Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard sang in the choir of New College, Oxford (where he studied Music) and is currently studying singing with Russell Smythe and John Fraser at The Royal College of Music, where he is a Mason Scholar and is supported by an Ian Evans Lombe Award and the Maidment Scholarship (administered by The Musicians Benevolent Fund).
Concert appearances include Messiah (c. Brian Kay, Royal Albert Hall), Israel in Egypt, Acis and Galatea and Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day (c. Neil Jenkins), The Creation (c. Suzi Digby, St. Martin in the Fields) , Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart Requiem, Dvorak Stabat Mater, the Petite Messe Solennelle (c. Robert Dean), Dies Natalis, Oh Fair to See and ‘Til Earth Outwears (Finzi), the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, On Wenlock Edge and Four Hymns (Vaughan Williams), the St. John Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, the St. Matthew Passion, the Bach Magnificat (English Concert c. Laurence Cummings) and the War Requiem, Canticle 1 and Winter Words (c. Simon Lepper), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (c. John Rutter).
Nick appears as a soloist on recordings of Monteverdi’s Vespro Della Beata Vergine (Fiori Musicali and Novum), Nelson Mass, Britten choral works, Couperin Motets Choisis (all for Novum) and Gounod’s Ave Maria (Decca).
Nick has also sung with many of Britain’s leading consorts and choirs, including The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, The Choir of Enlightenment, Enchanted Voices, Ex Cathedra, Magnificat, The Cardinall’s Musick, Alamire, Polyphony and The Monteverdi Choir.
Recent opera roles include Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco The Return of Ulysses for Iford c. Christian Curnyn, Paulino The Secret Marriage (British Youth Opera – for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Co-opera Co.), Prologue/Quint The Turn of the Screw, Alfred Die Fledermaus, Tamino The Magic Flute, Mr. Peachum The Threepenny Opera,, Batille (cover) in Rameau’s Anacreon (for the OAE), Ferrando Cosi fan tutte, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Torquemada L’Heure Espagnole (both for Royal College of Music International Opera School) and Egeo (cover) in Cavalli’s Jason (ETO).
In concert: Les Illuminations at the Royal Festival Hall, Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge for Radio 3, Die Schöne Müllerin in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall with Gary Matthewman.
Current season/future plans: Tamino for the RCM International Opera School, a concert tour with the Ensemble Pygmalion c. Raphaël Pichon, a European tour of the B Minor Mass with the Monterverdi Choir, Evangelist St. Matthew Passion for the Vaughan-Williams Leith Hill Festival and St. Peter’s College, Oxford, recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Messiah with the Hanover Band, the St. John Passion with the Wooburn Singers, King Arthur c. Christian Curnyn at the Wigmore Hall.
He recently won 1st Prize in the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition and The London Bach Society Bach Singers’ Prize.
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