Francis Brett started singing as a Quirister at Winchester College. He was a music scholar at the same school before winning a Choral Scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge where he studied with Roderick Earle and read for a music degree. He studied as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music and held a position as a Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey before turning freelance. He has recently assumed the directorship of the vocal ensemble The Amaryllis Consort.
As a baritone Francis has worked as a soloist with conductors such as Andrew Litton, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Hickox, Esa Pekka Salonen and Edward Gardner. International solo work has taken him to Australia, Poland and the USA. He has taken part in masterclasses with Wolfgang Holzmaier, Sarah Walker, Philip Langridge and Catherine Wyn-Rogers.
Francis has performed the major works of Oratorio throughout the UK. Recent concerts include Bach ‘B minor Mass’ with I Fagiolini on the South Bank, Monteverdi ‘Vespers’ with His Majesty’s Sackbutts and Cornets in Exeter Cathedral, Haydn ‘Creation’ in King’s College Chapel, Verdi ‘Requiem’ in St. Mary’s, Nottingham, Bach ‘St John Passion’, Mozart ‘Coronation Mass’ in Westminster Abbey with the ECO, Handel ‘Dettinger Te Deum’ in Westminster Hall with St James’s Players and Brahms ‘Requiem’ in St John’s, Smith Square.
Solo recordings include Elgar ‘Great is the Lord’ and the Benedictus of Harvey ‘Missa Brevis’ both on Hyperion, Puccini ‘Madame Butterfly’ (the Official Registrar) for Chandos conducted by Yves Abel, and Stainer ‘Crucifixion’ on A&M. As a recitalist he has recently performed Schubert ‘Winterreise’ and Vaughan Williams ‘Songs of Travel’. Last season he performed in Wagner ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and Britten ‘Billy Budd’ both with ENO as well as regular appearances with The Sixteen and Exaudi.