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Only a week left to help make our pub tour possible…

Fri Oct 14 2011

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‘Music in a pub? I see no reason not to like it.’

So said our presenter Jon Jacob when talking about our very first pub event this September. And we agree – what could be better than listening to great live music in your local?


Our Night Shift series of events has been pushing the boundaries of classical concerts for a while, with late-night performances that get rid of some of the often rigid etiquette of classical performances. We’ve brought a different vibe to our Southbank Centre home and also explored venues including the Roundhouse and Village Underground, taking classical music to unexpected places.


But recently we decided to do something very different and down-size the event, taking it to a pub in King’s Cross. With just three players and an audience of about 200 this was truly intimate. And what’s more it worked – better than we could have ever imagined. We played two 30 minute sets with music by Purcell, JS Bach and Corelli, all introduced by our presenter and the players from the Orchestra. We got an incredible reaction from the audience, with one punter saying: ‘one of the best gigs I’ve been to in months!! 2 violins, 1 cello and a ton of people in a pub listening to baroque music played live. Totally surreal and brilliant.’


Now here’s the rub. We really want to do more of these events and have hatched a plan. A 5-date tour of London pubs, with performances in North, South, East, West and Central London. BUT, even with a sell-out crowd each event loses a little money, once the musicians, DJ, room hire and publicity have all been paid for – so we need YOUR help to make up the difference and to make them happen.


There’s only a week left to sponsor us and we’ve still got £535 to raise- every fiver counts!  So, if you’d like to make our pub tour happen please visit our campaign pageIf we don’t meet the target we get nothing at all. No pressure!


In return we’ve lined up an array of ‘thank you’s’, from a little tweet-love through to VIP evenings out. We hope you’d like to contribute and help more great classical gigs happen.


Read more about the tour in the Londonist here.

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