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
Die schöne Müllerin

I begin my Schubert series in the Global Concert Hall with award-winning baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts in Schubert's pioneering song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin. The online event also includes a pre-concert talk with Dr Natasha Loges and Natasha Riordan, filmed live in Blackheath Halls as part of The Wanderlust Series.

7.00pm, 8th Apr 2021

Available in

IDAGIO Global Concert Hall

Schubert's Winterreise

For this online event I am joined by the exciting Nigerian-American soprano, Francesca Chiejina for Schubert's iconic song cycle, Winterreise. There is also a virtual green room discussion with leading baritone Thomas Hampson, Dr Natasha Loges and Natasha Riordan, all as part of The Wanderlust Series and IDAGIO's Arts@Future initiative.

7.00pm, 13th Apr 2021

Available in

IDAGIO Global Concert Hall

Schubert's Schwanengesang

This online event concludes my Schubert cycle on IDAGIO and for it am joined by the outstanding bass-baritone Stephan Loges. There is also a virtual green room discussion with with Dr Natasha Loges and Natasha Riordan, all as part of The Wanderlust Series.

7.00pm, 15th Apr 2021

Available in

IDAGIO Global Concert Hall

 

Love and Loss - The Wanderlust Series

In this final performance in the current series I am joined by acclaimed heldentenor Brian Smith Walters for Beethoven's Adelaide, and lieder by Szymanowski and Mahler.

12.30pm, 25 Apr 2021

Live-streamed on YouTube

from St Laurence, Catford

Lieder Recital

The delightful mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron and I take an eclectic programme of song to this intimate venue.

2 July 2021

The Red House

Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ

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.

7.30 pm, 7 Aug 2021

University Church

of St Mary the Virgin

Oxford OX1 4BJ

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

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

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