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Music for Folk

Thu 19 Oct 2017

We’re returning to Peckham’s CLF Art Café on the 24th October, but it won’t be your typical Night Shift. We caught up with clarinettist Katherine Spencer (also known as ‘Waffy’) to explain a bit about what’s in store. 

Could you talk a bit about the theme behind this Night Shift?

We’re exploring folk music and the folk that it was written for, through an OAE lens, so we’re going to be playing the music on a variety of early instruments. It’s an experiment in musical diversity and not being in a box.

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The Night Shift: back in your local boozer this Autumn

Tue 12 Sep 2017

After our mind-bending stint blending Handel, Bjork and Beyoncé on the festival circuit, we’re back with a whole raft of events to keep you entertained as the nights draw in.

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Venue profile: Kensington Palace

Wed 9 Aug 2017

Kensington Palace. It’s the official home of the Will and Kate. And Harry. And the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. And the Duke and Duchess of Kent. And Prince and Princess Michael of Kent too. God knows how they co-ordinate the washing up rota.

So what is The Night Shift doing there?

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Venue profile: Heath Street Baptist Church

Fri 21 Jul 2017

Heath Street Baptist Church (or Heath Street Baroque Church, as we’re inclined to accidentally call it in the office….) is becoming the unlikely alt-classical hub of North London.

Found half way between the bustle of Hampstead High Street and the tranquillity of Hampstead Heath, the intimate church was built in 1861 and still has regular services and community events.

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Introducing our Night Shift summer festival

Tue 27 Jun 2017

What’s this? Three Night Shifts on three long hot summer nights?

Yes that’s right. This August we’re having a mini-Night Shift festival, with three different gigs at three different venues. Summer Night (Shifts) if you like.

Tell me more, tell me more

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The Night Shift Monthly – back for 2017

Thu 2 Feb 2017

The Night Shift

New gigs

Since the last Night Shift of 2016 wound down in Peckham last November, we’ve been busy brewing up a storm for the New Year.

Throughout 2017 (ok, with a bit of a summer break), we’ll be back monthly rotating between the three venues you packed out for The Night Shift last year. That’s The George Tavern in Whitechapel (where we’re Resident Orchestra), the Old Queen’s Head in Islington and the CLF Art Café at the taco-tastic Bussey Building in Peckham.

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BBC Embedded composer Matthew Kaner on his new piece for The Night Shift

Fri 21 Oct 2016

“On the baroque violin the open strings have a really warm sound.. ..with the gut strings, it’s really beautiful.”  In his studio in east London, composer Matthew Kaner tells us about his experience writing for 4 baroque violins.  His piece ‘Concerto for 4 baroque violins’ will be performed at our next Night Shift at the Old Queen’s Head, Islington on the 25th October.

Get more info and book tickets

Or stay in and watch the live stream

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Punto in the pub

Wed 21 Sep 2016

Last time at the George Tavern, we played all sorts of fun french horn music by little-known composers.

Here’s a polacca (a type of Polish dance) by Giovanni Punto, performed by Kati Debretzeni (violin), John Crockatt (viola), Jonny Byers (cello) and Roger Montgomery (horn).

The Night Shift is back at the George – one of East London’s great music venues – on Tuesday 27 September.

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August set list

Wed 31 Aug 2016

august set list

August set list – here’s what you heard at the Bussey Building yesterday:

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Set list: The Night Shift – July

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Here’s what went down:

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Live streaming

Thu 21 Jul 2016

The roar of the crowd. The smell of the greasepaint. Except the crowd at The Night Shift doesn’t roar, it laughs and cheers. And is greasepaint even a thing anymore? But there’s still something about the live experience you just can’t beat.

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The Night Shift – 31 May 2016 Set list

Thu 2 Jun 2016

The Night Shift arrived in a brand new venue on Tuesday: CLF Art Cafe in the Bussey Building in Peckham. Lisa Beznosiuk, Colin Scobie and Luise Buchberger performed an electrifying set of Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and traditional folk music.

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What is the Bussey Building?

Mon 23 May 2016

Find out in this short tour.

The Night Shift lands there on Tuesday 31 May, info here

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The Night Shift Crowdfunder

Tue 29 Mar 2016

Great classical music. In a pub. Help us make it happen monthly.

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Good news and other news

Fri 4 Mar 2016

We’ve been a bit quiet recently, because we’ve been working on things in secret. But now it’s time to come clean.

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OAE announced as Duckie Resident Orchestra

Fri 18 Sep 2015

OAE Duckie

Orchestras like to have a home base. And they preferably like it to be pretty prestigious. Even glitzy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is no exception.

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Playlist: Kings Place, 11 September 2015

Thu 10 Sep 2015

Here’s what we’ll be playing on Friday. If you’re not that impressed, don’t worry – we’ll play it better (no offence other orchestras). 

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Full set list for Cavendish Arms gig confirmed.

Wed 2 Sep 2015

OAE The Night Shift

Just a few days away now from our debut gig at Stockwell’s Cavendish Arms we can reveal our full set which is a feast of Baroque music ranging from solos to music for all 5 musicians on stage.

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The Night Shift Playlist: Bank Holiday Weekend

Fri 28 Aug 2015

Something to listen to this bank holiday weekend, from the ears of The Night Shift team. 

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Opinion: Does Radio 1 belong at the Proms?

Fri 28 Aug 2015

Radio 1 Prom

I feel that by entitling this piece ‘Opinion’ I am giving you false hope of there being a strong one contained in it. I am going to disappoint because, as you will read, I’m really not sure what to think…

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