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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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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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Rules? What rules?

Sun 22 Feb 2015

Refrain from:
Quiet conversations

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Pub Tour: Set lists from The George and Old Queens Head

Tue 8 Oct 2013

Here are set lists from our gigs last month in Whitechapel and Angel. We’re on the road again soon, with more pub gigs in Brighton (21 Oct), Bristol (22nd Oct) and Camden (23 Oct).

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Pub Tour – now on sale

Mon 19 Aug 2013

We’re pretty damn excited to announce that, thanks to your donations and support, the 2013 Pub Tour is now on sale!

The tour takes in 6 pubs in 3 cities, and will feature the music of 18th century musical super-star Franz Joseph Haydn

Why Haydn? Well, cellist Robin Michael says: ‘Within a single line of music he can make you laugh, cry, dance and shock you with the most audacious of surprises. You can feel his generous spirit, the music bursts with invention, still fresh 200 years on.”

In the first set we’ll have a selection of some of Haydn’s ‘best bits’ and in the second, a complete string quartet. The exact music played will vary from night to night, so there will always be something a little different about each gig.

The tour will also feature 3 brand new pieces by some of today’s brightest composing talents – full details of who is being performed where below.

Each evening will feature 30 minute sets of music at 8.30pm and 9.30pm and doors will open at 7.30pm. While there may be some limited seating at some venues in general these are standing events.

We recommend early booking to secure limited availability discount tickets.
All tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee. Student tickets are £4 – please be sure to bring ID on the night – we WILL check!

Enough blurb – here are the tour details and booking links

Monday 9 September
The Bedford, Balham, London
Including the world premiere of Kate Whitley’s Statice for String Quartet
More info

Tuesday 10 September
The George Tavern, Shadwell, London
Including the Shadwell premiere of Kate Whitley’s Statice for String Quartet
More info

Wednesday 11 September
Old Queens Head, Angel, London
Including the world premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time
More info

Monday 21 October
Blind Tiger, Brighton
Including the world premiere of a new piece by Kim B Ashton
More info

Tuesday 22 October
The Hatchet Inn, Bristol
Including the Bristol premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time
More info

Wednesday 23 October
The Monarch, Camden, London
Including the Camden premiere of a new piece by Kim B Ashton
More info

(all plus 10% booking fee)

£5 Mega Mega Advance
£8 Mega Advance
£10 Advance
£12 Not Advance (door)

£4 Students (NUS). Please bring ID

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The Pub Tour: George Tavern and Amersham Arms

Fri 17 Feb 2012

Here’s a video from the first two dates of the pub tour, giving you a flavour of the night including some audience reaction. Further dates in Soho and Angel are now sold out but you can still buy tickets for our full-scale gigs at the Roundhouse and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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George Tavern: Pictures

Tue 7 Feb 2012

Here’s a selection of pictures from the first of our pub gigs at the George Tavern.

You can view (and tag) the complete set over on Facebook or see them on Flickr if you prefer. All pictures taken by Joe Plommer.


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George Tavern: set list

Thu 2 Feb 2012

Here’s the full set list from our gig at the George Tavern on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s set list from the Amersham Arms will follow sometime soon!

Set One

Purcell Golden Sonata No.9 from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Pavane in B flat
Purcell Fairest Isle from King Arthur
Purcell Two parts on a Ground from Dioclesian
Purcell Catch: Once, twice I Julia tried

Set Two

Purcell Sonata No.1 in B minor from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Pavane in A
Purcell Rondo from Abdelazar
Purcell Sonata No.6 in G minor from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Catch: Tis women make us love

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George Tavern: audience reaction

Wed 1 Feb 2012

Last night was the first date of our five-stop pub tour and we were thrilled to have so many of you join us! We’re looking forward to doing it all over all again tonight (but with different music) at the Amersham Arms. We’ll be posting a full set list probably tomorrow (sorry, we had said it would be today) and will have a picture gallery up from the event soon. In the meantime here’s some audience reaction to the event: The Night Shift: George Tavern Vox Pops by The Night Shift

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January 2012 Night Shift podcast

Thu 26 Jan 2012

Night Shift Pub Tour image

Here’s our latest freshly minted and lovingly crafted podcast, previewing our upcoming pub tour.

In it we get audience reaction from the last pub gig, talk to violinist Matt Truscott about how it is performing in a pub and what to expect from the tour, and lastly talk to The George Tavern landlady Pauline Forster about the pub and its amazing history.

The Night Shift January 2012 Podcast by The Night Shift

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Pub tour trailer

Tue 17 Jan 2012

A little trailer for our upcoming pub tour which kicks off in two weeks time on 31 January. A five date tour in the run-up to our shows at the Roundhouse and Southbank Centre (24 Feb and 4 March). Not to be missed…

Full info in our events section.

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