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OAE photographer Joe Plommer appears to be able to capture a moment with his camera and present it in entirely different way from the way my memory recalls it now (above). He’s made me appear relaxed. I was far from it. And there were moments when I looked at Maggie (right) and was certain she probably wondered what the hell I was saying.
That’ll be the internal dialogue. I bet you.
Maybe it was the drink. Between you and me, I’d had a glass of red wine before arriving at the Star of Kings pub to ‘compere’ the OAE’s inaugural Mini Night Shift concert. I had a strong black coffee while I waited for the rehearsal to finish, and then a beer before my first moment on stage delivering the very important message: “Ladies and Gentlemen, the gig will start in ten minutes time.”
The truth is that I’ve always rather fancied doing this line of work. As I’ve said before, Alistair Appleton makes it look really easy. Surely, if I try and cultivate a similar image that should do the trick, shouldn’t it?
That was my thinking selecting the checked shirt I received the day before on my birthday. But by the time approximately 200 people had packed into the pub and the band had marked out their territory on stage, I quickly began to realise this was going to be a good deal more difficult than standing in front of a camera and waxing lyrical about the best way to listen to Beethoven 9.
What represented the massive learning curve for me in what amounted to my first stint behind the microphone was to what extent the presenter is incidental to events on stage. And in an intimate space like the Star of Kings that was a point which became even more important, not least because Matthew Truscott, Maggie Faultless and Robin Michael are all such dab hands at introducing the music anyway. Matthew especially seems more than happy to whip up the crowd into a mild frenzy (the line about ‘wives always end up killing their husbands’ certainly resulted in a discernible collective intake of breath). Read the rest of this entry »
We’ll surely do a proper blog about last night’s Night Shift pub gig soon, but here’s a quick roundup with pictures and your feedback. Huge thanks to everyone who came along – we couldn’t have fitted many more of you in! A full set list will follow shortly.
@rubertg: Was at @theoae’s Purcell In The Pub last night. Fabulous evening, sweaty, beery, noisy, tuney. Like being there the first time around.
@katysaustin: Fun, rustic pub ‘n’ Purcell chez @theoae last night; @thoroughlygood as compere.
@kitmonsters: Fab pub gig @theoae setting a new benchmark for vintage kit + gorgeous tuneage from DJ @rocking_bob @bobpetesarah St Etienne
@paulcampy: fantastic music at
#TheNightShift courtesy of @theoae – but a bit of a shame either venue too small or too many tickets sold.
Pics (all by Joe Plommer)
There are two weeks to go until our first ever Night-Shift-in-a-pub on 8 September. Here’s a little video preview. If you watch it and are subsequently desperate to buy tickets you can do that here. By the way, does anyone know what the background music is? It’s insanely catchy…
A few months ago I was asked by Jon Jacob at the BBC to contribute to a video for the Proms website, which would explore approaches to getting people to come to and try out classical music. Jon also came along to one of our Night Shift performances to get some footage. A couple of weeks ago the video, which features contributions from other orchestral marketers and critic Tom Service, was released. The video explores what the ‘barriers’ are to people coming to concerts – i.e. what is stopping them from coming, and what we can do to encourage them. I have to say I found it very odd watching myself on the video, I was totally unaware of all sorts of mannerism and habits when I speak!
Anyway, here’s the vid. You might also be interested to know that Job Jacob writes a throughly good blog
William Norris, Marketing Director