Voices of Birralee celebrates 2016, with special guest Ellen Reed

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VOICES of Birralee’s highly anticipated Birralee Celebrates 2016 concert, will feature all ensembles on Sunday 6 November, while welcoming special guest, Birralee alumna and The Voice AU grand finalist, Ellen Reed.

The non-profit choral organisation, based in Bardon, will hold its end of year concert at St Peter's Lutheran College’s Performing Arts Centre, Indooroopilly.

Ellen, who sang with Voices of Birralee for seven years said she was very excited to be invited to take part in the concert.  

Read more here, with tickets available here.  

Voices of Birralee unites communities with 2017 Voices from the Trenches festival

Voices of Birralee will next year present Voices from the Trenches, a choral festival uniting the Brisbane, Toowoomba and wider communities in commemorating the World War One soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Somme, France.

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The festival, with three concerts between March and July, is proudly supported by the Queensland Government, from which the non-profit choral organisation was a recipient of a Queensland Anzac Centenary grant.

 

The festival will involve local school and community choirs performing in a concert in Brisbane (March) and Toowoomba (May), with the festival theming the finale of the 2017 Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival at QPAC, Brisbane (2 July).  


As part of the project, Voices of Birralee will commission two original commemorative choral pieces, and has launched a crowdfunding platform via Pozible to raise $4,000. You can donate or make a pledge here. 


Read more about the project here. 

Brisbane Birralee Voices embarks on NSW tour!

VOICES of Birralee will send its signature children’s choir, Brisbane Birralee Voices (BBV) to

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regional New South Wales

this month en route to the Bellingen Music Festival.


The choir, with around 50 choristers, aged from 12 – 17, will perform at community concerts in Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby and Hastings Point, with two performances at the festival from 20 – 24 September (concert details included on the next page).


Voices of Birralee’s Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM who conducts BBV, said the NSW tour was an exciting event to engage with various regional communities.

Read on for more information and concert details. 

Older-give-it-a-go choir Birralee Recycled gets set for exciting debut

AFTER six fun and exciting weeks of rehearsal, Brisbane’s newest adult community choir, Birralee Recycled, will have

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 its debut performance at concert, The Young & The Recycled on Sunday 11 September.

 

The 61-voice-ensemble which is part of the Bardon-based Voices of Birralee, will perform at All Hallows’ School, joined by youth choirs Brisbane Birralee Voices and the Birralee Blokes.

 

The event will also act as a sendoff for Brisbane Birralee Voices as the choir prepares for its New South Wales tour for the Belligen Music Festival in late September.

 

Birralee Recycled’s conductor Mr Peter Ingram, who is also Brisbane Grammar School’s Head of Music and conductor of the Grammarphone’s, said the choristers had been enjoying the experience immensely since their first rehearsal on 1 August.   


Tickets here, and read more here

We're launching an ‘older-give-it-a-go’ choir: Birralee Recycled

Bardon-based, Voices of Birralee will in August venture into new territory, launching an ‘older-give-it-a-go’ community choir, Birralee Recycled.

 

The youth choral organisation, which for more than 20 years has provided young people exceptional singing and development opportunities, is encouraging people to sign up to the new ensemble, no matter whether they have lots, little, or no public singing experience.

 

Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM said Birralee Recycled, which will begin rehearsing Monday 1 August, was created with Birralee’s alumni and parents in mind, as well as for anyone in the community interested in producing beautiful music, no matter their background.


Read more here and sign up here, with the FAQs, here

 

Brisbane’s Voices of Birralee to sing for the soldiers of Fromelles and Pozières

FIFTEEN Voices of Birralee choristers will this July pay tribute to the Australian soldiers who fought, with
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The choristers, aged between 18 and 34, will sing at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles and Pozières with centenary services on Tuesday 19 July and Saturday 23 July.

The trip is part of Voices of Birralee’s five-year commitment to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, where the Bardon-based choral organisation will provide choristers to sing at the Western Front commemorative events during the WW1 centenary period.

Read more here and any media enquiries can be directed to marketing@birralee.org. 

Voices of Birralee’s young adult choir celebrates 10 years of resonance!

