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We don’t usually post about Night Shift stuff on the main OAE blog, as we have a whole website for it over here, but our events this week are so unusual we thought it’d be wrong not to tell everyone about them.
After our pub tour earlier this year we had several approaches from people keen to host an event, and two of those approaches – the most interesting ones – come to fruition this week.
Tomorrow night a small but intrepid group of OAE musicians perform in a very special venue on Blackheath – we’re in a wooden Spiegeltent (pictured) as part of the Lewisham Big Screen event for a night of capital music. So – music that was written in or for London. We have music from Purcell, Boyce, Avison and Arne, among others, and are joined for soprano Emma Walshe for arias and some rather saucy songs… The programme is led by OAE leader Margaret Faultless and the event, like all three, is presented by Jon Jacob.
The next day we’re moving across the heath to the Greenwich Summer Festival for the first of 3 events in their ‘Little Top’. On 2 August Maggie and friends are giving a reprise of their Blackheath Programme, while on 9 August OAE Double Bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku leads a Night Shift which gives her instrument a real chance to shine.
As with all Night Shift events these are informal, bring-your-drinks-in style affairs, with bargain tickets (£9 advance and £12 on the day) and chat from the stage. At all events there are two live sets at 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
We’re also bringing our popular OAE TOTS events to Greenwich with a special event this Saturday, 4 August, where we’re off on a journey across Europe.
It’s possibly the first time we’ve performed in a tent, and almost certainly the first time we have performed in Belgian wooden Spiegeltent so if you’re after some non-Olympic entertainment then these events are definitely for you.
PS: For those central/north Londoners among you who might be a bit wary of the South we’ve put together this handy travel guide for you too.