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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Schedule

Schubert Winterreise

I continue my Schubert cycle at Blackheath Halls with the wonderful American-Nigerian soprano, Francesca Chiejina, including a pre-concert talk with Dr Natasha Loges and Natasha Riordan at 5.45 pm, all as part of The Wanderlust Series.

Postponed – new date coming soon

Blackheath Halls

London SW3 9RQ 

Schubert Schwanengesang

This recital concludes my Schubert cycle at Blackheath Halls, and I will be joined by the outstanding bass-baritone Stephan Loges, for this recital. There will also be a pre-concert talk with Dr Natasha Loges and Natasha Riordan at 5.45 pm, all as part of The Wanderlust Series.

7.00 pm, 20 Feb 2021

Blackheath Halls

London SW3 9RQ 

Shepherd on the Rock

My dear friends Elin Manahan Thomas and Joseph Shiner make their first appearances in Catford for this, the final recital of The Wanderlust Series. We will perform Schubert’s dazzling setting of Wilhelm Müller’s Shepherd on the Rock, alongside German and Italian works, paying homage to the poet’s love of Rome.

12.15, 21 Mar 2021

St Laurence Church

Catford SE6 2TS

Concerto with
The Radcliffe Orchestra

I make a return visit to collaborate with Catherine Underwood and the Radcliffe Orchestra in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.

7.45 pm, 12 June 2021

Tingewick Hall

John Radcliffe Hospital

Oxford OX3 9DU

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 Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto 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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