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Naughty Nineties Music Hall on January 30th

The Naughty Nineties will be staging another online Music Hall show on Saturday 30th January 2021 at 3pm

Free entry and the more the merrier!
Doors open at 2.50pm on the day. To watch simply click on this link:

Virtual Tour – Lost Empires: The Rise and Fall of the Music Hall in London

Footprints of London is organising a virtual tour called Lost Empires: The Rise and Fall of the Music Hall In London.

The online tour takes place on Monday 15th February and Sunday 14th March at 3pm and tickets cost £6. Further information can be found on the website:

BMHS Talk via Zoom on Thursday 21st January

Music Hall and Variety on Film

Thursday 21st January 2021 -7.30pm

Presented by Keith Fawkes & Richard Norman

Keith and Richard recreate a favourite theme that has been highly successful at our previous meetings. From their collection they will present film clips of British music hall and American vaudeville acts combined with a potted history of the artiste. Their talk will include both well-known and lesser known artistes including – Zeb Carver and His Cousins, Gus Elen, G.H. Elliott, Ada Reeve, Betty Driver, Stanley and Lupino Lane, Ella Shields, Hal le Roy, Johnny Marvin, Al Bowlly, Ronald Frankau and Renee Roberts, Max Wall, Chez Chase, Arthur Askey, Billy Bennett and more.

An opportunity to relive those golden days of variety entertainment.


Tickets can be booked via Ticketsource:

Tickets are £3 for members and £5 for non-members.

Bookings open on Monday 4 January.

You only need to purchase 1 ticket per device rather then 1 ticket per member. However, if you would still like to pay for another member or make a donation you can do this via Paypal on the BMHS website or send a cheque (payable to British Music Hall Society) to Dean Caston, 7 Boston Gardens, Rainham, Kent ME8 0D

Once you have made your booking you will receive a confirmation e-mailfrom Ticketsource and the log in details for the talk will be e-mailed to you on the day of the talk.

The meeting opens at 7.15pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm.

The Call Boy – Winter Edition

The winter edition of The Call Boy has just been published and will be sent out to all BMHS members on 14th January 2021. The Call Boy is the official journal of the Society and is published four times a year in January, April, July and October. This glossy 40 page magazine is eagerly sought the world over, providing news, views, articles and information on all aspects of music hall and variety.To learn how to become a member of the British Music Hall Society, just click below:

Vote For Roy! announced the shows that have made it to the final vote of their 2020 Awards and one of those is the excellent Roy Hudd Tribute from BBC Suffolk with Georgy Jamieson, which featured contributions from Debbie Hudd and BMHS Chairman Adam Borzone. You can vote for this tribute show under two headings: ‘Best Radio Entertainment Show’ and ‘Comedy Of The Year’.

Please vote in memory of dear Roy and spread the word – it would be wonderful for this superb programme to be given an award. Click on the link below to vote: Awards 2020 shortlist – News – British Comedy Guide

British Music Hall Society’s Radio Shows on Angel Radio

The BMHS have spent the last 18 months producing a special 10 x 30 minute series of radio programmes with songs, music and stories from the archives of the British Music Hall Society…included are lots of the most popular songs plus those you may not have heard before.

Many recordings are by the original artistes of the Music Hall and early Variety, plus lots of stories and anecdotes too.

The series begins broadcasting on Angel Radio on Wednesday 6th January at 9.35pm for 10 weeks. They will all be repeated on Thursday mornings, starting on Thursday 7th January at 9am

Angel Radio is available on FM, DAB and Online. To find out more click below:

Tributes to Bob Monkhouse and Jimmy Tarbuck on Channel 5

Two new documentaries on British comedians will be screened on Channel 5. Bob Monkhouse: Master Of Laughter will be screened on Tuesday 29th December 2020 from 9pm to 11.05pm and Jimmy Tarbuck: The Laughs Are On Me will be screened on Sunday 3rd January 2021 from 8pm to 10pm.

Blue Plaque to pianist Winifred Atwell to be unveiled on Friday 18th December

Winifred Atwell, a Trinidadian who died in 1983, was Britain’s first Black pop star and will be honoured in Brixton tomorrow (18 December) when an official blue heritage plaque is unveiled on the site of the beauty salon she opened in 1956 at 82d Railton Road, London, SE24 0LD

It will be the culmination of a the Black Plaque Project a joint venture by the Brixton-based Nubian Jak Community Trust and the Havas London communications agency.

Anyone who wants to will be able to watch the ceremony online on Zoom from 1pm.

An evening reception and presentation starting at 6.30pm will also be broadcast on Zoom.

This will include words from Claudia Brown, Winifred Atwell’s grandniece.

Theatre Organ Online Christmas Concert on 20th December

Howard Beaumont will be presenting a Facebook Video presentation of Festive Music at the New Victoria Wurlitzer on Sunday 20th December 2020 at 2.30pm. This has been organised by the North East Theatre Organ Association. Go to their Facebook page for further details.

Tribute To Roy Hudd On BBC Radio Suffolk

BBC Radio Suffolk will be presenting a programme Celebrating The Life Of Roy Hudd on 27th December 2020 at 1pm when Georgy Jamieson will look back at Roy’s life and career in TV, stage and radio. The programme will be repeated on New Year’s Day at 5pm.

You can listen to Radio Suffolk at or on FM 103.9 (south), 104.6 (Bury St Edmunds and northwest), 95.5 (Lowestoft), 95.9 (Aldeburgh).

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