Newsletter No 7

Joyce Andrews, Soprano and Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in the United States spent a week with Betty Roe in September working and coaching with Betty on many of her newest compositions. 

Joyce is an avid promoter and performer of Betty Roe’s music and wrote “The Life and Songs of English Composer Betty Roe.” Journal of Singing, Vol. 58, no. 2 (November/December 2001).  Her recent work with Betty Roe will result in a series of lectures and a retrospective recital of Roe’s songs with university students in the spring of 2013. 

At this year’s Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) Autumn Conference on Sunday 4 November 2012, there will be a stall highlighting Betty Roe’s compositions published by Robish Music.  If you are attending the conference please come and see the wide range of pieces available. 

A week of Premières

The week commencing 30 June 2012 saw four Betty Roe premières; numbers from The Magic Fishbone, Jubilee Bells, new verses for the Queen Elizabeth II section of A Crown of Briar Roses, and the spectacular Swindon: The Opera. 

Stephen Miles attended the première of Jubilee Bells and commented;

It went down really well with the capacity audience and The Churchfields Singers did you [Betty Roe and Marian Lines] proud. It is a lovely, fun piece. Jane [Roberson] produced a really good, varied programme and the girls sounded great throughout.

Performances

The W10 Chamber Choir will be including Betty Roe’s Four Shakespeare Songs and I Know a Bank in their concert, Brush up your Shakespeare!  The concert will also feature works by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, George Shearing and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, as well as songs from award-winning Broadway musicals ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ and ‘West Side Story’.  Saturday 20 October 2012, 7.30 p.m. at St Mary’s Perivale Church, Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 8SS.

Stephen Miles, Tenor and David Lane, Piano will be performing Betty Roe’s Song cycle These Growing Years (settings of poems by Diana Carroll) as part of their recital Out of Joint.  The recital will also include songs by Armstrong Gibbs, Britten and Dowland.  Saturday 17 November 2012 at 11.00am and 1.00pm at The Arts Café, Glandford, Norfolk NR25 7JP

All female vocal group The Churchfields Singers is performing two of Betty Roe's works, Round the Town from Three Childhoods and their third performance of Jubilee Bells, as part of The Little Venice Festival.  Sunday 14 October 2012 at St Mary's Paddington Green, London W2 1LG. 

Although there will be no works by Betty Roe in this year’s London Song Festival, the season will start with a programme of comic songs on 31 October 2012 and five further concerts including songs by Delius, Debussy, Ireland and Coleridge-Taylor.  The festival Director, Nigel Foster, said he will try to programme some songs by Betty Roe next year. 

Please keep us informed if you are planning any works by Betty Roe or would like information on her extensive catalogue of works.

Publications

Copies of recent choral settings to words by Marian Lines; 

Jubilee Bells for Treble Voices and piano/keyboard,

 Blue John for SATB Choir and piano/keyboard

are available from Robish Music and at the AOTOS conference.

Robish Music is also finalising Four Double Carols plus One based on traditional tunes with additional words by Marian Lines and copies should also be available at the conference stall.