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 works by Elena Kats Chernin, Matthew Hindson, John Peterson, Daniel Walker, Rosalind Page, Peter Sculthorpe, Andrew Schultz and Ross Edwards. He has also led programs with a more contemporary flavour such as And the days, featuring new works from Australia and beyond, and 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 Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Festival Chorus season. He has prepared choruses for such noted international conductors as Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy 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 a 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. Most recently he was Chorus Master for the Adelaide Festival 2017 production of Saul and the 2018 production of Hamlet. He has recorded widely for the ABC with artists such as Cantillation, Sara Macliver and Teddy Tahu Rhodes. He has also conducted a wide range of film scores from Happy Feet to Baz Lurhman’s Australia. 2019 highlights alongside his work with the Sydney Philharmonia include Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd for West Australian Opera and Paul Stanhope’s Jandamarra at the Sydney Town Hall.