Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Platform Finals

holywell music room (map)

Lotte and Joseph Havlat, piano perform a 40 minute recital as one of 6 finalist duos for the Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Platform.

The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform attracts the most exciting new talent and this is a thrilling day as six exceptional duos give 40-minute audition recitals, aspiring to be Oxford Lieder’s next ‘ambassadors for song’. The recitals will be adjudicated by Katarina KarnéusJulius Drake and John Mark Ainsley. Be inspired, and spot the great artists of the future!

Details for this event can be found here. Exact performance time TBC.

Handel's Messiah with Dei Gratia

Danbury Mission (map)

Lotte joins the Dei Gratia Ensemble for a performance of the great oratorio at Danbury Mission, Essex.

Tickets and info are available here.

Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artists

Lotte performs at the 2019 Leeds Lieder Festival as one of 10 selected Young Artists. Lotte will be performing alongside pianist Joseph Havlat.

Full festival details here.

Lotte Betts-Dean + Andrey Lebedev @ The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse (map)

Lotte and Andrey perform music from the two Elizabethan eras.

This concert is part of the New Elizabethan Award and presented by The Musicians Company.

Details available soon!

Lotte Betts-Dean + Andrey Lebedev @ Bristol University

Victoria Rooms Bristol (map)

Lotte and Andrey perform at Victoria Rooms in Bristol, including a world premiere performance of a new work by Arthur Keegan-Bole, using text by Thomas Hardy in response to Finzi’s settings.

Department of Music, University of Bristol Victoria Rooms, Queens Road Bristol BS8 1SA ,

Tel: (0117) 331 4044 . No advance booking required.

Sound Unbound Festival @ Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre (map)

Lotte and guitarist Andrey Lebedev join the all-star lineup of Barbican Centre’s Sound Unbound Festival.

Exact Performance details to be confirmed. Read the Barbican’s event press release here.

The ambitious weekend-long project celebrating classical music from the medieval era to the present day returns 18-19 May and, for the first time, will be completely free. A Culture Mile event programmed by the Barbican, the festival will explore unexpected spaces across Culture Mile, which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate in the north-west of the Square Mile, celebrating fantastic music alongside the history and heritage of the area. 

Sound Unbound has previously enjoyed two hugely successful editions in 2015 and 2017. The weekender gives everyone the chance to explore new sounds and rediscover familiar ones, from medieval to modern, in a relaxed festival environment. The weekend features artists for whom the boundaries between classical music and contemporary, experimental music and jazz have been blurred – or never even existed in the first place. With multiple concerts taking place simultaneously, each festival-goer will be able to pick and choose from a vast range of performances and create their own unique version of Sound Unbound.

June-August 2019 Australian Tour

Lotte performs in Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne between June and August 2019.

Three performances during this period are yet to be announced. Stay tuned on my website to keep up date with my Australian performance plans!

Berio Folk Songs with Ensemble Q

Griffith Conservatorium Theatre (map)

Lotte Betts-Dean returns to Australia to join Ensemble Q in a program highlighting extraordinary and engaging masterpieces of the 20th century chamber music repertoire. Ligeti's cheeky, charming and brilliantly virtuosic Six Bagatelles get us off to an exhilarating start before we visit the great Polish master Lutoslawski. Ravel's exquisite Introduction and Allegro for Harp and ensemble, Britten's utterly compelling Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings and Webern's beautiful and rare tonal exploration for string quartet, the Langsamer Satz. Binding this entire journey together is the rarely heard and sensational Folk Songs by Luciano Berio. 

Tickets available here.

Hush with Rubiks Collective @ Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre (map)

In ‘Hush’, Rubiks present five contemporary works exploring the power of voice, breath and gesture. Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh’s ‘The thin air between skins’ explores shimmering, nuanced exchanges between performers, Annika Socolofsky’s sextet invokes the fragility and fury of the female voice, and human and machine duel in Dmitri Tymoczko’s world premiere song cycle featuring acclaimed London-based mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts- Dean.

Annika Socolofsky Don’t Say a Word*
Erin Gee Mouthpiece 28*
Amy-Beth Kirsten World Under Glass No.2*
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh The thin air between skins
Dmitri Tymoczko Ghosts**^

* Australian premiere
** World Premiere
^ Rubiks Commission

Tickets available here.

La Vaghezza @ Buxton International Festival

Lotte joins Italian baroque ensemble La Vaghezza in a program honouring Mother and Child at the Buxton International Festival. Tickets and details on the Festival website.

