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7 February Night Shift pics and feedback

Fri 15 Feb 2013

We’re still recovering from our Night Shift at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall last Thursday- so to relive the night again, we’ve put together a gallery of pictures for your viewing pleasure…

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22 November: Night Shift audience reaction

Fri 18 Jan 2013

The audience at our Night Shift event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 22 November chatted to us after a fab concert with a huge choir, some old instruments and Handel’s powerfully moving music.

Here’s what they thought of the night…

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November Night Shift pics

Thu 29 Nov 2012

It’s only been a week since our Night Shift at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall…so here’s an assortment of pictures to remind you of the night…

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25 October: Night Shift audience reaction

Wed 21 Nov 2012

The audience at our Night Shift event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 25 October gave us their verdict on what they thought of the night…

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Pics from the Night Shift

Fri 2 Nov 2012

© Joe Plommer

Here’s a selection of pictures from our Night Shift last week at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

We were entertained by violinist/director Maggie Faultless and OAE Principal Horn player Roger Montgomery, in an evening celebrating superstar composer Mozart.  Beforehand, Last Summer’s Tealights took the stage in the foyer and there was a fab set from Ben Eshmade afterwards- we particularly enjoyed the Moon River singalong!

To view the full set of sparkly photos, take a trip over to Facebook or Flickr. All pics are by Joe Plommer.

We also had a nice review from the night.  Read it here.

And don’t forget, we’ve got another event back at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 22 November- a perfect way to escape the cold! Full details here.



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DUBussy, new shows and thanks!

Mon 11 Jun 2012

The Night Shift 10 June 2012 image

A very quick post following on from last night’s Night Shift with Sir Simon Rattle – thanks to everyone who came despite the deluge outside – as someone joked it was like walking through La mer to get to hear it…

As Alistair mentioned we’re shortly going to be launching a remix competition for any bedroom producers out there – there’ll be more information about DUBussy, as we’ve called it, next week.

Alistair also mentioned our August shows – one is already on sale, and we’ll be adding further dates, on 2 and 9 August later this week – full info available here.

More soon!

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Sir Simon Rattle makes his Night Shift debut

Fri 11 May 2012

The Night Shift 10 June 2012 image

We’re beyond excited to announce that world-famous conductor Sir Simon Rattle will make his very first appearance at The Night Shift on 10 June.

Liverpudlian Sir Simon is currently Principal Conductor of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, but has been working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment pretty much since it was founded back in 1986. He’s currently one of our four Principal Artists and this Night Shift will follow on from a Europe-wide tour with him.

At this event he’ll conduct two breathtaking pieces by Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and La mer, with a massive 80+ piece Orchestra. Regular Night Shift MC Alistair Appleton will present the evening.

The event goes on sale on 14 May at 10am. Full details are in our what’s on section.



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The Night Shift on Resonance FM

Tue 21 Feb 2012

The other week, before our gig at the Paradise, 2 players from the OAE: Maggie Faultless and Robin Michael, myself and our regular Night Shift presenter Alistair Appleton all headed up to deepest North London to a well-hidden studio to record an hour-long show for Resonance FM’s ‘Clear-Spot’. We talked about all things Night Shift, chatting about the pub gigs and how they’d been to play at, why we had decided to do them in the first place and also talked about the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and what makes it different. Added to this we looked ahead to our Roundhouse gig (did we mention that it’s THIS FRIDAY?) and heard some interviews with conductors and audience members. Plus Maggie and Robin provided live music, which was quite a treat, and the whole 45 minutes or so was a really lovely, friendly experience. I think we all forgot the microphones were there which was probably a good thing!

The broadcast went out last week but we’ve got it here on our soundcloud page for your listening pleasure.
The Night Shift on Resonance FM’s Clear Spot:15th Feb 2012 by The Night Shift

William Norris, Night Shift Creative Director

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Speed Interview: Alistair Appleton

Fri 17 Feb 2012

In a week’s time we’ll be at the Roundhouse, opening their Reverb 2012 festival with a truly huge Night Shift. In advance of that we caught up with Night Shift presenter Alistair Appleton and put our speedy questions to him.

What/when was your big breakthrough?
Getting the hosting job on a live German TV show when I lived in Berlin. I had no TV experience, only the dogged and relentless confidence of the 20 year old.

What do you fear the most? 

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My boyfriend’s. When we’re not arguing…

What – or where – is perfection?
No such thing. It’s an evil device dreamt up by Platonists to keep us unhappy. Mess is perfect.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Hagen from the Twilight of the Gods. I feel sorry for him.

What’s your favourite ritual?
Chenrezig. It’s a Tibetan Buddhist practice to generate compassion.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
Aung San Suu Kyi. I had to chat to her while she was waiting for a live news interview back in 1996. She radiated fierce respect and bravery down the phone line and I’ve admired her ever since.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I would love to play the cello well enough to sight-read in a string quartet.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
There’s always more.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
(Let me check…) Well, surprisingly it’s Nikolai Demidenko playing a Busoni transcription of Bach’s organ fugue BWV532. How hilariously high-brow. I thought it might be Donna Summer’s States of Independence.

What’s the best thing about working with the OAE?
They glow from inside. And I feel it.

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The Night Shift: in pictures

Tue 11 Oct 2011

Charles Hazlewood at The Night Shift 29 September

Here’s a few pictures from our Night Shift event at the Southbank Centre at the end of September.
Apologies for the delay- we’ve had a very busy few weeks, launching  our new concert series, The Works, and launching this new website!

You can view the full set (all taken by Joe Plommer) over on The Night Shift’s Facebook page or on Flickr.

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