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The Night Shift – back for 2017

Thu 2 Feb 2017

The Night Shift

New gigs

Since the last Night Shift of 2016 wound down in Peckham last November, we’ve been busy brewing up a storm for the New Year.

Throughout 2017 (ok, with a bit of a summer break), we’ll be back monthly rotating between the three venues you packed out for The Night Shift last year. That’s The George Tavern in Whitechapel (where we’re Resident Orchestra), the Old Queen’s Head in Islington and the CLF Art Café at the taco-tastic Bussey Building in Peckham.

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Punto in the pub

Wed 21 Sep 2016

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Last time The Night Shift was at Shadwell’s George Tavern, we played all sorts of fun french horn music by little-known composers.

Here’s a polacca (a type of Polish dance) by Giovanni Punto, performed by Kati Debretzeni (violin), John Crockatt (viola), Jonny Byers (cello) and Roger Montgomery (horn).

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OAE announced as Duckie Resident Orchestra

Mon 21 Sep 2015

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Orchestras like to have a home base. And they preferably like it to be pretty prestigious. Even glitzy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is no exception.

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New events now on sale

Wed 5 Aug 2015

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We’ve just announced some new events as part of our 2015-2016 Birthday Season, details below, plus details of a new Night Shift event and other recently-announced concerts outside of our main season:

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The OAE goes clubbing. Again.

Fri 24 Jul 2015

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Back in November last year we took our late-night series The Night Shift, clubbing, appearing at the legendary Vauxhall institution that is Duckie. This September we’re doing it all over again. 

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Current Distractions

Fri 10 Jul 2015

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Our increasingly irregular arts blog, Current Distractions, is back. This week I’m looking at expressing disapproval, arts and politics in the news, classical CD Sales (or lack of), movers and shakers and lastly, graffiti wars.

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Hot, sweaty and boozy. What happened when the OAE went clubbing?

Fri 19 Dec 2014

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A month or so ago we took our late night series, The Night Shift, out clubbing, with a visit to the Vauxhall institution that is Duckie

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The OAE goes clubbing…

Wed 12 Nov 2014

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This Saturday we’ll be doing something just a little different with our late night series The Night Shift, and popping up at the legendary Vauxhall club Duckie.

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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014

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A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.

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Current Distractions

Thu 3 Oct 2013

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I’ve decided to theme this week’s Current Distractions arts blog around that old journalistic favourite: Going Up / Going Down.

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Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks: Shock and Awe

Mon 16 Sep 2013

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George Frideric Handel is best known for restoring English music to its’ highly respected and acclaimed position, following years of compositional drought after the death of Purcell in 1695. He wrote music that was especially melodic and cosmopolitan in approach.

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Preview the year of music coming up…

Sat 7 Sep 2013

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Get a taste of what we have in store for you over the year ahead with our just-released 2013-2014 trailer. In it we look back at highlights from the last 12 months and give you a taste of some of the most exciting treats we have in store for you.

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The Night Shift Pub Tour: Starts Monday

Wed 4 Sep 2013

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Our late night series, The Night Shift is off on a pub crawl, starting Monday…

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Ceri Jones: 10 years and 1000 concerts

Fri 16 Aug 2013

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Our Projects Director, Ceri Jones, is leaving the OAE for new adventures today (insert very sad expressions from the office team). Here’s a little last blog from her, with some of her highlights from her time with us. Ceri – you will be much missed!

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Farewell from Emily

Mon 5 Aug 2013

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Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye. After 3 awesome months as the Development Trainee, I am off to pastures new, aka working for a Circus.

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Back in the boozer

Wed 24 Jul 2013

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As many of you know, running alongside our ‘regular’ concerts we have a now well-established late-night series, The Night Shift. Now running for 7 years, the series presents our music in a relaxed late-night setting where many of the usual conventions of concert-going are suspended.

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The OAE in 60 seconds (or just over…)

Wed 5 Jun 2013

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We’ve managed to cram footage from all the myriad of activities we get up to here at the OAE, into the time it takes a second hand to do a full revolution… …from our regular Southbank concerts to our Education projects to our late night The Night Shift events and more, it’s all here.

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New season brochure 2013-2014

Fri 17 May 2013

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The time has come to unveil our new season brochure.This year we went for a purely visual approach, developed with our designers Harrison and Co and photographer Eric Richmond, which has a slight retro feel, using geometric shapes combined with a simple two tone palette.

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Speed Interview – Kati Debretzeni

Thu 31 Jan 2013

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In the lead up to V4: The Seasons, we spoke with lead violinist Kati Debretzeni about her fears, her heroes and the challenges of combining period music with contemporary dance.

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Speed Interview – Rhiannon Morgan

Tue 29 Jan 2013

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V4: The Seasons will see the OAE in a unique event that mixes period performance with the contemporary choreography of Henri Oguike.  We met up with dancer Rhiannon Morgan at rehearsals to find out more about how she got in to dance.

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