came to fame through the Piedigrotta; these include 'O Sole Mio 'Marechiare', ', and ' Santa Lucia '. Some of them had a topical allusion—like 'Funiculi, Funicula', which referred to the opening of a new funicular railway.
Piedigrotta is a famous beauty spot in Naples. The tomb of Virgil is outside the Church of the Madonna, where the procession ends.
In this broadcast an attempt will be made to reconstruct the festival, including a number of songs of different types.
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