Walter Glynne

Walter Glynne (1915)

[Born Wales c.1890, died July 1970]

Walter Glynne, whose real name was T. 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.

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