December 2019 must have been one of the busiest months of music-making we’ve had at St Giles’ in the last decade. There were even overlapping performances between two choirs on one evening, one inside church and one outside singing carols!
Along with the usual fantastic Friday night jazz in the Crypt performances, we started off December with a visiting choir and band from Tarporley High School entertaining pupils from nearby Lyndhurst Primary School. Lyndhurst then returned for their school winter concert in a packed St Giles’. By mid-December we had hosted Christmas concerts by Midsummer Opera, the Owl Parliament choir and of course, ‘Organoke’ VIII happened. To finish our ‘secular’ programme of music, Camberwell Community Choir set off from St Giles’ for ‘Carols round Camberwell’, raising money for charity and spreading much festive cheer throughout the pubs and restaurants of Camberwell.
We were also really pleased that our new junior choir went ‘on tour’ to King’s College Hospital Chapel and sang so well for a service there. And our big choir, which is made up of regulars and ‘friends’, sang some beautiful carols at our ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service. We ran out of programmes for this service and people had to queue outside the door to get in – we’ll print extra copies next year! There was more music at our Christingle, Midnight Mass and Christmas day services.
It was truly an amazing month of music – and there are so many people who contributed to help all this happen. Thank you to you all – Christmas 2020 is just around the corner…!