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Details of performances Greg gave when he was a member of the W.I.A.V. Saturday Academy can be found on the ‘Saturday Academy’ page. In 2012 Greg attended an International Opera course and a review of the piano concert, the first of two concerts that where given at the end of the course, can be found on the ‘International Course’ page.  Contact details, including a Message for Greg box,  which he really enjoys receiving, can be found on the Contacts page.

The ‘Low Downs’ page will provide visitors to this site with a range of information regarding projects that are presently keeping Greg very busy indeed. As well as some biographical details the ‘Low Downs’ page has information on the tutoring that Greg is presently doing, film work that he has done, the raft of qualifications that he is currently undertaking, choirs that he has sung with, plus an invitation to appear in a rarely performed opera in Mayfair as part of the London Handel Festival.

Whether you have been following Greg since he first came to the attention of the general public or have just ‘discovered’ him a good place to start will be the ‘Been there….’ page, and its sub pages, where you will find some introductory facts and information on the range of performance activities that have been keeping him busy since 2009; including charity engagements, overseas appearances, television work and a tour he undertook in 2011 entitled ‘Night of Classics’.

Go to the ‘High Notes’ page on this site and you will find there a link to a recording of Greg singing the iconic aria ‘la Habanera’ from the opera ‘Carmen’, but very much with his own unique twist.  Also on the ‘High Notes’  page Greg reveals what some of his all time favourite pieces of classical music are.

Potential attendees had to provide contact details of a teacher/vocal coach who could vouch their suitability for the course and confirm that they met the eligibility criteria. Greg was able to provide the name of his present coach, Linda Hutchison, to the Studio whom he was introduced to as part of his involvement with the London Handel Festival. Read more, including a report on the end of course concert, on the National Opera Studio page.

Autumn/Winter News 2014/2015
At the end of September Greg commenced a music degree at the University of York. A member of the elite Russell Group of universities the University of York is one of the success stories in UK higher education. Founded in 1963 the university has powered its way to a consistently high ranking in the UK, and has been just one of just six post-war universities which appeared in the Times Higher Education ranking of the ‘World Top 100’ universities.

York itself is a beautiful and ancient city steeped in history. It is the home of the National Centre for Early Music, an educational charity, which aims to be the national advocate of early music in England providing early music experiences of the highest standard.

Summer News 2014
This August Greg  attended a Summer School Course at the National Opera Studio in London.  

The National Opera studio was established by the Arts Council  in 1979 and since 2003 has had premises in Chapel Yard, Wandsworth. The Studio acts as a link between music colleges and the six main opera companies in the U.K.  As well as the year long full time course it also offers a range of short summer courses for students. Greg learnt one aria in advance of the summer school and received one-to-one vocal and musical coaching on this aria from the course staff; working with a stage director on the presentation of the aria.  An ensemble/chorus scene was also learnt before the course commenced which was ‘worked on’ musically and then staged.

A warm welcome to all fans’ of Greg Pritchard…….

When he first arrived at York University in September Greg found that he had been awarded additional funding, a scholarship, this meant that he no longer had to combine his own studies with teaching, which he had been doing for the last few years, primarily giving vocal and piano classes to students in Wales. Greg returned to full time student status like the proverbial ‘duck to water’ which is fitting perhaps as York University is famous for ducks and other wildfowl that visit the campus which has the largest man made plastic lined lake in Europe. Greg enjoys both his main course and a range of extra curricular studies including Italian and German Language classes and other activities that keep him busy.

As term two of Greg’s first year at York comes to a close he is very much looking forward to, that maybe something of an understatement, a holiday in Italy. By coincidence one of the students that he shares his campus accommodation with is an Italian who is undertaking part of their degree programme in the United Kingdom.  They are both travelling to Italy for Easter and their holiday itinerary includes Milan, Bologna and Rome and other destinations as time permits. As well as eagerly awaiting the chance to enjoy good eating, all that pasta and pizza and coffee and wine, Greg is also keen to practice his Italian language skills.

Accommodation for next year has had to be arranged. The prestige of York University is such that there are always many applicants for each place available and, although the University continues to expand with a new College and accommodation recently opened, there are still only limited opportunities to stay on campus for a second year. Fortunately Greg has ‘teamed up’, in the time honoured tradition of students, with some of those he now shares accommodation with and went house hunting. After viewing a variety of properties, the standard of which varied considerably, a suitable house not too far from the University was found and has been secured.

A particularly full timetable in term one meant that Greg, for a while, had to forego sessions with his present vocal coach, but in term two he was was able to resume his vocal tuition with Linda Hutchinson; an arrangement that is supported by the University. Although Linda is based in London Greg travels down there from York every few weeks for a lesson. Not necessarily the type of journey that one wants to undertake in the cold dark months of winter when energy levels are low. Fortunately there are excellent York to London train routes but it still makes for a long day; Greg has no doubt though of its value.  Being able to resume regular tuition with Linda has been fortuitous as term two has been ‘all about singing’. One of the modules that Greg elected to study this term was a performance assessed study of Baroque Vocal Music 1600-1660.

The term ended with three concerts where Greg performed as part of a choir. The University Chamber Choir performed a concert in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall where they sang the Stabart Mater by Scarletti and also a first performance of Jephtha by Stanley that had been newly edited by a student at the University. A few days later the choir sang with the University Symphony Orchestra who were performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection , in the Central Hall. Finally, the third concert in a period of just eight days was a performance of the St. Matthew Passion by J S Bach. This concert was performed by the large University Choir and four soloists who were accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia and took place in York Minster.  It seemed entirely proper that this sacred oratorio was performed in a religious setting. The Minster is one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe with parts of its present structure dating back to the 12th century, it is an amazingly beautiful building. The concert was very well attended with hundreds making up the audience.  Unfortunately even the large choir, orchestra and audience could not produce enough warmth to heat a very chilly Minster.  Lovers of classical music are, it would seem, made of stern stuff and although the Minster actually seemed to get colder as the evening went on all remained to applaud the performers enthusiastically as the concert finished.

Next term will also be a busy one for Greg, he has elected to study a module on Postmodernism which will concern itself with matters appertaining to much more recent music than that which Greg studied in term two. He has also been asked to sing in a couple of music events that will be in addition to performances for his studies and the choirs.  One of these ‘extras’ is a Chamber opera that is part of a new music festival that York holds in the Springtime, further details of which will be reported here after his third term commences.