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.

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. 

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“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. 

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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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Postponed: 24th Mar 2020 @ 7.30pm

Reform Club, London

An evening of Swiss culture 

Please contact Jocelyn for more info

Postponed: 1st Apr 2020 @ 5.30pm and 7.00pm

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

29th Jul 2020 @ 2.00pm

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

30th Jul 2020 @ 11.00am

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

3rd Aug 2020

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!

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. 
 
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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