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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…….

La Pucelle

The composer of La Pucelle is York based Rose Miranda Hall who has just completed her MA at York University.

The one act opera was set in the courtroom of Joan’s trial and concerned itself with the final stages of the legal proceedings immediately before her guilty verdict and execution.

The trial, the most extensively recorded legal case in Mediaeval Europe, had over two hundred witnesses called to give evidence. Drawing on various sources the composer condensed the multitude of accusers of Joan into the three characters of the Inquisitor, Bishop Cauchon and the Earl of Warwick, the role sung by Greg.  Three performers sang the voices of Joan to reflect the multifaceted aspects of her personality. The other three voices who sang represented the three saints whose voices Joan claimed to have heard ‘speaking’ to her.

History does place the Earl of Warwick both at Joan’s trial and execution. His role at the trial was very much to ensure that this troublesome 19 year old was executed, not then a sympathetic character to portray.

Presumably the audience were well aware of how the scene unfolding before them was going to ‘end’ but it made the final ‘Jesu’ from the still defiant Joan the Maid, Heretic and Knight no less chilling. A well attended and well received premiere. Greg enjoyed his first appearance at the Early Music Centre.

Summer Vacation News 2015

In September this year Greg completed an Opera Intensive Summer School course at the National Opera Studio in London.  It was the second year that he attended a Summer School at the National Opera Studio, last year 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 - further details of which can be found at the bottom of this page.

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. This term Linda found herself doing the reverse journey to Greg’s trips down to her for her lessons. A regular visiting tutor to several London based universities 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.

Year Two has involved, as did Year One, a considerable amount of singing. In his first term Greg chose to study a module on Beethoven, his work, his life and his times, which Greg enjoyed very much. It was a module that required those participating to be ‘doing’ as much as listening and all those who choose this option played  or sang some Beethoven chamber music or music by his contemporaries as part of their studies. Next term Greg has elected to undertake a performance assessed module that will concentrate on the music of Bach, Handel and Telleman.

Term One also saw Greg singing with the two University choirs that he is a member of, the University Choir and the University Chamber Choir. (The University has some thirteen varied music ensembles). At the end of November the University Choir sang at a well attended concert that was staged in the vast Central Hall, which can seat over 1000. The evening started with sixteen Waltzes for piano duets and then continued with songs by Brahms and Strauss sung by two guest performers. After the interval the University Choir sung Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, a massive work,  that received a well deserved positive review from  the local press.

The Chimera Ensemble is a student led group that concentrates on new compositions by graduate and post graduate students. They perform a concert once a term and for their Autumn Term concert Greg was asked to sing a solo for a new piece of work. Greg was also one of the students who sang a solo in the concert performed by the Chamber Choir in December when the choir sang a stunning performance of ‘Hail Bright Cecilia’ by Purcell. Greg sang the solo ‘The Fife and all the Harmonies of War’.