Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A Christmas Lullaby, Martin Fairbank, sung by the Stairwell Carollers, Youtube

Snow on branches
This piece is very special to us because it was written by ex-Stairweller,  Martin Fairbank.

It is also quite rare and beautiful.
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform A Christmas Lullaby, composed by Martin Fairbank.  Performance at the Stairwell Carollers 40th anniversary concert, “An all Canadian Christmas”.

Buy our CDs and help many  Ottawa/Gatineau charities.

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. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 15th, 2017.

Videographers: Matthieu Brennan, Andrew Mason

Video Editing: Pierre Massie

Monday, December 24, 2018

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen, arranged by tenor, David Rain. Premiere performance by the Stairwell Carollers - Youtube

Wild New Brunswick salt roses
An exquisite tour de force by Stairwell tenor, David Rain, this song is a also a joy to sing!
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen, arranged by tenor, David Rain.

Premiere performance at the Stairwell Carollers 40th anniversary concert, “An all Canadian Christmas”.

Buy our CDs and help many  Ottawa/Gatineau charities.

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. They are a non-profit organization, who raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 15th, 2017.

Videographers: Matthieu Brennan, Andrew Mason

Video Editing: Pierre Massie

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

St. Columba Concert Tonight is SOLD OUT!

Stairwell Carollers 2018 group photo
Christmas Carol CONCERT TONIGHT IS SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, December 19th at St. Columba Anglican Church24 Sandridge Rd, Ottawa, (ON) - 7:30pm. 

St. Columba church Christmas concert - standing room only
St. Columba concert IS NOW SOLD OUT. 

We accept Debit and Credit Cards for CD purchases at our concert with The Square.
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About Us:

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


A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Saturday Dec 15th Christmas Concert -- only a few tickets left!

Stairwell Carollers 2018 group photo
Christmas Carol CONCERT TOMORROW!
Saturday, December 15th at Southminster United Church15 Aylmer Ave, Ottawa, (ON) - 7:30pm.
The men of the Stairwell Carollers - OCISO Christmas concert 2017-  Southminster United
This church is a comfortable size with incredible sound! We will be presenting a $2000 gift to Harmony House - as well as recording our YouTube video at this concert.

THEN...

Wednesday, December 19th at St. Columba Anglican Church24 Sandridge Rd, Ottawa, (ON) - 7:30pm.  NOTE: Seating is limited
St. Columba church Christmas concert - standing room only
St. Columba is our rehearsal home year round. A warm wood lined church with great acoustics. Our favourite venue for recording our CDs.

St. Columba is a smaller church, so don't wait to buy your ticket!
Stairwell Caroller concerts- 2 left! 
We accept Debit and Credit Cards for CD purchases at our concert with The Square.
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About Us:

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


A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thou Shalt Know Him when He Comes - Canadian Christmas Carol by Mark Sirett - YouTube video

Stained glass windows, Stittsville United church
I absolutely love singing this carol! Such a gorgeous, musically pure piece, I get a little teary every time I hear those high notes.

It's doubly thrilling because we all got to meet and work with the composer, Mark Sirett!

If you come to our 2018 Christmas carol concert, you can hear it live for yourself. Hope to see you there! 

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers perform Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes, composed by Canadian composer and choral clinician Mark Sirett.

Buy our CDs and help many  Ottawa/Gatineau charities.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 15th, 2017.

Videographers: Matthieu Brennan, Andrew Mason
Video Editing: Pierre Massie
Stairwell Caroller concerts! 
Tickets available HERE 
A teaser playlist of some of the carols you will hear. Enjoy!
About Us:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while 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. 

