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.
Visit the organoke website and sign up to our newsletter here to find out how to buy the hottest tickets in town!
St Giles’ welcomed the Brühler Bläserakademie Wind Orchestra from South Germany on Easter day, 2019.
Members of the 50-strong orchestra accompanied our Easter Day Festival service at 10am. Then, at 3pm, the orchestra played a wonderful programme including Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance – March No. 1 and music by Philip Sparke, Byrd, Bruckner and others.
We were so pleased the orchestra were part of our Easter celebrations – thanks to everyone involved!
We’re very excited to be welcoming the Brühler Bläserakademie Wind Orchestra from South Germany to St Giles’ on Easter day.
Members of this 50-strong orchestra will be accompanying our Easter Day Festival service at 10am. Then, at 3pm, the orchestra will be playing a varied programme in a free family concert! Music will include Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1 and music by Philip Sparke, Byrd, Bruckner and others.
After another sell-out event, Organoke returns to St Giles’ on Saturday 11th of May, 2019. Online tickets have sold out! But tickets are still on sale locally in SE5 at The Bower, Hill Bakery, Ray Records, Mono Cafe, SE5 forum.
Thank you to all who attended our December 2018 musical events at St Giles’.
From ‘Carols ’round Camberwell’ to ‘Christmas Organoke’, Victorian Carol Services to organ recitals on the winter solstice – St Giles’ has been a very musical place this December. Thank you for supporting us – there’s more to come in 2019!
Photographs (C) Olivia Harris – from Christmas Organoke, December 2018.