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Christmas is coming and as usual, there are lots of chances to come and enjoy Christmas music at St Giles' Church!
Tuesday 16th December, 7pm
Carols 'round Camberwell
Join us to hear the choir sing traditional carols and some classic hits in a free, 'mini' concert in church. Afterwards, the choir will be embarking on a carol singing tour of Camberwell's many restaurants and pubs, raising money for local charities.
Sunday 21st December, 6pm
A Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols
The church choir will be performing beautiful Christmas music by candlelight. There will be a mixture of traditional and modern carols sung by the choir and the congregation will have chance to sing traditional carols too with the organ. Mince pies and mulled wine will be available afterwards.
Crib Service and Christingle
A service specially designed for children of all ages, telling the Christmas story through readings and carols.
Christmas Eve, 6pm
Carols on the merry organ
In a candlelit church, this is the perfect time to have a few quiet moments before the Christmas festivities begin!
Christmas Eve, Midnight
Beginning on the stroke of Midnight, welcome Christmas in at this traditional mass with carols.
Christmas Day, 10am
Christmas Day beings with a festival mass with carols.
The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog
Thank you to everyone who joined us at St Giles' to watch a silent film with live music from Camberwell Community Choir! We had over 200 people in the audience and there was a huge amount of interest in showing another film soon.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Lodger was set in 1920's London. At night, lurking in the fog, a murderer known as 'The Avenger' is on the loose and when a mysterious lodger (Ivor Novello) moves in to the upstairs room of Mr and Mrs Bunting, suspicions began to rise...!
Some audience members came disguised in all kinds of costumes and the party atmosphere continued downstairs in the crypt afterwards as band 'Paragon' entertained us.
We'll keep you posted when we organize another screening - in the meantime you can read more about the night in the 2014 Blog here.
Sponsor a Hymn!
On Sunday 5th October at 6pm we held a special service to celebrate harvest time. We sang some beautiful music and listened to words which told the story of people who worked to bring in the harvest long ago. Afterwards, we were treated to lots of cake!
Many people sponsored hymns for the service and we raised £140. But you can only sing so many hymns in one service! So every Sunday, we will be singing a sponsored hymn in our main 10am service. You might want to sponsor a hymn simply because you like the tune! Or you might want to suggest a hymn in memory of a loved one. To get involved, please fill in a hymn sponsor sheet at the back of church next to the music noticeboard and hand it in to a choir member or a member of the clergy. You can write a message about why you chose the hymn and it will be included on the church notice sheet. Money raised will again go towards repairs on the organ.
St Giles' Choir
Our church choir is a fundamental part of worship at St Giles'. The choir continues a long tradition of choral music both at St Giles' and in the Church of England.
To help us grow the choir and improve our musicanship, a grant has been awarded by the Ousley Trust for a number of choral scholarships which have already made a huge difference to the choir. The grant has enabled us to increase the range of repertoire we are able to sing - as well as inspiring others to join. The trust helps around 40 churches in similar ways every year and we are extremely grateful for their support.
You can find out more about the Trust at the website, here.
Camberwell Community Choir
Rehearsals on Tuesdays at 7.45pm - All Welcome!
After a busy summer with performances at the Young Vic theatre, St Giles' and at King's College Hospital, rehearsals are once again underway!
Anyone is welcome to join - your first rehearsal is free! Rehearsals take place at the St Giles' Centre opposite the church.