SUNDAY, 28th OCTOBER 2pm
THE BIRRALEE BLOKES!
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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 widely in Brisbane and toured nationally and internationally, including Cornwall, UK, where they represented Australia at the 3rd International Male Voice Festival, and to Canada.
For the last five years, individual members have been involved with other Birralee Voice choirs in touring the Western Front for memorial services in honour of those who fought in WW1 and this year some of these young men have already taken part in the Anzac Tour and more will leave shortly for Commemoration Services for the end of WWI in Belgium and France. They recently performed in the Poppies and Poems Concert of Commemoration sponsored by the State Government and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
The varied programme for the Kenmore Cool & Classic concert moves from the segment of WW1 songs to negro spirituals, folk songs from Scotland and the USA, music from Sondheim and Australian compositions.
According to Dr Jonathon Welch AM, the acclaimed conductor of the Choir of Hard Knocks, ‘The Birralee Blokes have done for male singing what ‘Billy Elliot’ did for male dancing.’
Some highlights of their journey include being named Choir of the World at Kathaumixw in 2012 in Canada and at home winning the ABC Classic FM Choral Competition, being judged Youth Choir of the Year and named the ABC Classic FM Choir of the Year. The Blokes have been involved in several recordings with Voices of Birralee including their own CDs entitled Walls come tumblin’ down and Towards Infinity.
Remember that at Cool & Classic Concerts, you always have the opportunity to chat to the musicians at the delicious afternoon tea afterwards, as well as catch up with other friends from the community.