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TEN years ago Resonance of Birralee was created to encourage choristers who had grown up singing in Voices of Birralee’s younger ensembles, or school choirs, to pursue what they loved.

 

In June, 2016, the choir will celebrate exceeding this goal, to also provide once in a lifetime opportunities to choristers, with the ensemble of more than 85 young adults, continuing to inspire communities across the world.

 

The ensemble will celebrate this milestone on Sunday, 5 June with a concert, Sante at the Joigny Theatre, Stuartholme School.

 

The afternoon, will reflect on the ensemble’s growth, which began in 2006, led by Voices of Birralee’s Associate Director Paul Holley OAM, and Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM. 


Read more here, and purchase tickets here

Voices of Birralee’s youngest choristers to debut at Cupcake & Cushion Concert

Voices of Birralee’s youngest ensembles, the Birralee Piccolos and Birralee Kids are getting ready for their
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The Birralee Piccolos, featuring choristers aged five to seven, and the Kids, with children aged seven to 10, will perform for their families and friends, with guest choir, the Birralee Blokes.

Voices of Birralee Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM said the annual concert gave the children the opportunity to showcase songs rehearsed, while encouraging the importance of goal setting.

Read more here, with tickets available here

Brisbane’s Voices of Birralee to pay tribute to the Western Front Anzacs


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THIS Anzac Day when you tune into the Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux, France, broadcast the world over, you will hear Brisbane’s Voices of Birralee Anzac Day Choir paying homage to World War One’s fallen, through what they do best – singing.

 

The ensemble from the Bardon-based organisation, conducted by Paul Holley OAM, will perform alongside the Royal Australian Air Force Band at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at The Australian National Memorial and later in the day at the Australian Service at the ‘Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt. 

 

Selected following a national competitive tender process in 2014, Voices of Birralee Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM said singing at sites of such enormous significance to Australia and Australians was a humbling and memorable experience.  


Read more here and purchase tickets to the choir's Dedication Service and Concert (11am, Sunday 3 April) here


Start the year on the right note by singing with Voices of Birralee

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BARDON-BASED choral organisation Voices of Birralee has opened its third round of applications, encouraging keen Brisbane singers to claim their place.

 

Voices of Birralee Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM encouraged those considering signing up to get in quick to make the most of the rehearsals beginning in early February.

 

“We have limited places available in our young training choirs, Birralee Piccolos, Birralee Kids and Birralee Singers, and we invite parents to think about how their children could benefit from singing with us this year,” she said. 


Read more here, or visit our sign up page

Voices of Birralee congratulates Paul Holley for his Australia Day Honour

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VOICES of Birralee has congratulated its Associate Director Paul Holley for receiving an Order of Australia Medal in the 2016 Australia Day Honours list.

Paul Holley OAM, who is the conductor of Resonance of Birralee and the Birralee Blokes was honoured for service to choral music, particularly in Queensland. 

Mr Holley joined the Bardon-based Voices of Birralee in 2003 and last April conducted the choral organisation’s first Anzac Day Commemoration Choir for ceremonies on the Western Front, France.

Read more here.  

Voices of Birralee brings singing families together this Christmas!


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BARDON-based choral organisation, Voices of Birralee is in December bringing its singing families together to sing at QPAC’s annual Spirit of Christmas concerts from 18-19 December.

As part of QPAC’s 30th anniversary celebrations the concerts will feature the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Brisbane Birralee Voices and a 250 voices Spirit of Christmas Choir, made up of the QPAC Choir, Brisbane Chorale and Voices of Birralee. 


Some of the Voices of Birralee families singing will include Anne O'Regan, a music teacher at The Gap State School who lives in Ferny Hills. She will sing with her two adult children, Daniel and Bridie, while Gap resident, Julie West will sing with her daughter, Jemma.


Read more here and tickets for the Spirit of Christmas concerts at QPAC’s Concert Hall are available from qpac.com.au or call 136 246.

Voices of Birralee celebrates rich 20-year history with QPAC concert


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IT HAS been an exciting and eventful 20 years since the Bardon-based choral organisation, Voices of Birralee began and this will all be celebrated when the choir performs an anniversary concert on 1 November.

