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Intense. Dense. Powerful. Matt Truscott on The Night Shift tour

Wed 25 Mar 2015

Matthew Truscott The Night Shift

Violinist Matt Truscott is a familiar face at Night Shift events and has, together with the other members of the quartet, put together the sets for the upcoming tour. We asked him about the music featured:

“It has long been an ambition of ours to present a Beethoven quartet at a pub Night Shift.

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Hot. Sweaty. Boozy. What happened when The Night Shift did Duckie?

Fri 12 Dec 2014


A month or so ago we took The Night Shift out clubbing. Night Shift team member Will blogs about the experience:

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The Night Shift – Twitter Speak

Thu 15 May 2014

The Night Shift

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.

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Matthew Truscott on Purcell

Tue 29 Apr 2014

Matthew Truscott

This May, The Night Shift is back to make your ears smile in two amazing venues.  What will we be playing?  Purcell that’s what.  Here’s violinist Matthew Truscott to tell you why that’s a good thing…

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How would you like your Purcell?

Tue 22 Apr 2014

Wilton's Music Hall Doodle Bar

The Night Shift is back in May with two consecutive nights of classical goodness served up for your aural pleasure, with events on 13 May at Battersea’s Doodle Bar and 14 May at Wilton’s Music Hall.

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The Night Shift Pub Tour Top 10 Pictures

Wed 11 Dec 2013

The Night Shift

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.


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The Night Shift Pub Tour, London – Your Thoughts…

Mon 28 Oct 2013

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…

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The Night Shift Pub Tour in Bristol & Brighton – Your Thoughts…

Thu 24 Oct 2013

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…

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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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Matthew Truscott


Matthew is one of the Orchestras four ‘leaders’ – the violinist closest to the conductor, who acts as a kind of ‘No.2’ after the conductor. Outside of the UK, the leader is referred to as a ‘concert master’. Anyway,  having studied in London, Holland and the USA, Matthew now performs around the world with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and other ensembles.

Matthew also teaches the Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Announcing the Night Shift pub tour

Thu 8 Dec 2011

Night Shift Pub Tour image

Yes! After exhaustive research of London’s finest drinking establishments (and thank you for all your brilliant suggestions), we now have five fabulous venues lined up and are ready to announce our Night Shift pub tour. We’ve managed to touch all points of the compass, with the bonus of a dead-central venue too (It’s more of a bar than pub but we hope you’ll forgive us that).

The list of venues and dates is below and you’ll find all the events listed in our ‘Whats on’ section, but the format of each event is the same. We’ll have two live sets, at 8.30pm and 9.30pm, with DJ sets between and afterwards. Each event is introduced by Jon Jacob, and the musicians at each will be very familiar to you if you were at our event back in September; Maggie Faultless and Matthew Truscott on violins and Robin Michael on cello. For every event advance tickets are £6, or on the door they’re £10. If you’re a student they’re just £4 – but remember to bring ID!

All the venues are special in some way – we’ll be telling you more about each of them in the coming weeks, with a little feature on each. We have two programmes of music. Best of British features the music of Henry Purcell, whose stuff was such a hit last time around. The programme will include drinking songs, for which we’ll expect full audience participation (i.e. both drinking and singing). The second programme is Best of the rest – music of all the famous continentals that either made London their home or whose music was massively popular here. One of the composers featured is Martini, which is rather appropriate…

Here are the events and dates:

31 Jan: The George Tavern, Stepney. Best of British
1 Feb: Amersham Arms, New Cross. Best of the rest
7 Feb: The Paradise, Kensal Rise. Best of British
21 Feb: Green Carnation, Soho. Best of the rest
22 Feb: Old Queens Head, Angel. Best of British

And of course don’t forget that this all builds up to our massive event at the Roundhouse on 24 Feb! This is closely followed by our all-Bach Night Shift at our usual (but lovely) Southbank Centre home on 4 March, which, excitingly, is part of the London 2012 Festival.

Last word goes to all our amazing Night Shift pub tour crowdfunders whose generosity made the whole thing happen – thank you!

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On being a fledgling presenter

Mon 19 Sep 2011

Jon Jacobs at the mini pub Night Shift

OAE photographer Joe Plommer appears to be able to capture a moment with his camera and present it in entirely different way from the way my memory recalls it now (above). He’s made me appear relaxed. I was far from it. And there were moments when I looked at Maggie (right) and was certain she probably wondered what the hell I was saying.

That’ll be the internal dialogue. I bet you.

Maybe it was the drink. Between you and me, I’d had a glass of red wine before arriving at the Star of Kings pub to ‘compere’ the OAE’s inaugural Mini Night Shift concert. I had a strong black coffee while I waited for the rehearsal to finish, and then a beer before my first moment on stage delivering the very important message: “Ladies and Gentlemen, the gig will start in ten minutes time.”

The truth is that I’ve always rather fancied doing this line of work. As I’ve said before, Alistair Appleton makes it look really easy. Surely, if I try and cultivate a similar image that should do the trick, shouldn’t it?

That was my thinking selecting the checked shirt I received the day before on my birthday. But by the time approximately 200 people had packed into the pub and the band had marked out their territory on stage, I quickly began to realise this was going to be a good deal more difficult than standing in front of a camera and waxing lyrical about the best way to listen to Beethoven 9.

What represented the massive learning curve for me in what amounted to my first stint behind the microphone was to what extent the presenter is incidental to events on stage. And in an intimate space like the Star of Kings that was a point which became even more important, not least because Matthew Truscott, Maggie Faultless and Robin Michael are all such dab hands at introducing the music anyway. Matthew especially seems more than happy to whip up the crowd into a mild frenzy (the line about ‘wives always end up killing their husbands’ certainly resulted in a discernible collective intake of breath).

But while I look on another shot from last night and think that maybe Bachtrack’s review of me appearing a little uncomfortable may have been partially correct, I’m struck with the cheeky nerve I appear to have had tweeting while the players were doing their thing.

I suspect they must have been playing Handel. I still don’t get what everyone gets so excited about where Handel is concerned. That said, serve me up some Purcell – like the 10 Sonatas in 4 Parts (but only available on 3 – don’t ask me to explain the story behind it, I don’t recall) – and you’ve got me hooked. And, as memory serves me everyone else in the room got it too. The cheer at the end of both sonatas played was overwhelming. And when a whole room full of people express that kind of appreciation at the same time you know you’re right.

And that perhaps points to the underlying joy in the Mini Night Shift and the thrill I experienced. Everyone got to stand close to the players (some even had their pictures taken with them). But I got to stand even closer. And […]

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Corelli + Bach + Purcell + Pub = The ‘mini’ Night Shift

Thu 25 Aug 2011

There are two weeks to go until our first ever Night-Shift-in-a-pub on 8 September. Here’s a little video preview. If you watch it and are subsequently desperate to buy tickets you can do that here. By the way, does anyone know what the background music is? It’s insanely catchy…

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Purcell in a pub: wretched ribaldry or beneficial to the publick?

Tue 16 Aug 2011

16th Century pub


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.

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