Jocelyn Freeman

pianist & conductor

Freeman brings a full range of colours to her touch, as well as a sensitive response to harmony and terrific control of texture.

Natasha Loges, BBC Music Magazine

About

The award-winning Welsh collaborative pianist and conductor Jocelyn Freeman is lauded for her artistry, programming and powers of communication. She is an advocate for diversity in a range of artistic endeavours, and a skilled communicator on the concert platform, and in broadcast, recording and social media. Founder-director and curator of SongEasel, an initiative established to provide a platform for song in South East London, Jocelyn has curated extensive concert and recording projects to wide critical acclaim.

Jocelyn’s engagements have taken her to four continents including broadcasts in the UK and Germany; performances in the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre and the Sage, Gateshead; and awards from Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Academie, International Marlow Concerto Competition and Snape Maltings. Notable collaborations feature Jamal Aliyev, Fleur Barron, the Broomwood Ensemble, Stuart Jackson, Gareth Brynmor John, the Lakewood Sinfonia, Stephan Loges, Joseph Shiner, Elin Manahan Thomas and Julien Van Mellaerts.  

A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Jocelyn’s repertoire champions standard song and concerto repertoire alongside lesser-known and contemporary composers. Her discography comprises releases with Kissan Records, Ty Cerdd and Orchid Classics.

Jocelyn is grateful for the support of the Carne Trust, Victor Wood, the Oleg Prokofiev Trust, the Nicholas Boas Foundation and Arts Council England.

Projects & Recordings

Jocelyn Freeman Piano

… ever-sensitive… exemplary, whether taking the lead or in discreet support.

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

SongEasel

SongEasel was established in 2018 to fill South East London with song. With threefold-aims to provide a platform for outstanding singers in the area; to bring new repertoire to established audiences; and to introduce standard repertoire to new audiences. Each series holds diversity and inclusivity at the heart of its mission, in harmony with showcasing exceptional musical quality at an international standard.

This year, The Wanderlust Series features Schubert’s song cycles in Blackheath Halls, and collaborations with leading instrumentalists in Catford. From Russia with Love in 2019 comprised four recitals in Blackheath Halls and four in Catford, featuring Russian repertoire in programmes that explored the cultural and political links between the former Soviet Union and Europe. 

SongEasel would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the Arts Council England, Blackheath Halls, the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, St Laurence Church, Catford and the Oleg Prokofiev Trust.

From Russia With Love

The inaugural SongEasel recital series, From Russia with Love, featured Russian repertoire in programmes that explored the cultural and political links between the former Soviet Union and Europe.

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Café Chanson

Events

26th Sep ‘Communing with Nature’ . Huw Montague Rendall & Jocelyn Freeman at St Laurence Church, Catford. Viardot, Poulenc, Fauré
22nd Oct Song Masterclass at the 1901 Arts Club with Laurent Naouri
27th Oct ‘Histoires Naturelles’ at Blackheath Halls. Anna Stéphany & Sholto Kynoch. Ravel, Mahler, Saint-Saëns
23rd Nov ‘Voyage’ at Blackheath Halls. Jonathan McGovern & Josephine Goddard. Viardot, Poulenc, Duparc
12th Dec ‘An Advent Calendar of Song’ from Mark Padmore and Jocelyn Freeman at St Laurence Church, Catford.

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Media

Schedule

'Communing with Nature'

Rising star baritone Huw Montague Rendall and I open Café Chanson with a programme of songs by Poulenc, Pauline Viardot and Fauré.

 

12.00noon, 26th Sep 2021

St Laurence Church, Catford

Oxford Lieder Festival

Tenor Stuart Jackson and I perform Schubert, Gurney and Amy Beach alongside works for tenor, horn and piano by Schubert and a new commission by Julian Philips with Ben Goldscheider

5.45pm, 19th Oct 2021

Jacqueline du pre Music Building, 

Oxford

Circles of Hell piano recital

I perform a programme for Bonfire Night including works by Thomas Tomkins, C. V. V. Stanford, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Rhian Samuel's Isolation Suite (2020) culminating in Liszt's epic Dante Sonata.

6.30pm, 5th Nov 2021

St Andrew’s Church, Eaton

 

Britten Canticles



Video recordings from the Red House, Aldeburgh of works by Benjamin Britten, live from his library, on his Steinway grand piano, with singers Fleur Barron and Stuart Jackson.

Now available!

An Advent Calendar of Song

Concluding SongEasel's Café Chanson series, renowned tenor Mark Padmore and I perform a Franco-festive Advent Calendar of Song!

12.00noon, 12th Dec 2021

St Laurence Church, Catford

Christmas Carols

A festive evening of carols with brass quintet and the workplace choir of BNP Paribas Real Estate.

Time tbc, 17th Dec 2021

St Giles Church, Cripplegate

...with heavy, sooty piano chords, deftly shaded by Freeman, fading to a hushed end.

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

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