Monday, January 13, 2014

2013 Christmas Concert Recap -- The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Maman and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada silouetted against sunset
the National Gallery of Canada
                For a number of years now, we have been invited to sing at the National Gallery during both our Spring and Christmas singing seasons.
Kelly and Susan in the Green Room before the concert
Kelly and Susan in the Green Room before the concert
For 2013, we were relocated to the Garden Court because the Grand Hall is under renovation. Thank goodness we still had the lovely green room to relax in! We had loved singing in front of the Giant tree in the Grand hall, so were wondering how the new venue would work out.
Seasonal colours in a sea of bromeliads
Seasonal colours in a sea of bromeliads
 The Garden Court has a sky light ceiling and is filled with real trees and seasonal plantings. I was expecting the usual poinsettia display and was pleasantly surprised by the choice of green and red bromeliads.
The Stairwell Carollers sing in the cloister at the National Gallery
We often looked up to the audience ringing the upstairs balcony above us
 The acoustics were tremendous, and we could all hear each other so well -- everyone loved the experience of singing in the new space! Andrea McCrady (our Dominion Carilloneur) was in attendance, and explained to me that the room was designed as a cloister -- which are traditionally designed to enhance sound.

 Above the stone archways the ceiling reaches up to the second floor with a balcony all the way around.
The Stairwell Carollers sing before a sea of bromeliads in the cloister at the National Gallery
Audience filled the space and surrounded the balcony through our entire hour mini-concert.
Thanks to Laurie for doing the CD table! Andrea McCrady on the right discusses the concert with our director, Pierre
Thanks to Laurie for doing the CD table! Andrea McCrady on the right discusses the concert with our director, Pierre
I am planning a post that reviews our singing history at the National Gallery. Stay tuned!

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