Earlier this week we sadly learned that our venue in Bristol, The Birdcage, had gone out of business.
We are pleased to have instead secured one of Bristol’s most exciting new venues, the Marble Factory.Read More
Violinist Matt Truscott is a familiar face at Night Shift events and has, together with the other members of the quartet, put together the sets for the upcoming tour. We asked him about the music featured:
“It has long been an ambition of ours to present a Beethoven quartet at a pub Night Shift.Read More
So we’re doing this nationwide tour, and we’re going to be in Brighton. And what’s the best thing about Brighton?Read More
Its been months in planning but we’re excited to today reveal our biggest ever Night Shift tour.Read More
Queen Esther supports us at our debut New York Night Shift. We put her through our rigorous speed interview and she performed admirably.Read More
Our New York debut show is almost here and we’re very pleased to be able to announce that Queen Esther will be opening for us at Littlefield on 1 March.Read More
The more musically educated among you have probably heard of Joseph Haydn (big-shot Classical compser, pals with Mozart, taught Beethoven). But Michael? Who the hell is Michael?Read More
The George Tavern is not your typical London local.
Located in the heart of the East End, The George provides a hub where the artistic past and present combine. Established as long ago as 1623, this legendary venue seeks to welcome those already established in the creative world as well as embracing up and coming artists and musicians.Read More
New York! Are you ready for classical music, minus the rules? We think you are…
London’s rule-breaking classical night is coming to Brooklyn – more details.Read More
First there was the Southbank Centre in London. Then the Roundhouse, Wilton’s Music Hall, Village Underground, London pubs, Brighton and Bristol. Now the Night Shift spreads its wings even further with our first-ever event in New York on 1 March.Read More
A month or so ago we took The Night Shift out clubbing. Night Shift team member Will blogs about the experience:Read More
Sometimes musicians can be unpredictable. They say they’re going to do one thing and then they go straight ahead and do another.Read More
That’s what violinist Richard Tognetti when he was asked what it’s like working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. And we didn’t even pay him to say it! Richard features in our latest event this Monday when he directs and plays violin in our 9pm concert with music by Grieg, Elgar and Dvorak.Read More
Seem cultured and knowledgeable ahead of our gig on Monday by giving our Spotify playlist a listen.Read More
Richard Tognetti is leading The Night Shift on Monday. The man composes, plays the violin, surfs and has tutored Russell Crowe. We put him through our speed interview.Read More
His times: Now it’s the Czech Republic; in Dvořák’s time it was Bohemia – an Austrian crown land that was effectively more ‘European’ in a musical sense than it was Slavic.Read More
As you may/should be aware, The Night Shift is back at its spiritual home at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 24 November. That means live, pre-concert music from 8pm and a post-concert DJ set until late.Read More
The violinist Margaret Faultless is one of the OAE’s four leaders and regularly directs the orchestra.Read More
…is what the house made of wax would wail, if it could talk.
Built from 8000 paraffin wax bricks, the Georgian house in London’s Southwark Street is brainchild of artist Alex Chinneck. It’s part of a festival, of course, and celebrates the history of an old shoe factory. Not really. It celebrates the history of an old candle making factory, obviously, which was in Bankside 200 years ago. The piece is called ‘A Pound of Flesh for 50p.’ Lovely.
At first glance I thought the walls had some kind of dead creeper plant growing up them, but actually that’s the melted wax. It’s not quite clever enough to be melting without a bit of help, in the form of people with massive hand held torches.
It’s rather effective though, and it will be there until 18 November when all that’s left will be a roof with a pile of melted wax beneath, a bit like the Wicked Witch of the West’s hat at the end of that movie.
The artist Alex Chinneck, above with his creation, is the guy responsible for the levitating market building in Covent Garden (I didn’t think that one was very impressive) and this crazy cool house in Margate:
No more Ocean’s 11 for China
Chinese censors are tightening even more on Film and TV that are streamed through the internet. They are trying to ban anything that includes one-night stands, murder, adultery, supernatural occurrences and gambling.
So no Love Actually (adultery), no ET or Harry Potter (supernatural), no Finding Nemo (I’m pretty sure in the Pixar world one fish eating another counts as murder). Hmmm.
Tall and small
To start your weekend with a smile, here’s a photo of the world’s tallest and shortest men, meeting in London to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Guinness World Records.
By the way, if you’ve read this far in order to find out why there is cake as the feature photo, there isn’t really a reason. We had brownies in the office today, and this is Keeping it Vague, so… yeah, brownies. Yum.
Back to the photo: Sultan Kosen 8ft 3 inches, and Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 1 ft 9.5 inches. That’s like 6ft 6 inches difference.