Music Director

Brett Weymark is one of the foremost choral conductors in Australia. Since becoming Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in 2003, he has conducted the Choirs in performances around the country and internationally, and has also conducted the Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and productions for WAAPA, Pacific Opera and OzOpera. He has performed professionally with Opera Australia, Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Song Company, Sydney Philharmonia and Musica Viva and worked for five years as music coach and repetiteur at Theatre Nepean, University of Western Sydney.

Brett studied singing at the University of Sydney and conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Mats Nilsson, John Hopkins, Henryk Pisarek and Patrick Thomas as part of a Masters of Music. He furthered his conducting studies in England, Europe and America with Simon Halsey, Vance George, Daniel Barenboim and Sir John Eliot Gardiner amongst others.

During his time as Music Director, Brett has conducted the choirs in many and varied genres, including works from the classical repertoire such as JS Bach’s Passions and Christmas Oratorio, the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi, Duruflé and Fauré, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has premiered and championed works by Elena Kats Chernin, Matthew Hindson, John Peterson, Daniel Walker, Rosalind Page, Peter Sculthorpe, Andrew Schultz and Ross Edwards amongst others. He has also led programs with a more contemporary flavor, such as And the days featuring new works from Australia and abroad, My Favourite Things which included highlights from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. In 2011 he premiered his own work Brighton to Bondi as part of the Festival Chorus season. He has prepared choruses for such noted international conductors as Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit and Sir Simon Rattle.

In 2001 Brett was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal, for service to Australian society and the advancement of music. Under his direction, the choir was awarded an 2010 Helpmann Award for its part in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms directed by Peter Sellars and was nominated for a 2010 Limelight Award for his production of Purcell’s King Arthur. He has recorded widely for the ABC with artists such as Cantillation, Sara Macliver and Teddy Tahu Rodes. He has also conducted a wide range of film scores from Happy Feet to Australia.

With the development of programs such as Singing at the House, Festival Chorus and the annual event, ChorusOz, Brett has displayed his commitment to the continued participation of Australians in choral singing.

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