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.

Our 2022 series Icons & Legends celebrates a notorious dinner meeting in Paris in May 1922 that included Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Diaghilev. Six song recitals in St Laurence Church Catford and Blackheath Halls pay homage to the meeting of minds of these creative luminaries.

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

From Russia With Love 2019

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 2021

Our 2021 mini series celebrated the musical cafe culture of nineteenth-century Paris through song, featuring two 2021 centenary composers: Pauline Viardot and Camille Saint-Saëns. 

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Friends of SongEasel

Join our family of Friends and share our journey of song! We rely on the support of our Friends: without this amazing generosity, our work simply would not be possible. 

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Media

Schedule

'Luminous Night' concert

I'm delighted to open year of traditional recitals with a return to St Martin-in-the-Fields to perform works by Ola Gjeilo with the wonderful Piatti Quartet & St Martin's Voices, conducted by Andrew Earis.

 

7.30pm, 3rd March 2022

St Martin-in-the-Fields 

London

'Natural Legends' recital

Renowned French bass-baritone Laurent Naouri and I open SongEasel's new Icons & Legends series in Blackheath Halls with a programme of Poulenc, Chaminade, Fauré, Crickboom, Ravel and Ibert.

7.30pm, 7th April 2022

Blackheath Halls

London SE3 9RQ

'Icons' song recital

Emerging Indonesian tenor Satriya Krisna and I take songs by Schubert, Schumann, Fauré, Duparc and Wolf to Catford in a programme exploring adoration - romantic and religious. We will also be share some Seriosa songs!

12noon, 1st May 2022

St Laurence Church 

Catford SE6 2TS

 

'Belonging' song recital

Acclaimed German baritone Markus Matheis and promising soprano Lynda Nwabudike join me for a programme illustrating unbreakable bonds, including a Nigerian song for peace.

12noon, 15th May 2022

St Laurence Church

Catford SE6 2TS

'Songs of Sappho' song recital

Rising star mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron and I share songs inspired by the greek Goddess Sappho, including Brahms, Gurney and intertwined Bilitis songs by Debussy and Rita Strohl.

7.30pm, 19th May 2022

Blackheath Halls

London SE3 9RQ

Tchaikovsky's 1st piano concerto

I renew my relationship with the Radcliffe Orchestra and conductor Catherine Underwood performing Tchaikovsky's monumental first piano concerto in Bb minor.

7.30pm, 11th June 2022

St Michael’s & All Angels Church

Oxford OX2 7ES

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

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

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