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Social DistanSong Day Five: Lotte Betts-Dean & Ensemble x.y

01 April 2020, 10:00 - 23:55


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It's day five of 'Social DistanSong', tracking what would have been our new Spring Song festival. Helen Abbott has sent us an adapted version of her talk, 'What's the Stress? Finding your Feet with French poetry,' and in place of her work with the Mastercourse students, she's had a fascinating chat with soprano Mary Bevan and pianist Joseph Middleton, talking about their experiences of French song. Lotte Betts-Dean and members of Ensemble x.y have also made a film talking about their programme and contemporary song more generally, alongside some further listening recommendations, and we've posted a film of Lotte's and Joseph Havlat's winning audition recital last year for the Young Artist Platform. We hope you're enjoying everything so far.

Remember that you can find texts and translations of all the songs that were due to be performed today in the 'Explore' section on the main menu above, or by going to the original event listing and clicking on the Programme tab.


Helen Abbott presents her talk 'What's the Stress? Finding your Feet with French Poetry':

Helen is joined by Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton for a conversation about French song and its interpretation:


Lotte Betts-Dean and members of Ensemble x.y. discuss their programme and contemporary song more generally. A listening playlist is below.

Here are links to the works referenced by Lotte and Ensemble x.y:

Nørgård “Day and Night”

Saariaho “Die Aussicht” recorded by Anu Komsi and Avanti

Sciarrino “Vanitas” (this isn’t mentioned in the Video but was on the original programme. This is an excerpt, performed by Lotte and Ensemble x.y)

Here's a full recording of Zubel’s 'Cascando', an excerpt of which is featured on the video, recorded live at St Johns Smith Square.

A number of other recordings of contemporary vocal works, including David Bird’s “Series Imposture” and songs by Brett Dean, Judith Weir and Wolfgang Rihm are on Lotte Betts-Dean's website: https://www.lottebettsdean.com/listen


Remind yourself of Lotte Betts-Dean and Joseph Havlat's winning recital at the Young Artist Platform auditions last year:


Artist Portrait

Lotte Betts-Dean

Lotte Betts-Dean

Mezzo-soprano

Praised by The Guardian for her “irrepressible sense of drama and unmissable, urgent musicality”, Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean’s wide ranging repertoire encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song, chamber music and early music. A versatile concert artist performing predominantly in Australia and in the UK, recent highlights include her debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis (Stravinsky Perséphone), performances at Buxton International Festival, St John’s Smith S... Read Full Biography
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Ensemble x.y

Ensemble x.y

Ensemble

Ensemble x.y is a London based group of performers, composers and curators specializing in new music and contemporary performance practice. Dedicated to the creation and performance of new works in intersecting fields such as music, performance art, art activism, sound art, radio art and art/science, Ensemble x.y has commissioned and performed over 100 new works by UK and International composers since their founding in late 2014. Their most recent performances include appearances at the Waterloo Music festivals, City University, St John&r... Read Full Biography
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Helen Abbott

Helen Abbott

Speaker

Professor Helen Abbott is a specialist in nineteenth-century French poetry and music at the University of Birmingham (UK). She writes about word-music relationships deployed in poetic language and critical-philosophical texts. An expert in using digital methodologies, she directs the AHRC-funded Baudelaire Song Project which has recently launched a database of over 1,700 songs in 25 languages, and 40 different musical genres www.baudelairesong.org/search. The project also showcases a new networked model for analysing and visualising word/mus... Read Full Biography
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Mary Bevan

Mary Bevan

Soprano

Praised by Opera for her “dramatic wit and vocal control”, British soprano Mary Bevan is internationally renowned in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading conductors, orchestras and ensembles around the world. She is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music and was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2019. In the 2019/20 season, Bevan makes her role debut as ... Read Full Biography
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Joseph Middleton

Joseph Middleton

Pianist

Joseph Middleton is Director of Leeds Lieder, Musician in Residence at Pembroke College, Cambridge and a Fellow of his alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a professor. He was the first accompanist to win the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award. He is a frequent guest at major music centres, including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Zurich Tonhalle, Kölner Philharmonie, Oper Frankfurt, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Musée d’Orsay Paris, Oji Hal... Read Full Biography

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Social DistanSong

In these strange and unsettling times, we're delighted to present our much-reduced virtual spring festival in place of Spring Song.  From 27 March to 4 April, we'll be bringing you exclusive content to enjoy from the artists and speakers who were due to take part. Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, tells us more about what's coming up in the video below... [youtube url=http...

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