The violinist Margaret Faultless is one of the OAE’s four leaders and regularly directs the orchestra.Read More
We’ve been very busy this week, drinking beer, playing music, drinking beer, playing music. It’s not easy…. but thankfully you (our amazing Night Shift audience) were there with us the whole time.Read More
The hangovers have just about worn off now, so as the year draws to a close, we look back at some of our favourite moments from The Night Shift Pub Tour 2013 as captured by photographer Joe Plommer. Thanks so much to all of you that helped make this happen.
OAE violinist Maggie Faultless tells you why you should come to The Night Shift at Queen Elizabeth Hall tonight, where she’ll lead a performance of Beethoven Symphony 8 – direct from copies of Beethoven’s original edition of the music.Read More
‘What’s special about the 26 November?’ I hear you shout! That’s right, it’s The Night Shift at Queen Elizabeth Hall and this time around we’re proving that Beethoven is more than just a gigantic/loveable dog from the 90s.Read More
The Night Shift Pub Tour has now sadly came to an end. We had a fantastic time and huge thanks go out to all who came along and everyone that helped make it happen! Here’s what some of you had to say about the London leg of the tour…Read More
This week, for the first time, we took The Night Shift out of London and into the pubs of Brighton and Bristol. Here’s what you had to say about it…Read More
Well, the pub tour finished about a month ago and this blog should have been written a lot sooner. But we’ve been pretty busy with other Night Shift gigs at the Roundhouse and Southbank and with other OAE events. So it’s a bit late. Sorry.
Anyway, I thought it’d be good to just to reflect a bit on the pub tour. It was all a bit of a whirlwind at the time, and we were caught out with just how much interest it would stir up – we struggled to keep up with all the press enquiries at one stage! Almost 700 of you (including, of course, Jude Law) joined us on the tour, with 4 of the 5 nights totally selling out – way beyond our expectations.
We’ve learnt a lot from the tour. One thing was how important the size and shape of the venue is – big square rooms are fantastic, long thin ones less so, as the people at the back are a long way away! We would probably be a bit more cautious with audience sizes next time – we know some of the venues were a bit TOO full for comfort. Lastly we know NEVER to programme two consecutive nights again – way too tiring for all concerned…
Most of all though we learnt how much everyone (audience and musicians) enjoyed the night, there was such a great atmosphere at the gigs. And we really do mean that about the musicians. You can read what violinist Maggie Faultless made of playing pubs on her Guardian blog.
Well, firstly we’d welcome all your thoughts and ideas. What could we do to improve the events next time? Any other composers you’d like to hear? Any new venues we should try out? That includes pubs outside of London!
Second, there will definitely be more pub events. (After the last gig I know my immediate reaction was ‘Let’s do it all again!’) So there’ll be some one-offs in the next 6 months or so, and hopefully another tour in the future, probably next year.
Finally we want to say a last and VERY BIG thank you to all the crowdfunders who helped make the tour happen by contributing towards it. You made it possible, and importantly, through your donations, kept ticket prices down so that everyone could enjoy it.
Thanks again for your support and keep your eyes peeled for more events coming your way soon!
William Norris, Communications DirectorRead More
In addition to our other press coverage violinist Maggie Fautless has today written a blog for The Guardian talking about why the pub tour is important:
“this is about empowerment. Audiences want to have a bit more ownership of what they’re listening to. The best performances involve a three-way relationship – the music (ie what’s on the page) the audience and the performers.”
We kinda like the idea of empowered audiences…
Tickets are still left for tomorrow’s show at Paradise, but Soho and Angel dates are now sold out. Sorry!Read More
Next month we’re trying something a little different and taking our late-night series, The Night Shift to everyone’s favourite place – the pub.
It’s an idea we’ve bandied around for a little while here in the OAE office, but recently we decided to JFDI, as we say in our strange office lingo. (Just Flipping Do It)…
The idea is simple, downsize the Night Shift and perform in a pub. We love the idea of it being a super-intimate event with the audience being really close to performers, and being in a pub, standing, with a pint in hand, should work well with the whole Night Shift informality thing. Plus our Night Shift audience is always telling us they want more regular events – so this is a handy way of having events in between the main shows.Read More