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!