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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

Free entry, retiring collection online

Love and Loss PDF Programme (downloadable)

 

Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin

from 8th April 2021 | Live on IDAGIO – Global Concert Hall

Filmed with a live audience in Blackheath Halls, prizewinning baritone Julien Van Mellaerts joins pianist Jocelyn Freeman for the first Schubert cycle, his pioneering Die schöne Müllerin. There is also a pre-concert talk with Dr Natasha Loges and Natasha Riordan at 7pm.

 

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 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.

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.