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Rachel Bruerville : Associate Artist

The vast majority of music that we as ‘classical’ musicians seem to be exposed to in our training is, to put it concisely, composed by a male, pale, and stale cohort! There is so much more out there to be explored.

Random Audio Sample: Dancing on Tiptoes : but never falling by Rachel Bruerville, from the CD Women of Note

Photo of Rachel Bruerville

Photo: Jasmine Buttery Photography

Rachel Bruerville (b. 1991) is an Australian composer, arranger, cellist, singer, and writer, who calls Adelaide her home. She writes music for the concert hall, the theatre, and other collaborative work. Currently she holds the position of Young Adelaide Voices' Composer in Residence for 2019/20, supported by a 2019 Carclew Fellowship. Rachel hopes to always make music to entertain, to educate, and to be explored and enjoyed by audiences of any musical or non-musical background.

In her life as a performer, Rachel is a core member of the internationally acclaimed Adelaide Chamber Singers, and is active as a freelance cellist around Adelaide, including for Patch Theatre Company as on-stage cellist in Emily Loves to Bounce (2016-17 tours). She has sung solo with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Paul Rissmann, presenting new work for children in the 2017-18 Festivals of Learning. Just before COVID-19 restrictions hit Australia, Rachel sung alto in the chorus of the 2020 Adelaide Festival production, Romeo Castellucci's staging of Mozart's Requiem.

Career highlights include being commissioned by The Hush Foundation for the 2018 album Collective Wisdom, writing music to reduce stress in children's hospital environments; a nomination for Vocal/Choral Work of the Year in the APRA AMCOS/Australian Music Centre 2019 Art Music Awards for In Due Season, commissioned by the Adelaide Chamber Singers; and a Sydney Opera House premiere at the opening of the Gondwana World Choral Festival, July 2019. Her work has been performed by ensembles including The Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective, The St Peter's Cathedral Choir (North Adelaide), The Endeavour Trio, Gondwana Voices, the National Youth Choir of Australia, Sydney Children's Choir, and the Adelaide Wind Orchestra.

Rachel Bruerville — current to August 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Mirror mirror : for treble choir and piano (2019) Commissioned as part of Young Adelaide Voice’s 2019/20 Composer in Residence program
Dancing on Tiptoes : but never falling (2017) Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation.