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: Arriving to Amiens & Fouilloy

Welcome back to the blog! Before we get started, some special info to take note:  "Australia Remembers: Armistice Day France Service" will be broadcast on the ABC at 9.42pm on Sunday 11 November (Brisbane time). Also, there'll be a story on Channel Ten Eyewitness News at 5pm today which will include Voices of Birralee (Friday... Continue Reading →

Day 7 & 8: Kazakhstan Finale!

As we drew closer to the end of tour, the final event was the Gala Concert, which was to be performed in front of delegates of the 6th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.  Our group arrived to the venue late Thursday morning and immediately got to work... 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 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 5: On site rehearsals begin at Le Hamel

Today the choristers began their day with a visit to the Sir John Monash Centre, which sits behind the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux. The site presented a phenomenal recount of the stories, horror and fate of Australian soldiers who fought in WWI and the many battles fought on the Western Front. There were two quotes... Continue Reading →

Day 4: The countdown begins

Before we get into what our choristers got up to on Day 4 - we'd like to share some info for those keen to tune into the Centenary of the Battle of Hamel service this Wednesday.  EDIT ON WAYS TO TUNE INTO THE CENTENARY OF THE BATTLE OF HAMEL SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2018: ... Continue Reading →

Day 3: Arriving to Bailleul

On Day 3 our choristers hit the road from Paris. It was a day of exploration and discovery, before meeting the beautiful people of Bailleul. The first destination was the Armistice Museum in Compiègne, where the Armistice which ended World War One was signed on 11 November, 1918, in a railway car paused on its tracks... Continue Reading →

Day two: Sightseeing in Paris

Our choristers enjoyed a leisurely Day Two (Friday), playing tourists and exploring Paris in the 30 degree heat! Some of the choristers ventured to the gardens, Jardins du Luxembourg, the modern art galleries of Centre Georges Pompidou, and the second largest church in Paris, Church of Saint-Sulpice. Others journeyed to the palace of Versailles, which was... Continue Reading →

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