Day 5 & 6 – Culture & concerts

After lunch on Day 5 we arrived at Astana Ballet to sound check for the next day's concert where each choir would perform individually. It was a long session but we filled the time eating local junk food and playing many games of Uno and working out which rules were 'house' rules vs 'actual' rules.... Continue Reading →

Day 3 – 4: Rehearsals & concerts begin!

We're settling into our new surrounds well, with day three beginning with a massed choir rehearsal for Thursday's gala concert at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. There’s a fair bit of repertoire to get through and it seems like the concert will be quite a big deal with the President of Kazakhstan to attend. It... Continue Reading →

Day 1 – 2: Welcome to Kazakhstan!

Kazakhstan wasn't on many of our choristers' travel lists prior to a special invitation from the International Choir Festival: Astana, Voice of the World, a few months ago. So, a small group of choristers, with conductor Paul Holley, embarked on the journey at noon on Wednesday for an epic flight plan from Brisbane to Astana.... Continue Reading →

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