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Welcome to the Betty Roe Society web site; dedicated to the works of English composer, Betty Roe MBE. 

The Silver Hound and Other Songs by Betty Roe

Betty Roe MBE is one of Britain's finest composers of English Song.  She has composed over 200 songs but the majority, particularly those composed since 1990, remain unrecorded.  The Betty Roe Society is delighted to announce that its recording of 12 significant vocal works works, many of which are world premieres, has been released by Métier.

Silver Hound CD Cover

Copies of the recording can be purchased from Divine Art Records as a CD, 24 bit WAV, FLAC or MP3.

Listen to Robin Tritschler and Nigel Foster's beautiful performance of 'The Fair Singer' on YouTube.

Our Kickstarter video, includes Anne Marie Sheridan singing sections of three of the songs.

Reviews

Musical Opinion

“Betty Roe is an unsung heroine of British music, a very gifted composer who has tended to concentrate on smaller-scaled works, in particular a (by now) relatively large output of songs, making her one of the few British composers in this genre not to be at all overshadowed by the achievements of Benjamin Britten.

Here is a wonderfully-performed and excellent-recorded album of no fewer than 19 of her song settings… most welcome to the point where one hopes it will lead to more performances and recordings of music of such inherent and genuine quality.” —Robert Matthew-Walker

British Music Society

“This new release on Metier is a welcome addition to the abundant and ever increasing discography of English song. Featuring a host of exceptional artists, , the disc is excellently recorded and balanced. . From the serious to the humorous, Roe shows herself a master of word-setting with thoughtful complementary accompaniment. . Tuneful and engaging, many of her songs deserve to be heard more frequently.” —Andrew King Read More

New Classics

“[Roe’s] style is eclectic, ranging from the serious to the comical, displaying a wonderful wit as well as a firm grasp of vocal writing and a way of providing music that seems totally at one with the texts. [The album] is a delight. These excellent premiere recordings were produced in co-operation with the Betty Roe Society.” —John Pitt Read More

MusicWeb International

“The songs on this CD are wide-ranging and often involve various combinations of voices and instrumentalists. There are detailed biographies of the performers. The texts of all the songs are included. The CD is well-produced with splendid sound quality and convincing performances from all the artists” —John France Read More

The Artists

The Betty Roe Society secured the services of some of the UK's best musicians;

  • Stephen Varcoe (baritone) the Society's President
  • Sarah Leonard (soprano)
  • Robin Tritschler (tenor)
  • Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
  • Anne Marie Sheridan (soprano)
  • Daniel Beer (horn)
  • Emma Murphy (recorder)
  • Nigel Foster (piano) Director of the London Song Festival and one of the UK's most sought after accompanists

Engineered by Simon Bishop, Chairman of the Institute of Professional Sound.

The Songs

A volume containing the sheet music for most of the songs included on the recording and extensive notes on the songs is available from Lulu.com Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Silver Hound Sheet Music Cover

I Know a Bank

In a Garden

Two Garden Songs

            In this Lone Open Glade

            The Critic

Magnificat

The Silver Hound

The Fair Singer

Three Songs for Graham

            The Dream House

            The Promising Gardener

            Scooting

Diva's Lament

Three Hardy Conversations

            A Wife Waits

            Farmer Dunman's Funeral

            The Orphaned Old Maid

The Life that I Have

Autumn's Legacy

Three Celtic Songs

            A Cradle Song

            A Boy's Song

            The Fiddler of Dooney