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Wednesday Concert Series: Lotte Betts-Dean "Sonnet & Rhymes"

October 11 @ 19:30

Wednesday Concert Series: Lotte Betts-Dean "Sonnet & Rhymes"

Leading interpreter of chamber music, art song and contemporarty repertoire for voice, Lotte Betts Dean (mezzo soprano) is joined by two extraordinary Welsh musicians – Jâms Coleman (Piano) and Edgar Francis (Viola) with a beauutifully contrasting programme of ‘sonnets and rhymes’, featuring songs by Brahms, Bliss, and Rubbra, alongside settings by cintemporary composers Michael Berkeley and Heloïse Werner (recently appointed Associate Artist of the Wigmore Hall)

Brahms: Zwei Gesange, Op 91
Edmund Rubbra: Two Sonnets by William Alabaster
Joseph Marx: Durch Einsamkeiten
Arthur Bliss: Two Nursery Rhymes
Joel Baldwin: Severed Selves (world premiere)
Michael Berkeley: A Time of Rapture
Heloise Werner: Le cœur crucifié
Michael Berkeley: My Heart is like a Singing Bird
Michael Berkeley: Sonnet für Orpheus
Heloise Werner: The Erl-King

and more…

Praised by The Guardian for her “irrepressible sense of drama and unmissable, urgent musicality”, Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is passionate about curation and programming, with a broad repertoire that encompasses contemporary music, art song, chamber music, early music, opera, oratorio and non-classical collaborations.
A versatile and sought-after artist, Lotte has established herself as a leading interpreter of new music, having given the world premieres of over 30 works and performed at many of the major festivals and venues around the UK, in Australia and internationally. Performance highlights include her debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis in Stravinsky Perséphone, Dean Hamlet (State Opera of South Australia) Pirates of Penzance (Opera Holland Park) and Pierrot Lunaire (Manchester Collective), a work she repeats this year in Köln and Brisbane.
“[Jâms] Coleman’s playing is outstanding, with thrilling variety… exquisite touch… and imagination at the piano” Natasha Loges, BBC Music Magazine. From Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman is a pianist who enjoys performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist.
Edgar Francis is a dynamic and versatile musician, with a passion for performing that involves him in all aspects of the viola. He has performed in leading venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kolner Philarmonie and The Royal Festival Hall. As 1st Prize Winner at the 2021 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, his debut album will be released on Champs Hill records.


October 11
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