Children’s Classic Concerts

Announcing the winner of our A1 Toys Costume Competition 2018!

*Drum roll please*...Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Alex Mandt, the winner of the A1 Toys costume competition 2018!

Alex came to the Glasgow Broomstick Ride concert as a magnificent mummy! This home-made creation seriously wowed our expert judges - Danielle Durieu from the costume department at Scottish Opera and Karen McGrady-Parker, freelance director.  They were particularly impressed by the hand-sewn bandages which had been dyed with tea and coffee for authenticity!

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Well done for all of your hard work! We're really looking forward to watching you claim your trolley dash star prize! Huge thanks once again to A1 Toys for making this possible! 

We Can Fly!

We’re really happy to be working in partnership with Drake Music Scotland on one of our most ambitious projects yet, tailored for children with additional support needs who have recently made the move from Primary to Secondary school.  Changing schools is a major life event, and can be a pretty daunting one at that (the youngest member of the CCC team can still remember 😛) so in delivering this project, we’ve been aiming to do as much as we can to support this important transition. Workshop sessions have provided the opportunity for creative composition, team work and hopefully, a lot of fun! It’s not just the young people who have been taking on something new – the collaboration with DMS means that all of us at CCC are learning loads, too… 

Percussionist, Colin Hyson (a member of CCC’s education team) joined forces with DMS Associate Musicians Ali Gillies (in Edinburgh) and Matilda Brown (in Glasgow) back in February while the children were in their final year of Primary. They made use of percussion instruments and inclusive music technology in every session, such as iPads with the ThumbJam App. plus Soundbeams and switches that trigger different notes and effects. The technology is completely adaptable to suit individual needs, empowering each participant to produce sounds, and take control of them, no matter their disability. 

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Through Drake, Colin was also introduced to the Figurenotes notation system which assigns colours and shapes to different notes, allowing people to ‘play what they see’. Pupils were invited to make choices, such as which colours (notes) to select and to decide on the sequence – building their own melodies in the process. 

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The P7 classes were given the chance to perform their new music to the rest of the school, as part of a concert delivered by Owen and Olly (with the usual dressing up and messing around)! Unfortunately much of this activity was due to take place just as the ‘Beast from the East’ hit (turns out, it was a real Pest in the West), so several workshops and concerts were rescheduled. 

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Despite the disruption, the workshops were a success.  Colin told us “[he] had a great experience working with both Ali and Matilda and learned a lot from them. We were always able to chat about the direction things were going in and the pupils achieved some great pieces of music that teachers and parents were really impressed by.

Following the spectacular Summer holidays, we’re now into the second phase of the project (in the Secondary schools) and this time, it’s Olly teaming up with the Drake musicians, to work on a re-arrangement of his inspirational song, ‘We Can Fly’ 

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Some of you might remember the original version from our Going for Gold concerts celebrating the Commonwealth Games in 2014...there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (you can re-live it here)! Performances of the re-arranged We Can Fly will feature in our upcoming Broomstick Ride Halloween concerts with the RSNO and will be a fitting tribute to Olly, as he leaves CCC after 10 years as Artistic Director alongside Owen, for a new life across the pond, where he’ll be pursuing his career as a composer. 

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His lyrics are particularly powerful and relevant in light of this big move:

You can do anything, you just have to try. 
You know you can reach all the way up to the sky,
'Cause there's no reason why,
We can't learn to fly, tonight.
And when it feels too hard, keep aiming high! 
You don't have to fight it no, you just have to try!
And there's no reason why,
We can't learn to fly, tonight.
We can fly! 

Olly feels that the message, 'you can do anything, you just have to try' is important, and a universal one and that this project really grasps the essence of this theme. Each pupil we’ve worked with has been captured on camera by our lovely film-maker, Tom Swift, as they’ve played their parts and these visuals and audio will be integrated into the We Can Fly piece via a large screen above the orchestra. 

