It's my first Christmas season with this choir.
And it's glorious.
Standing beside our solo bass sing the opening line to Franz Biebel's Ave Maria yesterday afternoon in Arnprior, I felt his deep voice deep in my shoes. I was lucky enough, thanks to the shape of the altar steps that were our stage this once, to be completely immersed in the bass section. I have to admit, it was also a little intimidating, the only first soprano next to these large, loud men... but my fellow firsts weren't too far away, a row in front of me, and my close cousins the second sopranos beside and behind on my other side. Just, not nearly so tall!
|Rae, in yellow top, listens to director Pierre from the soprano section|
|Rae discusses soprano matters with Denyse before the concert|
We have another week and a half of singing to go, two concerts in urban Ottawa and one in rural Carleton Place. And then we'll each go about our individual, private, family celebrations instead of this communal rejoicing. We'll take it with us, though, wherever we go, having hopefully lifted many other spirits as well as our own.
|Stairwell Carollers getting ready for the show|
The Stairwell Carollers new Christmas Carol CD, “O magnum mysterium”, is now available online, at our concerts, and from individual members of the choir, CD format only.
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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. We are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
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