Established in 1993, The Brearley Singers is a premier, inclusive and welcoming non-audition choral group under the innovative leadership of Music Director Keith Burton. Its approximately 85 members – comprising past and present Brearley parents, alumnae, staff members and friends – present a varied program of classical and modern works in two concerts a year.
No musical experience is required to join – only a willingness to learn, practice and participate in this all-volunteer group. If you have never sung in a group before, or think you don't sing well enough to join one, you will find The Brearley Singers to be a wonderfully supportive environment where you can experience the joy of singing exceptional music.
Here are some notes from our director about the music for the winter concert:
The concert will open with John Rutter’s Requiem, “which is one of the best-loved and most widely performed choral works of the twentieth century. The texts (in both Latin and English) are from the Missa pro Defunctis, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Psalms. The seven sections form an arch-like meditation on the themes of life and death: prayers on behalf of all humanity, psalms, personal prayers to Christ, and in the central Sanctus, an affirmation of divine glory.” [quoted from EMS]
Continuing on from the “meditation on the theme of life and death" from the Requiem, the second half of the concert will be a journey through life by means of pieces that voyage on water or land, and make stops in the morning, day, and evening. Composers in this section include Randall Thompson, Harry Burleigh, John Rutter, Leon Kirchner, and Benjamin Britten.
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