The Night Shift is the original rule-breaking, enjoy-it-on-your-own-terms classical music series. Have a drink during the performance. Take pictures. Even clap when you feel like it.
Therefore it’s really exciting that we’re taking The Night Shift to one of the world’s oldest rule-breaking organisations, Conway Hall – a ‘freethought’ association formed in 1787 by London dissidents rebelling against religious orthodoxy.Read More
Classical music hasn’t always been about sitting silently in a concert hall, glugging down a pre-poured glass of wine in the interval and polite applause.
With The Night Shift, we take classical music back to its lively, informal roots with gigs in pubs, night clubs and other venues where you like to spend your time. Enjoy two half hour sets of classical music, played by some of the finest players in the business, without the usual rules.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.
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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.Read More
“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.
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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.Read More
August set list – here’s what you heard at the Bussey Building yesterday:Read More
Here’s what went down:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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The Night Shift lands there on Tuesday 31 May, info hereRead More
Great classical music. In a pub. Help us make it happen monthly.Read More
We’ve been a bit quiet recently, because we’ve been working on things in secret. But now it’s time to come clean.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More