Helen Roe                                                                Composer


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ASH WEDNESDAY      1975                                                                              

for piano  c. 20'   


First performed by Ronald Lumsden, BBC Young Composers' Forum, Hull University, 1976  

 

DIE BLAUE BLUME           1975

for soprano, ob/cor a., clt/bass, perc. (1 player), vla and 'cello  c. 25'

Text: from Goethe's Mignon poems  

  

Recorded for BBC Music in our Time by Elise Ross and the Nash Ensemble, cond. Lionel Friend, 1978  


LIGHTENING'S - EDGE -        1976

for sop.saxophone, horn, perc. (2 players), vln and double bass   c. 15'

  

Commissioned by Jesus College, Oxford, and first performed there by members of the Durham University New Music Ensemble, 1976  


CLOSE BY THE PLACE WHERE...       1978

for flute/picc/alto, clarinet/Eb/bass, viola and 'cello  c. 20'

 

Commissioned by Gemini with funds provided by South West Arts. First performed at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1978. Recorded for BBC Music in our Time by Gemini, cond. Peter Wiegold, 1980  


STRING QUARTET       c. 18'  1980


Commissioned by the Radcliffe Trust. First performed by the Allegri String Quartet, Hull University, 1980  


NOTES TOWARDS A DEFINITION      1981

for violin  c. 8'

  

First performed as the test piece by all competitors in the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, London 1982. Published by Stainer & Bell


PAPER/ SCISSORS - ROCK!     1982  

for 2 violas  duration variable

Commissioned by the ICA, and first performed there by Elisabeth Perry and Alexander Balanescu, 1983  


VERBUM SUPERNUM PRODIENS / CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM     1983

for flute and guitar  c. 12'  

 

Commissioned by Clive Conway and Gerald Garcia with funds provided by the Greater London Arts Association. First performed in the October Gallery, Holborn, 1983  

  


FIVE EDINGTON MONODIES        1985

for oboe or clarinet   c.18'

 

Commissioned by the Edington Festival and first performed there by Hilary Dodds (oboe), 1985

Published in Catherine Pluygers’s book, Music for Solo Oboe written by Women Composers.  


AND THE ANGEL DEPARTED FROM HER      1986

for mezzo soprano, flute/alto/bass, horn, marimba and string trio  c. 18’

Text: Helen Roe  

  

First performed by Jane Manning and her Minstrels in the Purcell Room, London, 1989  


THIS IS THE GARDEN       1987

for tenor, flute, clarinet and string quartet   c. 9'

Text: e e cummings  

  

Composed for students at King's College, London. First performed by Niall Morris, Wolfson College, Oxford, 1987  


MY MIND'S WHITE TRUTH       1988

for piano  c. 9'

  

First performed by Richard Leigh Harris, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 1989. Recorded for BBC Radio 3 by Andrew Ball, 1993. Published by the Frontier Press in the British Contemporary Music Anthology 1996  


JOYFUL YOUR COMPLETE FEARLESS AND PURE LOVE    1988

for tenor, clarinet and hand drums  c. 4'

Text: e e cummings  

  

First performed by Nigel Simpson, Ian Mitchell and Sophie Fuller,  Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 1989


SOME EPISODES IN THE HISTORY OF MIRANDA     1990

AND CALIBAN

for mezzo sop., baritone, narrator, ensemble (20 players) and tape  c. 90'

Libretto: Russell Hoban  

  

Excerpts first performed by Christine Botes, Richard Suart and Chris de Souza with Gemini, cond. David Syrus, in St. John's, Smith Square, London 1990  


TWO QUEENS OF THE ILE OF BRITAIN     1991

music theatre piece for 2 sopranos, harpsichord and bells c. 20'  

Text: from the writings of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots  

  

Commissioned by Alison Smart and Sara Stowe with funds provided by Southern Arts. First performed by them in St. Peter's College, Oxford, 1991


DIVIDE LIGHT IF YOU DARE        1992

for clarinet/bass, piano and string quartet  c. 11'


Composed for the Oxford Academy of Music and first performed in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 1992. Recorded by Gemini for broadcast on Channel 4, 1994  


THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME      1994

for dramatic soprano, trumpet in C and organ  c. 4'

 

Commissioned by St. James's, Piccadilly, and first performed there by Heidi Pegler, Chris Pigram and Ian Watson, 1994  


