The songs that stole our hearts

There’s many quotes about music and love with likely the most famous, Shakespeare’s “If music be the food of love, play on” written for the Twelfth Night.  It’s true, music speaks to the heart and there’s been many inspiring songs performed in choral settings that have stolen our hearts over the years. This Valentine’s Day,... Continue Reading →

The year that was – 2018!

What a year it's been and our artistic team, choristers, conductors and office team have achieved a great deal! Let's reflect. JANUARY - FEBRUARY  Our year began in January with a choir of 30 voices, led by Paul Holley OAM, beginning rehearsals for April's Anzac Day Dawn Service and the Centenary of the Battle of... 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 →

How to remember your music!

At Voices of Birralee our choristers, mainly in our older choirs, are often tasked with memorising a great deal of repertoire in the lead up to concerts or tours. We see this as a positive challenge for them as part of their development. Memorisation skills are important for life, whether that be for retaining information... Continue Reading →

How to enjoy a big day of singing!

At Voices of Birralee, our choristers are often involved in events which require a big day of rehearsing. One of these days can include lots of singing, or lots of waiting for your moment. Either way, it's important to know how to best be prepared for both, with the ultimate goals being to keep happy... Continue Reading →

Seasons Greetings from Birralee!

Thank you for a great, action-packed year! Here's a few messages from the artistic team at Voices of Birralee as we begin our break. Have a wonderful and safe Christmas and New Year and if you loved your time with us in 2017, make sure you enrol for 2018 here. "Congratulations Voices of Birralee on a very... Continue Reading →

Birralee Repertoire – The Selection Process

Since Voices of Birralee began in 1995, we have focused on teaching the most age appropriate music to our choristers, to nurture their musical development, engage them, while promoting healthy singing. For both our new choristers and those who have sung with us for a number of years, we thought this blog would be great to discuss the... Continue Reading →

Voices of Birralee celebrates the Aussies!

Australia’s choral scene has a lot to offer, from the talented composers, to the high quality choirs and the brilliant opportunities for choristers to develop both musically and socially. This month we celebrate Australia Day, so we thought we’d praise the Aussie composers, by highlighting some of Birralee’s favourite songs the ensembles have performed over... Continue Reading →

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