Here’s what we’ll be playing on Friday. If you’re not that impressed, don’t worry – we’ll play it better (no offence other orchestras).Read More
As a famous person, you get all kinds of crazy stuff written about you. Poor George Friedrich Handel has articles, books and even a museum dedicated to him.Read More
In the midst of our Night Shift tour, here are some facts you may not have known about the man of the moment, Ludwig Van Beethoven.
We put talented composer Satoko Doi-Luck through our speed interview. We’ll be performing a new piece by Satoko during our upcoming tour.
Violinist Matt Truscott is a familiar face at Night Shift events and has, together with the other members of the quartet, put together the sets for the upcoming tour. We asked him about the music featured:
“It has long been an ambition of ours to present a Beethoven quartet at a pub Night Shift.Read More
OAE violinist Maggie Faultless tells you why you should come to The Night Shift at Queen Elizabeth Hall tonight, where she’ll lead a performance of Beethoven Symphony 8 – direct from copies of Beethoven’s original edition of the music.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 It’s thought that this made him irritable, over-sensitive, petulant and withdrawn.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
‘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
The great painter, Jean Ingres, was in no doubt about how important Haydn was: “Whoever studies music, let his daily bread be Haydn. Beethoven, indeed, is admirable, he is incomparable, but he has not the same usefulness as Haydn. He is not a necessity.”Read More
Unlike Mozart who was born into music, George Frideric Handel was born into a family that weren’t fussed about it at all. His father, a barber surgeon who wanted him to study law, forbade him from playing music. Unperturbed, Handel snuck a clavichord (a sort of early keyboard) upstairs to the top room in the house and would play it up there whenever his family were asleep.Read More