Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "What Child is This” arranged by Pierre Massie

Winter road, Northern Ontario
Winter road, Northern Ontario

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "What Child is This” arranged by Pierre Massie.


This version of "” will be on our “O magnum mysterium” CD to be released October 2015.


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The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.


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Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
Editing: Pierre Massie

 

Friday, December 19, 2014

"A Maiden most Gentle”, an uncommon Christmas Carol, sung by Ottawa's Stairwell Carollers

Pipe organ detail, Knox Presbyterian church, Ottawa, On
Pipe organ detail, Knox Presbyterian church, Ottawa, On
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "A Maiden Most Gentle” arranged by Andrew Carter.
This version of "A Maiden most Gentle” will be on our “O magnum mysterium” CD to be released October 2015.

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads.

The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
Editing: Pierre Massie

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Alleluya, A New Work is Come on Hand" a modern Christmas Carol

Window detail at Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa
Window detail at Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "Alleluya, A New Work is Come on Hand" by Peter Wishart.
The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
This version of "Alleluya, A New Work is Come on Hand" will be included on our "O magnum mysterium" CD to be released October 2015.
All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads.
The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!
Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
Editing: Pierre Massie

Iesous Ahatonnia (The Huron Carol) - The Stairwell Carollers

The Stairwell Carollers carolling in the Byward Market, Ottawa
The Stairwell Carollers carolling in the Byward Market, Ottawa

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "Iesous Ahatonnia” arranged by Pierre Massie.
This version of “Iesous Ahatonnia” will be included on our “O magnum mysterium” CD to be released October 2015.
The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!
Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
Editing: Pierre Massie

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"The First Nowell” arranged by Pierre Massie -- Youtube

Stairwell Carollers wassail at Ottawa's Byward Market
Stairwell Carollers wassail at Ottawa's Byward Market
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "The First Nowell” arranged by Pierre Massie.

The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
This version of “The First Nowell” will be on our “O magnum mysterium” CD to be released October 2015.
All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads.

Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!
Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
Editing: Pierre Massie

Les Chanteurs Stairwell (Stairwell Carollers) ont clôturé le 125e anniversaire de l’église du Sacré Coeur à Ottawa

l’église du Sacré Coeur -- Photo -- Denyse Mageau
l’église du Sacré Coeur -- Photo -- Denyse Mageau

Le samedi 6 décembre 2014, les Chanteurs Stairwell (Stairwell Carollers) ont clôturé le 125e anniversaire de l’église du Sacré Coeur à Ottawa.

Pierre, Ben et Diane
Pierre, Ben et Diane -- Photo -- Denyse Mageau

À l’entrée , un magnifique dessin de l’ancienne église du Sacré Coeur attire l’attention. D’admirer cette reproduction a sucité des souvenirs dans mon coeur. La chorale de l’université d’Ottawa dont je faisais partie, y présentait en 1974 « La Passion selon Saint Matthieu » de Bach. Pour l’occasion,

Adolphe et Diane Fraser, présidente
Adolphe et Diane Fraser, présidente -- Photo -- Denyse Mageau

Françoise Davoine (oui oui, l’animatrice à Radio Canada) incarnait la servante et je devenais la femme de Pilate sous le bâton de feu François Bernier.. Pierre Massie, ténor, notre fondateur et directeur, chantait également dans cette production.

Adolphe et M. le curé Tremblay
Adolphe et M. le curé Tremblay -- Photo -- Denyse Mageau

Ironie du sort, quarante ans plus tard, membre de son ensemble vocal depuis 1978, je me suis trouvée dans la nouvelle église du Sacré Coeur et j’ai chanté un des solos de « Notre divin Maitre ». Harmonisé par Pierre.

Michele Auger fidele à son poste
Michele Auger fidele à son poste -- Photo -- Denyse Mageau

Notre concert O magnum mysterium se tiendra une dernière fois : le mercredi 17 décembre à ‘église anglicane St Columba.

Pour plus d’information et/ou nous écouter., visitez notre site chanteursstairwell.com

 

Une famille charmant! -- photo, Denyse Mageau
Adolphe et sa famille charmante! -- photo, Denyse Mageau

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Stairwell Carollers perform "Suo Gân” a traditional Welsh carol

 Christmas Tree at Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa
Christmas Tree at Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "Suo Gân” a traditional Welsh carol arranged by Lawrence Wiliford.
This version of "Suo Gân” will be on our “O magnum mysterium” CD to be released October 2015.
All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads.
The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
Editing: Pierre Massie

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Last Stairwell Carollers Christmas Concert for 2014, Wednesday December 17th, 7:30 pm

St. Columba last year - a full house!
St. Columba last year - a full house!
We are all set for our last Christmas concert for 2014, O Magnum Mysterium, at St. Columba church, 24 Sandridge Rd. ( across from the RCMP musical ride stables ) this Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm.
Don't miss us!
You can buy tickets from us online HERE for the advance price of $15,
$20 at the door.
Here's a special YouTube playlist of songs you will hear at this concert. These songs will also be on our next Christmas Carol CD, entitled "O Magnum Mysterium", to be recorded January 2015. The CD will be available for purchase by October 2015. As usual, all proceeds go to local charity.




