Charles Brett

Voice/Instrument: Countertenor


Born: October 27, 1941 - Maidenhead, England

Charles (Michael) Brett formed, with Paul Esswood and James Bowman, the Big Three of the voice in the immediate post-Deller generation. A King's College, Cambridge choral scholar with a voice that's not very powerful, nor very pretty, but utterly secure and reliable. Recommends a dry sherry before concerts "to loosen the vocal cords".

Charles Brett co-founded the Amaryllis Consort in 1983 and he has been its director since then.

Charles Brett was the alto soloist on the famous Roy Goodman recording of the Allegri Miserere; other recordings include the J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, to which he contributes a touching Esurientes and moving Et misericordia eius. His recordings ionclude also Purcell’s Fairy Queen (under Benjamin Britten) and birthday odes, J.S. Bach’s B minor Mass (BWV 232) and cantatas under Philippe Herreeweghe, and several Georg Frideric Handel oratorios. 

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