Walter Glynne

born 4 January 1890, died 29 July 1970

Welshman Walter Glynne, whose real name was Thomas Glyn Walters, won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he devoted special attention to German lieder singing. Upon leaving the College he became principal tenor with the D'Oyly Carte Principal Repertory Opera Company, replacing James Hay in March 1915. From March to December 1915 he appeared as Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore, Earl Tolloller in Iolanthe, Prince Hilarion in Princess Ida, and Colonel Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard. Glynne then joined the Artists' Rifles. He continued to perform in concert in London until receiving a commission in the Welsh Guards.

After the war, Glynne appears to have devoted himself primarily to concert singing (mostly ballad and oratorio). He also became a popular recording artist for H.M.V., and reportedly sang chorus on a number of H.M.V. D'Oyly Carte sets. Glynne also shared Ralph Rackstraw with James Hay in the Company's 1923 acoustic H.M.S. Pinafore, and sang Leonard Meryll and a portion of First Yeoman on the 1928 electrical recording of The Yeomen of the Guard.

Source: David Stone

Walter Glynne sings Les cloches de Corneville: That night I'll ne'er forget

Walter Glynne sings The lily of Killarney: The moon hath raised her lamp above, with Stuart Robertson

Walter Glynne sings The larboard watch, with Stuart Robertson
I wish to thank Anton Bieber for the recordings, label pictures and biography.

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