Countdown to the Herne Hill Music Festival - starts Friday!

We've begun the countdown to the Herne Hill Music Festival! It all kicks off this Friday, October 11th with Blues & Gypsy Jazz Night at The Prince Regent featuring Alan Glen and Steve Morrison! It's going to be a 9 day festival of classical, jazz, folk and other "lighter" music ... which, according to HHMF founder Alan Taylor, basically means it isn't a rock/pop fest. But there's loads on for every preference and across a range of easily accessible venues - folk legend Wizz Jones at The Prince Regent (last year we featured a jazz legend, Stan Tracey), a Mozart opera at Methodist Hall, a Choral Evensong + other free events, Family Concerts, jazz gigs at The Cambria, our Composition Competition (as close to classical X-Factor as you're going to get!) and a Baroque Ball at St Faith's to close the Fest on October 19th. If you haven't had a flyer through the letterbox, you can usually pick one up at Brockwell Lido, or check out Festival listings online:


There is another burlesque/life drawing show coming up at The Cambria on Kemerton off Herne Hill Road on the evening of 24th July! Life drawing's become all the rage - and is it any wonder when Betty Frankenstein's Drawng Room features a maritime medley of burlesque performance + life drawing featuring the Salacious Sirens?! Doors open for LIFE DRAWING WITH ADDED GILLS at 7pm, performances & drawing on from 7.30. £12 on the door. The Cambria, 40 Kemerton Rd, SE5 9AR. Be warned ... it's a bit nautical!


Life drawing classes/events with a good old fashioned sense of style!

Two community-based activities taking off like rockets this Spring: free film festivals and life drawing classes! We've previously mentioned a great surge of interest in life drawing classes around SE London and Herne Hill in particular at the Prince Regent through Lisa Brown's SketchPad group. For our area you can also add Betty Frankenstien's Drawing Room at The Cambria (40 Kemerton off Herne Hill) which happens on Wednesday nights from 7-9, and costs £8. She also runs a class at the Sparrowhawk Pub in Crystal Palace (SE19 1RX) on Mondays from 7-9pm.


Betty describes the Cambria class as very relaxed, set to a mix of blues, jazz and folk music, with no need to book. Her tagline is 'Life drawing classes and events with good old fashioned sense of style'.


Christmas Cambria Choir concerts - today, tomorrow, and Thursday


TODAY AT THE HERNE HILL MARKET  from 2pm, the Cambria Choir will be making good use of the piano, and the good folks from Poet's Corner will be handing out carol sheets for a singalong.


If you're not about for then, come to the Cambria tomorrow night, for our official Christmas gig. Free entry. It's always packed so you might want to bag a table a little earlier. 


And our final gig of the year will be on Thursday, 20th December at the Commercial pub, opposite Herne Hill Station. 


Then we'll be taking a well deserved rest until January!





The Cambria presents The Ingham Swing Ensemble - Fri 2nd Nov

Fresh off their series of Herne Hill Sunday market lunchtime shows at Jazz On The Hill, the Ingham Swing Ensemble return to the Cambria on Kemerton Road (Loughborough or Camberwell or Lower Herne Hill? This is open to debate!) on Friday November 1st, 8:30 pm. Swing by and get swung by some great American songbook numbers hailng from the 30s and 40s, featuring the likes of Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. WIth Rupert on vocals and his amazing backing band.


Entry is free!


The Cambria is located at 40 Kemerton Road, SE5 9AR



This Monday, Cambria Choir opens its doors to new members


After taking August off, the Cambria Choir returns to its weekly rehearsals this Monday evening.


We are a non-auditioning, mixed, four-part choir, singing a wide variety of songs, arranged by our directors, Sarah Fisher and Lucy Davies.


If you have been thinking about joining a choir, then come along to try it out. Our doors are open to new members this Monday and next - that's the 3rd and 10th September. Come along to the Cambria pub, at 7.15, in the upstairs function room.



Sessions cost £5 payable each week. We regularly gig locally and sometimes further afield. There's a really nice mix of people and ages, with a strong community spirit.


The address: Cambria pub, 40 Kemerton Road, SE5 9AR.

Cambria Choir Concert this Monday evening (Tomorrow!)

The Cambria choir now has over 40 members, and are singing their seasonal concert at the Cambria this Monday evening. It's free of charge and proves hugely popular.


Conducted and arranged by Sarah Fisher and Lucy Davies, the choir are sounding rather fantastic, in preparation for their entry at the Choir of the Year. If you want to eat whilst watching, book a table in advance by calling the Cambria. Expect a varied (and enthusiastic!) programme, from rousing ballads to uplifting pop anthems.


The Cambria is on 40 Kemerton Road, SE5 9AR.


This Monday (14th May) from 8.30pm.

The Cambria Choir resumes Business as Usual

After a month off, the Cambria Choir resumes rehearsals on Monday at 7.15pm.


We practise in the Cambria, on Kemerton Road, SE5. A fee of £5 is payable each week.


We are a non-auditioning community choir, and currently have a few spaces. If you'd like to join, please don't turn up but email letting us know your voice type if you know it (high female, low female, high man, low man, or SATB).



We're a friendly, diverse lot, and get asked to do exciting things like local events and festivals, and we've been known to sing with Hazel O Connor more than once...




To see us performing please click on the following links.

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