Edmund Goffron


Picture of Edmund Goffron in ENSA uniform
Edmund Goffron in ENSA uniform

Edmund Goffron sings Bless the bride: Table for two
In RA Format

Edmund Goffron sings La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda
In RA Format

Edmund Goffron sings Bless the bride: Ma belle Marguerite
In RA Format

Picture of Edmund Goffron at Eton Manor Musical Society, about 1936
Edmund Goffron at Eton Manor Musical Society, about 1936

Picture of Edmund Goffron off stage
Edmund Goffron off stage

Picture of Edmund Goffron in Lilac Time, 1946
Edmund Goffron in Lilac Time, 1946

Picture of Edmund Goffron in Bless the Bride
Edmund Goffron in Bless the Bride

Edmund Goffron was born in London on February 3rd, 1909, and died in London January 31st, 1993. As a boy he sang in the choir and from about 1933 - 1939 became Choirmaster and Organist at St Mary Moorfields, London. Edmund Goffron studied with Herbert Caesari in London. A member of Eton Manor Musical Society, he sang leading roles in Ruddigore and Princess Ida, with Charles Groves conducting, 1936 - 1938. At the outbreak of WWII, he joined ENSA and toured factories and garrisons entertaining and from D Day sang to the troops across Europe to Germany. In 1946, he shared, with Denis Bower, the lead in A Night in Venice at the Cambridge Theatre. He played Schubert in a revival tour of Lilac Time and was in a touring Red Mill (Victor Herbert). He understudied Georges Guitary in Bless the Bride at the Adelphi in 1947, stood in for him for a two week break and then took over the lead for some 400 performances at the Adelphi before taking the show on tour for several years, giving a total of 1600 performances as ‘Pierre'. In 1953 he topped the bill in the International Flood Relief Show at the Royal Albert Hall. He broadcast for the BBC many times, but the BBC has kept nothing in its archives of these or the TV production of Bless the Bride. He never made any commercial recordings. There are a few private recordings made privately or ‘off air'.
Edmund Hodges

I would like to thank Edmund Hodges for the recordings, notes and pictures.


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