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Tue 25 Oct 2016

Old Queens Head, Islington

The Night Shift – The Fab Four

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Four Seasons. Four Beatles. Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Lots of interesting things come in fours.

For this Night Shift, we’ve our very own Fab Four – four world-class violinists vying for your attention.

As well as extraordinary music for four violins by greats of the classical era, we’ve a new piece by BBC Radio 3’s new ‘embedded’ composer, Matthew Kaner.

It’s going to be FOUR-MIDABLE.

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Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)


Henry Purcell

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.

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BBC Embedded composer Matthew Kaner on his new piece for The Night Shift

Fri 21 Oct 2016


“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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Or stay in and watch the live stream

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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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The Night Shift Crowdfunder

Tue 29 Mar 2016


Great classical music. In a pub. Help us make it happen monthly.

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Good news and other news

Fri 4 Mar 2016


We’ve been a bit quiet recently, because we’ve been working on things in secret. But now it’s time to come clean.

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Full set list for Cavendish Arms gig confirmed.

Wed 2 Sep 2015

OAE The Night Shift

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.

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Pub profile: Cavendish Arms

Fri 28 Aug 2015


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.

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Bristol Proms: The Night Shift Playlist

Thu 30 Jul 2015


Ahead of tonight’s gig at Bristol Proms here’s a Spotify Night Shift playlist that gives you the chance to sample some of the music featured. 

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We’re going on a pub crawl…

Wed 29 Jul 2015


Ahead of our show at the Bristol Proms tomorrow night we’re trying something new – a pub crawl. Except that we (probably) won’t be drinking and will instead be playing three free gigs.

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Announcement – The Night Shift support act and DJ

Wed 6 May 2015


Drumroll, please.

For Tuesday’s gig at Southbank Centre it gives us great pleasure to announce that we’ll be joined by old friends Harry Harris and Idle Fret

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Keeping you on your toes…another new venue for Bristol

Thu 16 Apr 2015

The Hatchet Inn

We changed venue once. And then today, because we’re not busy or anything the day before the tour starts, we thought – why not change it again? Yes, our Bristol gig tomorrow now has a(nother) new home – the Hatchet Inn.

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Video: The Night Shift Tour

Thu 16 Apr 2015


The Night Shift tour: 6 gigs, 5 cities, all in one week. There really is no excuse not to be there, unless perhaps you’re out of the country.

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And the winner is…

Tue 7 Apr 2015


We know you’ve all spent the bank holiday weekend fretting about the outcome of our vote to decide the flavour of the 2015 Night Shift rock.

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Behind the Bar: The Cumberland Arms

Thu 2 Apr 2015

cumberland arms

One of the best things about the Night Shift (apart from the music) is that it always takes place in a unique and interesting venue. So, in the run-up to our grand tour of England, we’ve decided to delve a little deeper into these amazing places. First up, our Newcastle venue, the Cumberland Arms.

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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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Announcing our biggest ever Night Shift tour

Fri 6 Mar 2015

The Night Shift Tour

Its been months in planning but we’re excited to today reveal our biggest ever Night Shift tour.

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Rules? What rules?

Sun 22 Feb 2015


Refrain from:
Quiet conversations

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Announcing the Night Shift in New York

Wed 28 Jan 2015

The Night Shift in New York

First there was the Southbank Centre in London. Then the Roundhouse, Wilton’s Music Hall, Village Underground, London pubs, Brighton and Bristol. Now the Night Shift spreads its wings even further with our first-ever event in New York on 1 March.

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What happened last night?

Tue 25 Nov 2014


Sometimes musicians can be unpredictable. They say they’re going to do one thing and then they go straight ahead and do another.

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