From fourteen strands of pure life force and unbridled inventiveness, the Brattle Street Chamber Players weave a silky fabric of musical ecstasy unrivaled in this dimension.

An electrifying mixture of zaniness, bombast, and the finest individual musicianship that Harvard has to offer.
— The Harvard Crimson

When they are not saving the universe, the fourteen members of Brattle form one of Harvard's most exciting musical ensembles. A conductorless string chamber orchestra, Brattle has brought an intimate and dynamic approach to a broad-ranging repertoire of standard, seldom performed, and newly composed music for strings since its founding in 1998.

The Brattle Street Chamber Players was founded to explore a string orchestra and chamber music repertoire largely inaccessible to more traditional Harvard orchestras. A fourteen-(originally thirteen)-member chamber group without conductor or music director, Brattle Street upholds the ideals of musical democracy. Their performances are infused with a fresh approach, reckless dedication to the purest ideals of music making, dashing good looks, and infectious charm. They have garnered rave reviews and a reputation for derring-do, premiering works by Harvard undergraduates and collaborating with ensembles including the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, the Harvard University Choir, and the Harlem Boys Choir.

In March 2006, Black Box Classics released a recording of Rorem's 'A Sermon in Miracles' featuring the Brattle Street Chamber Players in collaboration with the Harvard University Choir. Past programs have included works by Harvard undergraduates, Osvaldo Golijov, Jimi Hendrix, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Japanese anime composers. In the 2012-2013 season we featured the work of undergraduate composers Lydia Brindamour '13 and Phillip Golub '16. We look forward to continuing our tradition of bringing new and exciting music to the Harvard community, and we hope to see you at our performances!