1. August 2024

    1. Sat 24

      Cupcake and Cushion Concert

  2. October 2024

    1. Sun 20

      Birralee Celebrates

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Resonance of Birralee

Who are they?

Resonance of Birralee is a choir comprising young adults aged 18 - 35 years who collectively bring a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and musical leadership to the Voices of Birralee program. This ensemble performs music from classical to contemporary with a special emphasis on Australian choral music. In the last two years they have premiered several new works including the first two in a series of compositions inspired by the artwork of Vincent van Gogh written by Luke Byrne and Carl Crossin. At their 2022 Queensland in Song Concert they presented premieres of a new work in collaboration with composer Charulatha Mani inspired by the Brisbane River and a choral version of a song by Brisbane singer/songwriter Jo Davie.

Their strengths as an ensemble include their expertise in a broad range of music styles and their ability to adapt their program to suit any event. Resonance have performed with high profile Australian and international artists including John Farnham, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano and Josh Groban and with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra. Their most recent collaborations with the QSO include Handel’s Messiah in 2022 and, Cinematic and Paul Rissmann’s The Lost Thing in 2023.

Following on from the formation of a Birralee Tenth Anniversary Alumni Choir in 2005, Resonance of Birralee was formed under the leadership of Paul Holley. Since then, choristers have enjoyed a range of high-quality singing opportunities. A major highlight for the ensemble was being selected to represent Australia singing at the First World War Centenary Commemorations on the Western Front from 2015 - 2018. 

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Resonance of Birralee performing at Voices of Birralee's, 2023 Birralee Celebrates concert (image: PhotoCo)

Key information


Tuesday 7.00 - 9.00pm

Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Artistic Team

Conductors: Paul Holley OAM & Peter Ingram                                        

Assistant Conductors:                 Clare Finlayson & Brendan Murtagh           

Accompanist: Brendan Murtagh & Cara Tran 

Volunteer Team

Choir Managers:        Sue Holley & Jaye Curtis



Formal:     Black formal outfit                         

Informal:                           Back trousers/socks/shoes, black Birralee polo shirt


How to join

Please note:Resonance is an auditioned ensemble. Auditions take place in January each year or throughout the year if places become available.  Auditions for 2024 are still welcome for tenors and basses but no more auditions will be held for sopranos and altos at this time.

Fee information:Please refer to information here.  

Enrolment:Please click hereto enrol for 2024.  


History & Highlights!

Following on from the formation of a Birralee Tenth Anniversary Alumni Choir in 2005, Resonance of Birralee was formed under the leadership of Paul Holley. Since, choristers have enjoyed a range of high quality singing opportunities. One of their strengths as an ensemble is their expertise and appreciation of a broad range of music styles and their ability to adapt their program to suit any event.

Performance Highlights 

The choir regularly performs their own concerts including staged performances of Annelies by James Whitbourn and The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins in recent years. In addition they have also worked with many performance groups including:

Queensland Symphony Orchestra's 

Cinematic Blockbusters and Beyond 2023

Messiah 2022

Blue Planet II 2019

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  2018 

Mahler Symphony #3 2018 

Carl Orff Carmina Burana 2016

Busoni Piano Concerto 2014

Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers 2012

Brisbane Excelsior Band's A Christmas Spectacular 2018 

Queensland Music Festival's Absolutely Everybody 2021

Queensland Music Festival's Help Is On It's Way 2019

Queensland Music Festival's You're the Voice 2017

Queensland Pops Orchestra's Best of British  2018 

Queensland Science Festival's Close Encounters of the Third Kind  2018 

QPAC's Spirit of Christmas  2015, 2016, 2017 

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies 2018  


Western Front Anzac Centenary Touring Commitment (2015 - 2018) 

Choristers have been regularly drawn from Resonance of Birralee to fulfil our five year commitment to the Department of Veterans' Affairs, including: 

- Anzac Day, France (2015, 2016, 2018)

- Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles and Pozieres, France (2016)

- Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, Belgium (2017)

- Centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, France (2018)

- Centenary of the Battle of Hamel (2018)

- Centenary of the First World War Armistice, France (2018). 

- Adelaide for Choral Exchange with the Adelaide Elder Conservatorium Chorale

International Choir Festival, Kazakhstan (2018) 

Eight choristers drawn from Resonance of Birralee toured Kazakhstan for the International - Voice of the World choral festival in Astana. This was an exceptional experience, where our choristers performed as a small chamber choir, as well as in a 400 person massed choir. 

World Choir Games, Austria (2008) 

Resonance of Birralee were presented both Gold and Silver medals at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria in popular vocal and gospel categories. 


Sleep and Dreams (April 2009)

Sing For Australia (2010)

.... so far (2012)

Sing We Now Of Christmas (2012) 


Official partners of Voices of Birralee


Voices of Birralee acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this country and recognise their continuing connection the land, water and culture. In our organisation, we recognise the Turrbal and Jagera Peoples as the traditional custodians of Meanjin land. We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to their Elders past, present and emerging.