Aella Choir

Power Through Voice


June 9, 2018


Aella had a blast presenting this exciting mix of sacred and secular music, all written within the past 50 years. Highlights included the electric “Gloria Kajoniensis” by Hungarian composer Levente Gyöngyösi, a local arrangement of the Tragically Hip's "Little Bones" and the premiere of Aella alumna Adele Marsland's “All the daydreams must go.”

We also sang our farewell to founding Aella member Teri Slade, a close and generous friend, body mapping guru, flexible S2/A1 with master blending skills, and extraordinary baker of gluten- and dairy-free delicacies. Teri is moving on to continue her studies in Edmonton. We will miss you immensely, Teri!


June 3, 2018


Aella participated in one of four concerts that took place across Canada and the USA in response to the #metoo campaign. All proceeds were donated to the Cornerstone Women's Shelter. Aella was proud to contribute to this concert, along with some of Ottawa's most talented female musicians. 


March 3, 2018


Aella transported listeners to another word in STORIES, a concert that spun tales through song. We presented moving stories of love, loss, and diaspora in the Canadian arctic, Newfoundland, Finland, and Ireland. In addition, we were thrilled to give the premiere performance of Matthew C. Lane's 'When I was a Glacier', a poem by Emily Skillings set to music for treble voices, piano, and tubular bells.

The programme also featured the haunting tale of a selchie (seal person) and his changeling son from the Orkneys, an absurd French Canadian nursery song, and music inspired by classic stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Odyssey. Shawn Potter was featured on piano, and Maria Nenoiu on violin.


December 2 and 23, 2017


Every winter, Aella gets together with friends to sing carols and raise money for a local charity. In 2017, we performed at the Lansdowne Christmas Market as well as at the Rideau Centre, and we raised over $300 for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.


November 19, 2017

Aella, along with amazing fiddlers Doug Dorward and Emilia Bartellas, hosted a (sold out) evening of great tunes, good food and fine company at OzKafe in the Byward Market! The evening saw three 3 sets of singing and fiddling, which featured traditional east coast folk songs, Irish aires and reels, and tunes composed by both Canadians and our friends from across the pond. Attendees were treated to amazing OzKafe canapés, and we all made great friends with our bartender John, who provided an immense selection of local craft beers and spirits throughout the evening. We had such an amazing time and can't wait to do it all again next year!


June 25, 2017

On June 25, 2017 Aella performed a short showcase set during the final concert of the inaugural Sing Ottawa en choeur music festival. We sang three of our favourite pieces from the 2016-17 season: Queen Jane, Ahead by a Century and Überlebensgross. We were honoured to perform in this collaborative concert, which featured singers from Ottawa’s top choirs, including the Capital Chamber Choir, Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Ottawa Choral Society and Ewashko Singers, as well as a massed choir made up of over 90 singers and music enthusiasts from the Ottawa community.


June 4, 2017

Aella was thrilled to present HER VOICE, a concert that showcased some of our most beloved repertoire for treble voices. This unique show wove the work of local poets Jennifer Baker and Natalie Hanna with a powerful and varied selection of music exploring women's experiences and stories, from witches to famine. Featuring beautiful solo work by individual members of the choir, the program also highlighted Canadian composers and musicians such as Kathleen Allan, Christine Donkin, Leonard Cohen, and the Wyrd Sisters. The evening was a celebration of the strength and beauty of women's voices through poetry and song and moved several audience members to tears.

Interviews with poets Natalie Hanna and Jennifer Baker were featured on our blog on May 24 and May 28, 2017.


February 11, 2017


In our first full-length concert, Aella presented the entirety of 'Snow Angel', a 5-movement work for choir, piano, percussion, narrators and cello written by Ontario composer Sarah Quartel. We premiered 'A Little Snow Was Here and There' — a beautiful new work written for Aella by Montreal-based composer Matthew C. Lane, which was featured on our blog on February 1, 2017 — and performed music written by Canadian composers Stephen Hatfield and David MacIntyre. This diverse program was rounded out with music from the Tragically Hip, as well as a selection of Bulgarian, South African and Japanese folk songs. Michael Bojesen's stunning 'Eternity' closed the concert, performed in a ring around the audience.

Aella is incredibly grateful to the wonderful audience who attended our first full-length concert.


December 18, 2016

Aella performed excerpts from Sarah Quartel's "Snow Angel," as guest artists during the annual Lessons and Carols service hosted by the choirs of First Baptist Church. The service was a one-hour event mixing scripture readings with musical offerings.


December 11, 2016

Aella and friends got into the holiday spirit by performing some of our favourite carols at Lansdowne Christmas Market. Thanks to the generous support of the Ottawa community, Aella was able to raise $271.80 for the St Joe's Women's Centre!


July 1, 2016

In our debut concert, Aella performed a 40-minute concert of Canadian music on Canada Day. This show included some of Canada's favourite choral composers such as Eleanor Daley, Paul Halley, and Sarah Quartel, as well as arrangements from popular and folk musicians such as the Rankins, the Wyrd Sisters, and Joni Mitchell.