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We're almost at the end of February and have lots to report! 

Rehearsals have begun well and it's great to see our choristers' enthusiasm after the Christmas and New Year break! 

We're getting ready for a number of significant events for 2017 and this includes our Anzac Day Commemoration Choir in full rehearsal mode for April's tour to France. The choir had its focus weekend in January, and will perform in public for the first time at Camerata- Classique at QPAC next Friday, 3 March (tickets here). 

Tickets are now on sale for our first two concerts of the three-part Voices from the Trenches Choral Festival. The first concert will be held at St Laurence's College on 18 March featuring our Birralee Singers, Blokes and Anzac Day Commemoration Choir, along with a number of Brisbane school ensembles. Read on for further information, and make sure you grab your tickets. 

And on the note of the festival, this month's blog is about what it will involve, which will include telling the stories of some of our Anzacs who fought in the Somme, France in the First World War. We also invite members of our community to come forward if you have any stories to share. Check out the blog here and email us if you'd like to be involved. 

Finally, there are still places available to sing across our choirs, so please help us spread the word, with information on our website

Until next time,

Julie Christiansen OAM
Artistic Director & Founder
Voices of Birralee   
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Voices from the Trenches Choral Festival 
Voices from the Trenches begins this March, featuring Voices of Birralee and Brisbane choirs, honouring our Anzacs through music. This festival is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through the Anzac Centenary Grants Program. 

Join Voices of Birralee's Birralee Singers, Birralee Blokes, and Anzac Day Commemoration Choir, with choirs from Ambrose Treacy College, Bardon State School, Graceville State School, Hillcrest Christian College, St Patrick's College and Samford State School for an emotive evening of music.

Where: ER Performing Arts Centre, St Laurence's College 
When: 6pm Saturday 18 March, 2017 
Price: Adult $20 / Conc. $15 / Children FREE 
Tickets: here.


Join Voices of Birralee's Brisbane Birralee Voices and Birralee Blokes with Toowoomba school and community choirs; Downlands College, Fairholme College, Gabbinbar State School, Middle Ridge State School, Glennie School, Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir and Toowoomba Grammar School at the Empire Theatre for an afternoon of incredible music. 

Where: The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba 
When: 3pm, Sunday 28 May 2017
Price: Empire Card Holder $19.50 / Adults $25 / Conc. $19.50 / Child U15. $15 / Groups 10+ $21.50
Tickets: here

DATE CLAIMER: The third concert of this three-part festival will be held as the finale to the Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival on 2 July at QPAC. Tickets on sale soon. 

Aidan Mildwaters, Band Captain at Rainworth State School
Chloe Edgar, School Captain at The Gap State School
Charlie McBride, Music Captain at Oxley State School
Eleanor Bryant, Student Performing Arts Captain (drama/musical theatre group)
Gabriel Fonacier, Music Captain, Eagle Junction State School
Genevieve Preston-Stewart, Year 5 Peer Mediator at Greenslopes State School 
Renee Toy-Wagner, Student Advisory Councillor for year 7

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Our valuable volunteers 
Dominik Suschinsky
Manager Birralee Blokes

What do you do outside of Birralee?
I work for the Queensland Ambulance Service and I cook for a hobby, including competing in Brisbane's EKKA. 

What do you enjoy about volunteering with Birralee? I like how everyone has a smile and a willingness to give a helping hand where ever it is needed. I also love the music we make.

Are you musical? I don't have any musical ability, however I did perform with Birralee Recycled last year - It was a total buzz.
Our passionate choristers 
Kerry Pickering, 26, Resonance of Birralee
Occupational Therapist

When did you join Voices of Birralee and why? I joined three years ago because I love to sing! I was always involved in instrumental music and choir throughout high school but put it on hold while I was at uni. Once I'd finished uni I wanted to be making music again (singing by myself in the shower doesn't count!) and my violin skills were so rusty I wouldn't have been accepted into any orchestra! Luckily I could still read music and I'd never put away my voice (just ask my husband!!) so I auditioned for Resonance of Birralee, which I knew about through my best friend Lucy! 

What are your favourite songs in Birralee's repertoire? 
I enjoy a range of pieces. There's something so special about singing an absolute classical masterpiece alongside an orchestra, and also something so fun about singing contemporary (or pop!!) songs too. The high standard of staff is just incredible. We are so lucky to be conducted by someone as talented as Paul, and to be accompanied by a virtuoso such as Brendan!! 

Why do you sing and where do you plan on taking your music? 
I sing because I am happy, sad, frustrated, excited, reflective, confident, scared..... all number of emotions can be expressed in song. I love sharing that with other singers and with the audience. I've already enjoyed some incredible opportunities such as singing in France for Anzac Day, with many more to look forward to! 
We've re-launched our Facebook community group allowing our Birralee Members, and those closely connected with our organisation, to buy, swap or sell items that are related to our music interests.

This is a great platform to connect as a community and to sell any unneeded uniforms, or instruments, and lots more. Before posting in the group, please review the terms of use, and view the group

Voices of Birralee has been banking with Bank of Queensland for a number of years and because of this great relationship, our local branch would like to invite Birralee members looking for a new fee free everyday account to get in touch. For every 10 accounts opened, the branch will donate $100 to our Western Front Anzac Centenary Choir touring project! 

The account includes a 
free Visa Debit Card with limited overseas fees attached. Great for those touring next year and beyond to get their travel funds sorted. 

For more information, contact 
Julie Johnson at BOQ, Windsor:
Homezone Centre, Shop 103, 142 Newmarket Road 
(07) 3861 0922  or

On the blog! 

We discuss our Voices from the Trenches Choral Festival and the importance of commemorating our Anzacs. We invite you to be involved! Read on

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