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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.

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

Summer Vacation News 2015

In September 2015 Greg completed an Opera Intensive Summer School course at the National Opera Studio in London.  It was the second year that he had attended a Summer School at the National Opera Studio, previously he completed their Opera Intro. Summer School.

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 three arias in advance of the summer school where he received intensive tuition on performing them, receiving group and one-to-one vocal and musical coaching from the course staff. The course culminated with an in house performance by the attendees of one of the arias they had worked on to an invited audience  Potential attendees have to provide contact details of a teacher/vocal coach who could vouch their suitability for the course and confirm that they meet 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 on the National Opera Studio page.

University Life

From September 2014 Greg has been studying for 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 of higher education in the UK, and has been just one of six post-war universities which appeared in the Times Higher Education ranking of the ‘World Top 100’ universities. When he first arrived at York University Greg found that he had been awarded additional funding, a scholarship, this meant that he has no longer had to combine his own studies with teaching; which he had been doing for some time, 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. 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. Greg sang at the Early Music Centre in the third term of his first year in the premiere performance of a new work La Pucelle.

Now in his second year Greg has moved out of campus accommodation and into a rented house with some of the students whom he previously shared his campus ‘flat’ with. 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. Greg’s campus accommodation was only a matter of yards from some of the teaching spaces that the Music Department uses, he has a little further to travel now but is still able to cycle to university and secure his bike within a five minute window.

Greg continues, as he did in his first year, to travel down to London from York every few weeks for a lesson with Linda Hutchison, his present vocal coach. Fortunately there are  excellent York to London train routes but it still makes for a long day; Greg has no doubt though of their value. Linda knows just what a long journey it is for Greg to get to her as she has done the reverse journey to Greg’s trips down to her for her lessons. A regular visiting tutor to several London based universities and conservatoires Linda travelled to York to deliver one of the performance workshops that the music students have made available to them. As well as detailing some of the science involved in singing the session gave lots of useful vocal exercise advice and was enjoyed by all those who attended.

Now in the Summer term of his second year Greg has opted to study a module that focuses on ‘The Piano Today’. He has also had to begin to contemplate the completion of his degree; second year students have already had to submit their proposals for the individual study projects that are undertaken in the third year of the degree programme.

This term Greg was one of the performers who took part in an off campus production by the University of York Opera Society. The Society has used the Grand Opera House in York since 2014 for some of its productions, commencing with an ambitious and well received Don Giovanni.  The Summer Showcase that Greg took part in however was performed in the beautiful De Grey Rooms, the ballroom of the Opera House. A fine example of early Victorian architecture the De Grey Rooms were built by public subscription and were originally used as an officer’s mess for the social events and meetings of the Yorkshire Hussars.

The De Grey Rooms were selected as the perfect setting for the concert that was given by candlelight which, as Amnesty International is the charity being supported by the Opera Society this year, seemed very appropriate. Those attending heard pieces from Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Saul by Handel. As part of the evening performances Greg sang the aria “Your Words Oh King” one of David’s arias from Saul.

Enjoying a stroll along the Thames embankment before going for a singing session with his present vocal coach Linda Hutchison.