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25th Anniversary Announcement

Thank you to those who sent so many lovely messages congratulating Richard and I on our 25th wedding anniversary.  Our relationship has grown in parallel to Voices of Birralee (VoB) and it has been an amazing 25 years where I have been surrounded by incredibly talented and supportive colleagues and where my involvement with thousands of young singers in Australia and abroad has been a constant source of fulfilment.

During a time, which has been one of the most challenging years for all music makers, I have had time to reflect on the significant influence we have had on so many lives and the accomplishments which we have achieved. Leading VoB from its foundation and witnessing the growth into what is now such a highly regarded and vibrant organisation has been an extraordinary privilege.

Upon such reflection and in the absence of an opportunity to make an announcement at a public concert, it gives me great pleasure to hand over the Artistic Direction of Voices of Birralee to Paul Holley OAM and to acknowledge the enormous role which he has played since joining our team in 2003. Paul’s brilliance and artistry has expanded the fine reputation of our children’s choirs into realms of championing male voices and world class young adult ensembles. For many years it has been an honour to share our mutual passion for music making and to recognise Paul’s leadership skills and inherent humility, even amidst the finest of achievements.

As we move into a new phase for VoB, I realise that there are so many people to whom I am indebted. To name just a few I must acknowledge Justine Favell who began this journey with me in 1995 and who insightfully said to me in 1999 ‘Are you going to send in Birralee’s audition tape to be selected as Australian reps at World of Children’s Choirs 2001 in Vancouver?’  That was our very first international exposure…the rest is history. Justine is the most beautiful player and she has given so much to me personally and musically. I am incredibly grateful to her.

It has been a great joy in recent times, to see the foundation children’s choir ‘Brisbane Birralee Voices’ achieving outstanding results under the new direction of Jenny Moon. Jenny has upheld everything I love about the amazing sound of children’s voices and I am incredibly grateful that she was willing to take the baton in 2018 and lead BBV into its next exciting chapter.

I am also sincerely grateful to Lyn Williams AM, Deborah Munro & Mark O’Leary OAM who accepted me into the Australian choral music elite many years ago and who wholeheartedly supported the emergence of VoB into the international choral world. They, along with so many other incredible musicians offered me mentoring and friendship.

 

This year has introduced me to the tranquillity of semi-retirement and has been a striking contrast to the frenetic paced lifestyle which I have enjoyed immensely. Whilst I look forward to being involved in VoB’s future directions, my main focus for now is on family health matters and in particular my mother, whose health is declining.

As I have been on leave during the COVID19 pandemic, I realise how much I have missed being a part of the amazing team who keep the wheels in motion on a daily basis and who tirelessly uphold the program. I have missed weekly rehearsals with such great kids and I have missed sharing the stage with such incredible musicians whose friendship and love means the world to me. Isaac Newton acknowledged that he could see further by standing on the shoulders of giants, but I have been blessed to stand beside giants and together we have achieved more than I would have ever imagined.

I wish Paul many years of fulfilment as VoB Artistic Director and look forward to supporting him in this role for another 25years!  I know that we all look forward to a time in the near future when we can come together as a community in a safe and relaxed way and where we can celebrate the power and joy which music brings to our lives.

 

Kind regards

Julie Christiansen OAM

Founder of Voices of Birralee

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Music Under One Sky

Thanks to Quest Community Newspapers for an excellent story in last week's Northside Chronicle featuring some of our youngest choristers who will be performing in Under One Sky on 28 June. 

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Side by Side Concert

Great performance this afternoon with these larrikins! The Birralee Blokes are warming up for Bunbury Men of Song.


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Interview with The Chronicle

"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."

- The Chronicle

Click HERE to read the full story and watch an interview with one of our choristers, William Darbyshire.

MEDIA RELEASE - Voices of Birralee in fine tune for Western Front

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EASTER RAFFLE - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

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Thank you to everyone who bought or sold tickets for our Easter Raffle! 

The winners are....

1. BBQ - Knobloch Family2. Big Ted - J.Staron
3. Bodyboard - Charlie Heron
4. iPad Mini - Marloes Dekker
5. Butterflies Original Painting - Will Nicol
6. Adult Easter Hamper - Tristan West
7. Child Easter Hamper - Jenny Haines
8. Blokes Easter Hamper #1 - Leo Barbieri
9. Blokes Easter Hamper #2 - Dale Norris
10. Gourmet Hamper #1 - Donna Bullock
11. Gourmet Hamper #2 - L. Thomson
12. Chocolate Easter Hamper - J. Curtis

Happy Easter!

