Sunday, December 11, 2016

Pierre Massie selections to be played on the Peace Tower Bells Monday

Peace Tower, Ottawa, Photo, Holly Massie, all rights reserved

We are proud to announce that Stairwell Caroller Director Pierre's compositions and arrangements will be featured in a special noon hour Carillon Concert, Monday Dec 12, 2016! If you are in Ottawa, take a stroll to the Peace Tower, Centre Block, Parliament hill and have a listen! Andrea McCrady, our Dominion Carillonneur, has created exclusive Carillon adaptations of Pierre's work because she finds many of his pieces well suited to the sound of the Tower Bells.

Festive red bows on a Parliamentary Christmas Tree

(Copied with permission from Pierre's composition website )
if you were not aware that the music that rings out from Ottawa's Peace Tower is played live by a human being, you are not alone! In Ottawa, with technology at every turn, many take the ubiquitous Tower Bell sounds for granted -- and assume that they are somehow a digital or machine powered creation.

Not so.

Pierre Massie and Dominion Carillonneur, Andrea McCrady pose with his Composition, Mourning Dove

A diminutive artist "dances" on the keys of the Carillon -- playing almost every day -- to her unseen audience of Ottawa listeners. If you are within earshot of Ottawa's Parliament Peace Tower bells you will hear them strike the traditional clock chimes ( the only mechanised sounds the 53 bells play ).

Then, if you are very fortunate, you will hear Andrea McCrady  play -- and it is glorious! 

Here is a playlist of some of her work -- check out her recent spot with Rick Mercer!"


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Holly :)

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