Biber Annunciation, from the Rosary Sonatas
Merula Hor che è tempo di dormire, Fuge et veni dilecte mi
Byrd Pavane and Galliard from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Purcell The blessed Virgin’s expostulation, Z 196
Marini Sonata ‘La Variata’, Op 8
Cima Sonata a violino e violone, ‘Concerti Ecclesiastici’
Donati O gloriosa Domina
Michi Ninna nanna alla napolitana

La Vaghezza has quickly become one of the most sought after chamber ensembles in the European early music scene. The programme for this concert is inspired by a pivotal icon in Western culture and spirituality – the Virgin Mary. Michaelangelo’s Pietà is an unforgettable rendering of the Madonna – holding her dying son in her arms; this single infinite gesture of maternal love shows her bowing to destiny. It is through the words hidden behind her silence that the music of this programme is born, recreating this singular relationship between mother and son, full of love and suffering.

Stravinsky with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra + Sir Andrew Davis

Hamer Hall (map)

Lotte makes her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under Sir Andrew Davis, as the narrator in Stravinsky’s Persephone.

This concert also includes Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring.

Concert details and tickets available on the MSO Website.

Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Paul Groves tenor
Lotte Betts-Dean narrator 
Australian Girls Choir
National Boys Choir
MSO Chorus

Stravinsky Perséphone
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Lotte is one of the guest artists in the 2019 AFCM, directed by pianist Kathryn Stott.

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a friendly, unique and internationally acclaimed event presenting a 10 day program of over 30 concerts and special events. Experience the world’s finest chamber musicians performing in various combinations exclusively in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland

See details at the Festival website.

Messiaen's Harawi @ Dartington Festival

Dartington Hall (map)

Lotte and pianist Joseph Havlat perform Messiaen’s masterwork Harawi: Chants de l’amour et de mort at the Dartington International Festival and Summer School.

A rare chance to hear Messiaen’s epic, Wagner-inspired Tristan song cycle written in 1945, drawing on symbolist poetry and love songs of the South American Andes, performed by two of Australia’s rising stars.

Full details at the Festival website.

Messiaen – Harawi: Song of Love and Death

  1. La ville qui dormait, toi (The city that slept, you)

  2. Bonjour toi, colombe verte (Hello there, you green dove)

  3. Montagnes (Mountains)

  4. Doundou tchil

  5. L’amour de Piroutcha (Piroutcha’s love)

  6. Répétition planétaire (Planetary repetition)

  7. Adieu (Farewell)

  8. Syllabes (Syllables)

  9. L’escalier redit, gestes du soleil (Staircase retold, gestures of the sun)

  10. Amour oiseau d’étoile (Love star-bird)

  11. Katchikatchi les étoiles (Katchikatchi the stars)

  12. Dans le noir (In the dark)

Rhone River Art, Music and Wine Cruise

Lotte performs as part of the musical entertainment on the Art Music and Wine in Southern France cruise, with musical direction by ABC Classic FM presenter Christopher Lawrence. Full details on the Renaissance Tours website.

Journey through the charming South of France, and cruise up the mighty Rhone River from Arles through Avignon and Tournon-sur-Rhone to the gastronomic capital of Lyon.

Begin in Aix-en-Provence, and experience this refined cultural centre following in the footsteps of its acclaimed native son, Paul Cézanne. Continue to Arles, where Vincent van Gogh lived during the final years of his life, producing some of his most captivating masterpieces.

Then, cruise up the Rhone River aboard the luxurious MS Amadeus Provence, visiting the once-papal city of Avignon, and enjoying fine wines of the Rhone Valley. In Lyon, enjoy world-class music and art in one of the great centres of French culture.

Along the way, benefit from the insight of four specialist tour leaders: award-winning artists Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis, classical music broadcaster Christopher Lawrence and wine writer Peter Bourne.

Lotte Betts-Dean + Andrey Lebedev @ City Music Society

St Bartholomew The Great (map)

Lotte and Andrey perform a recital alongside guitarist Jesse Flowers at St Bartholomew The Great, for the City Music Society. Tickets available soon.

Christmas Concert @ The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House Aldeburgh (map)

Lotte returns to The Red House to perform in the 2019 Christmas Concert alongside Andrey Lebedev. The duo perform seasonal art song and English voice and guitar repertoire, including by Britten, in Britten’s home, The Red House.

Ticket and event information will be available soon.

