Jocelyn Freeman 

 Pianist | Conductor 

 Jocelyn
Freeman 

 Pianist | Conductor 

BIOGRAPHY

 Award-winning collaborative pianist Jocelyn Freeman is founder-director and curator of SongEasel, a new initiative set up to provide a platform for song in South East London. Her artistry has been described as “outstanding”, “brilliant”, “sparkling” and “one to watch”, including accolades from International Piano Magazine. Her approach to recital programming combines stimulating imagination with discerning curiosity. Engagements have taken her to four continents, including television and radio broadcasts in both the UK and Germany on BBC, Sky, S4C, ARD and RTL television. Recent appearances include Blackheath Halls, Wigmore Hall, Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, and many return visits to festivals and music clubs around the UK. A keen communicator to a wide audience, Jocelyn has been interviewed for several industry and lifestyle publications, and most recently initiated The Hope Collective as the UK went into lockdown earlier this year.

Together with standard song repertoire, and concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Gershwin, Jocelyn’s repertoire champions a variety of lesser-known composers including CPE Bach, George Dyson, Dilys Elwyn-Edwards and Morfydd Owen, and contemporary composers including Christopher Bramneld, Alissa Firsova, John Metcalfe, James MacMillan and Judith Weir. Collaborative highlights include performing and recording with award-winning artists Elin Manahan Thomas, Fleur Barron, Stuart Jackson, Gareth Brynmor John and Julien Van Mellaerts. 

In 2013, she released her debut solo piano album Night and Novelties, following this in 2018 with Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr, a disk of songs by Dilys Elwyn Edwards with Elin Manahan Thomas, and Song Lied Cân with Katharine Dain and Paul Carey Jones in 2019, featuring works by Clara Schumann and Rhian Samuel, both for Ty Cerdd. In July 2020 her acclaimed Lieder-recital disc, Flax & Fire with Stuart Jackson landed at No. 6 in the classical charts. Future plans include completing The Wanderlust Series, as part of her work as curator and artistic director for SongEasel, and performing the complete Beethoven Sonatas for piano and cello with Jamal Aliyev.

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“with heavy, sooty piano chords, deftly shaded by Freeman” Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

 

“Freeman’s delicate whisper summons the tenor’s aspiring dreams” Claire Seymour, Opera Today

Jocelyn studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski and Michael Dussek, graduating with numerous prizes. In 2012 she was awarded the Phoebe Benham Fellowship from the Royal College of Music, and is a Samling Artist and Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme alumnus. In Snape Maltings, as recipient of the Viola Tunnard Young Artist Award, she curated a Lieder recording project and performed in the Aldeburgh Festival. Prizes include Gold at the International Marlow Concerto Competition and 2nd Prize at the Internationalen Wettbewerb für Liedkunst in Stuttgart. Jocelyn is grateful for the support of the Arts Council England, the Carne Trust, Victor Wood, the Nicholas Boas Foundation and the Oleg Prokofiev Trust.

As a conductor she has directed performances of Fauré’s Requiem, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Prokofiev’s Cinderella. She has received guidance from Simon Halsey, Neil Ferris and Nicolas Fink. Recent highlights include collaborations with the Broomwood Ensemble, Amersham Choral Society, Wimbledon Choral Society and work with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir in concert in Lübeck. She is director of music at St Laurence Church, Catford. 

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“Sparkling form… energy and vitality shone through in every piece” The Daily Info, Oxford

“Brilliant pianism” MusicWeb International

Recordings

Night & Novelties: A Piano Recital


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SCHEDULE

Postponed until further notice

Blackheath Halls, London SE3 9RQ

 

The Wanderlust Series

Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin

Pre-concert round-table discussion with Dr Natasha Loges, Natasha Riordan and Julien Van Mellaerts 

Concert performance with Julien Van Mellaerts, baritone

Postponed until 2021

Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival

Holy Name Church, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

with Jamal Aliyev, cello

Beethoven Plus: Part 1

Sonatas by Bach and Beethoven

Postponed until 2021

Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival

Holy Name Church, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

with Jamal Aliyev, cello

Beethoven Plus: Part 2

Sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms

Postponed until 2021

Lake District Summer School

Ambleside Parish Church, Cumbria

with Iestyn Morris, countertenor

An afternoon recital of English and Russian Song

 

Media

SongEasel

Filling South East London with song!

The Wanderlust Series goes online!

Covid-19 struck in the UK after we had completed only one of each of our varied recitals and educational projects. With eight more projects to go, we are delighted to announce an update to our Beethoven celebrations, and are working towards bringing you Die Schöne Müllerin both digital and personally – at a safe distance – in line with the fast-changing government guidelines. 

In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy this recital of Beethoven and Schumann from Mark Padmore and Julius Drake, who were scheduled to perform in the series earlier this month, recorded live in lockdown. There are various viewing packages on offer, from the live-performance introduced by the performers, to an additional PDF concert programme, subtitled performance and an exclusive interview with the artists in conversation with SongEasel founder and pianist, Jocelyn Freeman. Concessions available. 

 
SongEasel is a new initiative founded by pianist and curator, Jocelyn Freeman, with a vision to fill South East London with song. Her creative programming and innovative ideas are complimented by regular recommendations for local events via the twitter feed and mailing list, please contact Jocelyn for more info.
 
The current series is The Wanderlust Series, and 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. Deepest gratitude to the Arts Council England for their support of this project.
 
The 2019 series, From Russia with Love, comprised of four recitals in Blackheath Halls and four in St Laurence Church, Catford, featuring Russian repertoire in programmes that explored the cultural and political links between the former Soviet Union and Europe. Please see below for programmes past and present.
 
With deepest gratitude to our 2019 sponsors, the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust and the Oleg Prokofiev Trust. 

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