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.


The award-winning Welsh collaborative pianist and conductor Jocelyn Freeman is lauded for her artistry, innovation, and powers of communication. Recently endorsed with a prestigious Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music, she is an advocate for diversity in a range of artistic endeavours and a skilled communicator on the concert platform, and in broadcasting, industry and lifestyle publications and events. Founder-Director of SongEasel, she has curated extensive concert and recording projects to wide critical acclaim and values her role as a mentor with early-career musicians.

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, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Three Choirs Festival, the Global Concert Hall (IDAGIO) and many return visits to festivals and series in the UK. Collaborative highlights include recitals with Jamal Aliyev, Fleur Barron, Florian Boesch, Francesca Chiejina, James Gilchrist, Stuart Jackson, Stephan Loges, Mark Padmore, Gemma Summerfield, Bryn Terfel, Ailish Tynan and Julien Van Mellaerts; and as a conductor with Ashtead Choral Society, the British Sinfonietta and Lewisham Choral Society.

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. Awards include the International Marlow Concerto Competition, the Internationalen Wettbewerb für Liedkunst and Britten Pears Arts. Jocelyn is grateful for the support of the Carne Trust, Victor Wood, the Oleg Prokofiev Trust and Arts Council England.

Projects & Recordings

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


SongEasel was established by Jocelyn in 2018 to bring Song to South East London. Now a registered charity with its own separate website, each series holds diversity and inclusivity at the heart of its mission, in harmony with showcasing exceptional musical quality at an international standard.



2023/24 Residency

I've joined the team at St Martin-in-the-Fields as Associate Choral Leader for London. Regular fixtures include Thursday lunchtimes with the Choral Scholars at St Stephen Walbrook and Thursday mornings at St Mary Aldermary establishing a new choir - all welcome!


Termtime Thursdays 2023/24

St Stephen Walbrook &

St Mary Alderbury, London

Shakespeare in Song

I'll be teaming up with the phenomenal Nigerian-American soprano Francesca Chiejina for a recital of Shakespeare songs. Our programme encompasses works by Arne, Dring and Finzi's 'Let us Garlands Bring', works by Rhian Samuel and Cecilia McDowall, and the world premiere of Venus & Adonis songs by Rodrigo Ruiz.

12noon, 16 June 2024

St Laurence Church 


London SE6 2TS

The Wanderer and the Soldier

I join amazing tenor Mark Padmore CBE for the SongEasel finale concert that pays homage to two of bicentenary poet Lord Byron's Dulwich classmates - a famed pedestrian and an army general. We begin which Schubert, traversing some of my favourite Lied composers, and visit both French and English song in this programme.

7.30pm, 21 June 2024

St Stephen’s Church


London SE21 7HW

Schubert's Schwanengesang

I join Finnish baritone Aleksi Koponen as we continue our exploration of Schubert's song cycles with the final collection of songs collated by his enterprising publisher.

1pm, 10 July 2024

Annunciation Church

Marble Arch


Music at Paxton with Mark Padmore

I'm delighted to return to Paxton House, this time with dear Mark. We bring a varied programme to the Festival, encompassing works by Franz Schubert, Clara Schumann and Rebecca Clarke. The following day we will give a public masterclass for young singers.


7.30pm, 26 July 2024 

Paxton House 

Scottish Borders

Berwick-upon-Tweed TW15 1SZ


Songs from my Homeland

Francesca Chiejina and I joins forces again for a song recital in the Three Choirs Festival inspired by our homelands and by a sense of belonging. This programme, which we have been developing for the last few years includes works by Bankole, Elwyn Edwards and Britten.

4pm, 30 July 2024

St Martin’s Church

London Road


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


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