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 →

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 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 →

Getting ready to tour – Hamel preview

As we wish Voices of Birralee's Western Front Centenary Choir all the best for its upcoming tour (28 June - 5 July), we invite you to follow the choir's journey via this blog, as they perform to many communities from Paris to Hamel, sharing beautiful music, while discovering the significance of the Battle of Hamel in... Continue Reading →

Day 10 – A fitting farewell

Our choristers' last official day of tour began with a special surprise for their conductor and Voices of Birralee's Artistic Director and Founder, Julie Christiansen OAM. Julie was led to Amiens Cathedral where the choir sang Notre Pere, a beautiful gift resonating throughout the cathedral, which Julie described as "soul filling, sublime and tranquil". Soon after,... Continue Reading →

Day 9: Paying tribute, and Allonville hospitality

Day 9 (Friday) was such a wonderful day for our choristers, and we are all looking forward to tomorrow, where we will perform at the commemoration service for the Battle of Pozieres. Those at home can can watch the service on ABC 24 at midnight (12am, Sunday 24 July) with the programme, Australia Remembers: Pozieres Centenary Commemorations. Today began... Continue Reading →

Voices of Birralee celebrates the Aussies!

Australia’s choral scene has a lot to offer, from the talented composers, to the high quality choirs and the brilliant opportunities for choristers to develop both musically and socially. This month we celebrate Australia Day, so we thought we’d praise the Aussie composers, by highlighting some of Birralee’s favourite songs the ensembles have performed over... Continue Reading →

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