 

Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM said the concert featuring Elena Kats-Chernin’s masterpiece The Gardens Symphony (written for the Queensland Music Festival) was an event not to be missed, with tickets on sale now.

 

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The concert, proudly sponsored by Brisbane City Council, will celebrate Voices of Birralee’s rich history and the people who have been an integral part of the journey.  

 

The concert will feature 400 singers from five to 35 years old, involving each of Voices of Birralee’s ensembles – the Birralee Piccolos, Birralee Kids, Birralee Singers, Brisbane Birralee Voices, Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee, with past members to make a special appearance, performing their favourite songs from their time with the choir.  


Read more here and tickets are $43.80 and can be purchased here

Voices of Birralee celebrates spring with community singers


SPRING is in the air with Brisbane-based choral organisation Voices of Birralee bringing together community choirs for

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 its Sounds of Spring concert on Saturday 5 September.

 

The concert will involve 200 singers from ensembles across Brisbane including the Gap’s men and women’s choir, Serenata Singers, Spring Hill chamber choir Choral Connection, the Corinda-based St Aidan’s Community Choir, with Bardon State School for a wonderful evening of spring-themed choral music. 

 

The concert will also feature Voices of Birralee’s Bardon-based ensembles, the Birralee Blokes and Birralee Singers on the eve of their tours to the Bunbury Men of Song Festival and The Meeting Place Tour of Tasmania.


Read more here, with tickets on sale here.  

Voices of Birralee explores the impacts of war in upcoming The Armed Man concert

BRISBANE choral organisation, Voices of Birralee will further connect with wartime heritage through its

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 ensemble, Resonance of Birralee’s upcoming concert, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

 

On Sunday 30 August, the ensemble, conducted by Paul Holley, will bring this powerful and emotive piece to life, which was written by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.  

 

The concert, held at the Gerhmann Theatre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, will feature 80 choristers from across Brisbane, accompanied by a chamber ensemble.

 

Mr Holley said songs that reflect on times of war had always played a significant part of Voices of Birralee’s program and he looked forward to sharing The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace with the community. 


Read more here and you can buy tickets here for this emotive afternoon of music. 

Voices of Birralee announced State Library of QLD grant recipient for WW1 digital project

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BRISBANE choral organisation, Voices of Birralee will use a $10,000 State Library of Queensland grant to build a creative project to commemorate Queensland’s involvement in the First World War, showcased through wartime songs and local stories.

 

The grant is one of 10 awarded to community-based organisations to build digital memorials of Queensland’s experience of the First World War using social media platform Historypin. 

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history. The platform allows users to explore and contribute photos, video and audio.

 

Read more about this project and how you can be involved here

 

Under One Sky - African Children's Choir Concert

Our Birralee Kids and Piccolos had a wonderful afternoon yesterday performing in Under One Sky with The African Children's Choir. Well done to all!
To see more photos visit our Facebook page --> Voices of Birralee

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Let your child discover their song with Voices of Birralee

BRISBANE’S Voices of Birralee believes every child has a song in their heart and that’s why the choral organisation is giving children a very special chance to discover this in July.

 

Voices of Birralee is offering two ‘come and try’ lessons for children aged five to 13 years where they can discover the calibre of teachers and the fun and creative environment which enhances the learning process.

 

The organisation’s Artistic Director and Founder Julie Christiansen OAM said singing was a valuable activity for children and the lessons provided a wonderful balance to academic achievements and for goal setting.

 

“At Voices of Birralee we live by the philosophy that every child has a song in their heart and singing is as important and natural for a child to do as walking, talking and dancing,” she said.

 

“Experienced conductors nurture each member within the ensembles and classes commence from five years of age, in three training choir levels; The Birralee Piccolos, The Birralee Kids and The Birralee Singers.”

 

Children can trial classes held at both Voices of Birralee’s site at 57 Carwoola Street, Bardon and at Eagle Junction State School, Clayfield.

 

Visit www.birralee.org or contact contact@birralee.org or 3367 1001 for more information and to register.

