One of our less viewed videos is one of my favourites to sing. It's a Latin version of "our Father" - Pater noster, by Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), a Russian (and later, a naturalized French and American) composer, pianist and conductor.
This contemporary take on the common prayer is serious and heavy in purpose. Almost threatening in intensity - it is, conversely, a joy to sing. And that's Stravinsky all over!
The Stairwell Carollers have been singing this one for many years, no wonder I catch myself humming it around the house and know it by heart.
We are an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie. The Stairwell Carollers have been ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.
A non-profit organization, the Stairwell Carollers chorus raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
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Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 5th, 2015.
Videographer: Richard Auger.
Editing: Pierre Massie
Photos: Holly Massie