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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!

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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!

December Dates

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!

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More Cheese? Wine not.

Mystery. Suspense. Murder..

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.

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Thanks to Diana for the pic.

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…

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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!

The Lodger Returns!

Three years ago we accompanied Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger’ in a live screening in St Giles’ church.

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Starring Ivor Novello, it’s one of Alfred Hitchcock’s first films as director and is set in the London of the roaring 1920’s. At night, lurking in the fog, a serial killer known as “The Avenger” is on the loose. When a mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting, suspicions begin to arise…

It was such a success we’ve decided to screen it again but this time, as part of Herne Hill Music Festival. Yes – we’re taking it on tour! We’ll be learning some new songs for it as well as some old classics – but it’s a tall order as the screening will take place on Sunday 15th October at 6pm. Our first rehearsal back is on Tuesday 5th September so it’s going to be hard work…

But fun! If you’ve never performed during a live film screening, come along to some Tuesday rehearsals and see what you’ve been missing. If not, why not come along for the show? Tickets and further details are available here.