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From Julie

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

What a huge year! From performing in the Commonwealth Games to being a part of three overseas tours and one interstate, with many incredible events and concerts in between, 2018 has certainly delivered wonderful experiences for our choristers. 

And even though this is the final Birralee Billboard for 2018, there's still a few events left, with our Resonance of Birralee, BBV, Birralee Blokes and Birralee Singers a part of festive events right up until Christmas.

A special mention must go to our choir (made up of BBV and Birralee Singers) who performed at the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols on Saturday night. It was a stand out program and our choristers did us proud. Thank you to our conductors and volunteer team for their contribution to rehearsals, especially during the performance week. 

Thank you to our choristers for their commitment shown this year and to the ongoing work of our conductors, accompanists, office team and volunteers. Many of the events this year would not have been possible without your talent, organisational skills and enthusiasm.  

Make sure you check out this month's blog wrapping up 'the year that was' and also the final chorister highlights of the year via the below. 

We look forward to seeing you bright and well after the break, and for those choristers who haven't already, make sure you re-enrol for next year via the below button. 

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! 

Julie Christiansen OAM
Founder & Artistic Director 
Voices of Birralee   

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HOURS: Please be aware that Birralee HQ will be closed from Monday 17 December until Tuesday 29 January. Whilst emails will be checked, this will not be on a regular basis. 
Enrol now to sing with Birralee in 2019!

We would like to wish Amirah Farrell all the very best wishes as she leaves Birralee to accept her dream job at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra. Birralee has been a large part of Amirah's life since 2005, singing with Brisbane Birralee Voices and most recently with Resonance of Birralee. While studying at the University of Queensland, Amirah joined Birralee’s office team in 2014 to assist with choir administration, particularly for the Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee, along with tour organisation. During her time with Birralee she has had many highights including touring Austria, Italy, Belgium, France and Kazakhstan. Amirah recently completed her thesis in palaeoecology. We wish her all the very best on her next adventure. Amirah you've been an amazing part of our team and we will miss you!


Congratulations to our choristers who sang at the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols. The livestream of the concert will be available to watch here until mid-January (pics below by Tony Forbes) 
Carols by Twilight 

Join our Birralee Singers performing at Carols by Twilight at River Quay Green, South Bank. They will perform from 6pm - 8pm on Sunday 16 December. The event is free to attend. 

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. The event is free to attend. 
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 Christmas spirit and its messages of Peace, Love and Joy. Tickets
Congratulations to our choristers on their highlights! 
Luka Wall (Birralee Singers and pictured right) has been selected to be School Captain at Patricks Road State School for 2019. 

Carl Flottmann (Birralee Blokes) received the Year 10 subject prize for Music at West Moreton Anglican College. More highlights include Carl being accepted into Queensland Youth Orchestra 2 on trumpet for 2019, while also being accepted into UQ Maths camp which will take place in January. 

Sidney Alloway (Birralee Singers) recently achieved a place on viola in Queensland Youth Orchestra Junior String Ensemble. She also was announced as Service Captain of The Springfield Anglican College Primary at their recent Speech Night.
Minami Graham (Birralee Singers) received an Academic Achievement Award for Grade 6 at Kenmore South State School.

Erryn van Heerden (Birralee Singers and pictured right) has sadly bid the Saturday Birralee Singers goodbye. Erryn joined Birralee only in 2017, but will be taking a break in 2019 when she goes camping around Australia. She will be back in 2020. She would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and send warmest Christmas wishes to everyone. 

Alumni news! Zach Price (former Birralee Bloke) will play the lead role as Frederick Frankenstein in the musical Young Frankenstein, produced by Phoenix Ensemble. Check out the details here

Trinity Becka (BBV) will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Sailing Trip in February. Other exciting news includes Trinity being awarded Honours for her AMEB Grade 3 Singing (Classical) Exam, being selected for the Senior School musical of  "My Fair Lady" as part of the Ensemble for the Group scenes to be performed in May 2019 and receiving a Merit Award for Excellence for Greek Language, Junior High School, Year 8, from the Greek Ethnic School, Mt Gravatt.

Do you have a chorister highlight? Email to be included in the first Birralee Billboard of 2019! 

Attention music teachers in the Birralee community! 

Voices of Birralee manages the annual Queensland Youth Music Awards, to be held 1 May - 6 June 2019. 

The competition has run for 52 years and celebrates giving students in both primary and secondary schools the opportunity to explore their choral and instrumental music, in a supportive environment. 

If you're interested in being a part of QYMA in 2019, check out the info
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


What a year! Congratulations everyone on your achievements! Read all the highlights here

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