Our summer series of concerts are under way!
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.
Wednesday 22nd May
Camberwell Community Choir
Wednesday 29th May
Wednesday 5th June
The Solem Quartet
Wednesday 12th June
Music & Film
All concerts are £4 each and there is a cash bar and a very relaxed atmosphere to help you unwind on your way home from work. Doors open at 6.30pm and music starts at 7pm for around 45 – 60 mins.
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.
Please do join us – all welcome.
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.
Visit the organoke website here for more details.
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.
Join us at St Giles’ on Christmas night for traditional readings and carols.
3pm Crib Service
A service of readings and carols for children. The Christmas story is told through the travels of the shepherds, wise men and the Holy Family. Christingles are lit at the end of the service.
6pm Carols on the Merrie Organ
St Giles’ will be open for people to pop in and listen to carols played on the organ. Stay as long as you like and feel free to sing along. Visitors to the organ loft are very welcome.
Join us at 12 midnight to welcome the light into our world at traditional Midnight Mass with congregational carols.
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!