Joseph Haydn (above, as he might look if he were alive today…) came from humble beginnings. He was the son of a wheelwright (a person who builds or repairs wooden wheels in modern terms), and born to musically illiterate parents in Rohrau, Austria.Read More
The Night Shift guide to wandering in Walthamstow
Walthamstow – a leafy district of East London – has a fascinating cultural history.Read More
Mozart illustrated the score for the Rondo from his Horn Concerto No.1 with a series of insults and jokes aimed at his horn player friend, Joseph Leutgeb.
Read the naughty notes as we perform the concerto with our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery, filmed at The Night Shift earlier this month.Read More
Never been to the Night Shift before? This should give you an idea of what to expect…Read More
Mozart’s horn concertos in the original home of freethought.Read More
Classical music hasn’t always been about sitting silently in a concert hall, glugging down a pre-poured glass of wine in the interval and polite applause.
With The Night Shift, we take classical music back to its lively, informal roots with gigs in pubs, night clubs and other venues where you like to spend your time. Enjoy two half hour sets of classical music, played by some of the finest players in the business, without the usual rules.Read More
After our mind-bending stint blending Handel, Bjork and Beyoncé on the festival circuit, we’re back with a whole raft of events to keep you entertained as the nights draw in.Read More
Kensington Palace. It’s the official home of the Will and Kate. And Harry. And the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. And the Duke and Duchess of Kent. And Prince and Princess Michael of Kent too. God knows how they co-ordinate the washing up rota.
So what is The Night Shift doing there?Read More
Heath Street Baptist Church (or Heath Street Baroque Church, as we’re inclined to accidentally call it in the office….) is becoming the unlikely alt-classical hub of North London.
Found half way between the bustle of Hampstead High Street and the tranquillity of Hampstead Heath, the intimate church was built in 1861 and still has regular services and community events.Read More
What’s this? Three Night Shifts on three long hot summer nights?
Yes that’s right. This August we’re having a mini-Night Shift festival, with three different gigs at three different venues. Summer Night (Shifts) if you like.
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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.Read More
“On the baroque violin the open strings have a really warm sound.. ..with the gut strings, it’s really beautiful.” In his studio in east London, composer Matthew Kaner tells us about his experience writing for 4 baroque violins. His piece ‘Concerto for 4 baroque violins’ will be performed at our next Night Shift at the Old Queen’s Head, Islington on the 25th October.
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Last time at the 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).
The Night Shift is back at the George – one of East London’s great music venues – on Tuesday 27 September.Read More
Great classical music. In a pub. Help us make it happen monthly.Read More
We’ve been a bit quiet recently, because we’ve been working on things in secret. But now it’s time to come clean.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Ahead of our show at the Bristol Proms tomorrow night we’re trying something new – a pub crawl. Except that we (probably) won’t be drinking and will instead be playing three free gigs.Read More
For Tuesday’s gig at Southbank Centre it gives us great pleasure to announce that we’ll be joined by old friends Harry Harris and Idle Fret.Read More