Johannes GERGES (Bass) – Jocelyn FREEMAN (Piano)
Wednesday 17 May 2023 – 1 pm to 1:45 pm
|On Wednesday 17th May we were very pleased to welcome Johannes GERGES (Bass) and Jocelyn FREEMAN (Piano) for a lunchtime recital. We were treated to an eclectic variety of songs sung beautifully by Johannes with superb piano accompaniment from Jocelyn
Johannes is a 22-year old Bass, who is currently studying for an MMus in vocal performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where he is a Kathleen Roberts scholar under the tutelage of Robert Alderson.
Jocelyn is an award-winning Welsh collaborative pianist and conductor. Her artistry, innovation and powers of communication have recently been recognised by her being awarded the prestigious Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music. More details of her musical life are to be found at www.jocelynfreeman.co.uk
|Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)||Four Serious Songs|
|Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)||Herod’s Aria|
|Leslie Adams (b.1932)||For you there is no song|
|Roger Quilter (1877-1953)||Fair House|
Johannes Gerges is a 22-year-old bass studying for an MMus in vocal performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he is a Kathleen Roberts scholar, under the tutelage of Robert Alderson.
In July 2022, Johannes performed the role of Fra Domenico in the premiere production of Jennifer Hamilton’s jukebox opera Strozzi, a work celebrating the life and music of the early baroque Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi.
More recently, Johannes performed Fra Domenico as well as the role of Antonio Bosso in a production of Strozzi in Norfolk with the Yorke Trust. Johannes has performed as a professional soloist in Stainer’s Crucifixion, the Beethoven Mass in C, the Haydn Harmonie-Messe, the Fauré Requiem, Eternal Light Requiem (Howard Goodall) and the Haydn Nelson Mass.
In December 2022, Johannes performed two galas at Danesfield House Hotel with Opera Kensington. Johannes is a young artist with the SongEasel programme which aims to promote art song in South East London. On Sunday mornings he sings as a choral scholar at St. Laurence’s Church in Catford.
The award-winning Welsh collaborative pianist and conductor Jocelyn Freeman is lauded for her artistry, innovation, and powers of communication. Recently endorsed with a prestigious Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music, s he is an advocate for diversity in a range of artistic endeavours. Jocelyn is a skilled communicator on the concert platform, and in broadcasting, industry and lifestyle publications, symposiums and workshops. Founder and Artistic Director of SongEasel, she has curated extensive concert and recording projects to wide critical acclaim and values her role as a mentor for early career musicians.
Jocelyn’s engagements have taken her to four continents including broadcasts in the UK and Germany; performances in the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, the Sage, Gateshead, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Three Choirs Festival, the Global Concert Hall (IDAGIO) and many return visits to festivals and series in the UK. Musical collaborations include some of the world’s leading song exponents, such as Florian Boesch, James Gilchrist, Stephan Loges, Laurent Naouri, Mark Padmore, Bryn Terfel and Ailish Tynan. Other highlights include recitals with the leading singers and instrumentalists of her generation including Jamal Aliyev, Fleur Barron, Francesca Chiejina, Ben Golds cheider, Abi Hyde-Smith, Stuart Jackson, Gareth Brynmor John, James Newby, the Piatti Quartet, Joseph Shiner, Gemma Summerfield and Julien Van Mellaerts; and as a conductor with Amersham Choral Society, Ashtead Choral Society, the British Sinfonietta, the Broomwood Ensemble, the Lakewood Sinfonia and Lewisham Choral Society.
Together with standard song repertoire and concertos, Jocelyn’s repertoire also champions lesser-known composers including Dilys Elwyn-Edwards and Morfydd Owen, and contemporary composers including James MacMillan, Julian Philips, Rhian Samuel and Judith Weir. In 2013, Jocelyn released her debut album Night and Novelties, followed by Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr (2018) with Elin Manahan Thomas for Ty Cerdd, Song Lied Cân in 2019, and the critically-acclaimed Flax & Fire (2020) with Stuart Jackson for Orchid Classics. Press highlights include accolades from BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone magazine, The Observer, Opera Today, Planet Hugill, Presto Classical and International Piano magazine.
Jocelyn is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, recipient of the Phoebe Benham Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and Samling alumnus and beneficiary of the Viola Tunnard Young Artist Award from Britten Pears Arts. Prizes include the International Marlow Concerto Competition and the Internationalen Wettbewerb für Liedkunst in Stuttgart. Jocelyn is grateful for the support of the Carne Trust, Victor Wood, the Oleg Prokofiev Trust and Arts Council England.
See Jocelyn’s website at: www.jocelynfreeman.co.uk
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Photos – Graham Hillman