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Tales from the ‘Cambaret’ Crypt

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard preparing for our two gigs – a joint choir concert in Waterloo and our ‘Cambaret’ in the crypt night.

IMG_4277_2We’ve performed above ground at St Giles’ Church many times – but the last time we were in St Giles’ Crypt was in 2011 when the choir first started rehearsing. Attendance averaged around five people on a Tuesday night back then – how times have changed! For this gig, there was standing room only for our audience – but no one seemed to mind. The acoustics down there suit a choir so well and as for our solo and group acts – what an amazing sound. From folk bands to Elvis to opera singers – our choir contains so many varied and talented musicians, some of whom were performing for the first time in their lives. There will be more cabaret nights to come!

After a fabulous wine and cheese night, we ended term by joining with some of our other local choirs in Waterloo for a joint choir concert. It’s always fun seeing what other choirs are up to and it was a great way to end our term.

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Summer term starts on Tuesday 30th of April and we are already putting gigs in the diary. Have a wonderful holiday and see you for more music-making at choir soon!

Thanks for a great term!

As usual, Carols ’round Camberwell provided much festive cheer whilst raising money for Crisis, the homeless charity. Thanks to everyone who braved the rain and joined in the fun afterwards at the Joiner’s Arms!

See you in 2019 and in the meantime – Matt, Aga and Ashley wish you a very

Merry Christmas! 

Camberwell Remembers

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.

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Thanks to johnathanhallphotography.co.uk

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.

Choir’s Out

On a gloriously sunny Saturday in July, Camberwell Community Choir hit the road and travelled to Walpole in Suffolk.

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Our next album cover, courtesy of Tom Kirkman

Judging by the picture, you might think we were recording an album! But we were actually having a great time singing songs at the beautiful, 17th Century Chapel in the village.

July didn’t end there. Cheese and wine night has yielded some brilliant videos of some sing-a-long classics – definitely choir member only viewing!

And then to finish our term, we joined Kennington Community Choir, The Collective and Oasis Waterloo Community Choir for a combined choir gig at an urban farm in Waterloo.

Have a lovely summer – choir starts back on Tuesday 11th of September. See you then!

Sumer Is Icumen In

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!

End of term already!

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?!

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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!

Songs In Spring

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.

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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.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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.

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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!