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Tue 25 Oct 2016

Old Queens Head, Islington

The Night Shift – The Fab Four

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Four Seasons. Four Beatles. Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Lots of interesting things come in fours.

For this Night Shift, we’ve our very own Fab Four – four world-class violinists vying for your attention.

As well as extraordinary music for four violins by greats of the classical era, we’ve a new piece by BBC Radio 3’s new ‘embedded’ composer, Matthew Kaner.

It’s going to be FOUR-MIDABLE.

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Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)


Henry Purcell

Purcell / The Man

Henry Purcell is often hailed as England’s greatest composer. Ever. Sadly, his genius was cut short by an early death at the age of just 36. Nevertheless, he’d written enough masterpieces in his short life to ensure his place in the history books and the concert hall for the rest of time.

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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.

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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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Pub profile: Cavendish Arms

Fri 28 Aug 2015


So it might not be a particularly inspiring setting – it is, after all, Stockwell. But look at this place on street view and you’ll see a sweet little pub with bunting outside and a banner advertising ‘South Lambeth Market’. The Cavendish Arms describe themselves as an ‘arts’ pub, Stockwell’s hidden gem. It’s cute.

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Tweet for us?

Fri 7 Aug 2015


Are you on Twitter? Instagram? We need you.

We’re not particularly interested in your ‘influence’, we don’t really care about your follower count and we certainly don’t give a shit about your Klout score. At our gigs we’ve always got 101 things to think about – tickets, pizza for the musicians, music stands and so on – so we don’t always have time to document the whole thing on social media. But we’d really like to.

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Join the team.

Fri 31 Jul 2015


At The Night Shift we like to think ourselves fairly well-rounded – jacks of all trades, masters of none. Think Andrew Flintoff, Richard Branson or Changing Room’s Handy Andy.

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Bristol Proms: The Night Shift Playlist

Thu 30 Jul 2015


Ahead of tonight’s gig at Bristol Proms here’s a Spotify Night Shift playlist that gives you the chance to sample some of the music featured. 

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