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.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
Find out in this short tour.
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
Something to listen to this bank holiday weekend, from the ears of The Night Shift team.Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More