The Stairwell Carollers.
What's the first thing that comes to YOUR mind? A stairwell?
Carollers in a stairwell?
As long-time Stairweller, Denyse, mentioned in her recent post, for a short time we used the French name, "L'Ensemble de Quatre Vents".
This name translates in English to "The Four Winds Ensemble" After a short period of use we came to the conclusion that it suggested wind instruments rather than voices, so quietly put it aside.
We started as U. of Ottawa students caroling in our residence stairwells and I've personally always liked the honest, slightly geeky ring of "The Stairwell Carollers"
It's also has an adorable origin story.
Not everyone has agreed with me about our name over the years.
Many Stairwellers have tried to talk us into changing or modifying our name, arguing that it isn't "dignified" or "representative". Granted, we rarely carol outside anymore and we sing complex contemporary pieces in addition to the traditional carols and madrigals -- Christmas and Spring.
I think it reflects us perfectly, not in a literal sense, but in a metaphorical one.
Our final decision for our official French name, Les Chanteurs Stairwell was a choir committee decision. Choosing to not translate the English word "stairwell" gives it a connection to our original name.
The fact that it is a cleverly Bilingual name appeals to me. So I'm happy.
Apparently, so is our audience.