Friday, December 12, 2014

Only 2 Christmas Concerts for 2014 left! Tonight at Knox, downtown Ottawa

Youngest Stairweller, Khalil, tunes up for concert night
Youngest Stairweller, Khalil, tunes up for concert night
Tonight we sing at Knox Presbyterian -- A cathedral sized gothic style church in downtown Ottawa.
The Stairwell Carollers work hard to perfect their sound
The Stairwell Carollers work hard to perfect their sound
It's a grand space with gorgeous acoustics and plenty of seating, so if you haven't heard us yet, this is almost your last chance this season.
Knox Dressed for Christmas
Knox Dressed for Christmas
I adore this church, so austere, but somehow warm and welcoming. It wears its Christmas garments like an Edwardian lady would her dinner gown.
Christmas lights from the street are transformed by ancient glass panes
Christmas lights from the street are transformed by ancient glass panes
I was still getting over a bout of laryngitis, so I had a chance to capture some of this buildings architectural glory, while listening for directions that may apply to my own performance.
Pierre instructs the choir
Pierre instructs the choir
We are so excited about this season! All the songs in our 2014 Christmas Concert repertoire will be recorded on our next Christmas CD this coming January, 2015. Can you guess the title? O Magnum Mysterium, of course!
As with all our Chrismas CDs, this title piece is an original composition, by our director, Pierre and is premiering this season at our concerts.
See you at a concert!
Holly

Only 2
CHRISTMAS 2014 CONCERTS LEFT
O magnum mysterium
Friday, December 12thKnox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St, Ottawa (ON), 7:30pm.
Wednesday, December 17thSt Columba Anglican Church24 Sandridge Rd, , Ottawa, (ON), 7:30pm.
For these two performances only, advance tickets can be purchased for $15,
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  • Thursday, December 11, 2014

    "In dulci jubilo", an ancient Medieval Christmas Carol

    Pierre does an impression of a medieval monk for Regional Contact
    Pierre does an impression of a medieval monk for Regional Contact
    Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, sing "In dulci jubilo” an ancient medieval German Christmas carol arranged by Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1795-1856) -- with an English translation.
    The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
    Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!
    Visit our blog or our website for updates.

    Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
    Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
    Editing: Pierre Massie

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    "Wassail Song”, a traditional Christmas Carol arranged by Pierre Massie

    Stairwell Carollers wassailing in Byward Market, Ottawa, Canada
    Stairwell Carollers wassailing in Byward Market, Ottawa, Canada
    Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "Wassail Song” arranged by Pierre Massie.
    This version of “Wassail Song” will be included on our “O magnum mysterium” CD to be released October 2015.

    The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

    Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!
    Visit our blog or our website for updates.

    Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
    Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
    Editing: Pierre Massie

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    "Still, still, still”, a Traditional German Christmas carol arranged by John Rutter

    Interior, Knox Presbyterian church, Ottawa, On
    Interior, Knox Presbyterian church, Ottawa, On
    Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "Still, still, still”, a Traditional German carol arranged by John Rutter.
    This version of “Still, still, still” will be included in our “O magnum mysterium” CD to be released October 2015 .
    The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

    Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!
    Visit our blog or our website for updates.

    Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
    Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
    Editing: Pierre Massie

    Monday, December 8, 2014

    "Venez divin Messie” a traditional French carol

    The Stairwell Carollers sing on Sparks Street Ottawa
    The Stairwell Carollers sing on Sparks Street Ottawa
    Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "Venez divin Messie" a traditional French carol arranged by Director, Pierre Massie.

    The carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
    This version of "Venez divin Messie" will be on our next Christmas CD, O Magnum Mysterium - release date, October 2015.

    Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!!!
    Visit our blog or our website for updates.

    Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
    Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
    Editing: Pierre Massie

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    "Gabriel’s Message” a traditional Basque Christmas carol

    Memorial Candles
    Memorial Candles
    Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform "Gabriel’s Message” -- a traditional Basque Christmas carol arranged by Sir David Willcocks.

    The carollers, an a cappella chamber choir, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

    Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals and give a gift that gives twice!

    Visit our blog or our website for updates.

    Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 14th, 2013.
    Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kevin Millington
    Editing: Pierre Massie

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