Newsletter No 10

CD Project

A big thank you to all of you who have made donations towards the cost of recording All in the Golden Afternoon: Songs by Betty Roe. With nine performers required for the 12 works Betty has selected, you will appreciate that the project will require substantial funds to complete.  For any of you who have not yet made a donation (at least £20 to secure a copy of the disc) please send your cheque payable to "Betty Roe Society" to the Project Manager.

All funds will be held in a Building Society account opened expressly for the project.

If you have any questions about the project, please email the Project Manager.

CD Offer

Classi Children's SongsJust Accord Music is offering Betty Roe Society members a £2.00 discount on their CD Classic Children's Songs.  It includes Betty Roe's settings of Mr Kartoffel (from Three Eccentrics with words by James Reeves) and the poignant Hardy setting, My Boy Jack; recorded by Roderick Williams and Elizabeth Atherton respectively, with Iain Burnside at the piano.  The CD features 35 song settings of the great British children's writers from Edward Lear to Tolkien.  The CD was described by Gramophone Magazine as a 'delightful recital for children from 4 to 94'.

The Betty Roe settings fit very well with music by Hely-Hutchinson, Donald Swann, Britten and Rodney Bennett and the whole disc is beautifully performed.

Members of the Society can purchase the disc at the special price of £8.99 (including postage) via a cheque to the address below.

Just Accord Music
6 Cadogan Place
North Heath Lane
West Sussex
RH12 5AP


W10 Singers will be performing the world premiere of Betty Roe's new work Everyone Sang in their concert "Elements".  The programme will also include Betty Roe's haunting John Donne setting Goe and catche a falling starre and musical extracts from her pantomime Dick Whittington. 

Saturday 2 November 2013 at 7.00 pm.  St Mary’s Hanwell, Church Road, London, W7 3BZ.  Tickets £10.

The English Poetry and Song Society's 30th anniversary concert will include The Dream House from Betty Roe's Three Songs for Graham with Benjamin Britten's Tit for Tat and On This Island, and Ivor Gurney's Seven Sappho Songs and Lights Out.  Stephen Varcoe, our President, and Sarah Leonard will be accompanied by Nigel Foster.

Friday 4 October at 7.30 pm.   St James Church, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL.  Tickets: £15 (£12).

The 2013 London Song Festival

Wednesday 23 October 2013, 7.30 pm - Ned Rorem's 90th birthday concert, Evidence of Things Not Seen (1997)

Wednesday 30 October 2013, 7.30 pm - Songs by Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc and Franz Schubert including Benjamin Britten's Poet's Echo, with a pre-performance talk at 7.00 pm.

Monday 4 November 2013, 7.30 pm - Songs by Britten, Poulenc and Schubert. Poulenc's Deux Poemes de Louis Aragon,  Bleuet and Fiançailles Pour Rire  with Britten's Michelangelo Sonnets and A Charm of Lullabies.

Wednesday 6 November 2013, 7.30 pm - Comedy songs including Flanders and Swann, Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Wednesday 13 November 2013, 7.30 pm Winter and Summer Words  combining Benjamin Britten's Winter Words with other settings of Thomas Hardy by Gerald Finzi to create a new cycle called 'Winter and Summer Words'.

All concerts are at St Paul's Church, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED.  Tickets £15 (£10).

Although there are no Betty Roe items included in the second half of this year's festival, the final concert will be an ideal opportunity to hear Robin Tritschler, who will be singing The Silver Hound and The Fair Singer on the forthcoming CD of Betty Roe's songs.

Iain Sneddon
Honorary Secretary