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Culture of Peace Partnerships

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United Nation’s International Year of Peace and Trust theme for 2021 encourages us to promote peace and trust, mutual understanding, solidarity and harmony amongst nations. As a means of facilitating awareness and to promote this international theme Voices of Birralee will host the Culture of Peace Concert at 2:00pm on Sunday 30 May 2021. Presenting music through song, a diverse and engaging range of cultural themes and stories will be explored by the 300 strong Voices of Birralee ensembles. The multi-age Voices of Birralee choirs will utilise the universal language of Music to express hope for a more peaceful future built on trust, freedom, human rights and cultural acceptance.

Our special guest, Queensland’s own Katie Noonan, will collaborate with our singers to create an experience of belonging and welcome for all. Alongside Katie as special guest we will also present the world premiere of a commissioned song which will be performed as a massed piece with more than 250 voices. This has been made possible through funding obtained by the Arts Council of Australia. Another feature at this concert will be the Birralee Blokes singing music of the Torres Strait Islands taught to them by Torres Strait Islander Bridget Garay and choral director Kiri Waiata-Green.

We are delighted to release our Partnership packages for our Culture of Peace Concert and invite organisations and individuals to become involved in this event through financial support.

Please contact Rochelle Manderson on events@birralee.org if you have any queries regarding these partnership opportunities.
 

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2021 Season

Voices of Birralee is delighted to announce its 2021 season of activities*  – there is a Birralee produced event for everyone!   

 

Harmony Week Open Rehearsals – 17-20 March

We welcome all primary school aged children to participate in our Harmony Week open rehearsals at either our Bardon premises or at Ascot State School.  They will be fun afternoons of singing and harmony – giving everyone a glimpse into a live rehearsal and to experience how the Birralee training process begins. 

 

Harmony Week Open Rehearsal Schedule at a Glance

Birralee Piccolos

Ages 5-7 (Grades prep – 1)

Birralee Kids

Ages 7- 9 (Grades 2 – 4)

Birralee Singers

Ages 10-13 (Grades 5 – 7)

Wed 17 March @ 4:00pm

Birralee HQ, Bardon

Wed 17 March @ 4:00pm

Birralee HQ, Bardon

Thurs 18 March @ 4:00pm

Birralee HQ, Bardon

Sat 20 March @ 12:30pm

Ascot State School Hall

Sat 20 March @ 1:45pm

Ascot State School Hall

Sat 20 March @ 3:00pm

Ascot State School Hall

 

Signature Choir Previews – 9 – 18 March

Signature Choir Previews will be available in March to allow more experienced singers a no obligation view of how a signature ensemble works and the performance opportunities available.  Previews are available for Brisbane Birralee Voices (secondary schoolers), the Birralee Blokes (changed male voices) and Resonance of Birralee (young adults aged 18-35).

 

Signature Choir Previews Schedule at a Glance

Brisbane Birralee Voices

Ages 13-17 (Grades 7-12)

Birralee Blokes

Ages 13 – 25 (changed male voice)

Resonance of Birralee

Ages 18 – 35

Tues 9 March @ 6:30pm

Birralee HQ, Bardon

Thurs 11 March @ 6:30pm

Birralee HQ, Bardon

Tues 9 March @ 7:00pm

Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Tues 16 March @ 6:30pm

Birralee HQ, Bardon

Thurs 18 March @ 6:30pm

Birralee HQ, Bardon

Tues 16 March @ 7:00pm

Brisbane Girls Grammar School

 

Divine - 7:45pm Friday 26 March 

Voices of Birralee’s signature choirs Resonance of Birralee, the Birralee Blokes and Brisbane Birralee Voices will perform their first concert of the year in the beautiful St Stephen’s Cathedral.  

 

Holiday Music Program – Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 April

After a COVID hiatus, Voices of Birralee is excited to announce its plans for their Holiday Music Programs.  Two programs will be delivered one in the April holidays and the other in the September break.  The April holiday program will focus on Vocal Techniques and an understanding of how the voice works.  Guest presenters will provide an overview and then work with individuals on their voice.  Due to the nature of this program, numbers will be limited. 

 

Queensland Youth Music Awards – Wednesday 5 May – Thursday 3 June

The Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA) is one of the state's longest running school music competitions which celebrates the participation of over 4,000 young people in the music making process.  2021 will mark its 54th anniversary!   The awards provide an environment to motivate young students to develop their musical skills by performing their art for the enjoyment of other participants and audience.


Culture of Peace Concert – 2:00pm Sunday 30 May

Voices of Birralee is delighted to present their Culture of Peace Concert featuring guest artist, Katie Noonan who will share the stage with all the Voices of Birralee ensembles.  The concert will also feature a newly commissioned work from Zac Hurren to bring together all performers and the audience celebrate and remember the importance of Peace.   The concert will be held at Roma Street Parklands and will be a public event for all to enjoy. 

 

“Now more than ever PEACE is the succour our world needs and the human voice is the most primal and organic way of making sounds together. I love the idea of working with a choir of Birralee's excellence, alongside the welcoming spirit of audience participation - so that audience and artists alike can share in something profoundly special and spiritual.” Zac Hurren

 

Cupcake and Cushion Concert – 2:30pm Sunday 29 August

The annual Cupcake and Cushion Concert is the chance for our very young choirs, Birralee Piccolos, Birralee Kids and Birralee Singers, to shine!   This concert is always a vibrant delight as these youngsters develop their performer skills as well allowing the audience to enjoy the spontaneity of the young singer. 

 

Birralee Recycled – 6 week season

Birralee’s adult community choir will return during term 3 of 2021.   This fun adult choir gives everyone the chance to sing no matter their musical training or background.  The joy of the experience comes from a group of adults working together to make music.  The is also a wonderful comradery between the adults as new and old friends connect. 

 

Holiday Music Program – Monday 20 – Thursday 23 September

The September holiday program will be an enriching collaboration for all involved.  Participants will have the opportunity to work with Birralee’s artist in residence. 

 

Virtual Voices Professional Development Series – Friday 29 October

After the success of Virtual Voices in 2020, Voices of Birralee will deliver this professional development series for choral conductors, music teachers and students. 

 

Christmas Gifts Concert – Sunday 28 November

The gift of music will be Voices of Birralee’s present to our community.   As we head into the festive season, Birralee choirs will deliver a magical concert to delight people of all ages. 

 

 

* FLEXIBILITY: Please note in the ever changing and evolving global climate we find ourselves in, from time to time, we may need adjust / cancel or reschedule our events to be in line with the current COVID safe guidelines of the time or other circumstances outside of our control.  Please know that we will provide as much notice as possible of any changes and work with all our participants regarding any refunds due.   Thank you for your understanding. 

 

Birralee Celebrates Concert Program

CLICK HERE to view the Birralee Celebrates Concert Series program. 

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