Anzac Commemoration Choir - 3 Weeks to go!

LESS THAN 3 WEEKS to go until our Voices of Birralee Anzac Commemoration Choir sets off for their tour to France! The group of young vibrant Queenslanders will be honoured to perform at the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Villers Bretonneux. 
Thank you to Tony Forbes for this photo of the group singing at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday.

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Harmony Day Celebration & Garage Sale!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our Harmony Day Celebration & Garage Sale! We hope that you enjoyed rummaging through the garage sale and watching our training choirs perform. The money raised will go a long way in helping fund our 20th Anniversary Celebrations and three upcoming tours!

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Visit from Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson

Last Wednesday our Anzac Tourers were paid an exciting visit by the Federal Minister for Veterans' Affairs & Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Centenary of Anzac - Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson.  Our Resonance of Birralee members were presented with shirts that they will proudly wear whilst representing Australia as part of the Anzac Commemorations on the Western Front in France this April.

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Crossing Countries Concert

Resonance of Birralee were delighted to collaborate with Norwegian choir KORiAUSTRALIA for the first concert of their Australian tour!

The two choirs delighted audiences on Saturday night in the beautiful Saint Andrew's Uniting Church.

We wish KORiAUSTRALIA the best for the rest of their tour!

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Our new piano!

Welcome to the newest member of the Birralee family! Now a permanent resident at our Bardon Headquarters (the piano...not Brendan). A big thank you to Kathy Sander - we know it has been a much loved instrument, and we'll ensure it continues to make beautiful music in its new home.

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Carolling at Gasworks!

Our first team of Resonance carollers in the swing at Gasworks - Merry Christmas!

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Carols in the City

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.

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Carols in Bardon

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!

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Christmas in the Creek

Our Birralee Singers (Thursday) perform at Christmas in the Creek, a community carols event in Albany Creek.  Congratulations on a wonderful final performance for 2014!

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Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise

A 5:30am start for these keen Singers who performed Christmas Carols for the Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise weather crosses this morning!  

Watch the video!

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Performance with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to VoB members who performed alongside the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No.3 on Saturday night! It was an honour to be involved in this momentous performance at which QSO farewelled their Chief Conductor, Johannes Fritzsch.

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Lord Mayor's Turning on of the Christmas Lights

King George Square Lighting of the Christmas Tree! 
"Thank you Singers (Saturday group) you were gorgeous! Bravo to soloists too...Great job. You looked very festive in your Chrissy red! Shame Mother Nature decided to bowl a few million ice balls on our sound check last night, but your beautiful singing made up for it!" - Julie Christiansen, Conductor



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Trivia Fundraising Night

On Saturday night the VoB Headquarters in Bardon were home to 140 trivia goers who enjoyed a night of food, drinks and tricky questions.  The Trivia Night raised over $3000 for our Anzac Tour to France in 2015!

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G20 Global Cafe Gala

Resonance of Birralee wowed the guests at the G20 Global Cafe Gala Dinner with Paul Holley's arrangement of You're the Voice! 

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Birralee Celebrates 2014

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!


Click HERE to view the Concert Programme.

A special Congratulations to the reciepients of the following Membership Awards:

Fifteen Year Award
Andrew Messenger

Ten Year Award
Amirah Farrell, Daniel O'Regan, Madeleine Price, Duncan Peake, Lauren Elvery, Tess Holley, Bridie O'Regan

Five Year Award
Isabelle Fassbind, Tom Carroll, Anders Hall, Mark Connors, Juliette Bignal, Chelsea Crawford, Erin Cunliffe, Bianca Iacopetta, Arcadia Lynch, Libby Lynch, Kate Van Bruggen, Hannah Wilson, Grace Nakamura, Francesca Masel, Lauren Woolrych, Joanna Craddy, Cody Hargreaves, Nicholas Hargreaves, Kimmi Holmes, Katie Leader, Valentina Di Gregorio, Orlando Di Gregorio

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Lord Mayor's Business Awards

Resonance of Birralee joined with Georgia Mae and a string orchestra to create a sensational performance at the 

Lord Mayor's Business Awards. 

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Four Leaders VIP Dinner

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.

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VoB appointed for choral services on ANZAC Day in France!

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Falling Back to Earth - GOMA Exhibition Launch

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.

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