When the day with the longest night arrives, join us in a candlelit St Giles’ at Midwinter to ruminate the past or contemplate the future. Music begins for an hour from 6.30pm on Friday 21st December.
The lead up to Christmas is always a busy time of year and if you’re in need of a ‘chillax’, do pop in. With organ music by Glass, Richter, Einaudi and others – take a break from the Christmas buzz and sip on a glass of wine. The music will be quite serious at times – but hopefully quite meditative as well. Feel free to have a walk around church or sit back in a pew and relax. Stay as long as you like.
Entry is free and wine will be available to buy. Donations welcome.
Our 2018 Remembrance events at St Giles’ brought together scouts, schools, councillors, choirs and charities to remember Camberwellians caught up in the events of World War I over a century ago.
Our ‘Music and Stories for a past Century’ concert was particularly moving. We heard period numbers from the music halls such as ‘Wot cher on the Old Kent Road’ to Jerome Kern’s beautiful song, ‘They didn’t believe me’. We heard contemporary compositions too, such as ‘Who’s for the trench?’ from ‘The unknown Soldier’ by Jonathan Dove.
The stories featured ordinary Camberwellians who became heroes. From ex-scouts and the boys of Wilson’s Grammar School who fought and died on the battlefields – to the local bobbies who rescued people from the Zeppelin raid on Albany Road in 1917. Many thanks to Southwark Councillors, Ian Wingfield and Cleo Soames, as well as Lyndhurst Primary School Yr 6 Choir, Camberwell 23rd Scout Group, Wilson’s Grammar School, Dulwich Hamlet FC, Friends of Burgess Park, Friends of St Giles’ and all those who contributed to the evening.
After the Act of Remembrance at 11am on Sunday 11th November, a ‘Come and sing’ choir began rehearsing with soloists Matthew Duncan (Baritone) and Fae Evelyn (Soprano) to perform Fauré’s beautiful requiem in the evening. Finzi’s Bagatelles were also performed by Aga Serugo-lugo. Music by composers involved in the war – such as Finzi – as well as George Butterworth, Roger Quilter, Vaughan Williams and Ivor Gurney was also performed.
If you couldn’t make the concert, all the music is now available on our St Giles’ YouTube music channel which you can access below. Please be sure to give us a ‘thumbs up’ if you enjoy it!
Join us at St Giles’ for our ‘original’ carol service at 6.30pm on Sunday 16th December.
November has seen St Giles’ host a variety of concerts, from Album launches to operas. Our ‘Camberwell Remembers’ concerts were also very successful and has kept everyone involved in music at St Giles very busy indeed. But the weekend of the 15th and 16th of December will be the busiest time of the year!
After Organoke the night before, join us in a candlelit St Giles’ to hear and sing along with Victorian Christmas carols with readings. Mulled wine will be available and the service will last around an hour. Entry is free and donations are welcome.
Opera Alegría presents a concert performance of Mozart’s sparkling comedy Le Nozze Di Figaro in Italian with subtitles.
St Giles’ will be marking Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the end of World War I on 11th of November with a performance of Fauré’s Requiem at 6.30pm.
The first half of the concert will include soloists and songs from George Butterworth’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’. The Requiem will follow in the second half.
We are inviting capable singers to help perform the Requiem – if you would like to be involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rehearsals will take place from lunchtime on the day and there will be optional rehearsals during the weekend before.
Tickets, posters and further information will be available shortly.
Music & stories for a past century is an informal concert marking the centenary of the end of World War I. The aim is to make a connection with the people who lived and worked in the streets of Camberwell and South London a hundred years ago. We hope to look at Camberwell life before the war and how it changed – through historical accounts, stories and music.
All are very welcome to attend. Doors open at 6pm and music starts at 6.30pm. Entry is free but seats are limited, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Donations gratefully accepted.
Specimens London album launch show at St Giles’ church. 7 – 11pm.
With very special guests:
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch (130701)
Chihei Hatakeyama (White Paddy Mountain, Room40, Kranky)
For more information and tickets, visit First Terrace Records
or the Facebook event page here.