The Wanderlust Series presented songs celebrating both the rewards of roaming in nature and the earnest world of inner, conflicting personal journeys. Epitomising the nineteenth-century concept of Wanderlust, Wilhelm Müller’s poetry transports us from youthful exuberance to the brink of humanity’s patience, and his work was a major influence on other significant poets.
For Schubert’s complete song cycles at Blackheath Halls, I was joined by three exceptional artists: Julien Van Mellaerts; Francesca Chiejina and Stephan Loges. Coffee concerts in St Laurence Church, Catford brought a wealth of international talent into the area and focussed on collaborative song with leading instrumentalists.
Jocelyn Freeman, Artistic Director
from 6th April 2021 | Live on IDAGIO – Global Concert Hall
In honour of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, leading artists Mark Padmore and Julius Drake perform a selection of Beethoven Lieder alongside his ground-breaking An die ferne Geliebte, closing with Schumann’s Kerner-lieder live from Blackheath Halls as their inaugural recital from the initial Lockdown.
from 15th April 2021 | Live on IDAGIO – Global Concert Hall
This recital concludes Schubert’s song cycles, and features the outstanding international bass-baritone, Stephan Loges, for this recital. There is also a virtual green room conversation with the artists and Dr Natasha Loges chaired by Natasha Riordan, going live at 7pm.
The Wanderlust Series Archive
Vienna: City of Dreams
Featuring mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, violist Clifton Harrison and pianist Jocelyn Freeman, this programme explored works by and for musicians who held a connection with the Imperial City, and included songs on the themes of aspirational romance, sleep and longing. Spanning over 140 years, and including a traditional Viennese dance, a cradle song and a UK premiere of a song by famed Austrian violinist, Fritz Kreisler, the recital was framed by the works of Brahms.
This recital presented youthful works by Beethoven, Szymanowski and Mahler, featuring British-American heldentenor Brian Smith Walters.
from 13th April 2021 | Live on IDAGIO – Global Concert Hall
Leading Nigerian-American soprano Francesca Chiejina joins acclaimed curator and pianist Jocelyn Freeman for Schubert’s iconic cycle Winterreise. The event is presented as part of the arts@Future Series and includes a pre-concert talk with Thomas Hampson, Dr Natasha Loges and and the artists, chaired by Natasha Riordan at 7pm.