We’re very excited that our summer series of concerts is underway!
After another fantastic Organoke, we have four ‘short but sweet’ concerts designed to help you relax on the way home from work. There will be wine and some incredible music on offer.
Each concert will last around 45 minutes to an hour and we welcome donations on the door. Doors open at 6.30pm and music starts at 7pm.
Visit our Facebook page for more information. All are very welcome.
Our 2018 Remembrance events at St Giles’ brought together scouts, schools, councillors, choirs and charities to remember Camberwellians caught up in the events of World War I over a century ago.
Our ‘Music and Stories for a past Century’ was particularly moving. Many thanks to Southwark Councillors, Ian Wingfield and Cleo Soames, as well as Lyndhurst Primary School Yr 6 Choir, Camberwell 23rd Scout Group, Wilson’s Grammar School, Dulwich Hamlet FC, Friends of Burgess Park, Friends of St Giles’ and all those who contributed to the evening.
After the Act of Remembrance at 11am on Sunday 11th November, a ‘Come and sing’ choir began rehearsing with soloists to perform Fauré’s beautiful requiem in the evening. Music by composers involved in the war – George Butterworth, Roger Quilter, Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi and Ivor Gurney was also performed.
If you couldn’t make the concert, all the music is now available on our YouTube music channel which you can access below.
In June and July, St Giles’ is hosting a veritable smorgasbord of musical events. We have garden piano music jams, string quartets, vocal duos and two organ recitals on general election day. Jazz in the crypt continues each Friday night and Saturday 24th June is Organoke, our very own live karaoke session accompanied by the mighty organ.
2019 will mark the 175th anniversary of the consecration of our present church building, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Of course, the history of St Giles’ in Camberwell goes back a long way before that. Besides the medieval church which was destroyed by a fire in 1841, an earlier stone-built building existed and before that, a wooden church is listed in the Domesday book and was described as being surrounded by woodland. There were probably even earlier church buildings and Christian communities here, the origins of which are now lost.
For over a thousand years, this church and the ones which preceded it were the focal point of the community of Camberwell. And whilst so much has changed, our Christian community endures – as does our desire to use our present church building for the good of our community today.
You may be here for a baptism or a wedding, or perhaps attending the funeral of a loved one. You may be a regular Sunday morning worshiper, or someone attending a civic event. If it’s a Friday night, you might be coming here for jazz and a few drinks or if it’s a rainy afternoon, an art student popping in to sketch something. You might be just mad enough to be singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of your voice at organoke!
Whatever faith you hold – or none – you are very welcome in this place at any of our events. Our church is your church.