Archival Tune of the Month: Excerpt of the 1957 Christmas Mass in Alexandria

2014 Dec

Since Christmas is in 10 days, here are some excerpts of a choir singing at the 1957 Christmas in Alexandria. The songs are O Holy Night and Silent Night.

This post also concludes the Archival Tune of the Month series. All 12 posts are still available on here also, if you’re looking for more archival tunes.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

This recording was part of the collection of reel-to-reel tapes donated by Father MacPhail and can be found on Large Reel 16, Side 1.

5 Responses to “Archival Tune of the Month: Excerpt of the 1957 Christmas Mass in Alexandria”

  1. Ann McLeod December 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Absolutely Magnificent! What a treasure from Glengarry’s past.

    Would you know who the singers were? Who sang Oh Holy Night and who would have been in this choir at that time?

    • Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame January 4, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

      Howie Morris would have been a member during these years. We’re working on finding more names for you Ann.

      • Charles Mac Leod February 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

        I believe that one of the members of the St Finnan’s choir at that time was the dentist Dr. Bernard Villeneuve. I believe that he was also a soloist with the choir.
        St Finnans used to have a St Andrews concert on the last Friday and Saturday of November. As I remember from the few times I attended, Howard Morris sang with his children and Dr. Villeneuve sang solo. Wow!
        People slightly older than me could probably fill in details, but I believe he also sang at a lot of church socials and funerals.
        CAML

  2. Will Robertson March 29, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    It’s too bad that the archival tune of the month has been discontinued.

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