Last Saturday’s homecoming concert for one of the emerging opera stars in the UK, tenor Nick Pritchard was a huge success. The 120-seater venue at St Edwards Church was packed with fans from the town, his old singing teacher, Pru Moore, Leader of Burgess Hill Town Council and Councillor Anne Jones MBE. Burgess Hill Concerts next featured artist Susan Fleet was also in the audience along with two opera fans who had travelled from Essen in Germany to see Nick Pritchard perform.
The event raised over £1000 for charity – including 10% of ticket sales going to ‘Growing with Calm’ – a local charity supporting offering therapy and self-help strategies for vulnerable children.
Burgess Hill born Nick Pritchard sang a selection from Schubert, Vaughan-Williams, Roger Quilter, Benjamin Britten and finished with moving renditions of ‘Maria’, Music of the Night’ and ‘Bring Him Home’.
This was the first of a series of four concerts this year featuring gifted and home-grown musicians across the musical spectrum. His accompanist In Tindale delivered a brilliant performance and played two solos to popular acclaim.
The pre-concert suppers, wine sales on the evening and programme sales all contributed to the excellent total – all the proceeds will contribute to the work of ‘Growing with Calm’ and St Edwards’ work in the local community including the running of the volunteer-run Mustard Seed Cafe that provides subsidised meals and snacks Thursdays to Saturdays each week.
Nick Pritchard commented, ”It was a bit like ‘This is Your Life’ Saturday night with my family, singing teacher and members of St Edwards where I was a choir boy and organist all in the hall! I am delighted to be able to support an important local charity that does fantastic work with disadvantaged children”.
Burgess Hill-based Lea Graham PR Agency owner, Chair of the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association and accomplished soprano Susan Fleet will be the featured artist at the next Burgess Hill Concert on Saturday 1st June - the first concert in the Burgess Hill Festival programme.
Local Vehicle graphics and design company Preview sponsored the event.