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A beautiful concert of commemoration

Powerful and emotive choral music will unite the community in commemoration of the First World War.

Proudly presented by Voices of Birralee, in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and supported by the Queensland Government through its Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program, the Poppies & Poems concert event celebrates the beautiful poetry from WW1 and pieces written thereafter, which have helped frame Australia and the world's remembrance.

Held at Concert Hall QPAC on Sunday 2 September, Poppies & Poems features Voices of Birralee's six youth choirs and a seventh, adult community choir, Birralee Recycled.

During the afternoon, audiences will enjoy a variety of choral music, including two exciting premieres; And Now the War Has Ended with words by Voices of Birralee chorister Joshua Clifford and composed by Paul Jarman (writer of Pemulwuy!) and Grandpa by Katherine Ruhle, known for her beautiful compositions for children.

The concert will also include a rousing finale, delivered by more than 450 choristers.

Voices of Birralee Founder and Artistic Director Julie Christiansen OAM said singing was a unique way to keep the Anzac memory alive as many of the organisation's members continue to discover connections of relatives who served in WW1. "It's important that as a community we remember those who served - those who came home and those who didn't. Poppies & Poems will present beautiful music, some pieces drawing on the sadder moments of war, with others providing uplifting moments for the community, with themes of mateship, reflection and hope," Ms Christiansen said.

Voices of Birralee are also inviting members of the community to submit their WW1 ancestor to be included in an online Roll of Honour and in the concert's program. Share their stories at


Tickets are now on sale and are priced as follows: $40 for Child/Concession, $48.50 for Adults, $170 for a family of four and $350 for a school group of 10 (please note additional booking fees may apply).

Book now by calling 136 246 or at

For more information, and to add an ancestor to Voices of Birralee's Roll of Honour, visit


Voices of Birralee, one of Australia's foremost youth arts organisations, is a Brisbane-based non-profit child and youth choral organisation founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julie Christiansen, OAM. In 2014, Voices of Birralee was successful in a nationwide bid to provide choral services for Anzac Commemoration Services on the Western Front, France from 2015. More information is available at

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When: Sunday 2 September 2018, 3.30pm
Where: Concert Hall QPAC
Cost: $40 - $48.50
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