1: The WA tour begins!

Today was the first day of the 2019 “The Meeting Place” Singers tour to WA! Our first stop was Brisbane airport, the departures lounge. Nice and early, the choristers arrived and checked in, excitement bubbling in the air for the flight. After a smooth and easy plane ride, the Singers and Birralee staff members arrived... Continue Reading →

Celebrating the Birralee families

At Voices of Birralee, we often feel like one big family and it’s wonderful to see how many actual families sing across our ensembles! We asked some of these families to share their experiences with Birralee. Singing in a choir with her own siblings as a child inspired Samantha Cook to sign her four children... Continue Reading →

Attending rehearsals – a team pursuit

Written by Voices of Birralee conductor of the Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee, Paul Holley OAM “All the real work is done in the rehearsal period.” - Donald Pleasence, British Actor At Voices of Birralee, our choristers, conductors, accompanists, and our volunteers are united by our love for creating or listening to great music. To... Continue Reading →

21. Anzac Day… Lest we forget

Thursday 25 April - Anzac Day This Europe tour blog has returned to the hands of the original bloggers - Joshua Clifford and Ally Dunk  *** To arrive on time to the Australian National Memorial (ANM), Villers-Bretonneux for our Anzac Day commitment, the Voices of Birralee choristers woke up at 1am, meeting in the foyer... Continue Reading →

20. Albert and Vimy Ridge

This blog post was written by BBV chorister, Emily Flanagan, and Birralee Blokes chorister, Charlie Stewart.  *** Wednesday 24 April 2019 Thankfully, we were given a nice sleep in this morning which was greatly appreciated after our long day yesterday. We then split off into little groups and experienced the culture of a French township,... Continue Reading →

19. Allonville & Vignacourt

Tuesday April 23rd An early breakfast in our Albert hostel led us to the Australian National Memorial for a full day of rehearsals with the army band. These rigorous sessions are run to a tight schedule. Song times are checked and rechecked, sound levels are set and official protocols are rehearsed repeatedly! We were provided... Continue Reading →

18. A day we will never forget

Monday 22 April 2019 Today’s blog was written by BBV chorister, Isabel Matthews, and Blokes chorister, Cameron Bryer, to give a fresh perspective on the days events in the lead up to Anzac Day Commemorations.  *** We began the day by visiting Lochnagar crater, a large hole left in the country side by a bomb... Continue Reading →

17. Arriving to the Western Front

Sunday 21 April Before we get started, please note the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial (Villers-Bretonneux) will be broadcast on the ABC at 1.30pm (AEST) Thursday 25 April.  Today’s blog was written by BBV chorister Sophie Millar and Birralee Blokes chorister Isaac Kozlovskis, to provide a first-hand perspective of the day's events.... Continue Reading →

16. Falling in love with Paris

Saturday 20 April Today Birralee were treated to a wonderfully warm day in Paris, and we warmed up as we ate a quick breakfast at FIAP. We split into special security groups (led by our adult staff) for the day and left early, many combining with others to spend the day exploring the ‘city of... Continue Reading →

15. Exploring Paris

Friday 19 April We woke up to a beautiful day in Paris, excited for a day of exploring. We enjoyed a French buffet breakfast of croissants and baguettes, before walking to the Metro. Splitting into groups, our first stop was Montmartre, a beautiful art district, and Sacré-Cœur, an amazing hilltop basilica. In order to get... Continue Reading →

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