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 →

17. Arriving to the Western Front

Sunday 21 April Before we get started, please note the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial (Villers-Bretonneux) will be broadcast on the ABC at 1.30pm (AEST) Thursday 25 April.  Today’s blog was written by BBV chorister Sophie Millar and Birralee Blokes chorister Isaac Kozlovskis, to provide a first-hand perspective of the day's events.... Continue Reading →

15. Exploring Paris

Friday 19 April We woke up to a beautiful day in Paris, excited for a day of exploring. We enjoyed a French buffet breakfast of croissants and baguettes, before walking to the Metro. Splitting into groups, our first stop was Montmartre, a beautiful art district, and Sacré-Cœur, an amazing hilltop basilica. In order to get... 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 →

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 →

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! […]

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