Meet NYCA singer Rachel Bruerville (SA)

Tell us about your musical background... Music has been in my life forever - my mum is a professional violinist and also a pretty amazing singer, so music was always around the house. When my twin sister and I were 7, she took up the violin and I took up the cello. We also sung with the Adelaide Girls' Choir in primary school (now Young Adelaide Voices), and I still sing with YAV's Aurora Vocal Ensemble today! We were both accepted into Marryatville High School's special interest music centre in 2005, and I spent my high school years singing in about 5 choirs at once, along with playing in the school orchestra, string orchestra, string quartet etc... After deviating a bit after high school and deciding to pursue further study in environmental science and policy, I eventually came back to the idea of full time music, and have just graduated from the Elder Conservatorium with a bachelor of music in composition. I also currently sing with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, and play with Adelaide band, Minority Tradition. 

Why are you coming back to NYCA? I am coming back to NYCA because, simply, the last two seasons have been among the most fulfilling musical experiences I have ever had.

What is your favourite NYCA memory?  Last year when we performed my piece, OBEY., and having various singers tell me long after the season that bits of it were still stuck in their head. Success!

What I’m looking forward to most about the 2016 season is… Singing Paul Stanhope's "Ban-garay!" from Jandamarra. I worked with Paul at the 2015 Gondwana national composers' school, and heard from him in detail about the incredible collaborative process of creating the Jandamarra production. I think it is one of the most important Australian works out there, and I'm so looking forward to being able to directly experience a part of it.

Rachel performs with the National Youth Choir of Australia in our 21st Anniversary Season under international director David Hill (UK).

Flagship Concert: July 9, 7.30pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square with special guests The Australian Boys Choir.