Newsletter No 3

Betty Roe Society

Newsletter No 3 - July 2011

Betty Roe MBE has been further honoured by being appointed as a Vice President of the British Music Society.  She joins Dame Janet Baker CH DBE, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE, Sir Simon Rattle CBE and many other eminent musicians in this position.


Betty Roe has collected her MBE from the Palace.  We hope to have a link to the photograph in our next Newsletter.




The Janice Thompson Performance Trust will be performing The Barnstormers by Betty Roe and Marian Lines at 7 pm on Saturday 9 July 2011 at St James Norlands Church, St James's Gardens, West London, W11 4RB (at the junction with Addison Avenue).  The performance will also include items from the opera; “Brunel: The Little Man in the Tall Hat” by Roe and Lines.


Countertenor, Iestyn Davies, will be performing “To God: An anthem sung in the Chappell at Whitehall before the King” from Betty Roe’s Noble Numbers in his BBC Lunchtime Concert at the Wigmore Hall on Monday 11 July 2011 at 1.00 pm.  Tickets are still available.  The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and repeated the following Saturday, 16 July.


Songs by Betty Roe will feature in three of the five concerts comprising the London Song Festival in November 2011.  The concerts will be at The Church of St George, Hanover Square and booking is open.




Robish Publications has made two recent compositions by Betty Roe available on the print on demand web site


In a Garden – For High voice and piano.


Written to celebrate the birth of the composer’s great grandson in December 2009. Originally written for a tenor, it is also suitable for a soprano or a high mezzo soprano.


Three Songs for Graham - Three songs for medium voice and piano.


1. The Dream House - On a green hill and round like a tower
2. The Promising Gardener - All the gardening that will be done… tomorrow
3. Scooting - Discovering a fun alternative to the bus.

Music Sales has re-issued Betty Roe’s “Ten Songs On The Lighter Side”.  The volume contains 11 songs ranging from three Garden songs, through two acutely observed “pub” songs to the downright rude “Fair Phyllis” and “Uncle Arthur’s Harmonium”. A great set of songs and a valuable addition to any performer’s repertoire.