As usual, December is a busy month of music-making at St Giles’ and as well as our usual Christmas concerts and services open to the public, we’re very pleased to be hosting a Christmas Concert by Lyndhurst Primary School and acting as the launchpad to the 9th Carols ’round Camberwell. We’re even sending members of our junior choir out to sing carols at a service at King’s College Hospital Chapel.
Sadly, one of our Christmas events has been sold out for many weeks in advance! Organoke: The Alternative Carol Service takes place on Saturday 14th December from 7pm with music starting at 8pm. But there could be returns on the door – check out the organoke website for details.
There are still plenty of other events to enjoy though! First up is Camberwell Choir School’s Carol Concert, which will be attended by the Mayor of Southwark. Join us at 5pm on Saturday 7th December – entry is free.
At 7.30 pm on Thursday 19th December, The Chamber Choir of Midsummer Operawill be performing a concert of both well-known and rarely performed Christmas carols. Again, entry is free and any donations will go towards Central Southwark Food Bank.
Finally, on Sunday 22nd December at 6pm, St Giles’ will be holding a Carols by Candlelight service. This beautiful service will be sung by the choir and there will be readings as well as carols for all to sing. Mince pies and mulled wine will be available and donations will be gratefully received.
Do join us for a very musical Christmas 2019 at St Giles’.
Join us for a night of rocky horror mayhem and fancy dress in the gothic surrounds of St Giles’ Church.
For one night only the Vicar of St Giles’ has given us permission to screen this cult classic. Get your best stockings and suspenders ready. Dust off that corset and channel your inner Magenta and Riff Raff. Prizes will be awarded for the most fabulously dressed people!
Doors open at 7.30pm and the film screening will start at 8pm. Tickets are available from the Hill Bakery and online here for £10. Tickets are available on the door, subject to availability at £12.
Please note that this is a 15 certificate film and that no children under this age are permitted. Seating is unallocated so get there early to grab the best seats in the church! There will be a licensed cash bar on site.
Rumours the vicar may be dressing up himself have yet to be confirmed!
Join us for Vivaldi’s joyful ‘Gloria’ at St Giles’!
After a first half of Italian opera classics, performed by professional opera singers, the Gloria will be performed in its entirety by a choir with its 12 movements ranging from festive virtuosity to poignant sadness. There are wonderful aria-like movements followed by lively and uplifting choruses – this is an event not to be missed.
The Gloria will be performed by a ‘Come & Sing’ choir made up of enthusiastic local singers as well as members of St Giles’ Church Choir and Camberwell Community Choir.
Sunday 6th October, 6.30pm
Naomi Kilby – Soprano Fae Evelyn – Soprano Caroline Carragher – Mezzo Soprano Matthew Duncan – Baritone
Aga Serugo-Lugo – Clarinet Ed Alton – Classical Guitar Norman Harper – Organ Ashley Valentine – Conductor
105 Mins, Bar Available.
Suggested donation of £6 on the door, U18’S Free.
All proceeds will go towards the organ restoration fund.
On Thursday 22nd August at 7pm, the string players of Orchestra of the City will be venturing South of the river to St Giles’!
Conducted by Chris Hopkins, join us for Elgar’s poignant Elegy, Bartok’s meticulous Divertimento of 1939 in three parts and Dvořák’s ever-popular Serenade for Strings.
The orchestra is recognised as one of London’s leading non-professional orchestras. Formed in 2003, the orchestra represents the city and members include nurses, teachers, barristers, doctors, bankers, researchers, scientists, arts administrators, recording engineers and a raft of other professionals. With a very high standard of musicianship, the orchestra is known for its friendly and sociable atmosphere and for breaking down barriers between the orchestra and the audience. The orchestra regularly gives high quality performances at prestigious venues with soloists ranging from the up-and-coming youngsters to some of the most established and eminent musicians of today.
Entry is free (donations welcome) and a bar will be available.
There are a lot of opportunities to join in the music-making at St Giles’ in the next few weeks, especially if you enjoy singing! There are choral evensongs on Sunday 11th of August and Sunday 8th of September. And then, on Sunday 6th of October, we are delighted to be organising a concert based around Vivaldi’s stunning ‘Gloria’.
Performed by a ‘Come & Sing’ choir, this magnificent work is divided into 12 movements, ranging from festive virtuosity to poignant sadness. There are wonderful aria-like movements from the soloists and uplifting choruses from the whole choir – this is an event not to be missed.
The first half will feature solo performances; the organ will be played by Norman Harper and the conductor is Ashley Valentine. Suggested donations on the door are £6 for adults and children go free. All proceeds will go towards the organ restoration fund.
If you’re interested in joining in with this event or the evensongs, please let us know here.
The last few years have seen some amazing performances at St Giles’ and our summer series 2019 was no exception!
Organoke #7 kicked things off in style with a packed church singing karaoke classics. Then, with a definite focus on local talent, we were delighted to welcome an eclectic mix of solo performers and groups every Wednesday night for a month. All the concerts were donation-only events and all the funds raised have gone towards the upkeep and preservation of our very special building.
At the end of the series, we hosted a very special event..
‘Camberwell Beauty’ played to a full church packed with modern day Camberwellians, eager to find out more about the history of our amazing locality. A celebration of all things Camberwell, it was a wonderful way to spend a midsummer evening enjoying readings and music, much of it inspired by writers and artists who have lived in, or been inspired by Camberwell, from John Ruskin and Robert Browning to Muriel Spark and Jenny Eclair.
We even managed to convince members of THE ARCHERS to leave Ambridge for the night and come to SE5; Carole Boyd, who plays Lynda Snell, James Cartwright who plays P.C. Burns and Louiza Patikas and Annabelle Dowler, who play Helen and Kirsty.
The combination of local creativity, the beautiful surroundings of the church on a midsummer evening and some very familiar Radio 4 voices, made for an electric and eclectic evening.
Thank you to everyone who was able to help us put on this amazing variety of concerts in any way.
Spend a midsummer evening in Gilbert Scott’s glorious gothic church and enjoy words and music inspired by Camberwell …with some very special guests…
Camberwell Beauty is a celebration of all things Camberwell: a wonderful way to spend a midsummer evening enjoying readings and music, much of it inspired by writers and artists who have lived in, or been inspired by the Camberwell area, from John Ruskin and Robert Browning to Muriel Spark and Jenny Eclair.
We have even managed to convince members of THE ARCHERS to leave Ambridge for the night and come to SE5; Carole Boyd, who plays Lynda Snell, James Cartwright who plays P.C. Burns and Louiza Patikas and Annabelle Dowler, who play Helen and Kirsty.
The combination of local creativity, the beautiful surroundings of the church on a midsummer evening and some very familiar Radio 4 voices, promises to be electric and eclectic evening.
Thursday 20 June | St Giles Church Camberwell |£5 on the door | Doors & cash-bar – 19:00 | Programme commences at 19:30 and runs for 90 minutes
100% OF ALL PROFITS CONTRIBUTE TO THE UPKEEP AND RESTORATION OF THIS MAGNIFICENT BUILDING.
The last few years have seen some amazing performances at St Giles’: from silent film nights with live music to our now ‘infamous’ audience-led Organoke nights! With a definite focus on local talent we’re delighted to welcome some special people to perform in Camberwell’s most beautiful and atmospheric venue.
Organoke #7 returned to St Giles’ on Saturday 11th May to a packed church of karaoke fans determined to raise the roof with the help of the historic church organ!
Organoke will return on Saturday 14th December for the 2019 Alternative Carol Service. An initial release of tickets have already sold out but don’t panic! More will go on sale later in the year both locally in Camberwell and online.
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