Monday, October 16, 2017

Sponsor a Song for Shepherds of Good Hope!

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 Do you love choral music and are looking forward to this year's Stairwell Caroller concerts?

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, and as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, The Stairwell Carollers’ director Pierre Massie, has crafted a unique, all-Canadian program of Christmas carols this season.

With your small donation of only $200, Sponsor a Stairwell Carollers Song and all funds raised will go to the Shepherds of Good Hope!

Your name will appear in the souvenir concert program as Song Sponsor.

Why should I do this?

The Christmas carol list is below. Choose a song that has special meaning for you or someone dear to you.

Your name (or your loved one’s name) will be acknowledged as song sponsor in the choir’s printed program, distributed to the hundreds of people who will attend our five Xmas 2017 concerts.
Knox Presbyterian 2016 - full house!

St. Columba Xmas concert - packed to the rafters!

Where will my donation go?
All donations to the “Sponsor a Song” campaign will be given to the Shepherds of Good Hope, at The Stairwell Carollers 40th anniversary “gala” concert on December 15 at Knox Presbyterian Church.

Shepherds of Good Hope is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the needs of the homeless and vulnerably-housed in the city of Ottawa. Founded in 1983 as a soup kitchen and emergency shelter, today Shepherds of Good Hope operates eight facilities across the city, including a soup kitchen, transitional shelter, five supportive housing locations and a social enterprise day-program. Shepherds of Good Hope provides innovative programming and services to meet the needs of Ottawa's most vulnerable adult men and women.

Which songs can I sponsor?

Three brand new carols:

“A baby is born/L’Enfant est né” – a bilingual, Canada 150 carol by Pierre Massie.

“Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” – a new arrangement of this German carol by choir tenor, David Rain.

“Carol of the Bells” – a brand new arrangement of this popular carol by Pierre Massie.

Songs by noted Canadian composers:

“Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes” – by Kingston’s Mark Sirett.

“En el Portal el Belen” – Puerto Rican Carol by Vancouver’s Ed Henderson.

“D’où viens-tu bergère?” – by Québec composer André Bellefeuille.

“Tout le ciel reluit” – by Ontario’s William McCauley (1917-1999).

“Mon beau sapin” – by Québec composer Maurice Dela (1919-1978).

“The Bird Carol” – by noted Ontario music educator G. Roy Fenwick (1889-1970).

“Bell Carol” – by Alfred E. Whitehead (1887-1974) from Nova Scotia/ Québec.

“Lo, He Comes” – by Manitoba composer Rev. John Black (1818-1882).

Songs with a Stairwell Caroller connection:

“The Gower Wassail” – by Robert Frederick Jones (1947-2012), father of choir tenor Andrew Jones.
“A Christmas Lullaby” – by Martin Fairbank, former choir tenor.
“Rideau Carol” – by choir tenor David Rain.
“Mourning Dove” –  by Pierre Massie - title track to the Stairwell Caroller’s 3rd CD.

“Eya, eya gaudeamus” - by Pierre Massie - First place, Amadeus Choir Carol Competition, 2007.

Favourite carols arranged by Pierre Massie :

“Joy to the World”
“Do you hear what I hear”
“We Three Kings of Orient”
“Stille Nacht/Silent Night”
“Nouvelle agréable”
“Dans le silence de la nuit”
“Un flambeau Jeannette, Isabelle”
“Ca, bergers assemblons nous”
“What child is this” – (Greensleeves version)
“Iesous Ahatonnia” – with original Wyandot text.

To sponsor a song with your minimum $200 donation, be sure to mention which song when you fill out the donation form HERE.

Thank you for showing your appreciation of great a cappella singing, and for supporting the important work of the Shepherds of Good Hope!

The Carollers sing in a humanitarian key, and have donated over $130,000 to local charities and high school students in the national capital region going on to study music at Canadian universities.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year events! 
All Donations receive a charitable receipt.

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concerts and CDs !

The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie started our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 
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