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What is the Bussey Building?

Mon 23 May 2016

Find out in this short tour.

The Night Shift lands there on Tuesday 31 May, info here

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Venue Profile: Green Door Store

Thu 23 Apr 2015

Lately we seem to be doing a lot of gigs in places with misleading names. Just as Manchester’s Soup Kitchen doesn’t actually give away soup, Brighton’s Green Door Store does not actually sell green doors (although they may store them somewhere in the building – I haven’t asked). However, my disappointment with the lack of green doors for sale is mitigated by a number of other factors. First and foremost, the place is exceptionally cool.

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6 Things You May Not Have Known About Beethoven

Tue 21 Apr 2015

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.


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Venue Profile: Manchester Soup Kitchen

Fri 17 Apr 2015

We were a bit worried here at the Night Shift when we learned we would be performing at a soup kitchen – we had never done anything like that before, and weren’t exactly sure what the protocol was. But as it turns out, we soon discovered that Manchester Soup Kitchen  is not actually a soup kitchen.

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‘Why choosing venues is like dating’ or ‘how to organise a Night Shift tour’

Fri 17 Apr 2015

The Night Shift Tour

You’d be forgiven for thinking that organising a tour like the one that starts today is pretty damn easy. Find a few pubs, decide what to play, and do it, right?

Sadly, it’s not quite like that…

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Speed Interview: Satoko Doi-Luck

Tue 14 Apr 2015

We put talented composer Satoko Doi-Luck through our speed interview. We’ll be performing a new piece by Satoko during our upcoming tour.


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Queen Esther joins The Night Shift in New York

Wed 25 Feb 2015

Queen Esther

Our New York debut show is almost here and we’re very pleased to be able to announce that Queen Esther will be opening for us at Littlefield on 1 March.

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Doodle Bar, Battersea The Night Shift

Wed 30 Apr 2014

If you’ve ever been told off for writing on the walls, try and put that behind you.  The next Night Shift will take place at The Doodle Bar, where aspiring doodlers can have a drink and scrawl all over the walls to their hearts content.

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Maggie Faultless on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8

Tue 26 Nov 2013


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.

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Crowdfunding the Pub Tour – 1 week to go!

Fri 9 Aug 2013

Well, we’re now in the home straight of our crowdfunding campaign to fund a new Pub Tour for 2013!

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Sound and Music: the composers revealed

Thu 14 Mar 2013

We promised in our blog a few weeks ago that we’d be announcing the winning three candidates of our Sound and Music Night Shift project, who’ll be mentored by Sally Beamish and OAE musicians.

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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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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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Calling all composers…

Wed 28 Nov 2012

We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’re working with Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme to offer an opportunity for up to three composers to spend time working closely with selected members of our Orchestra.

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Romeo & Juliet: Spotify playlist

Mon 20 Feb 2012

Our Night Shift at the Roundhouse is just 5 days away now – so to get you ready here’s a Spotify playlist of the music featured in the 9pm cocnert – orchestral highlights from Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet.

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Pub tour update…

Mon 28 Nov 2011

We know its been a bit quiet on the Night Shift front of late, so we thought  we’d give you a quick update on pub tour progress. We know it sounds easy to put on a few gigs in pubs but there’s a fair amount of organising that has to go on. First thing is that players have to be booked. They’re busy people, working not just with us but also teaching and also playing in other orchestras. We think we’re just about sorted now, and the line up should look pretty similar to the last one…that means we have also sorted out (almost!) the dates for the pub tour, with things most likely to kick off right at the end of January.

Then, Ceri and I have had the task of checking out pubs. I can hear you all saying ‘oh how terrible for you’, but it’s actually been really tiring schlepping across London to look at various pubs and bars. The other week we saw about 14 in just two afternoons! We reckon we’re pretty much sorted for North and East London but we’re still looking at venues in South, Central and West London. Suggestions always welcome…

Oh yeah and the music. Thats sorted too. We’re having two different programmes, both of which are different to our gig back in September.

If everything goes to plan we’ll be posting full details of the tour in mid December…exciting stuff! And if anyone wants to get involved and help us promote these shows then please do drop us a line.

William Norris
Communications Director / Night Shift Creative Director

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Help us find a good boozer…

Tue 1 Nov 2011

Now that we’re ready to go full-steam ahead with our pub tour we’re looking for your venue suggestions. We’re aiming to put 5 gigs on, in venues in North, South, East, West and Central London. We’re particularly looking for central London suggestions but all your ideas are welcome. The only stipulations are that it should be a pub or bar, geared up for live performance, and able to hold at least 150 people. This is your chance to hear us perform at your favourite pub!

So, let us know – you can leave a comment here or drop us an email. Thanks!

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Just three days left to help us…

Wed 19 Oct 2011

There’s only a few days left to help us reach our £1200 goal, letting us take our Night Shift gigs to London pubs all over the capital.

We’re so grateful to everyone who’s donated already and we’re nearly there…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.

We’ve got £400 left to raise- if just 80 people gave a fiver, we’d reach our target!  In return, there’s loads of thank you’s up for grabs, including a pint with the players, a VIP package at a future event or even a group hug from the office team.

So if you’re feeling generous, please do spare a few pounds to help us make this great project possible.

You can read more about the project and donate online here.

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The Night Shift at Reverb 2012

Thu 13 Oct 2011

We’re very excited to announce that The Night Shift will be returning to the Roundhouse in Camden as part of their 2012 Reverb festival on 24 February 2012.

After a sell-out performance at Reverb 2010, The Night Shift returns to the Roundhouse to open this year’s festival with one of our most ambitious projects to date. The 90 piece Orchestra conducted by one of the legends of the classical music world, Sir Mark Elder, will recreate the raw and revolutionary sounds of 19th century Paris in Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet. All in the radical and contemporary atmosphere of The Night Shift– classical music: minus the rules.

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