 

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Voices of Birralee, one of Australia’s foremost youth arts organisations, is a Brisbane-based non-profit child and youth choral organisation founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julie Christiansen, OAM. It comprises nine ensembles, which have attained a remarkable level of professionalism and are highly acclaimed by national and international audiences. In 2014, Voices of Birralee was successful in a nationwide bid to provide choral services for Anzac Commemoration Services on the Western Front, France from 2015.


For more information, photos, interviews or vision opportunities, please contact:

Maree Butterworth

Voices of Birralee

PR & Marketing Consultant

marketing@birralee.org

0402 083 060

Music Under One Sky

Thanks to Quest Community Newspapers for an excellent story in last week's Northside Chronicle featuring some of our youngest choristers who will be performing in Under One Sky on 28 June. 

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Side by Side Concert

Great performance this afternoon with these larrikins! The Birralee Blokes are warming up for Bunbury Men of Song.


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Interview with The Chronicle

"TOOWOOMBA tenor Will Darbyshire is about to go on a "life changing" trip to France.

He is a chorister in Voices of Birralee which has been selected to sing at Villers-Bretonneux in France on Anzac Day."

- The Chronicle

Click HERE to read the full story and watch an interview with one of our choristers, William Darbyshire.

MEDIA RELEASE - Voices of Birralee in fine tune for Western Front

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EASTER RAFFLE - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

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Thank you to everyone who bought or sold tickets for our Easter Raffle! 

The winners are....

1. BBQ - Knobloch Family2. Big Ted - J.Staron
3. Bodyboard - Charlie Heron
4. iPad Mini - Marloes Dekker
5. Butterflies Original Painting - Will Nicol
6. Adult Easter Hamper - Tristan West
7. Child Easter Hamper - Jenny Haines
8. Blokes Easter Hamper #1 - Leo Barbieri
9. Blokes Easter Hamper #2 - Dale Norris
10. Gourmet Hamper #1 - Donna Bullock
11. Gourmet Hamper #2 - L. Thomson
12. Chocolate Easter Hamper - J. Curtis

Happy Easter!

Anzac Commemoration Choir - 3 Weeks to go!

LESS THAN 3 WEEKS to go until our Voices of Birralee Anzac Commemoration Choir sets off for their tour to France! The group of young vibrant Queenslanders will be honoured to perform at the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Villers Bretonneux. 
Thank you to Tony Forbes for this photo of the group singing at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday.

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Harmony Day Celebration & Garage Sale!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our Harmony Day Celebration & Garage Sale! We hope that you enjoyed rummaging through the garage sale and watching our training choirs perform. The money raised will go a long way in helping fund our 20th Anniversary Celebrations and three upcoming tours!

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Visit from Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson

Last Wednesday our Anzac Tourers were paid an exciting visit by the Federal Minister for Veterans' Affairs & Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Centenary of Anzac - Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson.  Our Resonance of Birralee members were presented with shirts that they will proudly wear whilst representing Australia as part of the Anzac Commemorations on the Western Front in France this April.

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Crossing Countries Concert

Resonance of Birralee were delighted to collaborate with Norwegian choir KORiAUSTRALIA for the first concert of their Australian tour!

The two choirs delighted audiences on Saturday night in the beautiful Saint Andrew's Uniting Church.

We wish KORiAUSTRALIA the best for the rest of their tour!

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Our new piano!

Welcome to the newest member of the Birralee family! Now a permanent resident at our Bardon Headquarters (the piano...not Brendan). A big thank you to Kathy Sander - we know it has been a much loved instrument, and we'll ensure it continues to make beautiful music in its new home.

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Carolling at Gasworks!

Our first team of Resonance carollers in the swing at Gasworks - Merry Christmas!

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Carols in the City

Carols in the City! Beautiful singing from the Birralee children! And such a treat to perform with so many brilliant artists! Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp, William Barton, Amanda Harrison, Seven Sopranos- to name just a few! Well done Jenny Moon & team!

Click HERE to watch us perform 'Silent Night' with Karin Schaupp and Katie Noonan.

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Carols in Bardon

Birralee Blokes led the Carol singing at the Bardon Carols tonight. Saxon Rice MP and Cr Geraldine Knapp were there to bring Christmas messages to the crowd and the evening concluded with fireworks! Great community spirit from the Blokes! Well done boys, Paul, Justine & Kate!

