The final day: Anzac Day – Lest we forget

The anticipation was building daily for our choristers, but it reached its peak when they got on the bus from Amiens, as the clock ticked over to Anzac Day 2018. They were ready. The group arrived on site, to the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, at 1am. The choristers had visited the site during the daytime... Continue Reading →

Day 9! The people of Villers-Bretonneux

It was poignant the final concert of the tour would be for the people of Villers-Bretonneux. But first, the day began with rehearsals at the Australian National Memorial. Overnight the temperature dropped approximately 10 degrees and the wind picked up. It made for a very cold start as the choristers sat in the shade of... Continue Reading →

Day 6: On the battlefields of the Somme

Day 6 (Friday) marked the choir's first day off with no rehearsals or performances scheduled. It had been such a wonderful evening on Thursday night with the Bailleul community, so it was time to explore a little more of the town, including visiting the Bailleul Communal Cemetery, which is where Sergeant JD Batty is buried, the... Continue Reading →

Day 5 – VB, Le Hamel & Bailleul

Day Five and the choristers paid a visit to the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, to explore the newly built Sir John Monash Centre, which will open officially on Anzac Day. This centre sits discreetly behind the towering memorial (our choristers will perform in front of the memorial for the Anzac Day Dawn Service). Choir conductor... Continue Reading →

Day 4 – Fields of Allonville

Our choristers have left the bustle of Paris and are now in northern France, visiting many locations at the centre of Australia and the world's WW1 history. What a lovely drive, with stunning views. On the way, the tourers stopped at the Armistice Museum in Compiènge. This was the site of the signing of the... Continue Reading →

Day 3 – Performing at the Arc de Triomphe

Tuesday was a fun-filled day for our choristers to explore more of Paris, while also experiencing their second performance of the tour. Places ventured included Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and popular museums, Musee d’Orsay and Musee de l’Orangerie, all the while enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Some chose to visit the intriguing Les Catacombes of Paris, noting... Continue Reading →

Day 1 – 2: Arriving in Paris!

Voices of Birralee's 2018 Anzac Day Commemoration Choir has arrived in Paris! Our choristers were delighted to have the chance to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world, which included checking out some of the architecture, art, food, as well as venturing to the outskirts to have some fun at Disneyland. One group... Continue Reading →

2018 Anzac Day Tour – A Prelude

Our 2018 Anzac Day Commemoration Choir, conducted by Paul Holley OAM, is heading to France in the coming weeks for a once-in-a-lifetime tour which will include performing at the Anzac Day Dawn Service and Centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. We'll be sharing moments from our choir's journey through our daily blog. So, first things... Continue Reading →

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