On November 18th Helen Roberts and the Orchestra Pro Anima will give the premiere of Stephen Roberts’ Amaryllis Dances, for solo viola and strings, featuring Helen Roberts as soloist. The music draws on the bucolic nature of Vergil’s Eclogues in which Amaryllis is one of the characters. It also borrows a motif from William Byrd’s madrigal Though Amaryllis Dance in Green, as well as other works by Byrd.
The concert, directed by Michael Bochmann, will take place at Christ Church, Malvern at 3pm and include music by Mozart, Handel and Mendelssohn. This concert was originally planned for last March, but postponed because of snow.
Helen Roberts, principal viola with Orchestra Pro Anima, is also principal viola of the English String/Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since its inception in 1980. For many years she played with the Bochmann Quartet, whose promotion of works by British composers with Redcliffe Recordings has received considerable critical acclaim.Concert Details Stephen Roberts Profile & Works