What do you get when you cross a macaron and an Anzac biscuit? A delightful treat that our dedicated conductor Paul Holley coined a ‘MacZac’. Not only were they delicious but they also represented the wonderful things that happen when two great cultures (the French and Australian) come together.
This will be our last blog as part of our France trip so we thought we’d share some of our fun pics from the tour, of course with a clip of what we do best – singing.
It’s been a massive week, which culminated in Anzac Day. After The Australian Service at the ‘Digger’ Memorial on Saturday we headed back to Bullecourt for drinks. The choir decided to sing The Parting Glass in a toast to Vicky and Estelle from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Enjoy!
Singing this song was a chance to show appreciation for this experience and one we have not taken lightly! We’ve met some great people and this includes our fellow performers from The Royal Australian Navy Band.
Back-tracking to Friday – here are a few pics from the Mayoral Reception in Amiens. Here we shared a ‘glass of friendship’ and the macaron and Anzac biscuit combination, ‘The MacZac’ was released. The ‘MacZac’…it has a ring to it!
On Sunday we headed back to Paris for our final performance. We stopped briefly and look what Izzy found in a packet – they really do have everything in France. ‘Happy Life’ lollies…all of life’s happiness found in a packet!
When in France! Just in case you were wondering what they looked like – here are some frogs legs! Emily ordered these for lunch before the final concert. Apparently they tasted like chicken.
Upon arriving in Paris on Sunday we had our final concert, this time with the stunning Ensemble Mangata at the magnificent Saint Eugène Sainte Cécile. It was incredible! Check out some of the pics here.
With the final concert completed, the Voices of Birralee Anzac Commemoration Choir will this week head back to Australia.
It’s been a fantastic trip creating lots of wonderful memories and we were delighted to not only share our passion for singing (internationally!), we were also humbled to be part of such a significant event as performing at Villers-Bretenneux for the Anzac Day dawn service and the Australian Service at the ‘Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt.
With a number of our choristers having relatives who have served or are serving in the Australian Defence Force, it was a truly unique opportunity to be part of the services in France. We feel so privileged to have been able to acknowledge all those who have served and who fell in defence of our nation, through what we love – singing.
The Anzac Day experience was matched with wonderful concerts where we were made so welcome by local communities and met so many interesting people.
It’s been an amazing experience for each of our choristers and we’d like to thank the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for giving us this opportunity, the friends and families of all the choristers involved and everyone else who has supported us over the past few months. It’s been a wonderful effort by everyone involved.
We can’t wait for next year!