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The Night Shift, 6 Feb, what you thought…

Fri 7 Feb 2014

The Night Shift

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…

[View the story “The Night Shift, 6 February, The Old Queen’s Head, Islington” on Storify]

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Get on top of travel!

Thu 6 Feb 2014

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.

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Matthew Locke (1621-1677)

Composer

The Night Shift

The Man:
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.

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Pub Tour – now on sale

Mon 19 Aug 2013

We’re pretty damn excited to announce that, thanks to your donations and support, the 2013 Pub Tour is now on sale!

The tour takes in 6 pubs in 3 cities, and will feature the music of 18th century musical super-star Franz Joseph Haydn

Why Haydn? Well, cellist Robin Michael says: ‘Within a single line of music he can make you laugh, cry, dance and shock you with the most audacious of surprises. You can feel his generous spirit, the music bursts with invention, still fresh 200 years on.”

In the first set we’ll have a selection of some of Haydn’s ‘best bits’ and in the second, a complete string quartet. The exact music played will vary from night to night, so there will always be something a little different about each gig.

The tour will also feature 3 brand new pieces by some of today’s brightest composing talents – full details of who is being performed where below.

Each evening will feature 30 minute sets of music at 8.30pm and 9.30pm and doors will open at 7.30pm. While there may be some limited seating at some venues in general these are standing events.

We recommend early booking to secure limited availability discount tickets.
All tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee. Student tickets are £4 – please be sure to bring ID on the night – we WILL check!

Enough blurb – here are the tour details and booking links

Monday 9 September
The Bedford, Balham, London
Including the world premiere of Kate Whitley’s Statice for String Quartet
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Tuesday 10 September
The George Tavern, Shadwell, London
Including the Shadwell premiere of Kate Whitley’s Statice for String Quartet
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Wednesday 11 September
Old Queens Head, Angel, London
Including the world premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time
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Monday 21 October
Blind Tiger, Brighton
Including the world premiere of a new piece by Kim B Ashton
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Tuesday 22 October
The Hatchet Inn, Bristol
Including the Bristol premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time
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Wednesday 23 October
The Monarch, Camden, London
Including the Camden premiere of a new piece by Kim B Ashton
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Tickets
(all plus 10% booking fee)

£5 Mega Mega Advance
£8 Mega Advance
£10 Advance
£12 Not Advance (door)

£4 Students (NUS). Please bring ID

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The Night Shift at the Old Queens Head: Audience reaction

Tue 16 Oct 2012

The audience at our Night Shift event at the Old Queens Head on 25 September tell us what they made of the night.

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