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36. Songs of the Stars: Lotte Betts-Dean & Sean Shibe

16 October 2020, 22:00 - 23:00


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The Radcliffe Observatory

Green Templeton College
43 Woodstock Rd

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A magical combination of music and artists in a stunning setting!

The Australian mezzo Lotte Betts-Dean enjoys a busy career in both the UK and Australia, is a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and has been described in Limelight Magazine as being ‘powerful and lyrical, exhibiting a masterly control of both vocal range and colour.’ She is joined by Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe, winner of a 2019 Gramophone Award, whose playing was described by The Times as ‘astonishing and adventurous… masterful, beautiful and convincing in every way.’

We are extremely grateful to Green Templeton College for allowing us access to the Radcliffe Observatory, which was the astronomical observatory of the University of Oxford from 1773 until 1934. In this amazing space, we also become star gazers as Lotte and Sean perform songs of the night and the stars by Dowland, Schubert, Britten, Mompou, de Falla, Debussy and Seiber.

This concert will be streamed completely live from the Radcliffe Observatory. Shortly afterwards, it will also be available to watch again (using the same ticket and link) until 1 November 2020. Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.



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Lotte Betts-Dean

Lotte Betts-Dean


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
Artist Portrait

Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe


One of the foremost guitarists of his generation, Sean Shibe brings a fresh and innovative approach to the traditional classical guitar by experimenting with instruments and repertoire. The first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, he was selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust artist between 2015-2017. In 2018, Sean Shibe became the first guitarist to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Young Artists; in 20... Read Full Biography

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