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The Night Shift: The Old Queen’s Head, Islington

The Night Shift returns to the Old Queen's Head on the Essex Road for the first Night Shift of the Spring with an evening of consort music.
Islington, The Old Queen's Head £5 - £13

Such is the fame of Henry Purcell that he has tended to eclipse almost every other English composer immediately before and after him. But there were, actually, a number of very fine composers around town in the 17th Century. Tonight in a gig for an ensemble of two violins, gamba and lute, curated by OAE leader Kati Debretzeni, we put the spotlight on their musical voices.

We’ll hear music by the renowned Italian-turned-London-resident violinist and composer Nicola Matteis (who died in 1713 and was considered second only to Corelli in reputation around Europe); William Lawes (1602 – 1645), a noted master of dance and consort music; and the leading English composer for the stage before Purcell, Matthew Locke, who was a family friend of the Purcell’s; as well as music by Purcell himself.

The Night Shift is our series of informal gigs featuring chamber music by some of our favourite composers. Purcell was, of course, no stranger to London’s pubs and inns – which was perhaps his downfall – and the ale house had a significant impact on his music alongside the theatre and the church.

Grab a drink, enjoy the sounds and catch up with friends.


Part of The Night Shift 2022/23