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Jocelyn Freeman


Jocelyn Freeman is a London-based Welsh pianist and founder-director of SongEasel, a new organisation set up to provide a platform for song in South East London. Her pianism has been described as "outstanding", "brilliant", "sparkling" and "One to Watch", including accolades from International Piano Magazine. She has performed on 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.

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 such Christopher Bramneld, Alissa Firsova, John Metcalfe, James MacMillan, Rhian Samuel and Judith Weir. Collaborative highlights include performing and recording with Elin Manahan Thomas, song projects with 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.

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 alumni. 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 and McInroy & Wood.

“[Jocelyn Freeman] performed with style, panache, subtlety, and charisma… this is true virtuosity… deep and sensitive and soul searching…” Tivyside Advertiser