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From Julie

Looking towards 2019! 

We can't believe we're getting close to the end of 2018, with just a few more rehearsals and choral commitments left for the year!

As we look towards next year, I'd like to share some news regarding our artistic team and ensembles. 

Birralee Kids & Piccolos
The main change in our training choirs is that Katherine Ruhle and Debbie Daley, both incredibly talented conductors, will be swapping, with Debbie conducting the Birralee Piccolos and Katherine conducting the Birralee Kids next year. 

Birralee Singers
I'm excited to welcome Lou Wall to the position of Assistant Conductor of the Birralee Singers. Lou has been a Choir Manager with Birralee for many years, first with the Birralee Kids and most recently, as a manager for the Birralee Singers. I look forward to working with Lou and the energy and talent she will bring to the role. 

Resonance of Birralee 
In our signature ensembles, Resonance of Birralee will be evolving, led by current Conductor Paul Holley OAM. He will be supported by an artistic team to include Conductor Peter Ingram, current Accompanist, Brendan Murtagh, new Assistant Conductor Clare Finlayson, with additional staffing to be announced early next year. Peter Ingram has conducted our Birralee Recycled choir for three years, is the current Head of Music at Brisbane Grammar School and is highly regarded for his choral work throughout Australia. Clare has been involved with Birralee as a chorister for 15 years, was assistant conductor for the Birralee Singers and is a Choral Director at Brisbane Girls Grammar. 

The reason for the development of this Resonance Artistic Team is to accommodate for the decision to divide Resonance of Birralee into two groups based on ages; 17 - 24 and 25 to 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. For the first time in a while, we have some room for new applications, particularly for men in the older ensemble.

Paul has communicated this change in detail to our current members, but if anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Paul directly. 

Birralee Blokes 
We are excited to welcome William Brown to join the Birralee Blokes as Assistant Conductor in 2019, working alongside Conductor Paul Holley and Accompanist Justine Favell. William was a member of Resonance of Birralee for seven years and is currently a Music Teacher and Coordinator of Choral Music at St Laurence's College. 

That is all the news for now! Please note enrolments are now open for all ensembles, and those who are current members must re-enrol for next year. Click the below button to do so. 

We'll be in touch soon with our final Birralee Billboard for the year - a Christmas edition - as we get ready to celebrate the end of 2018! 

Julie Christiansen OAM
Founder & Artistic Director 
Voices of Birralee   
Enrol now to sing with Birralee in 2019!
Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols 

Experience the joy of Christmas at Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens from 4pm on Saturday 8 December. 
The free carols event, will involve our Brisbane Birralee Voices, alongside a variety of Australia's most renowned singers and entertainers as they ignite the big stage in this joyous and magical celebration of Christmas. 
South Bank Christmas Village 

Join our Birralee Singers singing as part of South Bank Christmas Village's calender of events. They will perform from 4pm - 6pm on Sunday 16 December

The Lights of St Stephens

The Birralee Blokes will perform Christmas Carols from 6.30pm on Friday 14 December on the lawn of St Stephen's Cathedral. 
A Christmas Spectacular 

Resonance of Birralee joins Brisbane Excelsior Band, and, all the way from Tonga, the Tupou College Brass Band, for an extravagant night of festive celebrations. The concert will be held at 6pm (doors 5.30pm) on Saturday 15 December at The Old Museum. Tickets
The Nutcracker 

A women's chorus from Voices of Birralee will add to the magic of the annual Queensland Ballet's The Nutcracker, with music by Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The Nutcracker runs from 14 - 22 December at QPAC's Lyric Theatre. Tickets

Spirit of Christmas

BBV will perform at QPAC's Spirit of Christmas from 21 - 22 December, which has become a cherished annual tradition. The concert includes a host of special guests, embracing the spirit of Christmas and its messages of Peace, Love and Joy. Tickets
Around town shout-out! 
(non-Birralee event) 

Ceremony of Carols

The annual 'Ceremony of Carols' will be held at 7pm, Sunday 9 December at St Brigid’s Church, Musgrave Road, Red Hill. This is a traditional candle-lit service, beginning with candle-light only, and carols to follow, with supper and live music after the service. Funds will be raised on the night for the Jubilee Parish Refugee Support Group and to support the music at St Brigid's. 

Congratulations to our choristers on their highlights! 
Katja Bain (BBV) has been voted Yeronga State High School Cultural Captain for 2018. She also achieved 'top of the subject' for Social and Community Studies and Drama.

Amy Bernays (BBV) received an Academic Award for Music and will be a Prefect in 2019. She was also recently awarded a High Distinction for her AMEB 8th Grade Viola Exam. 

Elliott Beauchamp (Birralee Blokes and pictured right) was named the Middle School Musician of the Year at the Ambrose Treacy College Night of Excellence. He also recently released his first original track with a friend on Spotify, YouTube and Triple J Unearthed. Look out for "Push me into the Fire" by Liquid Chrome

Cameron Bryer (Blokes, and pictured right), was recently presented a cheque by the Holland Park RSL to help with his fundraising for the 2019 Europe Tour. 

Jasmine Davison (Birralee Singers) received Honours for her AMEB Grade 5 Violin Exam in November. It has been a big year with Jasmine having also received Honours for her Grade 4 Violin Exam in March. She is looking forward to joining the Kelvin Grove State College Music Excellence program next year. 

Angus Bryer (BBV and pictured right) achieved Honours in his Grade 3 AMEB Singing Exam. 

Laura Edwards (BBV) has been announced School Captain for The Gap State High School in 2019.

Madeline Harper (BBV) has been elected St Paul's School Drama Captain for 2019.
Emily Moore (BBV and pictured right) competed at the Australian Physie and Dance Association (APDA) Champion Girl competition in Sydney on 28 October. She placed 1st in the 13-15 Years Novice. Emily is the National Champion in the 13-15 Years Novice.

Fraser Stott (Birralee Singers) was awarded second prize in the St Peters Solo Voice Festival, and a Principal’s Award for enthusiasm for learning. 

Henry Hillier (BBV) participated in the State School Cricket Championships in Townsville in November and will also compete in the State Under 13 Cricket Carnival on the Gold Coast in December. Henry was also recently awarded an Academic Excellence prize and The Jack Duff Trophy for most outstanding Leadership and Co-Curricular student in Year 6.

Hannah Boon (BBV) received Honours for both AMEB Clarinet Grade 2 and Piano Grade 2 exams. She was awarded the High Achievement Award for her school choir.


Sahra Pattel-Brown, Edith Putt, Jesse Pattel-Brown and Esther Putt (Birralee Kids & Singers - Saturday) participated in the JDRF Walk 'Turning Type One into Type None'. They walked for Team Sahra to raise $2,900 for medical research to find a cure for Type One Diabetes.

Do you have a highlight?
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In November 29 choristers ventured to France to sing at the Centenary of the First World War Armistice. Read about their journey here

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