Mt Maria Year 11 Student Grace Elliott is heading to Villers-Bretonneux, France, with Voices of Birralee
SONGBIRD Grace Elliott is warming up her vocal chords for the trip of a lifetime.
As a member of the Voices of Birralee youth choir, the Mt Maria College Year 11 student has being selected to perform with the Voices of Birralee youth choir on Anzac Day in France.
Grace will join 70 choristers to sing at the Anzac Day Dawn Service and Commemoration of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux at the Australian National Memorial.
Founded in 1995, the Brisbane based non-profit child and youth choral organisation has gained a reputation for its leading choirs and has performed in front of audiences in both Australia and across the world.
To sing with the Voices of Birralee's Anzac Choir was by invitation only, and a small number of Birralee members aged between 15 and 16 are selected to sing at the event.
Grace, who has been with the choir for the last five years, said to be chosen was an incredible honour, and she felt very grateful to be given the opportunity to represent Australia on an international level.
“In going to France to perform, I feel a responsibility to represent all of those affected by war, including retired and current service men and women," Grace said.
“I am also honoured to be representing the Defence families within the Mt Maria College community, including the Mt Maria families who are spread around Australia."
Grace said being a member of the Birralee Choir had made this once in a lifetime opportunity a reality for the 16-year-old.
“I believe the impact of words through song is extremely powerful and I'll be singing for all members of the ADF both past and present and their families."
Grace also will join Voices of Birralee choir as they travel through Croatia, Austria and Venice before the trip culminated with the Anzac Choir performance in France.
Her journey begins on April 5.
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