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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 Hutchinson, 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.

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 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.

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.

When he first arrived at York University in September 2014 Greg found that he had been award additional funding, a scholarship, this meant that he no longer has 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 other extra curricular studies that keep him busy.

Accommodation for his second 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. 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 tern one meant that Greg, for a while, had to forego sessions with his present vocal coach but in term two he 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. 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. Being able to resume regular tuition with Linda was fortuitous as term two was ‘all about singing’. The module that Greg studied in term two was a performance assessed study of Baroque Vocal Music 1600-1660.

Greg’s term two ended with three concerts where he 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 Concert 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 twelfth 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 warmly and enthusiastically as the concert finished.

Summer 2015

The summer term also proved to be a busy one for Greg, he elected to study a module on Postmodernism which concerned itself with matters appertaining to much more recent music that that which he studied in term two. He was also asked to sing at a couple of music events that are additional to the performances he was partaking in for his studies and the choirs. One of these ‘extras' was the premier performance of a Chamber opera at the National Centre for Early Music that was part of a new music festival hosted by York every Spring.