Birralee Blokes

Who are they?

Birralee Blokes is a dynamic ensemble of young men aged 13 – 25 whose love for singing and communicating good music has fascinated and captivated audiences around Australia. Since its inception in 2003 the ensemble has performed for various musical and charity organisations and toured nationally and internationally, including Cornwall, UK, where they represented Australia at the 3rd International Male Voice Festival, and most recently to Canada in 2012. They have also been guest choir for the ANCA Choralfest conference on two occasions and also for the KMEIA National Conference.

 

Highlights of their journey so far include being named Choir of the World at Kathaumixw in 2012 in Canada and at home winning the ABC Classic FM Choral Competition in 2006 where in addition to being judged Youth Choir of the Year and receiving the Listeners’ Choice Award they were named the ABC Classic FM Choir of the Year.

 

The Blokes have been involved in several recordings with Voices of Birralee including their own CD entitled walls come tumblin’ down. Their most recent CD Towards Infinity was released on the ABC Classics label in March 2011.


Membership is drawn from state and independent secondary schools and universities and there is a strong emphasis placed on inclusion for any young man who enjoys singing and expresses a desire to develop as a musician. What is so very exciting about their success is that ensembles which exclusively attract young men are very rare. Not only are ‘The Blokes’ providing a secure environment for young men to explore their changing voices, but they are proving that the art form is as inspiring as it is unique. 

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What do they sound like?



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When do they rehearse?

Rehearsals
Thursday 6.30 - 8.30pm (during school terms)
Birralee Headquarters - 57 Carwoola St, Bardon

Artistic Staff
Conductor:  Paul Holley OAM
Assistant Conductor: Kate Thompson
Accompanist: Justine Favell

Volunteer Team
Choir Managers: Dominik Suschinsky & Brigitte Deeb
Choir Librarian: Tania Phillips

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Reviews

The Birralee Blokes have done for male singing what ‘Billy Elliot’ did for male dancing.

Dr Jonathon Welch AM

 

The Birralee Blokes came along and singing for young men and boys in this country has never been the same since.

Lyn Williams OAM

 

A performance by the Birralee Blokes is both an aural and visual treat providing a perfect blend of fine music making firmly rooted in all that is good about Australian culture.

Dr Christopher Kiver    
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How to Join

Are you interested in becoming a Birralee Bloke?

Contact Us to register your interest and organise an audition.

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Voices From The Trenches
Concert Two

Who: Brisbane Birralee Voices, Birralee Blokes

Where: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

When: Sunday, 28 May - 3pm
Birralee Singers- Guest Performance at QYMA FINALS NIGHT

Where: St Peters Lutheran College Performing Arts Centre ( 66 Harts Road Indooroopilly)

When: Monday 5 June Arrive 6:45pm - 8:15pm
Birralee Showcase

Who: Brisbane Birralee Voices & Birralee Blokes

Where: Gerhmann Theatre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School

When: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Resonance of Birralee Showcase

Who: Resonance

Where: Gerhmann, Theatre Brisbane Girls Grammar

When: Sunday June 18
Pemulwuy! National Male Voices Festival

Who: Birralee Blokes & Birralee Boys

When: 29/30 June - 2 July
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