On November 11th, 1918, the First World War came to an end. Like many communities, Camberwell changed dramatically during the war and there are many fascinating stories about how local people adapted to a new way of life.
The consequences of war literally hit home one night in October, 1917. A 660lb bomb was dropped on the junction of Calmington Road and Albany Road from a German zeppelin airship, killing 10 people and injuring a further 23.
A 101 years later, we were delighted to sing at the installation of new artwork, commemorating the event. ‘Silent Raid’ by artist Sally Hogarth is so thought provoking – it’s made up of little houses where the originals once stood, now in an empty part of Burgess Park. The houses vary in height and colour depending on the age of each victim and proximity to the blast. It reminded many of us how fragile life is and how easily it was taken away that night, without any warning, whilst people were sleeping in their own homes in Camberwell.
Whilst a century separates us from the events of World War I, we’re looking forward to performing at ‘Music and Stories for a century past’, a concert with readings and accounts about the lives of ordinary people in Camberwell during the war. It’s going to be a great way to find out more about our local history – visit the Facebook Event page for more details about this unique event.
Our choir term started again on Tuesday 17th April. It’s never too late to come to a rehearsal though – if you’re wondering what we’re all about, do pop in!
Check out the all-important updated calendar here.
Despite the fact that we’re in meteorological spring, the weather seems to have decided to skip spring at the moment and moved straight on to summer. So what better way to get you in the mood for those long, sunny evenings than sharing this little number with you from way back in the 13th Century. If you like it – you’re in luck, as Ashley has chosen this as one of his pieces for the summer term… Enjoy!
Thanks to everyone who made our songs in spring concert so special! Who would have thought we could fit six community choirs, a drinks interval and a cockney/music hall sing-a-long in one concert and still have time for a visit to the pub afterwards?!
It was a really great night – the feedback has been terrific and it was interesting listening to the other choirs and having the chance to chat to them. There was so much variety and joining up together gives us the chance to hear what others are working on. I particularly loved the Witchita Lineman arrangement by the Kenningtones – it may make an appearance at some point!
So we’re nearly at the end of term – just one rehearsal left but it’ll be a good one as it’s our cheese and wine night! You know the drill – so see you there!
If you’re not able to make it – very best wishes for a lovely Easter holiday and see you again next term – see the calendar for details!
At the time of writing, spring feels like it couldn’t be further away… Our warm-ups before each rehearsal have taken on a new-found importance and it seems quite odd that the centre hall is too cold – even with so many people in it – rather than too hot like it usually is! Hopefully, by the time we perform at our ‘Songs In Spring’ concert, the weather will be a little bit more seasonable.
Although we’re not singing songs about spring, our annual get together with other local choirs is building into a springtime tradition. It’s really great to hear what others are working on and fun to meet other like-minded singers. We’re hosting this time and we’re welcoming five other choirs to St Giles’!
It should be a choral feast and it’s well worth bringing friends and family along. It’s free and refreshments are available. We’ll even have a chirpy song for everyone to sing-along to at the end.
Spring term rehearsals begin again on Tuesday 9th of January at 7.45pm in the St Giles’ Centre. You can keep up-to-date with our calendar or alternatively, why not give us a thumbs up on Facebook and we’ll keep you posted with all the latest news and events.
Thank you so much for your support in December 2017 – it was a busy one! Carols ’round Camberwell went really well and all the money (£310) we collected went to Health Poverty Action – click here to see us a write-up of what we were able to achieve along with other London choirs.
We also had fun at Lyndhurst Primary School’s Winter fair and of course, singing outside the Tiger Pub for Camberwell Arts Market – picture above!
With Cheese and Wine night behind us, we are now in full Christmas mode – we have three gigs in December so check out the calendar to keep on top of everything choir related. See you on the other side!
No, this is not a description of one of our choir rehearsals – rather, our silent film night – which this year entertained the good folk of Herne Hill as part of their 2017 music festival. It was loads of fun as always and of course, 1920’s film night requires 1920’s outfits! (The band had special dispensation to wear fezzes). Don’t ask.
Silent film night really has become a bit of a Camberwell institution. We don’t think any other community choirs do this kind of thing. Don’t miss the next one in 2018! Speaking of not to be missed…
is choir wine and cheese night. You are cordially invited to bring your favourite smelly cheeses, crackers, nibbles and wines to our now legendary soirée.
We always need a few extra bits and pieces such as chopping boards etc – see our choir social page on Facebook for the latest list or just ask at a rehearsal.
Please Note – St Giles’ were hoping to host a short concert beforehand at 6.30pm which would have been free for community choir members but it’s been cancelled due to illness. It’s probably for the best as wine was due to be served there too… See you on the 14th!