Thursday, January 30, 2014

Knox Presbyterian church, 2013 Christmas Concert Recap

Twinkling Christmas tree

           What an incredible venue to have for the first of our own 2013 Christmas carol concerts! 
Knox Presbyterian church interior before the concert
A cathedral - sized church in downtown Ottawa

A cathedral in both size and style, Knox Presbyterian Church at 120 Lisgar St. Ottawa, Ontario, is impressive indeed --  a Gothic jewel at the center of our Nation's capital!
The Stairwell Carollers stand before a full house at Knox Presbyterian church, Ottawa
The Stairwell Carollers present a $2000 cheque to Youville Center -- Photo, Genevieve Lajoie
And the acoustics! Out of this world! I recommend this church to anyone wanting the experience of singing choral music in a cathedral setting.

One of our proudest moments was presenting the $2000 cheque to a representative of Youville center. Giving financial help to local charities is a core mandate of the Stairwell Carollers choir.
Keith Bailey, MC introduces a Christmas carol
Our MC, Keith Bailey, introduces a Christmas carol
Wouldn't you know it, Saturday, Dec 14th had to be one of the worst storms that month! Despite the rotten Ottawa weather, we had good attendance.The people who came were obviously dedicated fans to brave the blowing sleet and snow -- and we thank them for their staunch support!

Keith, former Stairwell Caroller Bass and our MC at Knox
Keith, former Stairwell Caroller Bass and our MC at Knox
Former Bass, Keith was a stellar MC, his booming British accent in fine form and his smile infectious. His blend of music factoids and wry humour is always spot on -- making the concert complete.
Pierre gives the choir  notes (pun intended) on a piece of music in the pre-concert warmup
Pierre gives the choir  notes (pun intended) on a piece of music in the pre-concert warmup
Tom Barnes recorded the audio for us, as always, while two friends took the live video. You will see the songs on YouTube over the coming months,  our director Pierre editing it all together (he doesn't do enough, after all).

Reception hall at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa
The well-attended reception afterwards was held in the church's huge hall-- bright and cheery -- like the rest of Knox, full of Gothic style and atmosphere.

Door prize winner grins with presentation of gorgeous gift basket
Pete awards the door prize -- a handmade gift basket filled with goodies and cds
As always, at our Christmas concerts, Pete awarded a festive gift basket door prize to a lucky audience member. Our thanks for coming to our concert! All in all, it was a great new church experience.

Many thanks once again to Michele, Susan and their crew for handling tickets at the door, CD sales and distributing programs.
Huguette, former Soprano with the Stairwell Carollers, makes an elegant usher
Huguette, former Soprano with the Stairwell Carollers, makes an elegant usher



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