A registered Canadian charity, our group helps local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pierre Massie receives GG Award - Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Pierre's Governor General Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
We are proud to announce that our Director, Pierre Massie has been awarded the coveted Governor General's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.
Pierre Massie and his Stairwell Carollers Dec 9 2018 - photo credit, Matthieu Brennan
As it says on the Governor General's website, "Since founding the Stairwell Carollers in 1977, Pierre Massie has been an ambassador for choral music and instrumental in spreading the joy and beauty of a cappella music both locally and around the world. Proceeds from the group’s concerts go to many local charities and scholarship programs."
Screenshot of Pierre Massie award notice on the Governor General website
Pete was surprised and thrilled to hear of his nomination and subsequent award earlier in the year, but was hesitant to brag about it. Now the cat is out of the bag!
Pierre's certificate for his G G Award
Pierre will be wearing his medal at our upcoming Stairwell Caroller Christmas concerts, so please take a moment to congratulate him after the show.
From the Governor General's website "The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm in diameter with a suspension ring. The obverse depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “CANADA”, separated by two maple leaves.

The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the viceregal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.

The design of medal was created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, based on a concept by Darcy DeMarsico of the Chancellery of Honours. The medal is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint at its Ottawa facility."
Pen and custom notebook for GG award recipient
Pierre would like to thank those who submitted his nomination. He also thanks The Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette,  for choosing him for this Award.
Pierre warms the choir up before the Dec 9, 2018 performance
Only 2 
Stairwell Caroller 2018 concerts left
A teaser playlist of a few of the carols you will hear at our concerts. Enjoy!
About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while 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. 

A registered Canadian charity, our group helps local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Friday, December 7, 2018

An A Capella Christmas - 2018 Xmas concerts on NOW

So much to tell you about this years concert season -- and it all starts TONIGHT in Carleton Place at  St. Mark Evangelist Church, 1606 Fisher Ave., Ottawa, (ON) at 7:30pm.
Stairwell Tech Crew sets up for tonight's concert
Thanks to our stalwart lighting and sound Tech Crew headed by René - Darren, Aditi, Paul, Henry and Christoph.

Sunday, Dec 9th, we head off to St. James Anglican Church, 225 Edmond St, Carleton Place, (ON)for an afternoon concert starting at 2:30pm.
Chandelier detail, St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place
Next week, our FINAL evening concerts are happening!

Saturday, December 15th at Southminster United Church15 Aylmer Ave, Ottawa, (ON) - 7:30pm.
The men of the Stairwell Carollers - OCISO Christmas concert 2017-  Southminster United
This church is huge and has incredible acoustics! One of my favourites to sing in. We will be doing our YouTube video recording at this concert as well as presenting a $2000 gift to Harmony House for all the good work they do.

Wednesday, December 19th at St. Columba Anglican Church24 Sandridge Rd, Ottawa, (ON) - 7:30pm.  NOTE: Seating is limited
St. Columba church Christmas concert - standing room only
St. Columba is really our "Home" church since we rehearse year round there. A cozy church with excellent acoustics, most of our CDs were recorded here professionally in multiple sessions without audience. 

St. Columba is a smaller church, however, so don't wait too long to buy your ticket if you choose this concert. 
Stairwell Caroller concerts! 
We accept both Debit and Credit Cards for CD purchases at our concerts with The Square.
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About The Stairwell Carollers:

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

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

The Stairwell takes the Square!

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Purchase our CDs, cookbooks and Swag at our concerts using your Credit card or Debit card, courtesy of the Square!
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It couldn't be easier to take us home for Christmas! Now accepting DEBIT as well as your Credit card at all our concerts with The Square!

Don't go home without us!
Our wide selection of CDs on sale at our concerts (and online)

Stairwell Caroller concerts! 
Tickets available online 

About The Stairwell Carollers:

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

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Baby is Born / L’Enfant est né - Pierre Massie, composer - YouTube Premiere!

Adorable Baby - photo, Holly Massie, all rights reserved
Pierre Massie's bilingual carol "A Baby is Born / L’Enfant est né" - written to commemorate both the Caroller's 40th year and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 is now on YouTube!