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A few pupils from each city have also been invited to perform live on stage, which will hopefully be a fantastic and memorable experience for them, as they make music alongside the mighty RSNO and the powerful voices of NYCOS Regional Choirs.

We are truly thrilled that Olly’s last project with us is pushing the boundaries – we’ve not taken on anything quite like it before, and these truly inspirational children have proven to all of us involved that anything is possible.

We owe a huge thank you to Olly for his commitment to CCC over the years and wish him every happiness and success in the future! 

There are many others that we need to say thank you to, without whom our We Can Fly project couldn't have been realised:

Youth Music Initiative (YMI)
Trefoil
Corra Foundation
Mugdock Children’s Trust

Drake Music Scotland
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Tom Swift Films
A&R Martin Ltd.
NYCOS

Langlands Primary School
Croftcroighn Primary School
Hampden Primary School
Redhall Primary School
Prospect Bank Primary School
Braidburn School
Pilrig Park School
Woodlands School
Linburn Academy
Ashton Secondary School
Newhills School

Launching our 2018-19 Season!

Autumn is arriving, which can only mean one thing – the launch of CCC’s season 2018-19!

We’re so happy to announce the details of our main concerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh for all the family (we’re also giving you a heads up about what we’ve got planned for next Spring – skip to the end to see dates you’ll need for your diary)!

HALLOWEEN:  Broomstick Ride

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We’ll be taking off into a mysterious musical world over the Halloween weekend, flying through some CCC classics and family favourites from Harry Potter, Wicked and Wizard of Oz (so grab your Nimbus 2000, or your Firebolt if you upgraded)! 

This concert is particularly special as it rounds off a project close to our hearts in style. At the moment, we’re working with young pupils who have additional support needs on a version of ‘We Can Fly’ – an inspirational song written by Olly. They’ll have an opportunity to perform this live on stage with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, accompanied by mentors from Drake Music Scotland(DMS) and NYCOS Regional Choirs. We’re also going high-tech with a large screen above the orchestra to ensure that every participant from the project has their moment to shine - we’re getting goosebumps already just thinking about it. There will be an opportunity to come and try some of the inclusive music technology used on stage in the foyer before the concert and a chance to chat to the experts at DMS – what’s a Soundbeam, you ask? Come and find out! Plus, as always at CCC, we’ve got some tricks and treats up our sleeves, with some excellent gags and silliness!

Don’t miss the chance to win a TROLLEY DASH at A1 Toys, just get creative and wear a spooky costume to enter our legendary competition! For the lucky winner, Christmas will definitely come early…

CHRISTMAS:  A Christmas Carol

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CCC’s very own muppet, Owen Gunnell (sorry Owen!) is ready to lead us through Charles Dickens’ iconic Christmas story with plenty of his trademark charisma – ‘tis the season to be jolly after all!  He’s looking forward to sharing the stage for the first time with actors from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as dancers from Manor School of Ballet (as is CCC tradition), combining some cracking theatrics into the mix. That festive feeling will well and truly kick-in after a sing-along or two (no bah-humbugs allowed)!

Fingers crossed we’re not snowed off, eh?

What else is happening?

NATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC DAY: Fiddlesticks

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We’re excited to be hitting the road THIS WEEKEND for our first ever visit to the stunning Isle of Skye. Our mission? To celebrate National Chamber Music Day along with Enterprise Music Scotland.  We’ll be mixing up the sounds of strings and percussion in an hour-long interactive concert featuring the world-class Maxwell Quartet (fresh from victory at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, so the perfect partners in crime)! There are some fabulous events happening all over the country that day (Saturday 15 September), so if you’re not within easy reach of Skye, check what’s on near you…but think about coming to Skye! On Sunday 16 September, Fiddlesticks finds its way to Fort William (Lochaber High School) which we’re equally excited about as we’ve never been before!

GYPSY JAZZ

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Following a hugely popular tour last Spring, our Gypsy Jazz concert heads further North to the OneTouch Theatre at Eden Court in Inverness (can you believe, it’s also our first ever time there)! Owen is channelling his jazz vibes and teaming up once again with award-winning singer and fiddler, Seonaid Aitken, along with her band - Rose Room, one of Scotland’s leading jazz string ensembles, for an inspirational hour-long show.

