Newsletter No 5

Congratulations to Betty Roe on being appointed Joint President of the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) with Thomas Hemsley. 

Photograph of Elizabeth Connell

We were saddened to hear of the death of Soprano, Elizabeth Connell on 18 February 2012.

Her obituary in The Guardian noted; 

Benefiting from her own research into the history and technique of singing and a shrewd management of vocal resources, she continued to give audiences immense pleasure with her fresh, intelligent, often thrilling performances. At a solo recital at St John's Smith Square, London, in November 2010, she delivered an amusing self-deprecating diva's farewell, written for her by Betty Roe [and Marian Lines]: 

"When a diva says she's going/There's no earthly way of knowing/Just how long her going's going to protract." 

This performance was filmed and can be viewed on YouTube

Liza commissioned five pieces from Betty Roe and Marian Lines; 

St George and the Dragon (1995)
Diva Liza (1996)
Liza’s Song (2006)
Liza at the Barbers (2010) (for the Worshipful Company of Barbers)
Liza’s Farewell (2010) (premièred at St John’s, Smith Square)

 St George and the Dragon will be published by Robish Music later this year.

Betty Roe is currently adding the finishing touches to Swindon: The Opera.  Poster for Swindon: The OperaThe piece has attracted a good deal of media attention with features on Radio 4's The Today Programme, in The Daily Telegraph and on ITV South-West News. 

The ITV News clip on YouTube includes a scratch performance of the opening Chorus. 

Performances

Simple Gifts - 19 May 2012 at 7.30 pm 

The W10 singers will include the world première of Betty Roe’s Autumn Legacy, a setting of words by Lewis Foreman, in their concert Simple Gifts at St James Norlands Church, St James Gardens, London W11 4RB. 

The concert will also feature works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Eric Whitacre. 

Swindon: The Opera - 7 and 8 July 2012, 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm 

There will be four performances of Swindon: The Opera at the Steam Museum in Swindon.  Booking for unreserved seating opens tomorrow, 2 April 2012, at 10 am. 

Songs of Love & Laughter - 28 April 2012 at 7.30pm 

Joyce Lorinstein (Mezzo-soprano) and Nigel Foster (Piano) will include Betty Roe’s setting of A Husband in their recital Songs of Love & Laughter at St Mary and St John the Divine, Balham High Road, London, SW12 9BS (close to Balham Tube and Overground stations).  Free entrance.  The recital will also include works by Dankworth, Dring, Gershwin, Arlen, Bernstein and more.

Let us know if you plan to include works by Betty Roe in any future recitals or recordings and we will highlight them in our Newsletter.