A teaser playlist of some of the carols you will hear. Enjoy!
About The Stairwell Carollers:

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

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Now Playing on Classic FM in the UK!

Holly and Pierre pose in front of London Bridge on a recent visit to the U.K.
Okay, a Christmas treat is coming for our fans in the United Kingdom.

We just received a request to play our Youtube Video of "In the Bleak Midwinter" from the prestigious Classic FM!  If you live in the UK you can download the App HERE.

So honoured to be included in their stellar lineup of Christmas music for 2018!

Here is "In the Bleak Midwinter"  for viewers and listeners not in the U.K.

Stairwell Caroller concerts now On! 
About Us:

Our a cappella choir came to be in 1977 while director Pierre Massie was a music student at Ottawa University. Ranked among the best of Ontario choirs,  we won both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

The Stairwell Carollers help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales
A registered Canadian charity.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Stairwell Carollers 2018 Xmas Concerts Programme

Here it is! The song list you've been waiting for!

We are so excited to be singing such a wonderful mix of old and new carols! Included are brand-new arrangements of both traditional favourites and rare Xmas treats.

Canadian compositions featured are Mark Sirett's "Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes", and Pierre Massie's bilingual carol "A Baby is Born / L’Enfant est né" - written to commemorate both the Caroller's 40th year and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

Canadian arrangements you will hear are Terry Brynaert's "Sans Day Carol", David Rain's "In natali Domini" and many others by our director Pierre Massie.

Our 2018 Christmas Concert Programme
Original Canadian compositions and arrangements are noted in RED. 

Veni veni Emmanuel............................... arr: J. Rutter / P. Massie

Carol of the Bells.......................................... arr: Peter Wilhousky

Jul, jul, strålande jul......................................... Gustaf Nordqvist

Dans le silence de la nuit................................... arr: Pierre Massie

Gloucester Wassail............................... arr: R.Vaughan Williams

O Jesulein Süß/O Little One Sweet........................ arr: J.S. Bach

In natali Domini................................................. arr: David Rain

God Rest you Merry, Gentlemen...... arr: D. Willcocks/ P. Massie

Hark The Herald Angels Sing............................ arr: Pierre Massie

Stille Nacht/O nuit/Silent night....... arr: trad., M. Dela / J Rutter

Patapan................................................ Bernard de la Monnoye

O Come All Ye Faithful................. arr: Bellefeuille / Llewellyn

Do you hear what I hear................................. arr: Pierre Massie

Quelle est cette odeur agréable............ arr: Sir David Willcocks

Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes.................. Mark Sirett

O Christmas Tree................................ arr: Lloyd / Dela / Rutter

Ca, bergers, assemblons nous.......................... arr: Pierre Massie

A Baby is Born / L’Enfant est né ......................... Pierre Massie

What Child is This............................................ arr: John Rutter

Nouvelle agréable............................................ arr: Pierre Massie

O nata lux...................................................... Morten Lauridsen

Sans Day Carol........................................... arr: Terry Brynaert


Stairwell Caroller concerts! 
Tickets available online 
Here is a teaser playlist of some of the carols you will hear. Enjoy!
About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie started our a cappella choir in 1977 while 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. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Carillon Performance features Ottawa composer and arranger Pierre Massie - listen live ONLINE

We are thrilled to announce that our beloved Dominion Carillonneur, Andrea McCrady,  will again honour Stairwell Caroller director and choral composer Pierre Massie with a carillon program of his music.
The noon hour carillon performance will take place Dec 17, 2018.


Pierre Massie and Andrea McCrady, Canada's Dominion Carillonneur (and National Treasure)
Exclusively made up of Pierre's arrangements and compositions, the concert features the premiere of a new carillon setting of his "Nouvelle Agréable"  by Wendy Earl - one of Andrea McCrady's graduating students.
Interior view of the Peace tower bells, Ottawa
About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie started our a cappella choir in 1977 while 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. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales.

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