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Here’s a little audio-visual recap of The Night Shift which we held at Village Underground a few weeks back. Project Director Ceri’s account of how her Night Shift day went is below, but in this post we have a little video with footage from the event plus audience reaction – make sure you watch it right to the end…
A day in the life of The Night Shift from Ceri’s perspective:
It’s 9.30am on Friday 24th June, It’s been a looooong week: Monday Dublin, Tuesday Royal Festival Hall, Wednesday and Thursday catching up and meetings – and that’s just for me! I assume it’s been worse for the players who also had Glyndebourne rehearsals on the intervening days… Anyway, I should be absolutely exhausted and dreading the prospect of working until at least 12am this evening, but I’m not – this is what we sometimes call “The Night Shift effect”. (editor – different to the ‘Night Shift hangover…)
I of course love working at all OAE concerts, but for me the Night Shift is something quite special, even if they are at least 10 times harder work – especially in a non-traditional concert venue such as Village Underground (no fixed stage, lights, music stands, seats, air-con, changing rooms – you get the picture). So much of Friday felt like venturing into the unknown, a new venue, new acoustics, not sure we’d all fit on stage, not sure if the musicians would be able to cope with the lack of dressing space, chilling areas (aka green room) etc.
Here is a timetable of my day on Friday and how I made it to 12am still full of beans.
9.30 Arrive at office after early morning gym session – going to need those endorphins to get me thorough today I can tell you.
10.00 Quick staff meeting just to make sure everyone is up to speed with all the arrangements and aware of their responsibilities tonight.
10.30 Pop down to Kings Place Music Foundation to pick up the lit stands (i.e.music stands with lights attached – for the darker ambience we use for The Night Shift) we’re borrowing for this evening Read the rest of this entry »
Well, this time last week we had the latest of our late night series of events, The Night Shift at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. It really feels like the series has ‘come of age’ now, with the event being the third in the last year to sell out, and our very first sell out at Southbank Centre. It’s just sad to have to turn people away! We hope everyone who came had a great night, and we have had some great feedback on Twitter. More feedback, good or bad, is always welcome though, as it helps us improve future events.
This is a bit of a roundup from the last event, and below are some pics, vox pops from the audience, a few Tweets, plus presenter Alistair Appleton has made a Spotify playlist of his favourite music by Mahler, for your further listening pleasure. The next one, on 4 May, is already on sale, and needless to say, we recommend early booking!
ThoroughlyGood Oh dear God. Where’s @theoae presenter?
tomjennings Really enjoyed The Night Shift at Southbank Centre. @theoae doing Liszt’s Les Preludes and Mahler’s Totenfeier. Looking forward to next gig.
colinmyer At the #NightShift in the QEH on the South Bank. Translation: look how cultured I am.
thoroughlygood If Mahler’s Totenfeier represents what happens directly after death then I see little difference with a normal day at work. #thenightshift
payamtorabi Night Shift with the OAE: inspirationally different approach to music. Well worth going if you get the chance.
Artyomliss The Night Shift @Southbank. Is it right to be attempting to turn a classical music performance into a “facebook-style event”? Discuss…
101holidays Great performance by @theoae at the Southbank Centre last night. Love the Night Shift
We’ve just released a fresh out-of-the-box podcast, just in time for our next Night Shift on 25 May. It features interveiws with conductor Eduardo Portal (see his interview below), presenter Alistair Appleton, plus your thoughts on the last event at the Roundhouse. Listen to it here.
On the podcast we also mention something coming up on the 25 May event, which is a chance for you to be the Voice of the podcasts. We want to zing them up a bit, so as part of that we want an audience member to record the intros. On 25 May we’re looking for audience members to record a few lines with our podcast guru Ben. We’ll then pick our favourites and put it out to a vote on this blog. Everyone who records a line will be entered into a competition to win some goodies and there’s a special prize for the winner too. You can just turn up on the night and do it between 9 and 10pm or after the show from 11pm to Midnight. If you’re really keen to do it and want to register in advance drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a fantastic Night Shift event back on 5 December with Marin Alsop. Marin was on top form, and led an entertaining tour through Mozart’s Symphony 40, conducting great performances of each movement and engaging in some banter with presenter Alistair Appleton inbetween! Afterwards, despite having had an afternoon rehearsal and 7pm concert, as well as the Night Shift, Marin gamely suggested a post show Q+A which proved to be fascinating. My favourite answer from Marin was when someone asked her about how it was being a female in a male dominated profession. Marin recounted a tale from her first appearance at La Scala in Milan, where she was the first woman ever to conduct . At the Press conference the very first question was ‘So do you cook’?
Our next Night Shift is at the Roundhouse on 29 January.
William Norris, Marketing Director
We’ve just released our very first podcast made specifically around our late night Night Shift series. This first installment includes audience vox pops from the last event, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s reaction as he came off stage after the show, plus presenter Alistair Appleton’s take on the evening. We also look ahead to the event this Saturday with conductor Marin Alsop, and speak to OAE players Debbie Diamond and Sally Jackson about the event and Mozart’s Symphony 40.
I just realised that yesterday our blog celebrated one year online. It’s been a busy year, and we’ve really enjoyed blogging about the OAE’s activities – and hope you have enjoyed reading! We fully intend to go on in the style and manner in which we have started…
To celebrate we’re giving away a pair of tickets to each of three forthcoming concerts. Simply send us an email here, stating which of the three concerts below you’d like to come to, and we’ll pick winners at random on Friday. Deadline for entries is 9am Friday 4 December.
William Norris, Marketing Director
Saturday 5 December, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, 7pm
Mozart Deconstructed – Marin Alsop explores, deconstructs and conducts Mozart’s Symphony No.40
Saturday 5 December, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, 10pm
The Night Shift - our informal late night concert format with Marin Alsop conducting Mozart Symphony No.40, with presenter Alistair Appleton. Live music pre-show from 9pm and DJ after until 1am
Wednesday 9 December, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, 7.30pm
Haydn’s Creation - Sir Mark Elder conducts, with soloists Sally Matthews, Andrew Kennedy and Neal Davies.
Small print: winners will be picked at random on Friday 4 December, no cash alternative.
We’ve just had the first few pics back from our Night Shift event last week, which we’ve posted to our new Flickr account. More will be added in the coming days. We’re especially interested to see what is on the disposable cameras we let loose amongst the audience. Lets hope it’s all clean… (pics below by Joe Plommer, showing Orchestra, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and presenter Alistair Appleton)