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The Cantata Singers of Ottawa’s Christmas concert, “Family Christmas Spectacular”, takes place on December 18 at 3 pm in St. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod Street.

Artistic Director, Andrew McAnerney has designed a programme to put everyone in a Christmas mood for the week before Christmas.  And audience participation will be encouraged! The programme is designed to appeal to people of all ages, children, seniors and family groups.  It’s a perfect opportunity for grandparents, aunts, uncles to have that pre-Christmas outing with their grandchildren, nieces or nephews.  (FYI: Children under 12 are free.)

The CSO season brochure describes it as “Favourite Christmas music old and new – including sing-alongs, fanfares, descants and more!”  The concert programme will deliver on this promise.

Those attending will be hearing glorious Christmas music performed by the CSO and their guest artists: Ottawa Children’s Choir; harpist (and JUNO Award nominee) Caroline Léonardelli and the Cathedral Brass.



The Ottawa Children’s Choir will perform Benjamin Britten’s beautiful “A Ceremony of Carols” with Caroline Léonardelli’s beautiful harp accompaniment. The Cathedral Brass will provide a medley of Christmas favourites.

But the largest number of selections has been reserved for the audience to sing-along with the choir. There will be carol arrangements in both English and French of traditional favourites accompanied by brass fanfares and descants. There’s even an interactive version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” planned!

Although the concert begins at 3pm, Andrew McAnerney will give a pre-concert talk at 2:30 about the history of Christmas music.  It’s also a chance for the audience to “warm up” their voices. The concert MC will introduce the instruments and set the mood.

Tickets prices are: Adult $30, Senior $25, Student $10; Children under 12 free. There’s a $5 advance purchase discount for individual Adult and Senior tickets.  Tickets are available from Compact Music, The Leading Note, choir members, and online at

Come sing with us and celebrate the season!