Day 12 & 13: Venice to Paris

Tuesday 16 April 2019 Today, Birralee woke up to a lovely sunny day in Mestre, and had a filling breakfast at Hotel Russott. At 8:30am we all boarded busses to take us up the road to the Grand Canal ferry terminal where we boarded separate boats to the island of Venice! Our journey towards the... Continue Reading →

11. Shopping, pizza, pasta, gelato!

Monday 15 April 2019 Today started off bright and early with our last delicious breakfast at Hotel Kristal. We then hastily packed our bags and hopped onto the bus, excited for the next part of our European journey - Venice, Italy! As we left Croatia, we were once again confronted with the awesome natural beauty... Continue Reading →

10. Into the caves

Sunday 14 April 2019 These lovely past few days have been leading towards the finale event of the ‘We Are Singing’ Adriatic Festival in the Postojna Caves in Slovenia, and all of the Voices of Birralee touring party were very excited to experience this cave system! Today was also Tamaki Minto’s 17th Birthday, and at... Continue Reading →

9. The festival begins!

Saturday 13 April 2019 Today was a great day in Opatija - the weather was clearer and much more welcoming, with sunshine and a cool breeze! After a lovely morning breakfast, we walked down to the Crystal Hall to have a soundcheck and rehearsal for the Friendship Concert later in the evening. A few of... Continue Reading →

8.Welcome to Opatija!

Friday April 12 A cold, wet morning in Zagreb greeted Voices of Birralee on the choristers' final day in Croatia’s capital. BBV bid farewell to their kind and welcoming billets, who had hosted us so graciously and helped fill our hearts with incredible memories! The Birralee Blokes also packed up and left the hostel they... Continue Reading →

5: On the road to Croatia!

Tuesday April 9 Today began on a bittersweet note as BBV and Blokes farwelled our lovely billets from Austria. This was a sad event for all, as each chorister had been so warmly welcomed into each host’s house and family life - many lifelong friendships have been made!! Our Australian choristers gave some memorable gifts... Continue Reading →

4: Final day in Austria

Today marked the first of many concert days for our lovely tourers! BBV started the day with a concert at the Bischöfliches Gymnasium, where both groups shared their wonderful music, finishing with a combined finale of “You, Me and the Wide Open Sky.” The concert was live streamed on the Voices of Birralee Facebook page... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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