With tap dancing like you’ve never seen before, skilled performances of classics like Minnie the Moocher, and some little known gems, this exciting programme will get the whole family up dancing in the aisles, involving the audience every beat of the way! 

PETER AND THE WOLF

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Our fab Essential Orchestra musicians are back together to recreate Peter and his animal friends on stage - will they outsmart the wolf lurking in the forest and get young imaginations running wild? This concert is a celebration of musical storytelling, so expect other tales too – we’ll transport you from Peter's enchanted forest to Romeo and Juliet’s castle stopping off for a spin around Sleeping Beauty’s ballroom. Check out our teaser film, here!

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There will be an opportunity to meet some of the musicians afterwards and try out their instruments – this could be the start of your own musical adventure! 

SOUNDCYCLE

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We’re still buzzing after our Summer of all things ‘Soundcycle’ – with the European Championships in Glasgow this August, we took it upon ourselves to create the ultimate sporting-themed concert to celebrate. It was just so successful that we simply have to let the people of Stirling experience it! 

Cheer on different sections of the orchestra as they go for gold in a musical relay race, witness a synchronised swimming routine that’s frankly a hilarious stroke of genius and show off your freestyle moves in a game of musical statues - a CCC concert isn’t a spectator sport, it takes teamwork from the audience! As if that wasn’t enough, world famous percussionist Colin Currie is back with us to perform the newly commissioned, ‘Unchained’. It features bike parts and was written by Glasgow-born composer/CCC super fan, Tom Harrold - let's just say, when music meets cycling, it sounds wheelie good!

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So, to sum up, there’s lots to get excited about (plus there’s another project happening in Glasgow that we’ll reveal later), which is pretty cool given that 2018 is the Year of Young People – let’s hope that at these concerts we can inspire the next generation of musicians, composers and arts promoters. 

At a glance - get out your diaries!

Saturday 15 September – Fiddlesticks, Sleat
Sunday 16 September – Fiddlesticks, Lochaber

Saturday 27 October – Broomstick Ride, Glasgow
Sunday 28 October – Broomstick Ride, Edinburgh

Saturday 8 December – A Christmas Carol, Glasgow
Sunday 9 December – A Christmas Carol, Edinburgh

Sunday 24 February – Gypsy Jazz, OneTouch Theatre, Inverness

Saturday 2 March – Peter and the Wolf, Caird Hall, Dundee
Sunday 3 March – Peter and the Wolf, Music Hall, Aberdeen

Sunday 26 May – Soundcycle, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling 

We’re looking forward to working with:

Maxwell Quartet
Enterprise Music Scotland
SEALL
RSNO
Drake Music Scotland
Tom Swift Films
NYCOS
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Manor School of Ballet
Rose Room
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra
Colin Currie
And our lovely Essential Orchestra 

Thank you to:

Creative Scotland
La Bonne Auberge
A1 Toys


Soundcycle - a success story!

We had so much fun last week celebrating the European Championships in Glasgow and taking part in Festival 2018. Absolutely delighted to have a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ review of Soundcycle by Keith Bruce at The Herald, too!

We’re so happy he found it “an event of huge invention and panache, not to mention high comedy" (that synchro. swimming routine 😂) grateful for the praise our “top-rank” essential orchestra received and Owen, for presenting with “athletic ebullience” as well as the “excellent new work by young composer Tom Harrold”. 👌It’s always lovely when someone acknowledges the “huge amount of work” that goes in – even better when CCC’s guide to track cycling “would have impressed Sir Chris Hoy.” 🥇You can read the full review here.

