December 2016 update
It's been a busy and rewarding fall season for Aella.
On November 24, we performed at "Food For Thought: A Cabaret," a fundraiser to support the maintenance and renovation of the First Baptist Church (FBC) Kitchen. The kitchen serves a number of faith and community groups, including the Restoring Hope Youth Shelter. Aella performed three numbers alongside a host of other talented Ottawa musicians. FBC has been incredibly supportive of Aella since our inception; we are so grateful to be using the beautiful acoustic space of their sanctuary as our rehearsal and concert venue and were thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the community.
On the afternoon of December 11, Aella's collaborative pianist Shawn Potter and Capital Chamber Choir friend Sascha Adler joined us at the Lansdowne Christmas Farmer's Market to carol and raise funds for the St. Joe's Women's Centre. Armed with hot apple cider, we sang our favourite carols and descants with gusto. We were amazed and touched by the generosity of the market-goers: in just an hour and a half, our caroling troupe raised nearly $300! We had so much fun and are already making plans to return next year. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Ottawa community for their generosity!
Finally, on the evening of December 18 we had the pleasure of performing excerpts from Sarah Quartel's Snow Angel at FBC's annual Lessons and Carols service. We will be performing the full work at our February 2017 concert, Snow Angel. After the service, our dynamic mother-daughter duo, Alice Yoch and Adele Marsland, invited Aella to their home for a Christmas party. Many of our members are involved in multiple choral groups, so this was the perfect way to cap off a busy month of performances and to kick off the holiday season. We had a great time socializing with one another, meeting Adele and Alice's family (along with their dogs and bearded dragon), and indulging in a large selection of homemade delicacies, beer, wine and holiday cheer!
2016 has been a whirlwind and we can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for the Aella family. See you at Snow Angel!