IN MY COUNTRY - FIVE SONGS OF ALIENATION   c. 22'        1993-94

In my country  for solo soprano  Text: Jackie Kay  

 

Missing Persons Song  for mezzo, tenor, baritone, clt/bass, tpt, perc, vla and double bass  

Text: Katie Campbell  


Lullaby  for mezzo, soprano, clt, viola and gender barung (2 players)  Text: Katie Cambell  


I didn't used to be a racist  for sop, tenor, 2 baritones, tenor sax., perc and gender barung (2 pl.)  Text: Jackie Kay  


The Old Nag's Diatribe  for mezzo, piano, perc, violin and double bass  Text: Jo Shapcott  

  

Commissioned by the Women's Playhouse Trust, dir. Jules Wright


OUT OF THE BABYLON OF MY ANGER     1995

for large orchestra  c. 32'

  

Gemini Fellowship work


THE SHEPHERD'S RACE        1996

for string orchestra  c. 12'

 

Commissioned by the Oxford Concerto Orchestra with funds provided by Southern Arts. First performed Blewbury Church, 1996  


SEVEN AGAINST THEBES       1997

for brass quartet (2 tpts in Bb, horn and trombone)  c. 19'

  

To be recorded by members of the Composers' Ensemble, for the cover disc of "Classic CD" magazine  

  

  

THE SEVEN VOICES OF NIKERATOS       1998

for counter-tenor, hp, pc (1 pl.), ob/cor a., clt/bass, vla, 'cello  c. 31'

Text: from the plays of Aeschylos, Sophocles and Euripides  

  

Commissioned by the Oxford Company of Musicians with Nicholas Clapton (counter-tenor), with funds provided by Southern Arts. First performed (cond. Roe) in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 1998  


BEYOND ANGER         1999

for orchestra   c. 18'

 

(A drastically revised version of the Gemini Fellowship piece). First performed by the English Northern Philharmonia, cond. Elgar Howarth, University of York, 1999  


CELTIC BLESSING        1999

for solo soprano  c. 2'

  

Written for Simon and Alison Street, and first performed at their Silver Wedding anniversary celebration, by Harriet Fraser (soprano), in St. Mary's Church, Kidlington, 1999  


AND STILL TO THINGS ETERNAL LOOK     2000

for violin and piano  c. 12'

  

Written in memory of Gordon Roe, 5.1.32 - 19.7.99  


TWO WAYS OF WORKING WITH STONE     2001

for orchestra  c. 12' 30"


POURQUOI?          2002

for soprano and piano   c. 4’                                                      

Text: Verlaine


Commissioned by Alison Smart and Katharine Durran. First performed by them in the Purcell Room, London, 13th July 2004, and recorded on their CD “New French Song” (MSV CD92100).


UBI CARITAS ET AMOR        2004

for SATB and organ   c. 3’


Composed for the choir and organist of the Church of St Peter & St Paul, King’s Sutton.



ANTIGONE VARIATIONS        2007

for chamber orchestra  c. 13’


First performed by the University of York Sinfonietta (cond. Jonathan Timms) in the Sir Jack Lyons

Concert Hall, University of York, 25th June 2007.



EVER AT PLAY IN HIS PRESENCE       2009

for viola   c. 6’


Written in memory of Sophie Hamilton, 19.10.09 – 27.11.09

First performed by Aliye Cornish in the Jacqueline du Pré

Music Room, Oxford, 23rd March 2010.



SHORT COMMUNION SERVICE       c. 9’  2011

Mass setting for 4-part choir and organ (traditional words)


A MOST UNLIKELY SAINT  c. 32’  2013

Cantata on the life of Saint Brice for SATB soloists, 4-part choir and orchestra

Commissioned by the Choir of Mansfield College Oxford (Director John Oxlade)



SPEAK, MARY   c. 6’   2015

For SSAATTBB a capella choir


First performed by Genesis Sixteen, cond. Eamonn Dougan, in Cheltenham College Chapel

During the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, on 5th July, 2015



ANCESTRAL STRAINS     c. 12’     2015

For clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, 2 violins, viola, and cello


First performed by the Berkeley Ensemble in the Luton Library Theatre, on 27th March 2017



EASTER WINGS       c. 3’     2016

For SSATB choir and organ


Text: George Herbert



BIRDS, EARTH, SUN, SKY AND WATER     c.8’    2017

For mezzo soprano and bass clarinet


Text: Katharine Mansfield

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