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Crowdfunding the Pub Tour – 1 week to go!

Fri 9 Aug 2013

Well, we’re now in the home straight of our crowdfunding campaign to fund a new Pub Tour for 2013!

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Play to win!

Tue 30 Jul 2013

Yes, at tomorrow night’s Night Shift at Wilton’s Music Hall we’re going for game show mania. Sort of.

As part of our Pub Tour crowdfunding campaign we’re holding a special prize competition with all donations going towards the tour.

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Back in your boozer. The Pub Tour returns.

Fri 19 Jul 2013

We’re very excited to announce that The Night Shift Pub Tour is (hopefully) back!

Our first pub tour, last year, was a massive success. We played in 5 packed pubs across London, bringing Purcell, Pints and Pork scratchings to your local. Over 1000 of you came, and we had amazing feedback and some great press attention as well. Even Jude Law came – result!

Now we’re planning our next tour, with a few twists to make it just a little bit different – we’ll release further details later on today.

Last time around, over 50 of you donated amounts large and small to make the tour happen, and that’s why we say ‘hopefully’ above – we need your support again to make this latest tour happen.

This afternoon, as well as releasing information on the tour, we’ll be giving you details of a new crowdfunding campaign. We need to raise £1,500 in just 30 days to make the tour happen. Unfortunately, even if we sell every single ticket we’ll still make a loss – so your crowdfunding support really does count! In return we can offer some fantastic ‘thank yous’, ranging from some tweet love through to your own private Night Shift event, plus of course our popular ‘group hug’ option…

So, keep your eyes on our website, Facebook Page and Twitter feed and we’ll be back later on today with more details on how you can help make our next Night Shift tour a reality.

 UPDATE: our crowdfunding page is now live.


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Sound and Music: the composers revealed

Thu 14 Mar 2013

We promised in our blog a few weeks ago that we’d be announcing the winning three candidates of our Sound and Music Night Shift project, who’ll be mentored by Sally Beamish and OAE musicians.

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The Night Shift meets Portfolio

Tue 26 Feb 2013

Night Shift in a pub

Last Thursday, I joined the esteemed composer Sally Beamish, cellist Robin Michael and Sound & Music’s Creative Projects Leader Hannah Bujic to interview seven candidates to be awarded a place on Sound and Music’s Portfolio programme. 

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The Night Shift on Resonance FM

Tue 21 Feb 2012

The other week, before our gig at the Paradise, 2 players from the OAE: Maggie Faultless and Robin Michael, myself and our regular Night Shift presenter Alistair Appleton all headed up to deepest North London to a well-hidden studio to record an hour-long show for Resonance FM’s ‘Clear-Spot’. We talked about all things Night Shift, chatting about the pub gigs and how they’d been to play at, why we had decided to do them in the first place and also talked about the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and what makes it different. Added to this we looked ahead to our Roundhouse gig (did we mention that it’s THIS FRIDAY?) and heard some interviews with conductors and audience members. Plus Maggie and Robin provided live music, which was quite a treat, and the whole 45 minutes or so was a really lovely, friendly experience. I think we all forgot the microphones were there which was probably a good thing!

The broadcast went out last week but we’ve got it here on our soundcloud page for your listening pleasure.
The Night Shift on Resonance FM’s Clear Spot:15th Feb 2012 by The Night Shift

William Norris, Night Shift Creative Director

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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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DJs for Pub Tour confirmed

Fri 6 Jan 2012

We’re pleased to announce the DJs who will be supporting our upcoming pub tour:

31 January @ George Tavern, Stepney: Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne)

1 February @ Amersham Arms, New Cross: Chris John

7 February @ The Paradise, Kensall Rise: Chris John

21 February @ The Green Carnation, Soho: Nick Luscombe (flomotion)

22 February @ Old Queens Head, Angel: Nick Luscombe (flomotion)

We’re also really pleased to be able to tell you that Bob Stanley will also join us at our 4 March event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

We’ll be posting more information soon on all the music, composers and performers being featured in upcoming gigs over the next few weeks.

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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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Pub tour update…

Mon 28 Nov 2011

We know its been a bit quiet on the Night Shift front of late, so we thought  we’d give you a quick update on pub tour progress. We know it sounds easy to put on a few gigs in pubs but there’s a fair amount of organising that has to go on. First thing is that players have to be booked. They’re busy people, working not just with us but also teaching and also playing in other orchestras. We think we’re just about sorted now, and the line up should look pretty similar to the last one…that means we have also sorted out (almost!) the dates for the pub tour, with things most likely to kick off right at the end of January.

Then, Ceri and I have had the task of checking out pubs. I can hear you all saying ‘oh how terrible for you’, but it’s actually been really tiring schlepping across London to look at various pubs and bars. The other week we saw about 14 in just two afternoons! We reckon we’re pretty much sorted for North and East London but we’re still looking at venues in South, Central and West London. Suggestions always welcome…

Oh yeah and the music. Thats sorted too. We’re having two different programmes, both of which are different to our gig back in September.

If everything goes to plan we’ll be posting full details of the tour in mid December…exciting stuff! And if anyone wants to get involved and help us promote these shows then please do drop us a line.

William Norris
Communications Director / Night Shift Creative Director

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Help us find a good boozer…

Tue 1 Nov 2011

Now that we’re ready to go full-steam ahead with our pub tour we’re looking for your venue suggestions. We’re aiming to put 5 gigs on, in venues in North, South, East, West and Central London. We’re particularly looking for central London suggestions but all your ideas are welcome. The only stipulations are that it should be a pub or bar, geared up for live performance, and able to hold at least 150 people. This is your chance to hear us perform at your favourite pub!

So, let us know – you can leave a comment here or drop us an email. Thanks!

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Just three days left to help us…

Wed 19 Oct 2011

There’s only a few days left to help us reach our £1200 goal, letting us take our Night Shift gigs to London pubs all over the capital.

We’re so grateful to everyone who’s donated already and we’re nearly there…but even with a sell-out crowd, each event loses a little money, once the musicians, DJ, room hire and publicity have all been paid for – so we need YOUR help to make up the difference and to make them happen.

We’ve got £400 left to raise- if just 80 people gave a fiver, we’d reach our target!  In return, there’s loads of thank you’s up for grabs, including a pint with the players, a VIP package at a future event or even a group hug from the office team.

So if you’re feeling generous, please do spare a few pounds to help us make this great project possible.

You can read more about the project and donate online here.

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Future events

Wed 5 Oct 2011

There’ll be a post soon with news and pics from our last event on 29 September, but in the meantime we’re *very* aware that our ‘what’s on’ section is empty! Well, that doesn’t mean that there are no more Night Shift’s, far from it. Expect some exciting annoucements later this month about 2012 events, and of course, we still want to do that pub tour. If you want to help us make it happen visit our crowdfunding page here.

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