Voices of Birralee will next year
present Voices from the Trenches, a choral festival uniting
the Brisbane, Toowoomba and wider communities in commemorating the World War
One soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Somme, France.
The festival, with three concerts between March
and July, is proudly supported by the Queensland Government, from which the non-profit choral
organisation was a recipient of a Queensland Anzac Centenary grant.
The festival will involve local school and community choirs
performing in a concert in Brisbane (March) and Toowoomba (May), with the
festival theming the finale of the 2017 Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival
at QPAC, Brisbane (2 July).
As part of the project,
Voices of Birralee will commission two original
commemorative choral pieces, and has launched a crowdfunding platform via Pozible to raise $4,000. You can donate or make a pledge here.
Read more about the project here.
of Birralee’s highly anticipated Birralee Celebrates 2016 concert, will feature
all ensembles on Sunday 6 November, while welcoming special guest, Birralee
alumna and The Voice AU grand finalist, Ellen Reed.
non-profit choral organisation, based in Bardon, will hold its end of year
concert at St Peter's Lutheran College’s Performing Arts Centre, Indooroopilly.
who sang with Voices of Birralee for seven years said she was very excited to
be invited to take part in the concert.
Read more here, with tickets available here.
VOICES of Birralee will send its
signature children’s choir, Brisbane Birralee Voices (BBV) to
this month en route to the Bellingen Music Festival.
choir, with around 50 choristers, aged from 12 – 17, will perform at community
concerts in Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby and Hastings Point, with two performances
at the festival from 20 – 24 September (concert
details included on the next page).
six fun and exciting weeks of rehearsal, Brisbane’s newest adult community
choir, Birralee Recycled, will have
its debut performance at concert, The Young
& The Recycled on Sunday 11 September.
61-voice-ensemble which is part of the Bardon-based Voices of Birralee, will
perform at All Hallows’ School, joined by youth choirs Brisbane Birralee Voices and
the Birralee Blokes.
The event will also act as a sendoff
for Brisbane Birralee Voices as the choir prepares for its New South Wales tour
for the Belligen Music Festival in late September.
Recycled’s conductor Mr Peter Ingram, who is also Brisbane Grammar School’s
Head of Music and conductor of the Grammarphone’s, said the choristers had been
enjoying the experience immensely since their first rehearsal on 1 August.
Tickets here, and read more here.
Bardon-based, Voices of Birralee will in
August venture into new territory, launching an ‘older-give-it-a-go’ community
choir, Birralee Recycled.
The youth choral organisation, which for more
than 20 years has provided young people exceptional singing and development opportunities,
is encouraging people to sign up to the new ensemble, no matter whether they
have lots, little, or no public singing experience.
Artistic Director and Founder Julie
Christiansen OAM said Birralee Recycled, which will begin rehearsing Monday 1
August, was created with Birralee’s alumni and parents in mind, as well as for anyone
in the community interested in producing beautiful music, no matter their
Read more here and sign up here, with the FAQs, here.
years ago Resonance of Birralee was created to encourage choristers who had
grown up singing in Voices of Birralee’s younger ensembles, or school choirs,
to pursue what they loved.
June, 2016, the choir will celebrate exceeding this goal, to also provide once
in a lifetime opportunities to choristers, with the ensemble of more than 85
young adults, continuing to inspire communities across the world.
ensemble will celebrate this milestone on Sunday, 5 June with a concert, Sante at the Joigny Theatre, Stuartholme School.
afternoon, will reflect on the ensemble’s growth, which began in 2006, led by
Voices of Birralee’s Associate Director Paul Holley OAM, and Artistic Director
and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM.
Read more here, and purchase tickets here.
Day when you tune into the Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux, France,
broadcast the world over, you will hear Brisbane’s Voices of Birralee Anzac Day
Choir paying homage to World War One’s fallen, through what they do best –
from the Bardon-based organisation, conducted by Paul Holley OAM, will perform
alongside the Royal Australian Air Force Band at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at The Australian National Memorial and later in the day at the Australian Service at the
‘Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt.
following a national competitive tender process in 2014, Voices of Birralee
Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM said singing at sites of such enormous significance
to Australia and Australians was a humbling and memorable experience.
Read more here and purchase tickets to the choir's Dedication Service and Concert (11am, Sunday 3 April) here.