CCC’s top picks for the Summer holidays

Stuck for things to do over the Summer? We’re all hoping this sunshine lasts a bit longer, but here’s what else we like the look of in Glasgow and Edinburgh…

GLASGOW

*Shameless plug, but we’ve got some exciting events coming up!*

Soundcycle workshop at Kelvingrove Bandstand

Thursday 19th July, 11.30am – 12.30pm
We’re pedalling our way down to Kelvingrove Bandstand with plenty of percussion and bike parts to play with – our Soundcycle workshop is a fun way to get involved with music and sport all at once ahead of the European Championships arriving. BYOB (bring your own bikes)!
There’s a wide range of activities for families happening at the Bandstand throughout July, so check out the link for more info!

Soundcycle concerts at City Halls

Friday 10 August, 12pm and 2.30pm
Owen and our Essential Orchestra will be stepping up to the podium for medal-winning performances in a special family concert celebrating the European Championships 2018. Join us and show off your freestyle moves in an epic game of musical statues – a CCC concert isn’t a spectator sport! The Championships and Festival 2018 (packed with arts and cultural events) runs from 1st – 12th August. 

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Other events you might like:

Loch Lomond Highland Games at Moss o’ Balloch Park
Saturday 14 July, 9.30am – 5pm

Soak up the tradition and experience a fun programme of events from tossing the caber and tug o’ war contests, to highland dancing and solo piping competitions.

Riverside Museum Summer Beach 
As per opening hours

Enjoy a sun-filled day in the sand! Don’t forget your sunglasses and suncream! Free to access and open until Friday 31st August.

Funky Fridays, Pollokshields Library
6, 13, 20, 27 July 1pm -2:30pm

Fun arts & crafts and physical activity for children, parents and carers.  

Voluntours at The Hidden Gardens 
Every Saturday in July and August, 2pm

Free guided tours (approx. 45 mins) for the whole family by The Hidden Gardens volunteers. Learn about the design of the gardens, wildlife, history and plants that make The Hidden Gardens such a unique space. Meet at the Voluntour board on the lawn (which is the first thing you’ll see when you enter the Gardens), no booking required!

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EDINBURGH

Art Early, Edinburgh Art Festival at Stills, Cockburn Street
Saturday 4 August,  10am – 12.30pm 

Photography and storyboarding workshops for the family making use of your own images to create a story, inspired by the Tacita Dean exhibition. The morning finishes off with a picnic in Princes Street Gardens.

NYCoS sings Vaughan Williams, Whitacre and Tippett at the Usher Hall
Sunday 5 August, 3pm

Christopher Bell directs the National Youth Choir of Scotland in four works that showcase the virtuosity of these young singers.

BambinO at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Edinburgh Academy, Robertson Room) August 7-12, 14-19 (45 min shows beginning at 10am and 11.30am)

Scottish Opera’s BambinO is a first operatic adventure for 6 to 18-month-olds and their carers. This colourful work reinvents opera for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences. Babies are free to explore during the performance, interacting with singers, musicians and each other.
Scottish Opera, MIF and Improbable

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Brainiac Live! Underbelly, Bristo Square
August 4-21 (no show on 13) 11am (1 hour)

This show will take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful. Watch from the safety of your seat as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science and do all of those things on stage that you're too scared to do at home!
Suitable for age 5+

CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free! Laughing Horse at the Counting House
August 2-15, 17-20, 22, 24-26 45 mins (start times vary, check the link)

Family workshops suitable for children age 3 – 7 with parents or carers. Everyone gets involved : skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music. Enjoy discovering very simple (often simplified) dances that you might find at a ceilidh or Scottish country dance, celebrating the social aspects of dancing.

Season 2017-18, you've been a blast!

Here’s a look back on the last year, jam-packed with musical mayhem and family fun (FYI, that works out at over 154 concerts and workshops reaching a total audience of 13,954, both publically and behind the scenes, not that we’ve been counting…)!

Beatrix Potter: The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, August 2017
It all started with our first ever show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which ran for 22 performances in August 2017. This appealed to a younger pre-school audience and so it was a lovely way to meet future fans of CCC. It was an all-round quackin’ experience that got the wee one’s imaginations running wild, the adults hopping for joy and it’s one we hope to repeat in future. 

