With the Friday and Saturday evening performances of the “Revels of Winter” nearly sold out, you are invited to join the Choir of St. Mary of the Hills in Blowing Rock for the Sunday matinee, beginning with mimosas at 1 pm, December 3rd. The “Revels” is a legendary musical and gastronomic treat, with four courses of magnificent medieval-style food and drink provided by Gideon Ridge Inn, madrigals and carols sung by the costumed choir as they serve spirits and comestibles, and original (occasionally ribald) entertainment written and performed by the Jester and Wench. It promises to be an afternoon of laughter and high revelry. The entertainment will be held in the art-lined Baronial Hall also known as BRAHM (The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum) on Main Street in Blowing Rock. (Friday and Saturdayperformances on December 1st and 2nd, begin at 6:30 pm.) Tickets are $100 per person. For reservations, please call the church at (828) 295-7323 (you may pay by credit card or check made payable to St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church). If you reach the answering machine, please leave a message with your contact information.
“The Revels of Winter” is the primary fundraiser for the St. Mary of the Hills Choir study trip to the U.K. This year, the group will return to Cambridge, England where it has, in the past, studied with the foremost directors of Anglican choral music, including George Guest at St. John’s College, Stephen Cleobury at King’s College, and Tim Brown at Clare College. They’ve also sung at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City, and have represented the state of North Carolina at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Several former student choir members have gone on to careers as professional singers in opera, and in major church and cathedral choirs around the country. The choir has recorded two CD’s – O Sapientia, a collection of music for Advent, and The Revels of Winter, taken from the music you will hear at the Madrigal Feast.