Great classical music. In a pub.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone's amazing generosity we have now hit our funding goal! However you can continue to donate until Monday 3pm. Any extra funds received will be ploughed back into the tour, enabling us to better promote it, and increase the number of lower priced tickets on offer. Plus you will continue to receive your rewards of course!
What’s not to like?
We’re going to keep this really short and sweet, because you all need to know is in the video above. In a nutshell, we need your help to bring our late-night concert series, The Night Shift, back to your local for our second ever Night Shift pub tour.
Last year we held out first-ever Night Shift pub tour, made possible by your fantastic support and donations. We took three musicians from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on tour to five boozers across London for what was a heavenly mix of Henry Purcell, Pints and Pork Scratchings. The tour was a hit – not just with punters (over a thousand of you came), but also with the press and our musicians.
We’ve done one-off pub gigs since but now want to do a full-scale Pub Tour again, and we need your help to make it happen.
Why do the tour again?
Isn’t it a bit boring to do the same thing again?
Yes – so we’re not. This tour is bigger, better and, yes, more shiny than before.
First – we have different music. We’re expanding to four musicians and playing the best bits of 18th Century musical superstar Joseph Haydn’s string quartets, plus a complete quartet in the second set.
Second – we have NEW music. Yes, the Orchestra might be known for playing authentically, on period instruments, but we’re out to prove you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. We’ve partnered with cutting edge organisation Sound and Music, found 3 of the brightest young composing talents of today and asked them to each write a 5 minute piece for us. So during the tour you’ll hear no less than 3 world premieres of totally brand new music.
Third – we’re breaking out of town. So far, we’ve stuck firmly within the M25. But we reckon it’s time to take The Night Shift to a wider public. So, for the first time we’re taking it to Bristol and Brighton, giving more people a taste of juicy Night Shift goodness.
Fourth – Jude Law came last time and we’d quite like him to come again.
Why do you need my money?
Even if we sell every single ticket, we’re still going to lose money on each gig. We can cope with that for a one-off show but with a 6-date tour it’s less easy. Our musicians are top-level professionals, and we need to pay them not only for their performance but also for their time in rehearsal. On top of that there’s stuff like venue hire, marketing and all those little things like buying wristbands and tealights…
So we need your help to make the tour happen. We have some great rewards lined up – from a little tweet-love through to your very own private gig via a, er…composer conga.
Thanks for helping us to bring music to your local!
Thanks to everyone's amazing generosity we have hit our funding goal a whole 4 days early!
Howver - you can still donate if you wish! Funding received over and above our goall will all get ploughed into the project, and enable us to increase the number of cheaper tickets on offer, and better promote the gigs.
Plus - you will continue to receive your selected reward and everyone who donate by Sunday will receive 24 hours priority booking for the tour.
Due to a day of site downtime for upgrade work our deadline has been extrended through to 3pm Monday 19 August!