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.

Resonance performs at a wide range of events including concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra and have performed with high profile Australian and international artists including John Farnham, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano and Josh Groban. 

Another major highlight during Resonance of Birralee's 13 year history has been many choristers being selected from the choir to represent Voices of Birralee and Australia singing at the First World War Centenary Commemorations on the Western Front from 2015 - 2018. 

The choir has also achieved international recognition earning Gold and Silver medals at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria, while taking part in many CD recording projects.

Resonance of Birralee's 2019 evolution!

In 2019, Resonance experienced an exciting evolution, with the choir dividing into two groups based on ages; 18 - 24 and 25 - 35. This is both for rehearsal and some performance purposes, however, there will still be many times throughout the year where Resonance of Birralee will perform as a whole.


This change will allow Resonance to continue to maintain its high standard as an aspiring choir for our younger choristers and those outside our organisation, while also providing room for growth. 


The ensembles will be conducted by an Artistic Team, led by reputable conductors Paul Holley OAM and Peter Ingram.


Scroll down to keep reading more about Resonance of Birralee's history and key information. You can also click here to enrol. 

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Resonance of Birralee perform at Voices of Birralee's Poppies & Poems concert at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, in Septmber 2018. Photo: Darren Thomas 

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 


Administration Anwen Towne

Volunteer Team

Choir Managers:        Sue Holley & Jaye Curtis



Formal:     Black formal outfit                         

Informal:                           Back trousers/socks/shoes, black Birralee polo shirt ($35)


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. As at March 2022, there is a waiting list for sopranos and altos. Places are available for tenors and basses.

Fee information: Please refer to information here.  

Enrolment: Please click here to enrol for 2022.  


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 

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 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). 

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) 

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