Next week we’re making a return visit to the fantastic Village Underground, an amazingly atmospheric venue hidden in the heart of Shoreditch. We can now reveal some more details of the event, which is a bit different to your normal Night Shift…Read More
In today’s Keeping it Vague, controversy, Star Wars, cats and pugs.Read More
In this week’s Keeping it Vague, we tell you what different people in the office have been looking at. It’s like a box of Celebrations, minus the Bountys – because everyone knows they’re rough.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
Tonight we head to The Doodle Bar, Battersea for some drinks and insanely good opera. Then tomorrow we’re off to Wilton’s. Click on the link below for a taste of the music we’ll be playing…Read More
Over the last three years Idle Fret have put on shows at The Lock Tavern, The Social, The Shacklewell Arms and The London Palladium and have released records by Stealing Sheep, We Were Evergreen and Listing Ships.
In honour of the upcoming Night Shifts featuring the music of Henry Purcell, we present you with some little known facts about the composer and the future musicians he inspired.Read More
Singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney joins us on Wednesday to opened The Night Shift. We spoke with her about her approach to writing and what she fears most.Read More
Multi-instrumentalist and accomplished lyricist and vocalist, the London-based singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney has built a loyal and growing audience, both in the UK and internationally, following her eponymous debut EP in 2013.Read More
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…Read More
In this week’s Keeping it Vague, when the world of art meets the world of crime. Is it a crime to love art? Is it an art to commit a crime? No. crime is always wrong. Plus, other unrelated pictures and a video.Read More
In this week’s Keeping It Vague I’m feeling nostalgic, looking at childhood toys from a new perspective, remembering the 90s, contemplating the evolution of music and reminiscing on my favourite arcade game.Read More
Last night, over a hundred of you braved the tube strikes and miserable weather to join us at the top of The Old Queen’s Head, for a few drinks and some music by John Blow, Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell. Here’s what you had to say about it…
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Due to the London tube strikes, Angel station is closed. But no worries, there are still plenty of ways to get to The Old Queens Head for tonight’s Night Shift.Read More
Matthew Locke was born in Exeter, Devon and trained as a chorister at the Cathedral there. He lived through the English Civil War and left the country in favour of the Netherlands at the age of eighteen. After returning to England, he and his friend Christopher Gibbons wrote the score to various plays and operas, including Cupid and Death by James Shirley. He then went on to serve King Charles, as Composer of the Wind Music and Composer for the Violins. The successor for this role was none other than Locke’s childhood friend; Henry Purcell and it’s believed that Locke may have had some influence on the young Purcell.
Not much is written about Locke as a person, but it’s believed that he had very long wavy hair and wore a tiny beard, no bigger than that of a child’s thumb print. In June last year, Exeter Cathedral took down one of their organs and, in doing so, found graffiti left by a teenager Matthew Locke. As you might imagine, this was very exciting for all involved (until they covered it up again with a new organ). You can watch a short video about it here.
Today Locke’s instrumental music is considered to be among the finest of the 17th century and his Melothesia treatise was one of the earliest English works to deal with Certain General Rules for playing upon a Continued Bass.
You can hear music from Locke’s Tempest, along with music from John Blow and Purcell at The Night Shift this Thursday at The Old Queen’s Head.
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In this week’s Keeping It Vague – things that are ugly/terrifying.Read More
My new year’s resolution is to bring you a blog of even higher credibility. Not really, it’s to come up with brilliant puns. And, as you’ll see below, I’m currently nailing it.Read More
In this week’s arts blog – more creative parents, camouflaged products, Doctor Who and the greatest holiday location of all time.Read More
Last night was the last Night Shift of the year, featuring music from Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang on fortepianos, Maggie Faultless directing from a first edition manuscript, pre-show excellence from Harry Harris, an amazing DJ set from Clean Bandit and the ever popular Alistair Appleton keeping the whole thing under control, like a lion tamer with a penchant for knitwear. Here’s what you had to say…Read More