Saturday, January 6, 2018

Pierre Massie's music again featured on Ottawa's Peace Tower Carillon

View from the observation deck of the Ottawa river  and Québec, looking past the Parliamentary library.
For the second time, our Dominion Carillonneur, Andrea McCrady,  honoured Pete with a carillon program entirely his!
Ottawa's glorious Peace Tower which houses our 53 bell carillon
View of the Peace Tower clock face from the observation deck
It was an easy elevator ride up the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada for this very special Carillon Concert.
Thanks Andrea! So proud of Pete :)
Andrea poses with Pierre and the program for the Stairwell Carollers 40th Christmas concert season

Monday, December 18, 2017

From 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Andrea McCrady, Dominion Carillonneur
O Canada
Carols by Pierre Massie, arranged for carillon by Andrea McCrady
  • Wassail Song
  • Ça, bergers, assemblons-nous
  • Dans cette étable
  • Mourning Dove
  • The Stairwell Carol
Andrea (in Xmas gear) poses with carillon group Kristina, Michèle, Terry, Pierre and René
An excited group of Stairwellers joined us to watch Andrea play the carillon in the tiny performance room.
Andrea McCrady, Dominion Carillonneur, tests the tuning of the internal clappers before performance
Hard to believe that instrument controls one of the largest carillons in Canada!
Andrea again played Pierre's Stairwell Carol so beautifully! It's my personal fave!
Here is a video I made of a past carillon performance by Andrea.
Dr. McCrady is thrilled that she has found a composer "in her own backyard" whose compositions and arrangements seem so fitting to the requirements of the Carillon.
Andrea McCrady, the diminutive musician who plays one of the biggest musical instruments in Canada!
Check out this great article by the Toronto star about Andrea and her "high-level" (pun intended) job.
David Rain, tenor, braved the cold to listen to the carillon outside.
After we exited Parliament, we were thrilled to meet up with another Stairweller, David Rain, who came to listen to the carillon recital al fresco.

A great day!
Please DONATE to support our 40th year events ! 
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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 with 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.


  1. Awesome, big congrats again for this honour, Pierre!
    NB: it was fun dodging snow blowers that day as I listened to your pieces on the carillon outside on Parliament Hill . :)

    1. Sorry I forgot to mention you were there! I have updated the post to include you.


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Holly :)

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