COVID-19 Update: Pemulwuy! Festival


A message from our Artistic Director...

Due to the current and evolving COVID-19 situation, we have been considering the impact to our much loved Pemulwuy! National Male Voices Festival. Based on the Australian Government's directives last night, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year's Festival until 2021. 

We are currently working with QPAC regarding date options for the Finale Concert and this will help us set the overall dates for the 2021 Festival. However, we don't expect to have this new information available until term 2. 

Please note that we are very happy to refund any registration monies paid to date - please email Rochelle at 

Alternatively, if you are happy to wait until the new dates are announced and then make your decision, we are happy to roll your registration over until next year. 

Good news is that our Australian composers - Paul Jarman, Sally Whitwell, Luke Byrne and Will Brown - are just about finished their new music commissions for Pemulwuy! so these at least will be ready early for you for next year!

Until we can meet again in person, keep smiling, keep singing, watch out for one another and support each other as we undertake this tumultuous ride together. 

Stay tuned and best wishes to all, 

Paul Holley OAM

Artistic Director

Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival 

COVID-19 Update: Pemulwuy! Prelude


We are disappointed to announce that the Pemulwuy! Prelude Concert Series scheduled for 1 and 2 April 2020, has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns around the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This is also in line with the Government directive that any event over 500 people in the near future is to be cancelled. 

Please know that we are saddened by this decision as we have been so delighted with the response from host schools, choirs and audience members about their involvement. 

We will now working with the aim to deliver a like event in term 1 2021, as the aim of the event to encourage and celebrate the male voice in our local community remains the same. 

Decisions regarding the Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival scheduled for 7-10 July 2020 will occur in the first part of term 2. 

There is no higher priority than the health of our choristers, their families and the broader community. Until we can meet again in person, please keep smiling, keep singing, watch out for one another and support each other as we undertake this tumultuous ride together. Thank you for your understanding. 

Read Voices of Birralee's full statement here

Pemulwuy! Fact Sheet

View Pemulwuy! Fact Sheet here

500 men singing!

Pemulwuy  Finale  Concert  Highlights 2- 7- 17 0030 copy

Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival 2017 "Voices from the Trenches" Finale Concert, 

Presented in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre and proudly supported by the Queensland Government. 

Image: Darren Thomas

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