Let Your Heart Be Light – December 22nd


Tait Tuesdays at Home 


Songs for Christmas



Tuesday December 22nd

9pm AEDT

8pm NZDT

7pm GMT

8pm North America East Coast EST

8pm North America West Coast PST

In support of the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists


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Lotte and Joseph present an intimate recital inspired by and celebrating Christmastime. The programme features British, French, and Scandinavian art song and traditional carols (including Cornelius, Warlock, Quilter, Britten, Ravel, Fauré and more) as well as festive solo piano works by Percy Grainger, and a selection of seasonal favourites to lift your spirits, wherever you are in the world.

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 contemporary music, art song, chamber music, opera and early music. Performance highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Barbican Centre’s Sound Unbound, Buxton Festival and appearances with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Collective and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Currently Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia, Lotte won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform (alongside Joseph Havlat) and the 2020 ROSL Lorna Viol Overseas Prize, and is a Young Artist with Musicians Company and City Music Foundation. 2020 online projects have included #OperaHarmony, Living Room Live, Home Concert Club, recitals for Bishopsgate Institute, Solti Studio Concerts and Tait Memorial Trust, and recordings for NAXOS and BIS Records Sweden. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (MA) and her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic, 3MBS Melbourne and WQXR NY among others. Her latest release, a live recording of the Berio Folksongs with Ensemble Q, is available across all platforms.


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. He is currently a Young Artist at St. John’s Smith Square, and in 2019 was made Young Artist of the Oxford Lieder Festival alongside fellow Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, and was the winner of the keyboard section of the ROSL music competition. Aside from work as a soloist he is also a keen chamber musician, performing frequently with his clarinet trio, the Tritium trio, and also the LSO percussion ensemble.
Passionate about contemporary music, he is a founding member and artistic director of contemporary music collective Ensemble x.y and is also an avid composer.