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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 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

 

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.

This recital presented youthful works by Beethoven, Szymanowski and Mahler, featuring British-American heldentenor Brian Smith Walters

 

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.