19. Allonville & Vignacourt

Tuesday April 23rd An early breakfast in our Albert hostel led us to the Australian National Memorial for a full day of rehearsals with the army band. These rigorous sessions are run to a tight schedule. Song times are checked and rechecked, sound levels are set and official protocols are rehearsed repeatedly! We were provided... Continue Reading →

Day 10 – A fitting farewell

Our choristers' last official day of tour began with a special surprise for their conductor and Voices of Birralee's Artistic Director and Founder, Julie Christiansen OAM. Julie was led to Amiens Cathedral where the choir sang Notre Pere, a beautiful gift resonating throughout the cathedral, which Julie described as "soul filling, sublime and tranquil". Soon after,... Continue Reading →

Day 9: Paying tribute, and Allonville hospitality

Day 9 (Friday) was such a wonderful day for our choristers, and we are all looking forward to tomorrow, where we will perform at the commemoration service for the Battle of Pozieres. Those at home can can watch the service on ABC 24 at midnight (12am, Sunday 24 July) with the programme, Australia Remembers: Pozieres Centenary Commemorations. Today began... Continue Reading →

Day 5 – One more sleep!

Day five was massive! Our Western Front Centenary Choir choristers woke early to arrive to a full day's rehearsal at Pheasant Wood Cemetery, Fromelles. It was a rather hot day (even for us Aussies!) but an interesting day as the choir watched how the service was coming together, orchestrated by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Our... Continue Reading →

Day Four – In Flanders Fields

Day four was busy, marked by two rehearsals, one at VC Corner, and the second at Pheasant Wood Cemetery. Our choristers did a remarkable job singing with the Australian Army Band, while being amazed at how the events are coming together, with everyone's role to play in making the services a success. The services in Fromelles;... Continue Reading →

DAY 1: Arrivals

Voices of Birralee's Western Front Centenary Choir has arrived in France, ready for a massive 10 day adventure. The main purpose of the trip, of course, is our commitment to the Department of Veterans' Affairs to sing at the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of Fromelles and Pozieres. First though, there's a bit of time to... Continue Reading →

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