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Intense. Dense. Powerful. Matt Truscott on The Night Shift tour

Wed 25 Mar 2015

Matthew Truscott The Night Shift

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.

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The Night Shift Pub Tour in Bristol & Brighton – Your Thoughts…

Thu 24 Oct 2013

This week, for the first time, we took The Night Shift out of London and into the pubs of Brighton and Bristol.  Here’s what you had to say about it…

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Haydn

Wed 23 Oct 2013

Haydn The Night Shift

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.” 

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“I’d have loved to have had a drink with him”: Robin Michael on Haydn

Thu 17 Oct 2013

A few weeks ago (when it was still sunny and you could wear flip flops without looking like an idiot), we caught up with Robin Michael who is playing ‘cello on the Pub Tour.

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Pub Tour: Set lists from The George and Old Queens Head

Tue 8 Oct 2013

Here are set lists from our gigs last month in Whitechapel and Angel. We’re on the road again soon, with more pub gigs in Brighton (21 Oct), Bristol (22nd Oct) and Camden (23 Oct).

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Pub Tour: Set list from The Bedford

Tue 24 Sep 2013

Apologies all – we had planned to post these set lists ages ago but, to be honest, we clean forgot. But here it is now – the full set list from our gig back on 9 September at The Bedford in Balham.

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The Night Shift meets Portfolio

Tue 26 Feb 2013

Night Shift in a pub

Last Thursday, I joined the esteemed composer Sally Beamish, cellist Robin Michael and Sound & Music’s Creative Projects Leader Hannah Bujic to interview seven candidates to be awarded a place on Sound and Music’s Portfolio programme. 

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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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Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

composer

Haydn/The Man

Evidence suggests Haydn was a pretty nice chap; a modest but patriarchal man, who was fiercely individual to the point of occasional loneliness.  His practical joking has been overplayed, but Haydn clearly liked a laugh – after all, he got on famously with that childish prankster Mozart.  After struggling for years as a freelancer, when Haydn found success he became greedy and ruthless in terms of business.  However, in dealings with relatives and servants, and in volunteering his services for charitable concerts, Haydn was always remembered as a generous man.

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