On Thursday 23rd of June at 9pm – the day of the EU referendum – join us at St Giles’ for some midsummer organ music at sunset.
For 45 minutes, you’ll be treated some soothing music which will transport you a world away from all the media furore! Feel free to come and go as you please, explore the church and have a glass of wine – entry is free and the music will continue uninterrupted.
Intrada from A Miniature suite for organ – Ireland
Prelude on ‘Eventide’ – Parry
Chant de May – Jongen
Fairest Isle from King Arthur – Purcell
Angel’s Farewell from The Dream of Gerontius
Minuet 1 & 2 from Music for the Royal Fireworks – Handel
Canzona dans la tonalite Gregorienne – Boëllmann
Chorale Prelude on ‘Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen’ – Brahms
Improvisation on ‘St Clement’ – Scholefield
Notturno from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn
Fiat Lux from 12 Pieces Nouvelles pour Grand Orgue – Dubois
Evening Prayer from Hänsel and Gretel – Humperdink
Organoke – karaoke on a church organ. A world first at St Giles’ in the summer of 2016!
The idea behind organoke was to use our church organ in a really unique way – and get the local community to come along for the ride.
With a fully stocked bar, an army of volunteers, the awesome Jordana Leighton, a few microphones, the amazing Ida Barr (Kitt Green) as M.C. and a few musician friends of Ashley the organist – we did just that!
Dancing in the aisles, classics by Madonna and Dolly Parton, amazing solos worthy of an X Factor final – just a few of the happenings on that night. And talk about volume – never before in living memory has the organ of St Giles’ been completely drowned out by singing!
Local reaction on the ground was amazing – thanks for all the tweets, photographs, status updates and messages. Organoke was the opening night of the Camberwell Arts Festival – it was a great way to start. Organoke II is coming on Saturday 17th December at 7pm – don’t miss out, buy tickets today! www.organoke.com
In 1927 Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck adapted the poetry of his fellow countryman Gottfried Keller to produce the song cycle Lebendig Begraben which tells the story of a man who awakes to find he has mistakenly been buried. Firstly he panics and hopes that his girlfriend or a friendly grave robber will come to his rescue; then he begins to reminisce in his coffin about his childhood, youth and first love; finally he casts his soul into eternity in an acceptance of his fate.
James Joyce heard Buried Alive performed when he was living in Zurich in 1935 and declared Schoeck better than Stravinsky. He immediately sent out for a German dictionary so that he could translate the libretto into English. The premise of the novel Joyce was working on at the time, Finnegans Wake, bears an uncanny similarity: a man is prematurely laid to rest and wakes up to find himself in his coffin. Could Buried Alive have inspired one of the most famous novels of the 20th Century?
Performed as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival 2016
Something ExtraORGANary is coming… KARAOKE VS THE ORGAN
Join us on Saturday 11th June from 7pm at St Giles’ for the opening night gala of the @CamberwellArts Festival, where we will have a giant organ, a band and the one and only Ida Barr!
This is your one and only chance to perform your favourite power ballad with the might of a large organ (and accompanying band) in front of a captive audience, in a church. From Boney M to Eminem we’ll have a song for you and even if you don’t want to be the star of the show, you’ll be able to join in with the rest of the congregation audience in karaoke classics from our very own ‘hymnbook’!