Rayfield Allied artists give 'electric' Grange Festival performances

20 September 2017

In its inaugural season, The Grange Festival presented a newly orchestrated production of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park. Conducted by David Parry, the cast featured Baritone Grant Doyle as Sir Thomas Bertram and tenor Nick Pritchard as Henry Crawford.

David Parry conducted the orchestra ‘with panache’ (The Telegraph), the principal artists were described as ‘thoroughly accomplished’ (The Stage).

Reviews:

“The experienced David Parry is in musical charge, drawing a thoroughly accomplished performance from the principals and the 13-piece orchestra."
George Hall, The Stage

“David Parry conducts a small orchestra with panache. It’s a mere soufflé, but one that an appreciative audience consumed with great pleasure.”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

“Grant Doyle exuded imperious authority as Sir Thomas Bertram…”
Claire Seymour, Opera Today

“The voice, though, is recognisably Dove’s and, as conducted by David Parry in his inimitable, electric style, was played with great panache […] Nick Pritchard’s trenchant tenor admirably expressed Henry Crawford’s base and selfish motives.”
Peter Reed, Classical Source ****

“David Parry drove this sparkling score forward with ease and drew polished playing from members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Trinity Laban […] The rich baritone of Grant Doyle as the stern but kindly Sir Thomas Bertram was well caught.”
David Truslove, Bachtrack ****

“Pritchard made a highly elegant Henry using his lovely tenor to create a seductive line”
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

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