21. Anzac Day… Lest we forget

Thursday 25 April - Anzac Day This Europe tour blog has returned to the hands of the original bloggers - Joshua Clifford and Ally Dunk  *** To arrive on time to the Australian National Memorial (ANM), Villers-Bretonneux for our Anzac Day commitment, the Voices of Birralee choristers woke up at 1am, meeting in the foyer... Continue Reading →

20. Albert and Vimy Ridge

This blog post was written by BBV chorister, Emily Flanagan, and Birralee Blokes chorister, Charlie Stewart.  *** Wednesday 24 April 2019 Thankfully, we were given a nice sleep in this morning which was greatly appreciated after our long day yesterday. We then split off into little groups and experienced the culture of a French township,... Continue Reading →

19. Allonville & Vignacourt

Tuesday April 23rd An early breakfast in our Albert hostel led us to the Australian National Memorial for a full day of rehearsals with the army band. These rigorous sessions are run to a tight schedule. Song times are checked and rechecked, sound levels are set and official protocols are rehearsed repeatedly! We were provided... Continue Reading →

18. A day we will never forget

Monday 22 April 2019 Today’s blog was written by BBV chorister, Isabel Matthews, and Blokes chorister, Cameron Bryer, to give a fresh perspective on the days events in the lead up to Anzac Day Commemorations.  *** We began the day by visiting Lochnagar crater, a large hole left in the country side by a bomb... Continue Reading →

16. Falling in love with Paris

Saturday 20 April Today Birralee were treated to a wonderfully warm day in Paris, and we warmed up as we ate a quick breakfast at FIAP. We split into special security groups (led by our adult staff) for the day and left early, many combining with others to spend the day exploring the ‘city of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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! […]

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