As 2021 begins, it seems hard at the moment to imagine being able to come together and sing in-person again anytime soon!
But against all the odds, some of us were able to sing carols on Camberwell Green in early December. With precautions and strict adherence to the rules – we made our fellow Camberwellians so very happy. There was sheer delight on the faces of people who passed by; there may well be a few tears of joy when we can perform again as normal!
But until then, we’re still meeting virtually most Tuesdays on Zoom. It’s not ideal; but it’s still a great way to catch up with each other and learn some new music together. You’re always very welcome!
Click here for January – March 2021 rehearsal information.
Normally in September, we would be welcoming you back to the St Giles’ Centre to hear about your summer and to start work on the music for our autumn and winter gigs.
This year of course, things are a bit different. Whilst we’ve explored alternative venues, we’re not 100% sure that we would be able to make rehearsals work in a fun, economic and safe way just at present.
So, until we can see each other again in person – please join us online for Tuesday night Zoom sessions at 7.15pm. We know it’s not the same – but it’s still fun and in his sessions, Matt is going to be focussing on the very basics of singing and how to use your voice well. He is a vocal expert and in some respects, his sessions will be like having a 1-2-1 singing lesson, all for the price of your normal rehearsal fee!
Check out the calendar page for the latest information and do get in touch if you want to join us but not sure how. You’re very welcome!
We’re now up and running with virtual choir rehearsals!
Of course, it’s not the same as meeting up in person. And even the most enthusiastic choir leaders would agree that the slick IT / video editing that you see musicians on news reports use is not exactly easy to set up.
But we’re having fun and our Tuesday night rehearsals continue every fortnight! And in between, we’re running music theory nights. We’re keeping busy and we look forward to seeing you soon. See the calendar page for more details!
P.S. If lockdown is just too boring and you need even more singing in your life, check out Aga’s work with Garsington Opera, here.
P.P.S. We’re not the only choir running online rehearsals nearby – a new choir, the Walworth Warblers, are meeting online on Monday nights. More information here.
We’ve all been hoping for the best in terms of continuing choir rehearsals and being able to put on another amazing silent film night concert. The songs have been sounding so good and I know how much people were looking forward to it. Unfortunately though, recent events have overtaken us and we’ve agreed that we need to postpone our concert on the 28th of March and suspend choir rehearsals for the time-being.
If you’ve bought tickets, someone will be in touch asap. Music-making is so important at times like this and it’s really sad that we’ve had to take this decision. But we hope that you understand.
The concert is definitely postponed though rather than cancelled. There’s no escape from the music of the 1920’s I’m afraid! And in the meantime, we’re going to have a good think about how we can keep in touch musically – you may well be getting an invite to a virtual singalong / Emailed musical theory homework or be asked to log into the website for something – you know the password with a capital ‘B’..!
If you’re on Facebook – please do consider joining our social page ‘Camberwell Community Choir – Social’ by sending a request to join. Do keep in touch with us and each other – you have our Email addresses and we’d really like to hear about all the music you may suddenly have time to listen to! Hopefully, it will be no time at all before we’ll meet again to share and sample the finest wines and cheeses, perform live soundtracks to films and generally make Camberwell a wonderfully musical place to live.
As part of our ‘Carols ’round Camberwell’ event in December, we raised a magnificent £263.72 for the charity ‘Shine’.
Shine provides specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional care staff. Shine enables people to get the best out of life.
Shine is a fantastic charity and you can find out more about their work what they do here. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a great night of carolling!
Thanks for a fantastic end to the year everyone! After our successful ‘Cabaret in the Crypt’ night, our last gig of the year was a carol-singing pub crawl. Carols ’round Camberwell began at the gnarled tree in Camberwell Churchyard and it was a bit dark and damp to start with…
…but we soon made our way to the pubs of Camberwell, singing and raising money for charity Shine. Thanks to everyone who donated and supported us. Until next year!
November saw a return for our ‘cabaret in the crypt night’ which seems to have taken on a status as legendary as our ‘cheese and wine’ rehearsals.
Whilst a church crypt is not everyone’s ideal venue when it comes to cabaret, our choir seems to have embraced it as a second home and it’s only fitting really, given that our very first choir rehearsals took place there, all the way back in 2011.
Choir renditions of ‘Moon River’, ‘Over the rainbow’, ‘Movin on up’, ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ sounded fabulous. And in-between the choir items, we had some fantastic solo performances. The ‘John/Dom/Lucy’ trio excelled themselves, as did Winston and Sheila in the first half. The ‘Monday Quintet’, named just a few minutes before they took to the stage, performed some foot-tapping folk music. Louisa and Gargie sang beautifully moving songs and John and Dominic returned to the stage to end the second half. The choir finished things off with encores of ‘Fix you’ and ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’.
Do come and join us for more crypt goings on next year!