TWO highly-acclaimed young classical artists will perform together at the Swaledale Festival on July 15.

The Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and Scottish/Japanese guitarist Sean Shibe will perform duets by Dowland, Schubert, Britten and Debussy in two performances at St Andrew’s Church in Grinton, Swaledale.

Both performers have received a string of awards in recent years.

Lotte, who is the daughter of the world-renowned composer and violist Brett Dean, won the 2020 Audrey Strange Memorial Prize for an outstanding singer at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, among many other accolades.

Sean was the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the first guitarist to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Young Artists.

His other awards include the Royal Over-Seas League First Prize and Gold Medal (2011), the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award (2009), and a Dewar Arts and D’Addarrio endorsement.

Swaledale Festival’s artistic director, Malcolm Creese, says: “After so many months with almost no live music, it will be thrilling to welcome these two young stars to Grinton Church, and to hear their intimate programme in such a wonderful acoustic.”

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