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SongEasel

SongEasel

SongEasel was established in 2018 to fill South East London with song. Each series holds diversity and inclusivity at the heart of its mission, in harmony with showcasing exceptional musical quality at an international standard.

The Wanderlust Series

The Wanderlust Series presents 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 will be joined by three exceptional artists: Julien Van Mellaerts; Francesca Chiejina and Stephan Loges. Coffee concerts in St Laurence Church, Catford bring a wealth of international talent into the area and focus on collaborative song with leading instrumentalists.

Jocelyn Freeman, Artistic Director

January 2020


Forthcoming Recitals

Love and Loss

25th April 2021 at 12.30pm

Live-Streamed via YouTube and Facebook

Our final live performance of the series will be the much-anticipated Beethoven celebration in Catford. Whilst Bethan Langford and Keval Shah are unable to perform this recital due their personal circumstances, we are delighted that the acclaimed British-American heldentenor Brian Smith Walters has agreed us for a performance of Beethoven’s Adelaide, together with Wanderer-themed works by Szymanowski and Mahler.

Free entry, retiring collection online

Love and Loss PDF Programme (downloadable)

 

Beethoven Celebration 

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.

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Schubert’s Schwanengesang

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.

Click the thumbnail photo to view a short performance of from the recital.

 

Schubert’s Winterreise

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.

Schubert’s Winterreise

More to explore

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.