We hope that you’ve enjoyed choir this term – we’ve sung at various concerts and at a moving service for the 10th anniversary of the Lakanal House fire. We’ve also had fun at cheese and wine night and we’ve already started work for next term, which promises to be a busy one!
Before we get there, we’re going to be performing on stage at Cameberwell Fair on Saturday 31st of August! Check out the calendar for details about a rehearsal the week before and we hope to see you there on the day.
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.
We’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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
Another awesome cheese and wine night everyone! Thanks so much to Carmel who is without doubt the Queen of cheese and wine organisation. Also to everyone who brought something along – be it bottles or brie – and to anyone else who helped in any way. There are, of course, videos courtesy of Dominic – enjoy!
Cheese and wine night came after another cracking silent film night performance. ‘Blackmail’ was a huge success – there were confirmed reports of managing to make some of our audience of 260+ people cry – but thankfully due to our singing being so moving! Our rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Undecided’ encore at the end soon dried up any tears and the party in the crypt went on ’till late. Great work all round.
It’s Christmas carol time now – and we’ll be singing at King’s College Hospital on Monday 5th of December and then at Carols ’round Camberwell on the 13th of December, which interestingly enough starts in Peckham this year. Check the diary for more details – and see you soon!
I think everyone in our choir would agree that 2014 has been a fabulous year for singing!
We’ve performed in a play at the Young Vic and sung with other choirs both in and outside of Camberwell. We’ve provided the soundtrack for a silent movie and redefined the definition of ‘wine and cheese’ night..!
To finish the year off then, last week the choir performed at Kings’ College Hospital’s Community Carol Service. The chapel at the hospital was packed with doctors, nurses, patients and other members of the hospital and local community. We sang two solo items and led the congregational carols with some awesome descants. It was a perfect service with a historical perspective too; 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce in WW1, a conflict which saw many of the staff from the hospital volunteer and consequently lose their lives in the fighting.
As a choir, we really enjoy singing at occasions you might not always expect a community choir to be singing at – our silent film night is a perfect example! But singing at events in Camberwell which bring local people together is a real privilege too and since ‘community’ is in our name – we hope to continue doing it for a long time time to come.
So our last event of the year is ‘Carols ’round Camberwell’ – the last word in community carol singing! It’s on Tuesday 16th December and we’ll be performing some carols in St Giles’ church from 7pm before heading out into Camberwell – if you’re in a local pub or restaurant along church street, keep your ears pealed as we may drop in and surprise you!