Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

Shout for joy
the whole earth,
and everything within.
For Light has come into the world

The mountains sing,
the seas resound
to the praise of your name.
once promised is here on earth

The angels’ song
rings in the air,
a child has been born.
The Saviour of the world is here

Rejoice and be merry

If you happened to be walking past St Giles’ on a Saturday in mid-December, you might have been surprised to hear the sound of over 400 people singing Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ with the church organ. You might have heard Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas’ as well or even Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree’ along with many other pop classics through the course of the evening.

Organoke 18JPGOf course, it could only have been ‘Organoke’, our joyful ‘alternative carol service’. Our ‘authentic’ carol service took place the very next evening, and this year it was Victorian-themed. The church looked splendid, bedecked with holly and ivy, and we also welcomed a very special guest..

Boris Boar

‘Boris’ the wild boar cake was carried into church as the choir sang the boar’s head carol, which dates back to the 15th century. Our church was packed again and there was a wonderful atmospheric as carols were sung by candlelight. ‘Boris’ was a Victoria sponge cake covered in chocolate – he was very tasty indeed!

Music for the Winter Solstice '18After all the excitement, ‘Music for the Winter Solstice’ was our way of providing a short escape from the Christmas buzz. A meditative programme of mostly 21st Century organ music by candlelight was well attended and we hope to do something similar again next year – or perhaps even for the summer solstice in June.

Thank you to all who have helped us to make St Giles’ a very merry place in the run-up to Christmas. Best wishes to all in advance of the big day.


Camberwell Remembers

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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.