Day 7: Singing for the soldiers of Hamel

The choristers' last day on Wednesday began with an early start as the group were on the road to The Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, France, for the Centenary of the Battle of Hamel commemorative service. After a week of discovering this region's relevance to WW1 and learning of the battles, particularly, the Battle of... Continue Reading →

Day 5: On site rehearsals begin at Le Hamel

Today the choristers began their day with a visit to the Sir John Monash Centre, which sits behind the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux. The site presented a phenomenal recount of the stories, horror and fate of Australian soldiers who fought in WWI and the many battles fought on the Western Front. There were two quotes... Continue Reading →

Day 4: The countdown begins

Before we get into what our choristers got up to on Day 4 - we'd like to share some info for those keen to tune into the Centenary of the Battle of Hamel service this Wednesday.  EDIT ON WAYS TO TUNE INTO THE CENTENARY OF THE BATTLE OF HAMEL SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2018: ... Continue Reading →

Day 3: Arriving to Bailleul

On Day 3 our choristers hit the road from Paris. It was a day of exploration and discovery, before meeting the beautiful people of Bailleul. The first destination was the Armistice Museum in Compiègne, where the Armistice which ended World War One was signed on 11 November, 1918, in a railway car paused on its tracks... Continue Reading →

Day two: Sightseeing in Paris

Our choristers enjoyed a leisurely Day Two (Friday), playing tourists and exploring Paris in the 30 degree heat! Some of the choristers ventured to the gardens, Jardins du Luxembourg, the modern art galleries of Centre Georges Pompidou, and the second largest church in Paris, Church of Saint-Sulpice. Others journeyed to the palace of Versailles, which was... Continue Reading →

Day One – Reuniting in Paris!

Voices of Birralee's Western Front Centenary Choir (for the Battle of Hamel) has arrived in Paris, ready for a week of touring and performing to many French communities. As tourer Em Salmon explains, Day One in Paris with a performance at the Arc de Triomphe was quite a way to begin! "The morning started off... Continue Reading →

Getting ready to tour – Hamel preview

As we wish Voices of Birralee's Western Front Centenary Choir all the best for its upcoming tour (28 June - 5 July), we invite you to follow the choir's journey via this blog, as they perform to many communities from Paris to Hamel, sharing beautiful music, while discovering the significance of the Battle of Hamel in... Continue Reading →

DAY 6: One more sleep!

Most of Monday was a rest day for our choristers before the final two performances of the tour; The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate and the Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood early Tuesday morning at Buttes New British Cemetery. And just so you don't miss it - make sure you tune into... Continue Reading →

DAY 5: Performing in unique places

On Sunday it was back on site at Buttes New British Cemetery for another full day's rehearsal for the Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood. The choristers were able to check out the site more, while also making friends with the Australian Army Band musicians, led by their conductor Major Glenn Rogers. As a... Continue Reading →

Day 4: Honouring the brave

The choristers packed up early from Ypres to travel to their next destination, Kortrijk, but on the way, they'd have a full day of rehearsals for the Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood. They arrived on site and took in all the beauty, all the while more appreciated knowing what happened in this region.... Continue Reading →

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