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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 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

January 2020

Online Recitals

 Photo credit: Ewa Korda


Schools Project


Francesca Chiejina and Jocelyn Freeman ran workshops in three Lewisham schools, leading to an abridged, digital performance of Schubert’s Winterreise in Jeremy Sams’ English version.


Schubert’s three song cycles featured Julien Van Mellaerts, Francesca Chiejina and Stephan Loges in partnership with series curator and pianist Jocelyn Freeman. Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, soprano Gemma Summerfield and tenor Brian Smith Walters featured beside violist Clifton Harrison and clarinetist David Campbell in recitals at St Laurence Church, Catford.

Click on the photo below to view a short performance from our ‘Vienna: City of Dreams’ recital.

 Photo credit: Ewa Korda

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SongEasel Young Artists

* Dr Emily Kilpatrick replaces Laurent Naouri for our inaugural Young Artists event* We are delighted to launch our Young Artist programme with a French

Café Chanson


26th Sep ‘Communing with Nature’ . Huw Montague Rendall & Jocelyn Freeman at St Laurence Church, Catford. Viardot, Poulenc, Fauré
22nd Oct Song Masterclass at the 1901 Arts Club with Laurent Naouri
27th Oct ‘Histoires Naturelles’ at Blackheath Halls. Anna Stéphany & Sholto Kynoch. Ravel, Mahler, Saint-Saëns
23rd Nov ‘Voyage’ at Blackheath Halls. Jonathan McGovern & Josephine Goddard. Viardot, Poulenc, Duparc
12th Dec ‘An Advent Calendar of Song’ from Mark Padmore and Jocelyn Freeman at St Laurence Church, Catford.

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.