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The Night Shift Pub Tour Top 10 Pictures

Wed 11 Dec 2013

The Night Shift

The hangovers have just about worn off now, so as the year draws to a close, we look back at some of our favourite moments from The Night Shift Pub Tour 2013 as captured by photographer Joe Plommer.  Thanks so much to all of you that helped make this happen.


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The Night Shift Pub Tour, London – Your Thoughts…

Mon 28 Oct 2013

The Night Shift Pub Tour has now sadly came to an end.  We had a fantastic time and huge thanks go out to all who came along and everyone that helped make it happen!  Here’s what some of you had to say about the London leg of the tour…

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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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“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 – now on sale

Mon 19 Aug 2013

We’re pretty damn excited to announce that, thanks to your donations and support, the 2013 Pub Tour is now on sale!

The tour takes in 6 pubs in 3 cities, and will feature the music of 18th century musical super-star Franz Joseph Haydn

Why Haydn? Well, cellist Robin Michael says: ‘Within a single line of music he can make you laugh, cry, dance and shock you with the most audacious of surprises. You can feel his generous spirit, the music bursts with invention, still fresh 200 years on.”

In the first set we’ll have a selection of some of Haydn’s ‘best bits’ and in the second, a complete string quartet. The exact music played will vary from night to night, so there will always be something a little different about each gig.

The tour will also feature 3 brand new pieces by some of today’s brightest composing talents – full details of who is being performed where below.

Each evening will feature 30 minute sets of music at 8.30pm and 9.30pm and doors will open at 7.30pm. While there may be some limited seating at some venues in general these are standing events.

We recommend early booking to secure limited availability discount tickets.
All tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee. Student tickets are £4 – please be sure to bring ID on the night – we WILL check!

Enough blurb – here are the tour details and booking links

Monday 9 September
The Bedford, Balham, London
Including the world premiere of Kate Whitley’s Statice for String Quartet
More info

Tuesday 10 September
The George Tavern, Shadwell, London
Including the Shadwell premiere of Kate Whitley’s Statice for String Quartet
More info

Wednesday 11 September
Old Queens Head, Angel, London
Including the world premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time
More info

Monday 21 October
Blind Tiger, Brighton
Including the world premiere of a new piece by Kim B Ashton
More info

Tuesday 22 October
The Hatchet Inn, Bristol
Including the Bristol premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time
More info

Wednesday 23 October
The Monarch, Camden, London
Including the Camden premiere of a new piece by Kim B Ashton
More info

(all plus 10% booking fee)

£5 Mega Mega Advance
£8 Mega Advance
£10 Advance
£12 Not Advance (door)

£4 Students (NUS). Please bring ID

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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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Robin Michael: Speed Interview

Thu 20 Sep 2012

Cellist Robin Michael is one of our four lovely OAE musicians appearing in our Night Shift next week at the Old Queens Head pub.
We caught up with him for the latest instalment in our speed interview series…

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The Night Shift on Resonance FM

Tue 21 Feb 2012

The other week, before our gig at the Paradise, 2 players from the OAE: Maggie Faultless and Robin Michael, myself and our regular Night Shift presenter Alistair Appleton all headed up to deepest North London to a well-hidden studio to record an hour-long show for Resonance FM’s ‘Clear-Spot’. We talked about all things Night Shift, chatting about the pub gigs and how they’d been to play at, why we had decided to do them in the first place and also talked about the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and what makes it different. Added to this we looked ahead to our Roundhouse gig (did we mention that it’s THIS FRIDAY?) and heard some interviews with conductors and audience members. Plus Maggie and Robin provided live music, which was quite a treat, and the whole 45 minutes or so was a really lovely, friendly experience. I think we all forgot the microphones were there which was probably a good thing!

The broadcast went out last week but we’ve got it here on our soundcloud page for your listening pleasure.
The Night Shift on Resonance FM’s Clear Spot:15th Feb 2012 by The Night Shift

William Norris, Night Shift Creative Director

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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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