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!
Three years ago we accompanied Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger’ in a live screening in St Giles’ church.
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.
Aga, Ashley and Matt wish you all a very happy summer holiday!
Rehearsals start again on Tuesday 5th of September at 7.45pm when we start work on the music for our annual silent film night. This year it’s ‘The Lodger’ and we’ll be performing it during Herne Hill Music Festival on Sunday 15th October.
Camberwell, ’round midnight, in a large victorian parish church on a damp evening in early May…
We were busy recording our favourite songs!
In advance, all three choir leaders had tried to warn choir members just what they were letting themselves in for. Intentionally near-forgotten tales of recording CD’s with various bands and orchestras came to light. Horror stories of the 50th take still not being right. Stuffy, unbearably hot recording studios with water coolers without any cups. Agitated people wandering around aimlessly wondering when it will all end…
Of course, these apocalyptic warnings were all brushed aside by the choir and our recording session, led by our lovely sound guru Cassandra, was as smooth as anyone could have dared hoped. And when the wine came out we sure made a night of it!
Apart from the odd siren and noisy tea urn – we had a clear run and got some amazing takes. It’s all in the choir member’s area – enjoy!