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23 October 2021, 23:00

Enjoy the whole festival live online for £165 with a Digital Festival Pass. All events will be available on demand after broadcast until 30th November, so you can catch up at a time which suits you.

A tantalising exploration of the Berlin music scene in the 1920s and 1930s, as perceived through the eyes of Stephen Spender, Virginia Woolf, WH Auden and others. Presented with the collaboration of the Bodleian Libraries and the Literaturhaus in Berlin, this film builds on the summer 2021 exhibition Happy in Berlin? (Berlin and Oxford), curated by Stefano Evangelista. It includes music by Weill, Schoenberg, Strauss, Hindemith and Ethel Smyth, specially recorded in the Holywell Music Room by mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and pianist Joseph Havlat.

For our audience at home, we are delighted to present three specially made films, each with musical performances recorded exclusively for these films. Filmed by TallWall Media, they feature fascinating speakers and musicians, and explore the music, poetry and creation of song. They will be available from the opening day (8 October) until the end of November and are accessed via the Digital Concert Hall in the same way as all our livestreamed events.

Artist Portrait

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

Joseph Havlat

Joseph Havlat


Joseph Havlat was born in Hobart, Australia, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Prof. Joanna MacGregor from 2012 - 18, where he received his BMus and MMus with distinction, including awards for exceptional merit in studentship and the highest recital mark for a postgraduate pianist. Joseph has performed in major concert venues around the UK and in Europe, America, Japan and Australia as a soloist and as part of chamber groups. Winner of the keyboard section of the 2019 ROSL music competition, he is also current... Read Full Biography

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