The Ottawa Citizen
Festive greetings from the Carollers
Qui creavit celum
Stairwell Carollers (independant)
Celebration is in the air of the Stairwell Carollers’ first disc, and it’s not just because of the festivities of the season. It’s also the local choir’s 20th anniversary and the CD marking that milestone is a success.
Impressive a cappella renditions of obscure and traditional Christmas carols are sung in French, English, German and Latin. The singing is impeccable for a small, amateur choir, but a big nod has to go to director Pierre Massie, who not only founded the ensemble but also produced the disc and composed the title track. Recorded in Ottawa’s St. Columba Church by Ross Murray of Sound of One Hand Studios, the disc has a calm, complete sound that will make it a favourite with fans of choral Christmas music.
JANUARY 6, 1998
Dear Mr. Massie
Thank you so much for sending me your new CD – lovely! I am delighted you included some of my music on it, especially “There is A Flower”. The performances are all delightful, and I wish you every success with sales.