Nick Pritchard

Tenor

Biography
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Born in West Sussex, tenor Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is a Samling Artist.

Recent opera and concert work include Haydn’s Paukenmesse with The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, The OAE and Stephen Cleobury; Bach’s Magnificat for Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon; Bach’s Mass in B Minor for The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Matthew in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Aldeburgh and Royal Opera House; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Paul McCreesh and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota; Mozart’s Requiem for Simon Halsey and The Philharmonia Orchestra at The Three Choirs Festival, Jephtha for The Academy of Ancient Music, Aquilio in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria for the Classical Opera Company; and Telemaco in The Return of Ulysses and Mercurio La Calisto, both for English Touring Opera.

Recent and future engagements include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Aldeburgh Music Festival; Anphinomus in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Royal Opera House; Ferrando in Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park for The Grange Festival; Acis Acts and Galatea for The London Handel Festival and Laurence Cummings, Britten’s Les Illuminations and Serenade with L’Orchestre de chambre de Paris under Adrien Perruchon; Charpentier’s Te Deum with the Early Opera Company at Wigmore Hall; Bach’s Mass in B minor with The English Concert under Harry Bicket and at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut; Bach’s St John Passion with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under John Butt (arias), Polyphony and the OAE under Stephen Layton (Evangelist), and in New York with the Choir of New College, Oxford. He is a new Rising Star for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and was recently voted ‘Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera’ in the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll 2017.

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Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is currently a Samling Artist.

Previous concert work includes King Arthur for the Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, performances of Handel’s Messiah with the English Festival Orchestra under Brian Kay at the Royal Albert Hall and the Nieuwe Philharmonie, Bach Cantatas with Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon, Bach’s Magnificat with the English Concert and Laurence Cummings, Monteverdi’s Vespers under Daniel Hyde, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Choir of New College, Oxford and Robert Quinney, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Leith Hill Music Festival, Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge for BBC Radio 3, Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with Gary Matthewman at the Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall, Britten’s Spring Symphony under David Hill, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings under John Rutter, Britten’s Winter Words with Simon Lepper as part of the Brighton Festival, and the world premiere of Gabriel Jackson’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ with the choir of Merton College, Oxford.

Recent opera roles include Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco for Iford Arts under Christian Curnyn, Paulino The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera (for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Albert Herring, Lucano L’incorazione di Poppea, Torquemada L’heure Espagnole for the RCMIOS, Acis Acis and Galatea for Handel House with La Nuova Musica under Laurence Cummings, and Aquilio in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria for the Classical Opera Company.

Current and future engagements include Matthew in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio for the Brighton Early Music Festival, Britten’s Winter Words for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Britten’s St Nicolas with the London Choral Sinfonia at St John’s, Smith Square, Handel’s Messiah for The Instruments of Time and Truth under Edward Higginbottom, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, Beethoven’s Missa Solemenis under Stephen Cleobury, and Telemaco The Return of Ulysses and Mercurio La Calisto both for English Touring Opera.



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“Nick Pritchard was a revelation as Paris. His voice is soft and supple, yet strong enough to cope with some seriously demanding music... with seeming ease. As we moved through the opera, I only found myself increasingly impressed by Pritchard, particularly by his control over his voice.”
˜ Bachtrack / St. John's Smith Square - The Judgment of Paris ˜

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“Nick Pritchard’s outstanding Telemachus.”
˜ The Spectator/English Touring Opera, Ulysses' Homecoming ˜

Events

Handel's Messiah
15th December 2017 - Mozart Festival Orchestra, City of London Choir, Hilary Davan Wetton

Royal Festival Hall, London

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Britten's Saint Nicolas
17th December 2017 - London Choral Sinfonia

St. John's Smith Square

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Amphinomus in Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses
10th-21st January 2018 - The Royal Opera, John Fulljames and Christian Curnyn

Roundhouse, Camden

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Bach's Cantata no. 143
14th January 2017 - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

King's Place, London

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Schubert Lunchtime Recital
20th January 2018 - with Graham Johnson, Stephan Loges, Anna Huntley and Ben Johnson

Wigmore Hall, London

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J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor
9th February 2018 - Simfonica de Balears, Jonathan Cohen

Palma Cathedral

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J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor
21st February 2018 - Al Bustan Festival

St. Joseph Jesuit Church, Beirut

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J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor
24th February 2018 - The English Concert, Harry Bicket

Bath Abbey

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J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion
17th March 2018 - Canterbury Choral Society and London Handel Orchestra, Richard Cooke

Canterbury Cathedral

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J.S. Bach's Cantata no. 182
18th March 2018 - The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Steven Devine

King's Place, London

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Acis in Handel's Acis and Galatea
19th and 21st March 2018 - London Handel Festival, Laurence Cummings and Martin Parr

St. John's Smith Square

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J.S. Bach's St. John Passion
23rd March 2018 - Goldsmith Choral Union, Brian Wright

Cadogan Hall, London

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J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor
24th March 2018 - Kingston Choral Society and The Purcell Orchestra, Andrew Griffiths

Cadogan Hall, London

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Handel's Messiah
29th March 2018 - Schola Cantorum of Oxford with The Oxford Philharmonic, Steven Grahl

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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J.S. Bach's St. John Passion
30th March 2018 - Polyphony and The Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton

St. John's Smith Square, London

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Ferrando in Mozart's Cosí fan Tutte
2nd-22nd June 2018 - Opera Holland Park

Holland Park, London

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Haydn's Creation
27th and 29th September 2018 - Les Violons de Roy, Jonathan Cohen

Quebec City and Montreal

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“Of the young voices among the soloists – all required to move around the stage a good deal – tenor Nick Pritchard was the most impressive: the clarity of words, his full but sweet tone, together with the ability to inject an urgency into his sound without undue effort, stood out.”
˜ The Guardian/English Touring Opera, St. John Passion ˜

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