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The Night Shift is back this autumn

Fri 17 Aug 2018

Late nights, early music. It’s a format which seems to work best when the evenings are drawing in.

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Seven things you (probably) didn’t know about… The Mendelssohns

Fri 1 Jun 2018

The Carpenters. The Corrs. The Magic Numbers. Put a brother and sister together and get them to write music, and it doesn’t always turn out well.

But in the early 19th century things were different, when Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn were changing the music world with their new Romantic sounds.

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The George Tavern: Pub Profile

Wed 18 Apr 2018

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.

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Mozart’s naughty notes

Mon 16 Apr 2018

Mozart illustrated the score for the Rondo from his Horn Concerto No.1 with a series of insults and jokes aimed at his horn player friend, Joseph Leutgeb.

Read the naughty notes as we perform the concerto with our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery, filmed at The Night Shift earlier this month.

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The Night Shift – A Teaser

Mon 26 Mar 2018

Never been to the Night Shift before? This should give you an idea of what to expect…

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New – The Night Shift at Conway Hall

Fri 16 Feb 2018

Mozart’s horn concertos in the original home of freethought.

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Fresh Night Shifts for 2018

Wed 10 Jan 2018

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.

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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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