Pianist | Conductor
Pianist | Conductor
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.
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 for Ty Cerdd. Future projects include releasing a disc of Lieder by Clara Schumann and Rhian Samuel, performing Beethoven’s complete sonatas for piano and cello with Jamal Aliyev, Mozart and Beethoven concertos at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Oxford Proms, and curating a project entered around the milieu of the Wanderlust concept.
“One to Watch”
International Piano Magazine
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 Carne Trust, McInroy & Wood, the Oleg Prokofiev Trust and the Nicholas Boas Foundation.
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.
“Sparkling form… energy and vitality shone through in every piece” The Daily Info, Oxford
“Brilliant pianism” MusicWeb International
22nd Oct 2019 @ 5.30pm
Oxford Lieder Festival
with Elin Manahan Thomas and Joseph Shiner
The Shepherd on the Rock
Programme to include works by Schubert, Schumann and Rossini
22nd Nov 2019 @ 7.30pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
with Andrew Earis and the Brandenburg Sinfonia
Piano Concerto in Eb major K271 ‘Jeunehomme’
Piano Sonata in C# minor No 14 ‘Moonlight’
4th Dec 2019 @ 2.30pm and 7.15pm
Cheltenham Town Hall
with Elin Manahan Thomas
A festive programme for the Gloucestershire Women’s Institute
Providing a platform for world-class song in South East London
SongEasel was founded by pianist Jocelyn Freeman with a strong vision to provide a platform for world-class song in South East London. It is built on a burning passion to share wonderful music; to be emotionally moved by art; and to experience the best that life can offer!
We are delighted to announce that SongEasel is facilitating a series of four recitals at Blackheath Halls called From Russia with Love. Curated by SongEasel Founder and Director, pianist Jocelyn Freeman, this series features Russian repertoire in programmes that explore the cultural and political links between the former Soviet Union and Europe. Tickets for From Russia with Love are now available from the Blackheath Halls website, with a multi-buy discount across the series. Please see the schedule section of this site for more details.
SongEaselplus presents… From Russia with Love
These themed song recitals take place at St Laurence Church, Catford, on the first Sundays of April – July 2019 at 12noon and are open to all. We explore standard song repertoire alongside performers of all ages from the Choir of St Laurence.
The recitals are introduced in an accessible, friendly and informal manner and feature leading young professional performers singing in English, French, German, Italian and Russian. Free entry, with retiring collection.
With deepest gratitude to our 2019 sponsors, the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust and the Oleg Prokofiev Trust.
Click here for the 2019 SongEasel Brochure
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