Walter Widdop was one of England’s most respected tenors of the inter-war years, particularly for his Wagner singing. He was one of the original 16 soloists in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music.
Bach – St. Matthew Passion
25. Behold how throbs;
26. I would beside my Lord
Philharmonic Choir
Walter Widdop, tenor
Orchestra, Charles Kennedy Scott
His Master’s Voice D 1872
Matrices CR 2513-II, 2514-II (single side numbers 32-1577, 32-1578)
Recorded 11th June 1930, Queen’s Hall, London

Though the record labels indicate that the first side contains No.25 and the second No.26, the side join is in fact some way through No.26.

Vaughan Williams – Serenade to Music
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Henry J. Wood
Isobel Baillie,
soprano
Lilian Stiles Allen, soprano
Elsie Suddaby, soprano
Eva Turner, soprano
Margaret Balfour, contralto
Muriel Brunskill, contralto
Astra Desmond, contralto
Mary Jarred, contralto
Parry Jones, tenor
Heddle Nash, tenor
Frank Titterton, tenor
Walter Widdop, tenor
Norman Allin, bass
Robert Easton, bass
Roy Henderson, baritone
Harold Williams, baritone

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Columbia LX757-8
Matrices CAX 8367-2A, 8368-2A, 8369-1, 8370-1
Recorded 15th October 1938