Homage a Brahms @ Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

After helping launch the festival in April, Lotte is joined by Tom Poster, piano, Melvyn Tan (piano) and her father Brett Dean (viola) for a recital celebrating Brahms featuring Brahms lieder, his Geistliche Lieder Op 91 for voice viola and piano, Dean's "Homage a Brahms' and the Schumann Maerchenbilder, op 113.

Read more and book tickets to this wonderful festival here.

Storytelling @ Royal Academy of Music

Isabella Gellis conductor
Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo-soprano
Joseph Havlat piano

Toch Egon und Emilie, Op 46
Poulenc L’histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant
Isabella Gellis new opera (world premiere)

Toch’s rarely performed Egon und Emilie, a subtle and crisp parody of German opera in the early 20th century, and Poulenc’s L’histoire de Babar, the setting of Jean de Brunhoff’s much-loved children’s book, are performed alongside the premiere of Isabella Gellis’s new chamber opera: an absurdist fantasy for which the libretto is a direct transcription of a video made by her sister as a child.

This event is free! More details on the Royal Academy of Music Website.

Ration Book 1940s Feast @ Two Moors Festival

From the Two Moors Website...

Programme to include songs from the forties made popular by the great Vera Lynn, The Andrews Sisters and Gracie Fields including Nice work if you can get it, I got rhythm, That old black magic, In the Mood, We’ll meet again and There’ll always be an England.

Corned Beef Fritters, Eggless Sponge and Spam Hash, Glory Buns, Potato Rarebit and Irish Soda Bread, Root Vegetable Soup, Bubble & Squeak and Brown Betty... prepare to be pleasantly surprised at how wartime rations were transformed into the most delicious dishes - which also turned out to be good for the nation’s waistlines and general health too! 
We couldn’t put on a feast without a concert alongside it, and we are delighted that mezzo sopranos Lotte Betts- Dean (a City Music Foundation artist), Charlotte Hewett and Fleur Barron with Johan Barnoin at the piano, will present a glorious programme of songs that were familiar at the time and loved by the population at large.

Tickets £50

Book tickets to this fascinating event here.

Dame Felicity Lott Masterclass @ Two Moors Festival

Dame Felicity Lott’s masterclass will focus on French Song – a genre for which she is justifiably renowned. Dame Felicity has a degree in French and Latin from Royal Holloway College and, in addition to her fame as a distinguished soprano, she is President of the Amis de Francis Poulenc.

More details for this event here.

Ensemble x.y Micro @ City University of London

Ensemble x.y returns to CIty with a programme exploring musical minutiae and musical miniatures, including twenty-one new pieces, each a minute long.

Program to include one-minute commissions by composers including Lawrence Dunn, Neil Luck, Thomas Fournil, Alexis Porfiriadis, Ioannis Mitsialis, Sylvia Lim, Ryan Carraher, Cameron Graham, Sean Harold, and Maya Verlaak, remixed by Elischa Kaminer.

Admission is free, but sign up to book a spot here as space is limited!

micro zooms in on the tiniest of scales: the flicker of a pitch, the minuscule bend of an elastic rhythm, the tautness of a formal logic reduced to the language of code, the final ultimate density at the end of the universe

Vivaldi with English Chamber Orchestra @ Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall (map)

Part of the LONDON CONCERT SERIES 2018/19

Details and tickets here

What better way to start your Christmas preparations than with an evening of Vivaldi? Be inspired by some of the most recognisable and uplifting melodies of Vivaldi’s Gloria as the English Chamber Orchestra joins conductor Michael Collins and the Choir of the 21st Century; City Music Foundation artists Raphaela Papadakis and Lotte Betts-Dean are the soloists in this exciting work. Other highlights include ‘The Goldfinch’ flute concerto, with our principal flute Harry Winstanley as soloist, and Vivaldi’s energetic violin concerto ‘La Tempesta di Mare’ and ‘Winter’ from the Four Seasons, performed by Stephanie Gonley.

  1. Vivaldi 'Winter' from the Four Seasons

  2. Vivaldi Concerto for Violin, Op.8 No.5, RV 253 ‘La Tempesta di Mare’

  3. Vivaldi Concerto for Violin and Cello in B flat major, RV 547

  4. Vivaldi Concerto for Flute in D major, RV 428 'The Goldfinch'

  5. Vivaldi Gloria in D major, RV 589

Michael Collins conductor

Stephanie Gonley violin/director

Raphaela Papadakis and Lotte Betts-Dean soloists

Caroline Dale cello

Harry Winstanley flute

Choir of the 21st Century

Arvo Pärt + James MacMillan @ Ballarat Goldfields Festival

Lotte returns to Australia for two special performances at the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, as soloist in Arvo Pärt’s Passio and James MacMillan’s recently composer Since it was the day of preparation.

Both concerts will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat, Victoria.

More details and booking information will be posted closer to the time.

Imogen Cooper Music Trust Showcase Concert

As one of the 2018 ICMT Bursars, Lotte performs alongside guitarist Andrey Lebedev and the other 2018 Bursars at one of London’s most prestigious private salons.

More details will be available soon.

New Elizabethan Award Showcase Concert @ Wigmore Hall

The Musicians’ Company has inaugurated a biennial award for guitarists and lutenists performing solo or ensemble music by composers from the two Elizabethan ages.

It represents a unique initiative for the Company in that it is the first of our awards to provide a musical link to the period between the Company’s foundation in 1500 and its Royal Charter in 1604.

On July 6th the Selection Round of the Company’s inaugural New Elizabethan Award took place in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music.

The distinguished Panel comprised Judith Weir CBE, Dame Emma Kirkby, John Gilhooly OBE, Nigel North, Craig Ogden and Fabio Zanon, with Michael Lewin (Senior Warden) as non-voting chairman.

Of the eight performances, four were by soloists and four by ensembles. The Panel found, without exception, excellent qualities in each performance.

The two that the Panel finally selected to hold the New Elizabethan Award 2019 are:
Jesse Flowers (solo guitar) and the duo of Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano) and Andrey Lebedev (guitar)

The Holders of the New Elizabethan Award 2019 will share both the NEA Showcase at Wigmore Hall on Saturday February 9th 2019 and subsequent concerts.

RECENT EVENTS

  • 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 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