Just like every other Voices of Birralee year – 2017 is set to be huge! So…we thought we’d give you a bit of a preview of some of the major events!
VOICES FROM THE TRENCHES (MARCH, MAY, JULY)
18 March, Concert 1. Brisbane venue to be announced soon
28 May, Concert 2. Empire Theatres Toowoomba (Tickets on sale 1 Feb)
2 July, Concert 3. QPAC, as part of the Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival
The Voices from the Trenches Choral Festival will be a captivating musical tribute to the World War One soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in The Somme, France and those who came home.
Presented by Voices of Birralee, the festival will unite the community, involving Voices of Birralee ensembles and local school choirs to perform stunning music reflecting the WW1 era, with modern compositions.
This will include beautifully poignant and emotionally charged commissioned pieces,
ensuring the Anzac legacy is preserved.
This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
DVA COMMITMENT – APRIL AND SEPTEMBER
2017 will involve two tours as part of our five-year commitment to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
In April, 30 choristers aged from 16 – 18 will embark on what’s bound to be a trip of a lifetime, performing at the Anzac Day services at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux and at the Australian ‘Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt, as well as community services.
Our second overseas trip for the year will be to Belgium to sing at the Polygon Wood Centenary Commemoration. From September 21 – 25, our choir will perform in the north of France and Belgium.
Make sure you follow the blog providing commentary during these tours.
QUEENSLAND YOUTH MUSIC AWARDS (MAY)
Voices of Birralee is again excited to manage Queensland Youth Music Awards from May 3! 2017 marks the competition’s 50th year of providing a supported environment for young people to explore their music.
Sections will be held throughout Brisbane, featuring schools from across south east Queensland with some of Voices of Birralee’s ensembles performing as guests.
Entries have opened and more information is available here.
PEMULWUY! NATIONAL MALE VOICE FESTIVAL! (JUNE – JULY)
Thursday 29 June – Sunday 2 July
This year’s Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival will feature some of the finest male voice ensembles from Australia and abroad.
This year it will adopt the theme ‘Voices from the Trenches’ to commemorate the World War 1 Centenary period and the sacrifices made by the Anzacs in the Battles of The Somme.
Our Birralee Blokes (our male young adult choir) and the Birralee Boys (with male choristers drawn from our children’s ensembles for this project) will play host at the festival.
Ensemble registrations have closed, but individual registrations will open soon. All information is available here.
BIRRALEE SINGERS ON TOUR (SEPTEMBER)
This year marks our touring year for our Birralee Singers and they are off to Tasmania for the Coastal Young Voices Festival 2017 from 24 – 30 September (dates and details to be confirmed in the coming months). This will be a fantastic trip for these young choristers and a great chance for development through working with other choirs.