Divertimento for Trumpet and Strings

 

Roe’s Divertimento for Trumpet and Strings (1984) was commissioned by Janet Canetty-Clarke, the conductor of the Frauen Kammerorchester von Österreich (the First Women's Orchestra of Austria) with Carol Dawn Reinhart as the soloist.  At a time when the major Viennese orchestras would only admit male performers, the Divertimento’s premiere was an opportunity to demonstrate that women could write and perform music on a par with men.  A contemporary reviewer described it as a “Serious, well constructed, attractive, Divertimento”.

The Divertimento was premiered at a concert in Vienna, on 28 November 1984, which included Holst’s St Paul’s Suite and Elgar’s Serenade for Strings.  All of which hopefully dispelled the Austrian misconception that England was an unmusical nation as the audience demanded several encores.

The work is currently in manuscript but in the process of being typeset for publication.