Preview: The Night Shift - Simon Rattle Conducts OAE @ Royal Festival Hall

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Preview: The Night Shift - Simon Rattle Conducts OAE @ Royal Festival Hall

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).

This season's final Night Shift concert from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is going to be huge. Here's why you should grab tickets for Sunday night's event now.

The Night Shift brings great classical music to new audiences in a laid-back setting without "dumbing down or hamming up the musical output".

Someone you'll have heard of is conducting this gig: curly haired Liverpudlian, Sir Simon Rattle makes his debut at the Night Shift wielding the baton over a full 90-piece OAE orchestra. Expect him to turn up in his jeans, possibly beer in hand.

They'll be playing two pieces by impressionistic composer, Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune, and La Mer. We are told: "In both of these pieces the orchestra acts like a painter's palette – the music is all about light, shade, texture and colour, with La Mer being an amazing depiction of the beauty and power of the ocean." Watch La Mer in rehearsal below.

Night Shift concerts have taken place in pubs; informal settings away from the perceived stuffiness of the concert hall. Whilst this Sunday night's concert takes place in the stunning Royal Festival Hall it's styled like a gig with a support act in the bar from 9pm. Take drinks to your seat and come and go as you please. Clap when the mood takes you and feel free to cough and sneeze without any danger of a ticking off.

Get your late night Sunday cultural fix for £9 adv, £12 on the day and £4 students. Or take your chance with a limited number of text tickets which are just £5. To book, text ‘ticket’ plus your surname to 82023. Your account will be debited £5. You need to send one text per ticket needed. Please call 020 72399370 with any questions regarding this service. You can pick your tickets up from 9pm on 10 June – and please make sure you have collected your tickets by 9.45pm.

Or take a bunch of mates and buy 3 tickets for the price of 4 –- available by phone only 0844 847 9922 — ask for the ‘mini group’ offer.

We went to the first of the series at the Roundhouse and were converted to Berlioz — read our review.

The Night Shift: In rehearsal from OAE on Vimeo.

The Night Shift takes place on Sunday 10 June from 9pm at the Royal Festival Hall. The event starts at 9pm with live music from Robin Grey, Debussy is on at 10pm, followed by a DJ Set after from Chris John until midnight. Buy tickets online.

Last Updated 08 June 2012