Newsletter No 4

Betty Roe Society – Newsletter No. 4

As promised in the previous newsletter, we have a splendid picture of Betty Roe having received her MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Betty Roe receiving her MBE at Buckingham Palace

Betty is currently working with Matt Fox on her latest opera, which will be performed by the Janice Thompson Performance Trust next year.


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 7.30 in The Church of St George, Hanover Square

Thursday November 10th - A concert of settings of English Romantic Poets
Anna Leese – soprano, Benedict Nelson – baritone, Nigel Foster - piano
Programme includes Betty Roe’s Music When Soft Voices Die (duet for Soprano and Baritone to a text by Shelley)

Thursday November 24th - a concert of settings of Jacobean Poets
Marcus Farnsworth – baritone, Iestyn Morris - counter-tenor, Nigel Foster – piano

Programme includes Betty Roe’s To His Angrie God and To His Sweet Saviour from Noble Numbers (text by Herrick) and Gather Ye Rosebuds (duet to text by Herrick) 

Wednesday  November 30th - English Comedy Songs
Laura Casey – soprano, David Stout – baritone, Nigel Foster – piano

    Programme includes Betty Roe’s innuendo filled Uncle Arthur's Harmonium

The W10 singers will include Christmas carols by Betty Roe in their concert, Music for Advent on Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Perivale.

Questors Choir’s Christmas Concert 2011 - Rings, Doves and a Pear Tree will include works by Betty Roe with Christmas music for choir, audience, organ and brass.  10 December 2011 at 7.30 pm in St John's, Mattock Lane, West Ealing, London, W13 9LA. 


Following some extremely accomplished work by Society member Derek Smith, Betty Roe’s “Carolls to the King”, for soprano and a wind quintet of flute, clarinet, oboe, horn and bassoon has been revised, beautifully typeset and published.  The work is available in two editions;

Single volume – the instrumental parts and a cued voice part can be extracted from the full score for performance

Separate parts – the full score and each instrumental part can also be purchased separately 

This song cycle was composed in 1969 and is a setting of three Robert Herrick poems on a Christmas theme.  The three songs run together as a single work, the first two songs being linked by an instrumental Pastorale

The first two pages can be seen (and heard) as a Sibelius Scorch page at on the Society web site and we are hopeful that there might be performances of the work next year. 

Iain Sneddon
Honorary Secretary