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.

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Media

Schedule

Landscapes and Legends

Baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and I take an eclectic programme of song to Penkhull Festival of Music and Art, including works by Brahms, Sibelius, Butterworth and Ravel.

 

7.30pm, 16th September 2022

St Thomas’s Church

Penkhull ST4 5DW

The Poet's Echo recital

Postponed from June 2022, I perform a recital of chamber music and song with Gemma Summerfield, Gareth Brynmor John and Abi Hyde-Smith, including the world-premiere of our arrangement of Britten's The Poet's Echo.

7.30pm, 24th October 2022

Blackheath Halls

London SE3 9RQ 

Oxford Lieder Festival

I return to Oxford Lieder Festival for a recital of Britten, Schubert, Amy Beach and Julian Philips with Stuart Jackson (tenor) and George Strivens (horn).

5pm, 25th October 2022

Holywell Music Room

Oxford OX1 3BN

 

The Oriental Club, London

Stuart Jackson and I perform a varied Lieder recital including works by Mahler, Brahms, Purcell/Britten and Amy Beach.

7.30pm, 31st October 2022

The Oriental Club

London W1C 1ES

Meeting of Minds recital

In recital with Ailish Tynan, I perform a recital celebrating the legendary creative exchanges at a notorious Parisian dinner meeting, the inspiration point of this year's SongEasel series.

7.30pm, 29th November 2022

Menuhin Hall 

Surrey, KT11 3QQ

In recital with Florian Boesch

Iconic Austrian baritone Florian Boesch and I perform a special recital for SongEasel in Dulwich, including Lieder and Ballades by Loewe and Schubert, and the Heine Schwanengesang settings.

7pm, 13th December 2022

Old Library, Dulwich College

London SE21 

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

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

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