Betty Roe

Honorary President

Betty Roe

After her time at the RAM as a Junior Exhibitioner and Senior Student, Betty Roe's career has encompassed the roles of composer, teacher, performer, entertainer, examiner and adjudicator. She began composing in her teens - mainly church music and music for the popular entertainment of that time Intimate Revue. This gave her a keen sense of timing and wit, and how to  enhance words. This is evident in her recent  work 'Swindon: the Opera' Her compositions include the ground breaking oratorio 'Christus Victor' (1962), and over 200 songs, numerous choral works, five operas, children's musicals with her librettist of nearly 40 years, Marian Lines and instrumental works. With her husband, John Bishop, she founded Thames Publishing in 1970 specialising in 20th Century English Song. Betty has twin daughters, one son, five Grandchildren and one Great Grandson. She lives in West London next door but one to the house where she was born. In 2011 Betty received and MBE for her services to Classical Music and Composition.

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