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We hope you've had an awesome holiday and are ready for Semester 2 next week! 

A huge thanks must go to everyone involved in the Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival last weekend! These types of events are massive and rely on a group effort from everyone involved from having choristers with a great attitude to dedicated conductors, along with event organisers, stage managers, assistants, caterers and more! So, thank you to all involved and we look forward to having another successful event in three years! Make sure you check out our blog with a 'behind the scenes' video from the event! 

We're getting close to our next six-week Birralee Recycled project beginning this Monday (10 July) and we'd love to have as many people involved as possible! It's only $85 for the project which includes tuition from conductor Peter Ingram, who will be accompanied by Brendan Murtagh. It's an incredible opportunity and we can't wait to see this group come together! Sign up today here.  

Read on for more information and date claimers on what's coming up in Semester Two! 

Until next time, 

Julie Christiansen OAM
Founder & Artistic Director 
Voices of Birralee   
Enrol to sing with us for September 2!

Occupation: Barrister

Why did you sign up to sing with Birralee Recycled? My daughter joined Piccolos this year and I thought it would be good for her to be able to see me singing in a choir too. 
My daughter and niece sing in different Birralee choirs.

Level of music experience? High, but very outdated. I did a lot of music through highschool and university and almost did it professionally, but then took a different path.

Favourite type of music? I have varied tastes, depending on my mood and instrument. Piano, I prefer Romantics, particularly Chopin Nocturnes, Richard Strauss for French Horn, for vocals I like harmony and power, so anything from Gregorian Chants, to Verdi Requiem or Beethoven's 9th. If I'm just listening, then any of the above or Beatles/ Beach Boys/ Queen. I'm not really a fan of Top 20 mass produced "music".

Occupation: Teacher

Why did you sign up? I used to love singing in the choir at school and I generally like to sing.

Do you have an association already with Birralee? My son Andrew is in the Birralee Blokes.

Your level of music experience, if any? Grade 6 Piano. 

What are you looking forward to? Being in a choir again.

Favourite type of music? I like all music except rap. Country pop is among my favourites including Shania Twain, Olivia Newton John and Anne Murray. I love musicals especially The Sound of Music. 

Occupation: Mother and volunteer at my childrens’ school

Why did you sign up? I always wanted to join a choir and a friend (Melanie Stott) asked me to join.

What is your musical experience, if any? Not very much. I just have a love of music.

What are you looking forward to about the experience? Just learning to sing because it is something I always wanted to do and something fun.

What type of music do you enjoy? I like music across every genre. My favourite singers at the moment are Adele, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson. I love music – everything from Tibetan chanting to Slim Dusty to Beethoven’s `Ode to Joy’.


20 August: The Young & The Recycled Concert 
6pm. Claver Theatre, All Hallows' School 
Feat. Birralee Singers, Birralee Recycled & Western Front Centenary Choir (Belgium). 

27 August: Young Voices Festival 
3pm. Our Lady of the Angels School, Wavell Heights
Feat. Birralee Kids

9 September: Voices of Birralee Trivia Night 
6.30pm. Birralee HQ, Bardon 
Feat. the Birralee community with funds raised for Voices of Birralee's touring projects 



Help us raise funds for our touring project simply through buying an Entertainment Book or digital membership. Details here
Poppy Mug Fundraiser! 

We recently launched a fundraiser with these beautiful Poppy Mugs!

The Ashdene Porcelain Poppy Mugs are made in Australia, with artwork by Jenny K Phillips, Australia's leading botanical artist.

The $15 mugs make great gifts (Mother's Day perhaps?), with proceeds going towards our Western Front Anzac Centenary Choir Touring Project. 

Purchase here
Lachlan Guilfoyle, 18, Birralee Blokes
University of Queensland 

When did you join Voices of Birralee? I joined Birralee back in the Piccolos around 2005, because my parents made me. At a young age I thought singing was uncool and I wouldn't fit in with other kids. Over time I learnt how much I love singing and as a result, I am studying classical voice at the University of Queensland. I joined Blokes probably in 2013-14, and it was being with a great bunch of guys that are so similar to you but at the same time so extroverted that makes you really appreciate how singing can bring a bunch of strangers together. 

Favourite songs in Birralee's repertoire? For Blokes it has to be Nothin' Like a Dame and Drunken Sailor from the 20th anniversary concert.

What do you enjoy about singing with Birralee? I love singing, so singing with a bunch of blokes that have the same passion is really special. The friends you make along the way with Birralee are lifelong friends.

Why do you sing? I just enjoy singing especially in an environment like the Blokes. I have just started my journey at UQ doing a Bachelor of Music and studying the voice. At the moment I don't know what I want to do with music. But for me it's something I love, so why not do it at uni while you figure out what you really want to do with your life, because currently I'm unsure.
Jaspin Chamberlain-Kent, 13, Birralee Singers
St Patrick's College 

When did you join Voices of Birralee and why? I joined back in 2015 when my choir teacher at primary school recommended me to Birralee and I was given a scholarship.

Favourite pieces? My favourite songs are Take to the Sky, Be With Me, Orange Tree, Shule A Grah and the Latin one, I Te Deum.

What do you enjoy about singing? I like getting together with all the children on the weekend rehearsing. I love how it all sounds when it finally comes together. The songs are interesting and we learn heaps of them. The tours are really cool too and so are the concerts. I like that I don't feel judged for singing there and it's really relaxing and fun.

Why do you sing and where do you hope music will take you? My family are always singing so I've always sung. Apparently I'm ok at it. I really enjoy singing and I can't imagine not doing it. I plan to become a full time singer but not like Justin Beiber :)
Our Facebook community group allows 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 here

On the blog! 

Thanks to everyone involved in Pemulwuy! Here's a look behind the scenes of the eventful weekend! Read on

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