Catalogue of Works
Betty Roe Society
Newsletter No 2 - February 2011
May I first congratulate Betty Roe on her MBE for services to Classical Music and to Composition, awarded in the New Year’s honours list. For those of you who know the breadth of her compositions and her dedication to promoting English music will appreciate this honour is extremely well deserved.
CDs on eBay
For those of you who do not yet own copies of the four CDs of Betty Roe’s works, they are currently available to purchase via eBay. Click on the titles below to enter the eBay web site and the song titles to hear a short extract;
The Music Tree - Recorded in 1996 this CD features the best of Betty Roe’s output of more than 200 published songs performed by Sarah Leonard, James Bowman, Martin Hill and Andrew Ball.
Music’s Empire contains recordings of some of the best of Betty Roe’s choral compositions performed by Trinity College Choir, The Allegri Singers and the chamber group Three’s Company Plus.
The Family Tree is a collection of Betty Roe’s music for Children performed by the New London Children’s Choir conducted by Ronald Corp.
Life is full of other people… contains performances by Betty Roe with John Bishop at the piano and contains many of her best loved comic and “lighter side” songs.
These songs are essential material for people wishing to add comic or lighter items to a cabaret or recital. All of the songs are available as sheet music with full piano parts from musicroom.com.
10 Songs on the Lighter Side has been reprinted by Novello and will be available shortly.
Listeners to Radio 3 Requests on 23 January will have heard Betty Roe’s poignant setting of Rudyard Kipling’s “My Boy Jack” performed by Elizabeth Atherton and Iain Burnside. The track was requested as a (slightly late) 80th birthday celebration.
Rising star countertenor, Iestyn Davies, will be performing “To God” from Betty Roe’s Noble Numbers as part of his BBC Lunchtime Concert at the Wigmore Hall on Monday 11 July 2011. Tickets are on sale form the Wigmore Hall box office. We expect that the concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 the following Saturday (16 July).
A new production of Betty Roe and Marian Lines’ first musical, Barnstormers, will be performed by the Janice Thompson Performance Trust in Swindon and London in July.
The articles about Betty Roe’s life and work published in the June 2010 British Music Society Newsletter and the November/December issue of Musical Opinion are now available online;
Work is progressing on typesetting two large scale works, the Herrick Songs for Soprano and Wind Quintet and the Divertimento for Trumpet and Strings. It is also planned to make some Robish works available via the online printing service, Lulu.com. We hope to have more news of these in the next Newsletter.