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Full set list for Cavendish Arms gig confirmed.

Wed 2 Sep 2015

OAE The Night Shift

Just a few days away now from our debut gig at Stockwell’s Cavendish Arms we can reveal our full set which is a feast of Baroque music ranging from solos to music for all 5 musicians on stage.

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Pub profile: Cavendish Arms

Fri 28 Aug 2015

So it might not be a particularly inspiring setting – it is, after all, Stockwell. But look at this place on street view and you’ll see a sweet little pub with bunting outside and a banner advertising ‘South Lambeth Market’. The Cavendish Arms describe themselves as an ‘arts’ pub, Stockwell’s hidden gem. It’s cute.

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Bristol Proms: The Night Shift Playlist

Thu 30 Jul 2015

Ahead of tonight’s gig at Bristol Proms here’s a Spotify Night Shift playlist that gives you the chance to sample some of the music featured. 

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Hot. Sweaty. Boozy. What happened when The Night Shift did Duckie?

Fri 12 Dec 2014

Duckie

A month or so ago we took The Night Shift out clubbing. Night Shift team member Will blogs about the experience:

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The Night Shift to appear at Duckie

Mon 13 Oct 2014

Duckie

We’ve kept it under wraps for a while, but we can now reveal that The Night Shift is going to be making an appearance at the legendary post-queer club night Duckie.

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The Night Shift – Playlist

Tue 13 May 2014

The Night Shift

Tonight we head to The Doodle Bar, Battersea for some drinks and insanely good opera.  Then tomorrow we’re off to Wilton’s.  Click on the link below for a taste of the music we’ll be playing…

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Speed Interview – Olivia Chaney

Fri 9 May 2014

The Night Shift

Singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney joins us on Wednesday to opened The Night Shift.  We spoke with her about her approach to writing and what she fears most.

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Get on top of travel!

Thu 6 Feb 2014

Due to the London tube strikes, Angel station is closed.  But no worries, there are still plenty of ways to get to The Old Queens Head for tonight’s Night Shift.

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Speed Interview – Jonathan Rees

Mon 22 Apr 2013

Cello player Jonathan Rees will be playing at The Night Shift on 23 April, when we return to the Amersham Arms for some Handel, some improv and, of course, a few drinks. We spoke with Jonathan about his heroes and pre-concert rituals.

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New summer event announced

Tue 1 May 2012

We’re very excited to be able to reveal details a very special summer event, taking place on 1 August on Blackheath in South East London, as part of the Lewisham Big Screen.

This will be an intimate pub-style event, taking place in a beautiful wooden Spiegeltent, and will feature music written in and for London by composers including Henry Purcell and Thomas Arne.

This Night Shift is part of the Lewisham Big Screen – a special event taking place during the games featuring live relays from the Olympics, live performance, a traditional fun fair and more.

Full details of the event.

In the next couple of weeks we’ll be announcing details of a further event which we’re also incredibly excited about. Keep your eyes on our website and Facebook page for details.

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Paradise: set list

Thu 9 Feb 2012

Here’s the full set list from our gig at Paradise on Tuesday.
Pictures will follow shortly…

Set One

Purcell Golden Sonata No.9 from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Fairest Isle from King Arthur
Purcell Two parts on a Ground from Dioclesian
Purcell Fantasia on one note

Set Two

Purcell Sonata No.1 in B minor from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Pavane in A
Purcell Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens
Purcell Sonata No.6 in G minor from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Catch: Once, twice, I Julia tried

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Amersham Arms: set list

Fri 3 Feb 2012

The second night of the pub tour went down a storm (we think?!) in a rather chilly Amersham Arms, as we made our New Cross debut! Here’s a full set list from the evening.

Set One

Handel Trio Sonata in F major from Opus No. 5
Tartini Trio Sonata in D
Sammartini Duo for two violins in D
Bononcini aria from Camilla, Fate the more it does depress me
Purcell Catch: Once, twice I Julia tried

Set Two

Locatelli Trio Sonata No, 7 from Opus 8
Hellendaal Concerto Grosso No.1  from Opus 3
Baltzar divisions on “John come Kiss &c” from Playford ‘The Division Violin’, London 1684
Purcell Catch: Tis women make us love

 

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George Tavern: set list

Thu 2 Feb 2012

Here’s the full set list from our gig at the George Tavern on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s set list from the Amersham Arms will follow sometime soon!

Set One

Purcell Golden Sonata No.9 from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Pavane in B flat
Purcell Fairest Isle from King Arthur
Purcell Two parts on a Ground from Dioclesian
Purcell Catch: Once, twice I Julia tried

Set Two

Purcell Sonata No.1 in B minor from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Pavane in A
Purcell Rondo from Abdelazar
Purcell Sonata No.6 in G minor from Sonatas in Four Parts
Purcell Catch: Tis women make us love

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Announcing the Night Shift pub tour

Thu 8 Dec 2011

Night Shift Pub Tour image

Yes! After exhaustive research of London’s finest drinking establishments (and thank you for all your brilliant suggestions), we now have five fabulous venues lined up and are ready to announce our Night Shift pub tour. We’ve managed to touch all points of the compass, with the bonus of a dead-central venue too (It’s more of a bar than pub but we hope you’ll forgive us that).

The list of venues and dates is below and you’ll find all the events listed in our ‘Whats on’ section, but the format of each event is the same. We’ll have two live sets, at 8.30pm and 9.30pm, with DJ sets between and afterwards. Each event is introduced by Jon Jacob, and the musicians at each will be very familiar to you if you were at our event back in September; Maggie Faultless and Matthew Truscott on violins and Robin Michael on cello. For every event advance tickets are £6, or on the door they’re £10. If you’re a student they’re just £4 – but remember to bring ID!

All the venues are special in some way – we’ll be telling you more about each of them in the coming weeks, with a little feature on each. We have two programmes of music. Best of British features the music of Henry Purcell, whose stuff was such a hit last time around. The programme will include drinking songs, for which we’ll expect full audience participation (i.e. both drinking and singing). The second programme is Best of the rest – music of all the famous continentals that either made London their home or whose music was massively popular here. One of the composers featured is Martini, which is rather appropriate…

Here are the events and dates:

31 Jan: The George Tavern, Stepney. Best of British
1 Feb: Amersham Arms, New Cross. Best of the rest
7 Feb: The Paradise, Kensal Rise. Best of British
21 Feb: Green Carnation, Soho. Best of the rest
22 Feb: Old Queens Head, Angel. Best of British

And of course don’t forget that this all builds up to our massive event at the Roundhouse on 24 Feb! This is closely followed by our all-Bach Night Shift at our usual (but lovely) Southbank Centre home on 4 March, which, excitingly, is part of the London 2012 Festival.

Last word goes to all our amazing Night Shift pub tour crowdfunders whose generosity made the whole thing happen – thank you!

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Purcell in a pub: wretched ribaldry or beneficial to the publick?

Tue 16 Aug 2011

16th Century pub

 

Next month we’re trying something a little different and taking our late-night series, The Night Shift to everyone’s favourite place – the pub.

It’s an idea we’ve bandied around for a little while here in the OAE office, but recently we decided to JFDI, as we say in our strange office lingo. (Just Flipping Do It)…

The idea is simple, downsize the Night Shift and perform in a pub.  We love the idea of it being a super-intimate event with the audience being really close to performers, and being in a pub, standing, with a pint in hand, should work well with the whole Night Shift informality thing. Plus our Night Shift audience is always telling us they want more regular events – so this is a handy way of having events in between the main shows.

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