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From Julie

Thanks for a great start to term 4! 

October was a very busy month with two tours and one about to get underway! 

It began with a group of eight choristers touring Kazakhstan with conductor Paul Holley to sing at the International Choir Festival - Voice of Astana. Congratulations to those involved and the finale concert can be watched here

In mid-October, I was honoured to lead our choristers who had sung at the Centenary of the Battle of Hamel, to Ballarat to play a special part in the 75th anniversary of 
Australian work on Hellfire Pass and the completion of the Thai–Burma Railway. While a great focus of our program has been on WW1 over the past few years as part of our commitment to the Department of Veterans' Affairs, it was insightful to learn more about Australia's involvement in WW2 through this short tour. The service was broadcast live and can be viewed here

Our final tour for the year is coming up, with 29 choristers and a group of excited accompanying parents/partners meeting in Paris this Sunday to prepare for the Centenary of the First World War Armistice on Sunday 11 November. This will be a moving event, with notions of celebrations, channelling the relief and joy that would have been felt 100 years ago when WW1 finally ended. I'm looking forward to conducting this choir with Jenny Moon and we'll share details of how to watch the service from home, very soon. 

Finally, a special thank you to everyone who attended our Trivia Fundraising Night to support our Western Front Anzac Centenary Touring Project. We'll announce the final fundraising tally once our online silent auction concludes on 19 November. We are so grateful to those who attended, donated items to raffle/auction and to those who helped on the night. A special thank you to Allan, Neil, John, Brad and Rosemary from Ashgrove - The Gap Lions Club for helping us host. 

More soon! 

Julie Christiansen OAM
Founder & Artistic Director 
Voices of Birralee   

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Our Armistice Centenary Choir will tour France from 4 - 12 November! Here's where they'll be and you can follow the daily blog

6.30pm Monday 5 November 2018 
Ravivage de la Flamme sous l'Arc de Triomphe, Paris

7pm Tuesday 6 Nov 2018 
Concert, Église Saint-Vaast, Bailleul

6.30pm Wednesday 7 Nov 2018 
Concert, Village Hall, Fouilloy
6.30pm Friday 9 Nov 2018 
Concert, Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Allonville 

10.30am Sunday 11 Nov 2018 
Centenary of the First World War Armistice, Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux
Our Birralee Kids are invited to 'Bring a friend' to one of the following rehearsals, allowing them to show their friend why they love singing, with the friend encouraged to participate. 

4pm - 5pm Wednesday 7 Nov 2018, Voices of Birralee HQ, Bardon 

1.30pm - 2:30pm Saturday 17 Nov 2018, Eagle Junction State School 

(Parents of "friends" attending are required to complete an attendance form provided by Voices of Birralee)
An afternoon of animal fun, singing and a short concert by the Piccolos. Along with family, the Piccolos are welcome to bring a friend (aged Prep - Year One) to experience what it's like singing with Birralee. 

Who: Birralee Piccolos, their families and friends 
When: 1.30pm - 2.30pm, Saturday 17 Nov 2018 
Where: Eagle Junction State School
Alondra Conducts Mahler 3 
Featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with Voices of Birralee choristers drawn from Resonance of Birralee and Brisbane Birralee Voices. 

When: 7.30pm Saturday 24 Nov 2018 
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC 
JACOB ANDERSON (Blokes) was selected for the QLD U15 Hockey Squad. 

CAMERON BRYER (Blokes) recently completed an Opera Queensland workshop where he sang “Stay Prince” from Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas" at QPAC's Playhouse. 

LILY HOGER (BBV) represented her school, Mueller College, at SHEP in the October school holidays participating in the Betty Beath Vocal Ensemble as a Soprano.

JOSH PHILLIPS (Blokes) is receiving the St Paul's Auditioned Choir Ensemble Award for 2018.
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Thank you to our Trivia Fundraising Night Donors! 
Accor Hotels/Sofitel
Allan Turner (Ashgrove - The Gap Lions Club) 
Australia Zoo 
Brad & Karen Hume (Ashgrove - The Gap Lions Club) 
BWS Ashgrove West
Carols Gift Baskets Ashgrove
Cheesecake Shop Ashgrove
David & Cecily Hall (Ashgrove - The Gap Lions Club)
Frescos Fruit and Vegetables
Goodlife Health Club Bardon
The Honourable Kate Jones MP
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Neil Phillips (Ashgrove - The Gap Lions Club)
McGuires Super Cellars Ashgrove

Precision Cuts The Gap
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Super Butcher
BP The Gap
The Green Mango West Ashgrove
The School Locker
Treasury Wines Estates
Zegatos Café Ashgrove Golf Club
Trivia prize - Paying it forward!!! 

We were delighted to hear the winner of the bike donated by The Honourable Kate Jones MP was friend to Birralee, Peter Cooper who is a member of Ashgrove - The Gap Lions Club. Peter has decided the bike will be donated to a student at Milpera State High School. Peter noted: "The school caters for non-English speaking students, including children of parents who are seeking asylum. The bike will go to a student who ordinarily could never expect to own a shiny, new, red and pretty cool bike." 
Western Suburbs String Orchestra Ashgrove The Gap Lions Club Western District Gymnastics Music Beat
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Discover what eight of our choristers got up to in Kazakhstan! Read the blog about touring and singing in the multicultural city of Astana! 

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