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Ghost Lights: Ivor Novello And His Leading Ladies

Ghost Lights: Ivor Novello And His Leading Ladies is at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London, W1U 2QJ on Friday 11th December at 7pm. It is written and directed by BMHS member David Slattery Christy and features music by Ivor Novello and Noel Coward.

It will star Fenton Gray as Ivor Novello, Rosemary Ashe as Dorothy Dickson, Melanie La Barrie as Elisabeth Welch and Rebecca Louise Dale as Mary Ellis.

Tickets available from:

The Northern Minstrels book by Dave Harker – just published

Dave Harker’s new book The Northern Minstrels: From Richard Whirlepipyn To James Allan has just been published. This is Dave’s 9th book about the North East’s songwriters and singers. It is an A4 book of 276 pages and priced at £25 plus £5 p&p.

Copies are available from Dave at 11 Ouseburn Wharf, St. Lawrence Road, Newcastle NE6 1BY,

Cheques to be made out to Dave Harker.

Leicester’s Old Theatres on Facebook

BMHS Member David Garratt has just started a Facebook group devoted to Leicester’s Old Theatres – the Opera House, the Palace, Theatre Royal and the Pavilion. David plans to show posters and photos of people associated with those venues.

To view David’s posts, just go to Facebook and type in ‘Leicester’s Old Theatres

Voice Of The Listener And Viewer have BBC Chairman as Speaker for the first of their Autumn online events

VLV (Voice Of The Listener And Viewer) is delighted that the Chairman of the BBC, Sir David Clementi, will be the first speaker in their Autumn series of online events which are being held in place of VLV’s usual Autumn Conference. The event will held on Tuesday 20th October between 10.30 and 11.30 am.

At a time when relations between the BBC and government have been strained by the row over free TV licences for the over 75’s and the choice of the next BBC Chairman is yet to be decided, it will be fascinating to hear Sir David’s thoughts on the best way forward for the BBC if it is to continue to deliver its mission to citizens in the UK and around the world.

You can book a place to attend at

VLV are not charging a fee to attend their online events, but VLV is a charity and there is a cost incurred in running events even when they are online, therefore they would appreciate a voluntary donation of £10 when you register for each event. Please also consider becoming a member of VLV if you are interested in supporting their work.

New CD of Light Music Pieces By Radio 3’s Paul Guinery

Brilliant pianist and BBC Radio 3 Presenter Paul Guinery has just issued a new CD of light music called Dicky Bird Hop. There are 22 items on the album including Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, Jack Strachey’s Theatreland and In Party Mood (used as the theme tune to Housewives’ Choice), 3 pieces from Sir Noel Coward’s only ballet score London Morning, Geoffrey Wright’s revue classic Transatlantic Lullaby, Sandy Wilson’s The Centenarians’ Waltz from Valmouth, Vivian Ellis’s Alpine Pastures (used as the theme tune for radio’s My Word), and many others.

Available from many online stores.

BMHS In The Limelight Meeting Via Zoom on 22nd October at 7.30pm

Thurs 22 October – 7.30pm

All Things Banned & Censored

An Entertainment Provided By Peter And Christine Padwick

A light-hearted survey of banning and censorship over the past 100 years or so, touching on George Formby, Reith and the BBC, cricket, Marilyn Monroe, Sooty, G.B. Shaw, Donald McGill, the Crazy Gang, Dr. Crippen, Alfred Hitchcock, Eartha Kitt, Thomas Hardy, Henry Hall, adverts, Frank Sinatra, D.H. Lawrence, Max Miller, George Gershwin and much more along the way.

The log in details for this Zoom meeting were given in the autumn 2020 edition of The Call Boy and a reminder email has been sent to all BMHS members.

This is a ‘free event’ but donations are welcome to help cover the running costs of the event and support the society and artistes who present the events. Donations can be made by PayPal, Credit/Debit cards via our website at

A Musical Night In With Kate Garner on October 22nd at 7pm

Kate Garner is a singer/songwriter, pianist and the daughter of Chas Hodges from ‘Chas & Dave’.

Kate’s love affair with old songs from the Music Hall to the 1920’s & 30’s began with singalongs around the piano at family parties and the defining moment when her dad bought her a wind-up gramophone.

Since then, Kate has been committed to sharing her passion for vintage music, to highlight the exceptional songwriters and performers of the era, and to show that music is an experience best shared.

Join Kate at home for an evening of music and memories at the very piano that was such an important part of her childhood. Let Kate entertain you with the very best songs from the vintage period and hear stories about her fascinating musical journey which began as a tiny baby in a cot in Gracie Field’s ballroom and has taken her to the London Palladium & The Royal Albert Hall. 

Kate’s infectious passion for vintage music and the style and colour of the Art Deco period has helped influence her own songwriting. As well as playing many of the classics from the era, Kate will share some of her own original songs inspired by the great songwriters of the time. And there will also be a sneak preview of her new ‘Mapp & Lucia’ musical based on the novels set in the 1930’s by E.F. Benson.

“Kate plunders this productive era with great aplomb and delivers some of the greatest songs of the century” Musical Theatre Review 2020

Tickets: £5

To book go to:

Pantoland at the Palladium

This Christmas Julian Clary will take you on a magical trip to Pantoland at The Palladium!

The home of pantomime will welcome back Palladium Panto favourites Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot as well as the return of some past stars of the Palladium’s festive treat Ashley Banjo & Diversity and Charlie Stemp. Making their Palladium Panto debuts will be West End sensations Beverley Knight and Jac Yarrow.

Celebrating the very best of pantomime, with comedy in abundance and big show-stopping numbers, this star-filled extravaganza will play to a socially distanced audience for three weeks only, from Saturday 12th December 2020 to Sunday 3rd January 2021

For further information click below:

Abney Park’s Music Hall Stars

Colin Sell Presents ‘Your Own, Your Very Own’ – Abney Park’s Music Hall Stars


Colin Sell, of Radio 4’s Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, will present Your Own, Your Very Own, a documentary detailing the life and times of the music hall stars buried in Abney Park, followed by a live Q&A session.

This event will consist of a short talk from Colin Sell in which he discusses the links between Abney Park and music hall of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. This will be followed by a live stream of a 45 minute documentary presented by Colin Sell, and featuring Barry Cryer, which goes into the stories behind such stars as George Leybourne, Fred Albert, Nellie Power, Walter Laburnum and many more.

Submit your questions for the Q&A session ahead of this event via email at

To book tickets for this event, click on the link below:

Theatre Royal Dublin Talk On 17th September

Thursday 17th September7.30pm

Conor Doyle, Historian of the Theatre Royal, Dublin, will give a talk on

Dublin’s Theatre Royal, Remembered

Ireland’s greatest theatre opened in 1935 and was billed as Europe’s largest theatre at the time. Many ‘A list’ Irish, UK and world stars appeared at this cine variety venue, which held a capacity of 4,000 patrons. Using rare photographs and previously thought ‘lost’ archival footage. The talk plots the rise and fall of this amazing and much loved Dublin institution which is still missed today in the city! This talk was delivered as part of the Music Hall And Variety Day on 16th May.

Zoom log in details will be sent out to all British Music Hall Society members on email this weekend.

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