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 honour of the upcoming pub Night Shift, 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
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
Songwriter Harry Harris joins us tomorrow night to open The Night Shift at 9pm. Here he tells us about his biggest fear and where is music comes from…Read More
The Man: Beethoven’s father Johann is known to have been an alocholic who was abusive towards him as a child. Johann would force the young Ludwig to practice all of the time, slamming the piano cover on his knuckles if he made a mistake and providing little to no positive reinforcement if he got it right.
Ludwig knew from the age of 26 that he had problems with his hearing and by the end of his life he was completely deaf. It’s thought that this made him irritable, over-sensitive, petulant and withdrawn. But throughout all that, he remained ever sure of himself.Read More
Thanks to all of you that joined us at last night’s gig. Here’s a reminder of what we played…Read More
In today’s Keeping It Vague; Fashion, cigarettes and other things that will destroy you.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
Thanks to all of you who chose to spend your Halloween with us. Many of you commented on how much you enjoyed DJ Uttng’s set, so here’s a brand new mixtape compiled especially by him for The Night Shift website. Enjoy.Read More
Last night saw us return to Queen Elizabeth Hall for a celebration of Corelli’s 300th Deathday. Here’s what you had to say about it…
The Night Shift is embarking on a new digital venture, to break down the aged wall of ordinance and bring classical music to an even wider audience.Read More
Thanks to all of you that came along last night. Here’s what we played.Read More