BARDON-BASED choral organisation Voices of Birralee has opened its third
round of applications, encouraging keen Brisbane singers to claim their place.
Voices of Birralee Artistic Director and
Founder Julie Christiansen OAM encouraged those considering signing up to get
in quick to make the most of the rehearsals beginning in early February.
have limited places available in our young training choirs, Birralee Piccolos,
Birralee Kids and Birralee Singers, and we invite parents to think about how
their children could benefit from singing with us this year,” she said.
Read more here, or visit our sign up page.
VOICES of Birralee has congratulated its Associate Director Paul Holley
for receiving an Order of Australia Medal in the 2016 Australia Day Honours
Paul Holley OAM, who is the conductor of
Resonance of Birralee and the Birralee Blokes was honoured for service to
choral music, particularly in Queensland.
Mr Holley joined the Bardon-based Voices of Birralee in 2003 and last
April conducted the choral organisation’s first Anzac Day Commemoration Choir
for ceremonies on the Western Front, France.
Read more here.
BARDON-based choral organisation, Voices of Birralee is in December
bringing its singing families together to sing at QPAC’s annual Spirit of Christmas concerts from 18-19
As part of QPAC’s 30th anniversary
celebrations the concerts will feature the Queensland Symphony
the Brisbane Birralee Voices and a 250 voices Spirit of Christmas Choir,
made up of the QPAC Choir, Brisbane Chorale and Voices of Birralee.
of the Voices of Birralee families singing will include Anne O'Regan, a music teacher
at The Gap State School who lives in Ferny Hills. She will sing with her two
adult children, Daniel and Bridie, while Gap resident, Julie West will sing
with her daughter, Jemma.
Read more here and tickets
for the Spirit of Christmas concerts at
QPAC’s Concert Hall are available from qpac.com.au or call 136 246.
IT HAS been an exciting and eventful 20 years since the Bardon-based
choral organisation, Voices of Birralee began and this will all be celebrated when the choir
performs an anniversary concert on 1 November.
Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM said the concert featuring Elena Kats-Chernin’s masterpiece The Gardens Symphony
(written for the Queensland Music Festival) was an event not to be missed, with
tickets on sale now.
The concert, proudly sponsored by Brisbane City
Council, will celebrate Voices of Birralee’s rich history and the people who
have been an integral part of the journey.
The concert will feature 400 singers from five
to 35 years old, involving each of Voices of Birralee’s ensembles – the Birralee
Piccolos, Birralee Kids, Birralee Singers, Brisbane Birralee Voices, Birralee
Blokes and Resonance of Birralee, with past members to make a special
appearance, performing their favourite songs from their time with the choir.
Read more here and tickets are $43.80 and can be purchased here.
SPRING is in the air with Brisbane-based choral organisation Voices of
Birralee bringing together community choirs for
its Sounds of Spring concert on Saturday 5 September.
The concert will involve 200 singers from
ensembles across Brisbane including the Gap’s men and women’s choir, Serenata
Singers, Spring Hill chamber choir Choral Connection, the Corinda-based St
Aidan’s Community Choir, with Bardon State School for a wonderful evening of
spring-themed choral music.
The concert will also feature Voices of
Birralee’s Bardon-based ensembles, the Birralee Blokes and Birralee Singers on
the eve of their tours to the Bunbury Men of Song Festival and The Meeting
Place Tour of Tasmania.
Read more here, with tickets on sale here.
BRISBANE choral organisation, Voices of Birralee will further connect with wartime heritage through
ensemble, Resonance of Birralee’s upcoming concert, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.
Sunday 30 August, the ensemble, conducted by Paul Holley, will bring this
powerful and emotive piece to life, which was written by Welsh composer Karl
concert, held at the Gerhmann Theatre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, will
feature 80 choristers from across Brisbane, accompanied by a chamber ensemble.
Holley said songs that reflect on times of war had always played a significant
part of Voices of Birralee’s program and he looked forward to sharing The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace with the
Read more here and you can buy tickets here for this emotive afternoon of music.
organisation, Voices of Birralee will use a
$10,000 State Library of Queensland grant to build a creative project to commemorate
Queensland’s involvement in the First World War, showcased through wartime
songs and local stories.
The grant is one of 10 awarded to community-based
organisations to build digital memorials of Queensland’s experience of the
First World War using social media platform Historypin.
Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses
of the past and build up the story of human history. The platform allows users
to explore and contribute photos, video and audio.
Read more about this project and how you can be involved here.
BRISBANE’S Voices of Birralee believes every child has a
song in their heart and that’s why the choral organisation is giving children a
very special chance to discover this in July.
Voices of Birralee is offering two ‘come and try’ lessons for
children aged five to 13 years where they can discover the calibre of teachers and
the fun and creative environment which enhances the learning process.
The organisation’s Artistic
Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM said singing was a valuable activity
for children and the lessons provided a wonderful balance to academic
achievements and for goal setting.
“At Voices of Birralee we live by the philosophy that
every child has a song in their heart and singing is as important and natural
for a child to do as walking, talking and dancing,” she said.
“Experienced conductors nurture each member within the
ensembles and classes commence from five years of age, in three training choir
levels; The Birralee Piccolos, The Birralee Kids and The Birralee
Children can trial classes held at both Voices of Birralee’s
site at 57 Carwoola Street, Bardon and at Eagle Junction State School, Clayfield.
Visit www.birralee.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 3367 1001 for
more information and to register.
Voices of Birralee, one of Australia’s foremost
youth arts organisations, is a Brisbane-based non-profit child and youth choral
organisation founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julie Christiansen, OAM. It
comprises nine ensembles, which have attained a remarkable level of
professionalism and are highly acclaimed by national and international
audiences. In 2014, Voices of Birralee was successful in a nationwide
bid to provide choral services for Anzac Commemoration Services on the Western
Front, France from 2015.
For more information, photos, interviews
or vision opportunities, please contact:
Voices of Birralee
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Great performance this afternoon with these larrikins! The Birralee Blokes are warming up for Bunbury Men of Song.
"TOOWOOMBA tenor Will Darbyshire is about to go on a "life changing" trip to France.
He is a chorister in Voices of Birralee which has been selected to sing at Villers-Bretonneux in France on Anzac Day."
Thank you to everyone who bought or sold tickets for our Easter Raffle!
The winners are....
1. BBQ - Knobloch Family2. Big Ted - J.Staron3. Bodyboard - Charlie Heron4. iPad Mini - Marloes Dekker5. Butterflies Original Painting - Will Nicol6. Adult Easter Hamper - Tristan West7. Child Easter Hamper - Jenny Haines8. Blokes Easter Hamper #1 - Leo Barbieri9. Blokes Easter Hamper #2 - Dale Norris10. Gourmet Hamper #1 - Donna Bullock11. Gourmet Hamper #2 - L. Thomson12. Chocolate Easter Hamper - J. Curtis
Resonance of Birralee were delighted to collaborate with Norwegian choir KORiAUSTRALIA for the first concert of their Australian tour!
Carols in the City! Beautiful singing from the Birralee children! And such a treat to perform with so many brilliant artists! Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp, William Barton, Amanda Harrison, Seven Sopranos- to name just a few! Well done Jenny Moon & team!
Click HERE to watch us perform 'Silent Night' with Karin Schaupp and Katie Noonan.
Birralee Blokes led the Carol singing at the Bardon Carols tonight. Saxon Rice MP and Cr Geraldine Knapp were there to bring Christmas messages to the crowd and the evening concluded with fireworks! Great community spirit from the Blokes! Well done boys, Paul, Justine & Kate!
Resonance of Birralee wowed the guests at the G20 Global Cafe Gala Dinner with Paul Holley's arrangement of You're the Voice!
Big Congratulations to all of our wonderful choristers for their performances at our End of Year Concert at City Hall on the 2nd of November. It was a fantastic concert and thoroughly enjoyed by all audience members!
Resonance of Birralee joined with Georgia Mae and a string orchestra to create a sensational performance at the
Lord Mayor's Business Awards.
Selected singers from our signature children's choir, Brisbane Birralee Voices, were delighted to sing the Australian National Anthem as well as other Australian repertoire at the Four Leaders VIP dinner.
Congratulations to members of the Birralee Singers who performed at the opening cermony of Cai Guo-Qiang's exhibition 'Falling Back to Earth' at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art. Our singers were honoured to perform alongside William Barton and his mother Aunty Delmae Barton, pictured here with the singers and artist Cai.