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From Julie

Coming up in April and May! 

Ciao from Italy! The team at Birralee are having a lovely time in Europe, experiencing the history and culture of these amazing cities. The choristers are performing extraordinarily and we
 are excited for the Anzac Day performance at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux. We will send through the performance times for you to tune in on Thursday 25 April, once the ABC has released their schedule.

Until then, we invite you to keep up with the daily blogs from Europe, written by Ally Dunk and Joshua Clifford, who are among our 72 touring choristers. Follow their exciting journey through Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, and France here.

We would also like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter and are looking forward to seeing you all in term two, with rehearsals beginning next week!

Kind regards, 


Julie Christiansen OAM
Founder & Artistic Director 
Voices of Birralee   
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COMING UP! 
Basement Jaxx VS The Metropolitan Orchestra 

When: Thursday 18 April 2019 
Who: Birralee Singers 
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC
Tickets: Here

More information: 10 of our Birralee Singers will perform with Duo Basement Jaxx 

 
St Laurence's Brotherhood Anniversary Concert

When: Thursday 9 May 2019 

Who: Birralee Blokes
Where: ERPAC, St Laurence's College

More information to come soon

 
NEXT GEN - Resonance of Birralee in concert

When: 
6pm, Saturday 11 May 2019 
Who: Resonance of Birralee
Where: The Great Hall, Brisbane Grammar School
Tickets: Here

 
Queensland Pops Orchestra's Celtic Mist 

When: 2.30pm or 7.30pm, Saturday 18 May 2019 

Who: Birralee Blokes & BBV
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC
Tickets: Here
Cupcake & Cushion Concert

When: 2.30pm, Sunday 26 May 2019 

Who: Birralee Piccolos, Kids & Singers
Where: Draney Theatre, Marist College Ashgrove
Tickets: On sale soon 

 
FOCUS ON OUR PEOPLE 
CASEY DUNCAN, ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATOR AND RESONANCE OF BIRRALEE CHORISTER

Casey became involved with Voices of Birralee in 2014 joining as part of Resonance of Birralee and the administration team.
What brought you to Birralee and when? I first became involved with Birralee in 2014 when I helped out at the Birralee Celebrates concert at City Hall. Experiencing both the choristers’ enthusiasm and quality of performance inspired me greatly and I have been involved in various capacities in the office and as a chorister in Resonance ever since!

What do you enjoy about your work? It is fulfilling to be part of an awesome team that brings rewarding musical experiences to children and young adults. I am grateful to get to work with wonderful people across all aspects of the organisation – from the office and artistic team to the choristers themselves.


 
What makes Birralee a unique organisation? In addition to the wonderful music that is made, Birralee offers a sense of community that is difficult to find elsewhere. Beyond the rehearsal room, choristers and their families often make long lasting friendships and connections which I think is really beautiful.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? My activities outside of work usually involve running a charity based in Nepal, tutoring refugees, writing music for concert bands and studying.

What is something interesting about you that not many people know? I have a neurological condition called synaesthesia, where the brain associates everything with colours. Google it! 
CHORISTER HIGHLIGHTS


Some of our touring choristers were featured in media stories over the last couple of weeks! Alanah Kennedy and Lily Forbes share why singing at the Anzac Day Dawn Service is important to them. Read Alanah's feature here and Lily's story here
Bruno Hickey from BBV has had an exciting start to the holidays, with Bruno recently competing in the World Scholar’s Cup. Bruno received a gold medal for history and two silver medals for debating and writing. His team came third in the Team Challenge, fourth in the team bowl and received a gold medal for debating.

Bruno was also invited to the ABC Radio Brisbane studio on Monday morning to chat live on air to Rebecca Levingston about his thoughts on politics. 



Congrats to Sim Patrick Cajurao for receiving the Musician Award in 2018 at McDowall State School! Sim has also achieved an A on his Grade 4 Violin AMEB. He is part of the Birralee Singers in the Saturday group.
Do you have a Chorister Highlight to share? Be included in May's Birralee Billboard by emailing marketing@birralee.org. 
Do you have Birralee uniforms you or your children have grown out of? Or are you looking for second-hand uniforms? Our Community Noticeboard is a great place to buy, sell or swap items relevant to our members. Check out our Facebook Community Noticeboard

ON THE BLOG 

Follow our tourers' epic journey through Europe in the daily blog. Read more

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