Play On In London: Lotte Betts-Dean, Andrey Lebedev + Cop Envy

CLF Art Cafe (map)

Breakthrough Australian classical music night Play On brings its singular concert experience to London for the very first time.

For its UK debut the company is honoured to present dream duo and Wigmore Hall favourites Lotte Betts-Dean and Andrey Lebedev alongside celebrated Australian DJ and producer Cop Envy.

Kicking off with an hour of ambient and experimental music from Play On DJs, Lotte and Andrey then take to the stage for a program traversing Elizabethan gems, lilting Britten folk songs and the compelling ‘Gertrude Fragments’ by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary classical composers, Brett Dean.

Following the classical program Cop Envy steps up to the decks. Fresh from his Berlin Atonal debut, the London via Melbourne DJ will take listeners on a heady journey through drum heavy, B-side club music.

Tickets available at Resident Advisor.

Les Six Recitals, International Holland Music Sessions

TAQA Theater de Vest (map)

Lotte joins pianist Somi Kim for two short recitals celebrating the music of French composition collective Les Six, featuring music by Honegger, Poulenc, Durey and Milhaud.

26 September 8pm @ TAQA Theater de Vest, Alkmaar

27 September 5pm @ TAQA Theater de Vest, Alkmaar

Ticket info TBC.

City Music Society: Lotte Betts-Dean + Andrey Lebedev

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.

Oxford Lieder Festival: Eventyr- The Fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen

Holywell Music Room (map)

As the winners of the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, Lotte and pianist Joseph Havlat will give a recital in the festival.

Their program celebrates the fairytales and poetry of Hans Christian Andersen and will include repertoire by Prokofiev, Kate Bush, Nielsen, Finnissy, Schumann and Honegger.

Details and tickets available here.

London Song Festival Opening Concert: The Outsiders Fight Back

Hinde Street Methodist Church (map)

The Outsiders Fight Back: A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall riots, centring on the Stonewall Inn in New York, are seen as the catalyst for the fight for gay rights worldwide. This concert will feature readings of eyewitness accounts, some previously unheard, from people who took part in the riots, giving a vivid impression of the events of the summer of 1969.

There will be songs by William Bolcom, John Corigliano (from his cycle Mr Tambourine Man, with words by Bob Dylan), Christopher Berg, Chris DeBlasio, Margaret Bonds, Lee Hoiby and others.

The concert will feature two world premieres; a song-cycle commissioned by The London Song Festival, written by Ben Moore one of America’s most prominent contemporary composers, with a text specially written by Mark Campbell, librettist for 15 contemporary American opera including ‘Stonewall’ by Iain Bell, which is being premiered by New York City Opera in June this year, and ‘Silent Night’, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

This concert will also a performance of a new song by Anthony Greencomposer, performance artist and gay rights activist, on the subject of Marsha P Johnson and Silvia Rivera, both activists and drag queens who played a prominent role in the Stonewall riots.

More details at the London Song Festival website.

Oxford Lieder Festival: Masterclass

The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College (map)

Roderick Williams works with winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.

Details here.

Aberystwyth Music Club: In Recital with Joseph Havlat

Aberystwyth Arts Centre (map)

Lotte joins pianist Joseph Havlat for a full length recital celebrating international art song. Programme includes music by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Schumann, Grieg and more.

Event information will be available here.

Kurt Weill with Southbank Sinfonia + Sian Edwards

St John's Church Waterloo (map)

Currently Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia, Lotte features in a concert celebrating the music of Kurt Weill, the centrepiece of which is his Second Symphony. Lotte performs the Walt Whitman settings, conducted by Sian Edwards.

Weill's Second Symphony bridged the tumultuous period in which he was forced to flee his native Germany and seek refuge in Paris. Begun in Berlin, the seeds of the symphony lie in its foreboding, trumpet-led introduction. From it evolves a work of relentless urgency, its energy fuelled simultaneously by anger, fear and an antidote of wry satire.

Drawing on all the skill that penned theatrical masterpieces like The Threepenny Opera and blending it with the classical foundations used by Mozart and Haydn, Weill created art that spoke of its time but with lessons that will resonate through the ages. 

There will be a post concert talk featuring Lotte and Sian which is open to Friends of Southbank Sinfonia.

Details and the free tickets available on the Southbank Sinfonia website.

Villa Wolkonsky / British Embassy Rome: Music from England and Italy

Villa Wolkonsky (map)

Lotte gives a recital at Villa Wolkonsky, the official residence of the British Ambassador to Italy in Rome. The program features the world premiere performance of Raymond Yiu’s song cycle for piano and voice, “Love Songs”, commissioned by Sir Norman Rosenthal.

The programme, especially curated by Lotte, also includes works by Dowland, Monteverdi, Ades, Byrd, Britten, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Giuliani and Merula.

Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo soprano

Andrey Lebedev, guitar

Joseph Havlat, piano

Presented by the British Embassy, Rome / UK In Italy

St John's Smith Square: Messiaen's Harawi

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 here.

Matlock Music: Lotte Betts-Dean + Andrey Lebedev

Wheeldon Hall Matlock (map)

Lotte and Andrey perform art song for voice and guitar as part of the Matlock Music recital series.

More details and booking information on the Matlock Music website, and on the Made In Derbyshire website.

The Red House, Aldeburgh: Christmas Concert

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.

Affinity Collective: UK Concert Series

Lotte joins Melbourne based quartet Affinity Collective for a series of concerts in London and the UK throughout February 2020. Programme to include works by Nico Muhly, John Adams, Brahms, Matthew Laing and Caroline Shaw.

Further details to come.

Bishopsgate Institute: Recital with Joseph Havlat

Great Hall, Bishopsgate Institute (map)

Lotte and Joseph present a long-lost song cycle by 20th century German composer and anti-fascist radio pioneer Ernst Schoen, who studied with Varese and Busoni.

Prior to this, on December 4 the Bishopsgate Institute presents a fascinating discussion and presentation about Ernst Schoen’s life, presented by Esther Leslie and Dr Sam Dolbear. A recording of the songs featuring Lotte and Joseph will also be played at this event.

Details for this are here.

Ernst Schoen, the director of Radio Frankfurt, was arrested in 1934 for crimes against the Third Reich, which included the protection and encouragement of Jewish and Socialist colleagues. During his time as a radio producer and radio station manager in Weimar Germany, Schoen had developed, in collaboration with his school friend Walter Benjamin and others such as Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Eisler and Anton von Webern, a radical sound and radio practice aimed at the dissemination of communist principles through avant-garde techniques. Escaping to London, Schoen continued his work as a radical socialist activist and writer from exile.

Musica Viva Australia: Sydney Morning Masters Series Recital

The Concourse Chatswood (map)

Lotte and guitarist Andrey Lebedev make an unusual and highly engaging artistic pairing, praised for their vivid and characterful expressiveness, and razor-sharp musicianship.

In this memorably entertaining program, they bring the great classical traditions of Spanish art-song and flamboyant guitar technique to the Musica Viva stage, topping it off with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim, the inventor of Bossa Nova – a luxurious fusion of jazz and Brazilian music for guitar and voice which has been described as the aural equivalent of relaxing slowly into a warm bath.


Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo-soprano
Andrey Lebedev guitar 


SOR Two Seguidillas
LORCA Three Songs from Canciones españolas antiguas
FALLA Siete canciones populares españolas
VILLA-LOBOS Aria from  Bachianas brasileiras no 5
JOBIM A selection of Bossa Nova songs



  • Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform Finals, April 6 2019

  • Wiltshire Music Centre recital, March 6 2019

  • Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble x.y, Feb 2019

  • 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