And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing
To drive the dark away....
This recording celebrates 30 years of Washington Revels and honors what lies at the core of every Revels performance: the music. It also celebrates those who perform it―our volunteer adult and children’s choruses, the brass, our artistic directors, and the many others who have helped us
celebrate community, culture, and tradition through the years. Sing & Rejoice presents a potpourri drawn from Christmas Revels productions, featuring previously unrecorded music: choral anthems, rousing rounds, audience favorites, and other songs, familiar and new, spanning eras from medieval Spain to 20th-century America and countries around the globe. It not only marks our 30th anniversary, but also celebrates the common threads―music, community, and tradition―that bind us through the ages as a human race. For that, we sing and rejoice!
About Washington Revels
Since 1983, Washington Revels has revived and celebrated cultural traditions from around the world
―music, dance, storytelling, and drama―that have bound communities together across time and
place. Revels celebrations include adults and children of all ages, professional and non-professional.
Audience participation is a hallmark. Our largest event,The Christmas Revels, is performed every
December for over 10,000 people who sing along and dance in the aisles. Other annual events
include May Revels and other spring celebrations, Festival Day, SunFest, community and pub sings,
and holiday parades. Five smaller ensembles perform over 40 times a year at different venues.
After-school workshops for children in grades K-8 explore traditional performing arts actively through
music, story, and movement. Whether participating from audience, stage, or class, people of all ages
leave Washington Revels events with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.
Photographs by Sheppard Ferguson