3. Making Austrian friends

On Sunday, Brisbane Birralee Voices (BBV) and Birralee Blokes woke to a beautiful Graz day and gathered out the front of the Styrian Armoury in the city centre. In small groups, we entered to learn about the military violence of this historic city, and the bloody past of the weapons stored there. This included guns,... Continue Reading →

2: Exploring Graz!

After an early night for many of our choristers, Saturday saw a multitude of adventures across Graz (and beyond) with our various host families! A popular destination was the Zotter Chocolate factory, near a beautiful town called Riegersburg, where a tour of the factory brought numerous forms of Mr Zotter’s tasty (and sometimes exotic) treats! […]

1: The Europe tour begins!

Hello! We hope you enjoy our 2019 Europe tour blogging journey, brought to you by Ally Dunk, and Joshua Clifford!! Seventy-two choristers and their entourage, have departed on what's going to be an exciting three week journey through Europe, with the first stop, Brisbane International Airport! After checking in and ensuring passports were all accounted... Continue Reading →

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 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 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 →

The final day: Anzac Day – Lest we forget

The anticipation was building daily for our choristers, but it reached its peak when they got on the bus from Amiens, as the clock ticked over to Anzac Day 2018. They were ready. The group arrived on site, to the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, at 1am. The choristers had visited the site during the daytime... Continue Reading →

Day 9! The people of Villers-Bretonneux

It was poignant the final concert of the tour would be for the people of Villers-Bretonneux. But first, the day began with rehearsals at the Australian National Memorial. Overnight the temperature dropped approximately 10 degrees and the wind picked up. It made for a very cold start as the choristers sat in the shade of... Continue Reading →

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