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Christmas in the Creek

Our Birralee Singers (Thursday) perform at Christmas in the Creek, a community carols event in Albany Creek.  Congratulations on a wonderful final performance for 2014!

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Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise

A 5:30am start for these keen Singers who performed Christmas Carols for the Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise weather crosses this morning!  

Watch the video!

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Performance with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to VoB members who performed alongside the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No.3 on Saturday night! It was an honour to be involved in this momentous performance at which QSO farewelled their Chief Conductor, Johannes Fritzsch.

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Lord Mayor's Turning on of the Christmas Lights

King George Square Lighting of the Christmas Tree! 
"Thank you Singers (Saturday group) you were gorgeous! Bravo to soloists too...Great job. You looked very festive in your Chrissy red! Shame Mother Nature decided to bowl a few million ice balls on our sound check last night, but your beautiful singing made up for it!" - Julie Christiansen, Conductor



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Trivia Fundraising Night

On Saturday night the VoB Headquarters in Bardon were home to 140 trivia goers who enjoyed a night of food, drinks and tricky questions.  The Trivia Night raised over $3000 for our Anzac Tour to France in 2015!

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G20 Global Cafe Gala

Resonance of Birralee wowed the guests at the G20 Global Cafe Gala Dinner with Paul Holley's arrangement of You're the Voice! 

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Birralee Celebrates 2014

Big Congratulations to all of our wonderful choristers for their performances at our End of Year Concert at City Hall on the 2nd of November.  It was a fantastic concert and thoroughly enjoyed by all audience members!


Click HERE to view the Concert Programme.

A special Congratulations to the reciepients of the following Membership Awards:

Fifteen Year Award
Andrew Messenger

Ten Year Award
Amirah Farrell, Daniel O'Regan, Madeleine Price, Duncan Peake, Lauren Elvery, Tess Holley, Bridie O'Regan

Five Year Award
Isabelle Fassbind, Tom Carroll, Anders Hall, Mark Connors, Juliette Bignal, Chelsea Crawford, Erin Cunliffe, Bianca Iacopetta, Arcadia Lynch, Libby Lynch, Kate Van Bruggen, Hannah Wilson, Grace Nakamura, Francesca Masel, Lauren Woolrych, Joanna Craddy, Cody Hargreaves, Nicholas Hargreaves, Kimmi Holmes, Katie Leader, Valentina Di Gregorio, Orlando Di Gregorio

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Lord Mayor's Business Awards

Resonance of Birralee joined with Georgia Mae and a string orchestra to create a sensational performance at the 

Lord Mayor's Business Awards. 

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Four Leaders VIP Dinner

Selected singers from our signature children's choir, Brisbane Birralee Voices, were delighted to sing the Australian National Anthem as well as other Australian repertoire at the Four Leaders VIP dinner.

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VoB appointed for choral services on ANZAC Day in France!

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Falling Back to Earth - GOMA Exhibition Launch

Congratulations to members of the Birralee Singers who performed at the opening cermony of Cai Guo-Qiang's exhibition 'Falling Back to Earth' at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art.  Our singers were honoured to perform alongside William Barton and his mother Aunty Delmae Barton, pictured here with the singers and artist Cai.

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Upcoming
Anzac Commemoration Choir April 2017
Dedication Service and Concert

Who: Anzac Commemoration Choir April 2017

Where: Great Hall, Brisbane Grammar School, Gregory Tce, Spring Hill

When: Sunday 2 April
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Anzac Tour to France

Who: Anzac Commemoration Choir
Where: France
When: 13-28 April
Cupcake and Cushion Concert

Who: Birralee Piccolos, Birralee Kids and Brisbane Birralee Voices

Where: Old Museum Building, Bowen Hills

When: Sunday, 14 May - 3pm
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Celtic Spectacular with QLD Pops - Brisbane

Who: Resonance of Birralee

Where: QPAC

When: Saturday 20 May, 2:30pm and 7:30pm concerts
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Celtic Spectacular with QLD Pops Orchestra - Toowoomba

Who: Resonance of Birralee

Where: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

When: Sunday, 21 May - 2:30pm
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