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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Media

Schedule

Schubert's
Winterreise

I am delighted to return to Blackheath Halls with the exciting Nigerian-American soprano, Francesca Chiejina to continue my series of Schubert's song cycles. For this recital we present Schubert's iconic Winterreise.

5.00pm, 30th May 2021

Blackheath Halls, London

Schubert's Schwanengesang

For the final performance in my Schubert series at Blackheath Halls I am joined by the outstanding bass-baritone Stephan Loges for this fascinating collection of 14 songs from the end of Schubert's life.

7.00pm, 16th July 2021

Blackheath Halls, London

Concerto at Oxford Proms

I return to Oxford Proms to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 9 in Eb major 'Jeunehomme' with Catherine Underwood and the Oxford Proms Orchestra.

7.30pm, 7th August 2021

University Church, Oxford

 

Chamber Music at Oxford Proms

In this recital of Mozart, Poulenc and Gotkovsky at Oxford Proms I join Lucy Downer and Mike Jones for a programme of chamber music, including the world premiere of Tim Perkins' 'Clack!'.

7.30pm, 18th August 2021

University Church, Oxford

Cello Sonatas

Leading cellist Jamal Aliyev and I perform a recital of sonatas by Eccles, Beethoven and Brahms in Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival.

7.30pm, 22 August 2021

Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire

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

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

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