Messiaen's Harawi @ St John's Smith Square

Lotte and Joseph Havlat, piano reprise their performance of Messiaen’s masterwork song cycle Harawi: Chants de l’amour et de mort at St John’s Smith Square.

This performance is presented by The Musician’s Company and St John’s Smith Square.

Info and ticket details to come.



  • New Elizabethan Award Showcase Concert at Wigmore Hall, Feb 9 2019

  • BBC Radio 3 In Tune Live-to-air performance , Feb 7 2019 (Listen online on Press page)

  • Imogen Cooper Trust Fundraiser concert at Bob Boas Salon, London, Feb 7 2019

  • James MacMillan Since it was the day of Preparation and Arvo Part’s Passio at Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Ballarat Victoria, January 2019


  • Concert with Baroque ensemble La Vaghezza at La Cite de la Voix, Vezelay, France, December 2018

  • Vivaldi Gloria with English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, December 2018

  • Debut New York City recital at German Embassy NY (Schoenberg Lieder), December 2018

  • Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire on tour with Manchester Collective, November 2018

  • Wartime Songs recital at Two Moors Festival, October 2018

  • Brahms Recital with Tom Poster, Melvyn Tan and Lotte’s father Brett Dean at Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, September 2018

  • World premiere of Isabella Gellis’ new short opera For Peace And Country at the Royal Academy of Music, September 2019

  • Opening concert of the Anghiari Festival with Southbank Sinfonia featuring arias and works by Respighi, Mozart and Rossini July 2018

  • French opera and chanson recital with pianist Joseph Havlat at The Wallace Collection City Music Foundation Summer Residency. featuring arias and songs by Gounod, Ravel. Massenet, Debussy, Duparc and Messiaen, July 2018

  • Recitals at Gower Festival, Wales Lewes Festival of Song, East Sussex Omnibus Theatre London and for the City Music Foundation Lunchtime Recital Series with guitarist Andrey Lebedev, July-September 2018

  • Lieder and art song recital with Keval Shah, piano at Omnibus Theatre Clapham, featuring songs by Schubert, Schumann, Haydn, Sibelius, Debussy and De Falla, June 2018

  • Concept concert with City Music Foundation featuring David Lang's death speaks and works by Schubert, Dowland, Radiohead, Purcell, Kurtag, Ravel and Death Cab For Cutie at Barts Pathology Museum London, also featuring Andrey Lebedev, Iona Allan violin and Joseph Havlat piano, June 2018

  • Beethoven 9 with Southbank Sinfonia as part of the Waterloo Festival alongside soloists Anush Hovhannisyan, David Webb and Jihoon Kim and conductor James Hendry, June 2018

  • Recital of Bridge and Britten songs at The Red House, Aldeburgh for the Britten-Pears Foundation featuring Bridge's own viola, with Joshua Hayward, viola and Somi Kim, piano, April 2018

  • Launch concert of Guy Johnston's Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, Hertfordshire, alongside Tom Poster, piano, April 2018

  • Role of Earth Voice in Helen Thomson's world premiere A Tasmanian Requiem, Hobart Theatre Royal April 2018

  • Performances at Adelaide Festival in Brett Dean's Hamlet and with The Lost And Found Orchestra, March 2018

  • Debussy Project with Eidit Golder of Melbourne Art Song Collective at Melbourne Recital Centre 20, March 2018

  • A sold out debut at Play On Melbourne with Penny Quartet, March 2018

  • Voice + Guitar Australian Tour with Andrey Lebedev: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Mildura Summer Festival, Jan 2018

  • French Baroque Cantatas in Launceston and Hobart with Van Diemen's Band and Martin Gester from Le Parlement de Musique, Jan 2018

  • Echoes of the Celts with La Compania at Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, Jan 2018

  • French Baroque Arias with Genesis Baroque at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Jan 2018


  • Australian National Tour of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Australian Chamber Orchestra and Choir of London, Dec 2017

  • Ibiza Classics with Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, November 2017, Sydney and Melbourne

  • Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award with Southbank Sinfonia (winner), October 26, London

  • Voice + Guitar with Andrey Lebedev at Brickwall Music Society, October 20, East Sussex

  • David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion at Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, October 15, VIC

  • New Zealand BRAVA Tour with The 7 Sopranos, September 19-24, NZ

  • Alice Chance's Fiat Lux with The Song Company, Sydney

  • Ensemble x.y at St Martin in the Fields, September 12, London