Newsletter No 1


Betty Roe Society

Newsletter No.1 - November 2010


Welcome to the first newsletter of the Betty Roe Society and our invitation for you to become a founder member of the Betty Roe Society Society.  The aims of the Society are to promote and preserve the works of English composer, Betty Roe.


I am very pleased to announce that Stephen Varcoe, international baritone and author of Sing English Song, has very kindly agreed to be the Society’s President.


Please forward this email to any friends or colleagues that you feel would be interested in joining the society.  For those of you who are familiar with the range and quality of Betty’s output, I am sure you will agree that this is a very worthwhile cause.




Elizabeth Connell will be premiering the third song Betty Roe and Marian Lines have written for her at her recital on 2 November 2010 at St John’s Smith Square, 7.30pm.  The recital will also include songs by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss and de Falla.


Betty Roe: The First 80 Years, works by, and selected by, Betty Roe, will be a concert by vocal group W10 and friends on 13 November 2010 at St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Gardens, London W10 6LP. Tickets £10 at the door.  The concert will include the premiere of Three Celtic Songs and performance by Betty herself, pianist Richard Wilkins, Dan Beer (French Horn) and Philip Berg (Organ).  Not to be missed.


In the Press


The November/December edition of Musical Opinion will contain Let me Introduce Betty Roe, a five page, lavishly illustrated, article about Betty Roe’s life and works (so far).  Copies can be ordered from the magazine’s subscription secretary, Shirley Hawke (01424 855544) £4.50 plus postage.


Musical Opinion has an international circulation of over 6,000 and we hope that combined with the article in the British Music Society’s June newsletter we can raise awareness of the range and quality of Betty Roe’s compositions, particularly the large number that remain in manuscript.


Articles and events for this newsletter should be emailed to the Society’s secretary. (See Contact Us)




Novello are preparing to reprint “Ten Songs on the Lighter Side” a collection of solo songs with piano for medium voice, ranging from Reginald Arkell garden songs (performed by Roderick Williams at the 2004 Ludlow Festival) through the adaptable Conductor and Let’s have a party to the downright rude Uncle Arthur’s Harmonium and Fair Phyllis.  If you do not already own a copy these will form valuable encores for any recital.


Robish Music has published Betty Roe and Marian Lines’ Three Songs for Graham: The Dream House, The Promising Gardner and Scooting.  Written for Medium Voice and Piano these form a very cohesive set, the final song forming a built in encore (scooter optional).


The Society plans to launch a web site giving additional information about Betty Roe’s works and is concluding a project to catalogue, scan and archive Betty’s prolific out.  Please let us know if you are planning any performances or if you have any questions about her works or suggestions for pieces to perform.


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