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Liz Kenny: Speed Interview

Wed 1 Aug 2012

We caught up with theorbo/lute player Liz Kenny to ask a few questions…

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The Night Shift July podcast

Wed 1 Aug 2012

Yes, we know, there’s already loads going on in London at the moment, what with that small sporting-thingy happening, but why not take a break from all the nail-biting, nerve-wracking events and chill out in a tent with the OAE and a pint?

Our latest Night Shift podcast looks at our upcoming tent-based events in Greenwich and Blackheath on 1 August (Spiegeltent at the Lewisham Big Screen) and 2 & 9 August (Little Top at the Greenwich Summer Festival).

We feature interviews with the leaders of the events, Maggie Faultless (violin) and Chi-chi Nwanoku (double bass) plus Cimeon Ellerton from Lewisham Council and Cass Briggs from Little Top, Greenwich talk about the ‘in-tents’ choice of venues- see what we did there?!

Full info on the events can be found here and don’t forget, the first one is tonight!

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John Blow (1649-1708)


John Blow/ The Man

Famous for teaching Purcell, being James II’s private musician and for landing his very first job as organist at Westminster Abbey, John Blow was born into humble origins in Nottingham in 1649. He was known for his sharp temper, handsome features and decency of character.

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Charles Avison (1709-1770)


Avison / The Man

A Geordie through and through, Charles Avison was born in Newcastle in 1709. Studying with the Italian Geminiani in London, the nostalgic Avison cut this study short and returned to his home city in the north where he remained for the rest of his life. Opinionated and proud, Avison didn’t have a good word to say about the newly naturalised Brit, Georg Frederic Handel, who was fast gaining an heroic status.

Avison was caught in a blizzard in 1770 and died 🙁

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Emma Walshe: Speed Interview

Wed 25 Jul 2012

Soprano Emma Walshe is appearing in our Night Shift events next week, on 1 August in Blackheath and 2 August in Greenwich. We caught up with her for the latest instalment in our speed interview series.

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Night Shift nosh…

Tue 24 Jul 2012

Having lived in South-East London for five years now, I guess I can call myself a bit of a local now and I’m often found at weekends stuffing my face at Greenwich Market or going for a Sunday run round Blackheath.  So, for all of you people lucky enough to be coming to our late-night series The Night Shift next month- which is making its debut in both Blackheath and Greenwich, I thought I’d give you my picks of the best places to go for a cheeky drink or meal in the area-  why not make a real night of it?


Zero Degrees £ A great micro-brewery with a huge selection of drinks and food (including some very good Moules Mariniere
Buenos Aires Café ££  The best steak in South-East London
Chapters £££  A bit pricey, but worth it- fantastic service and good set menu
Saffron Club £ Delicious Indian and Nepalese cuisine- quick service too!
Locale ££ Laid back and welcoming Italian restaurant with very good gnocchi

There’s also some chain restaurants including Pizza Express, Bella Vista, Strada, Giraffe and Café Rouge- all fairly cheap- and I definitely recommend the Princess of Wales pub- just a 3 minute walk from the Spiegeltent.

The Hill ££ Mediterranean restaurant just up the road from Greenwich Station with huge plates of pasta
Café Sol £ Buzzing Mexican restaurant with dangerously good cocktails
Inside restaurant ££ Sublime food- go for the cheaper set menu
Big Red Pizza  £ Pizza in a converted big red bus- awesome

Old Naval College Brewery  It’s in the Greenwich Summer Festival grounds- so no excuses!
Greenwich Union Amazing choice of over 60 beers from the local Meantime Brewery
The Guildford Arms Fantastic pub food and stunning beer garden

Again, lots of chain restaurant options, including Pizza Express, Café Rouge and a proper pie and mash shop: Goddard’s- definitely worth a look if you’re making a day of it in Greenwich.  Enjoy!


Full details on all Night Shift events and booking can be found here.

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Night Shift Spotify playlists now online

Mon 23 Jul 2012

We’ve put together a couple of Spotify playlists in advance of our summer events on 1,2 & 9 August…enjoy them below.

Full details of events can be found here.

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The Night Shift…in a tent?

Wed 18 Jul 2012

Ahead of our Night Shift summer events in Blackheath on 1 August, and Greenwich on 2 & 9 August we ventured into South London and asked the locals what they thought of classical music…watch the video to find what they said.

Our summer events are the perfect way to convince those classical sceptics as well as being a great, and unusual, night out for Night Shift regulars.  On 1 and 2 August we have four musicians from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment led by Maggie on violin, who you may remember from our pub tour. They are joined by soprano Emma Walshe for two live sets of music from London including music by Purcell.

On 9 August we celebrate the Double-Bass with a concert led by the energetic double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, with sets featuring music by Mozart.

These are close-up, intimate and informal events, presented from the stage by Jon Jacob, and the baris  open throughout.

Full details and booking info can be found here.

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Tintin, Chocolate and…Spiegeltents?

Tue 17 Jul 2012

At the turn of the 20th century the enchanting Spiegeltent (Mirror Tent) was born in Belgium. Made up of over 3000 pieces of material, constructed by hand and composed completely of wood and canvas, stained glass, mirrors, bright paints and fabrics, the tents travelled across the lowlands of Europe posing as dance halls, bars, circus arenas and other entertainment salons for good-time customers. These beguiling venues attracted some of the most famous entertainers of the day including singer Marlene Dietrich who sang, for the first time, her 1930s hit Falling in Love Again.

Taking up to 12 hours to assemble (by hand), many of the existing Spiegeltents today are now permanently assembled and visited by tourists where they can learn about the history and take part in cabaret re-enactments.

Today, Spiegeltents are used across the globe at festivals of literature, music and other art forms, for concerts, weddings and corporate events. Along with chocolate, billiard balls and Tintin the Spiegeltent is (probably) one of Belgium’s greatest contributions to world culture!

Our 1 August event on Blackheath takes place within a particularly beautiful example – pictured here.

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