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Fife Schools Project, September/October 2017
CCC continued its work with Fife’s YMI projects this season, delivering a series of workshops and performances to 600 primary school pupils throughout the region.  Each of the schools spent 6 weeks working with CCC musicians to create their own piece of music from a story they had written themselves and then they came together for a performance of Gypsy Jazz (our latest chamber concert) which you can read about, below.

Melody Quest, Big Music for Minis, 14 October 2017
We really enjoyed collaborating with NYOS Camerata (the showcase, pre-professional chamber ensemble of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland) to curate a unique show, Melody Quest, for Glasgow Life's Big Music for Minis Festival. It proved to be an inspirational project - Cressida McKay (flautist) told us prior to the event “As well as having a lot of fun in the meeting I was fascinated to see how much thought has to go into planning a performance. Cath’s and Holly’s passion for the concert is so apparent that I really can’t wait to see our ideas in action -- especially when Owen and Olly come on stage wearing ballet tutus for the Sugar Plum Fairy."

CCC: Access all Areas, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 19 October 2017
Encouraging and supporting children and families from more vulnerable backgrounds to come to our performances has been a focus for us over the last few years. Working with the Arts in the City programme at the Social Care Partnership in Glasgow and local charities, young people were invited to an exclusive Access All Areas event at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, complete with a backstage tour, percussion workshops and a meet the musicians session ahead of the Ghost Train concert (for which they were given free tickets).

Ghost Train, GRCH & Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 28-29 October 2018
We had great fun sending our phantom trumpet player, Tootle Puff, off on his travels through social media before our Halloween offering with the RSNO and showcased some of the spookiest music from the classical music world. Young singers from the RSNO Junior Chorus joined us and gave a special first performance of ‘The Ghost Train’ - a song written by Scottish composer, Claire McCue. Daniel Rea was our lucky costume competition winner (he came as Lord Garmadon from The LEGO Ninjago Movie!) and enjoyed a trolley dash courtesy of sponsors, A1 Toys.

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4 Man Band, Paisley Christmas Lights, 18 November 2017
CCC values the importance of working in local communities and we were happy to support Paisley’s bid for City of Culture 2021 – our 4 Man Band saw four percussionists performing a variety of popular tunes (one of the highlights being a video games medley featuring appearances from Mario and Luigi).  Our musicians played outdoors with live screens throughout the city and stopped busy Christmas shoppers in their tracks with their rendition of Philip Glass’ Mad Rush.

Tinseltown, 16-17 December 2018
We brought a touch of Hollywood sparkle to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Usher Hall with hits from favourite festive films! Owen and Olly together with the tinsel-topped talent of the RSNO (conducted by jolly Holly Mathieson) presented the ultimate soundtrack to the season, including music from Home Alone, The Grinch, Elf and Frozen! Everyone left firmly in the festive spirit after a sighting of the biggest Christmas celebrity of all and our audiences loved taking their very own Christmas #sELFies in the foyer!

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Gypsy Jazz Concert Tour (Glasgow, Peebles and Banchory), 23-25 February 2018
After developing a new programme as part of a 2 day residency at ‘The Big Shed’, Perthshire in September, Gypsy Jazz band Rose Room, featuring the phenomenally talented Seonaid Aitken on fiddle/vocals teamed up with Owen to present a series of concerts that had families up dancing and clapping along every beat of the way. Audiences also loved being able to jam along with the pros in workshops before seeing and hearing their skills on stage. Rose Room and Seonaid have since gone on to win Best Band and Best Vocalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2018, yay!

The pesky Beast from the East scuppered things a bit as we were due to give a performance of Tartan Tales in Dundee on 3 March. Sadly it wasn’t to be, but we more than made up for it later with an additional Gypsy Jazz concert which went down a storm!

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Weekend with Colin Currie, Platform, Glasgow, 21-22 April 2018
For a new initiative for the 17-18 Season we wanted to provide ‘the next step’ for our audience.  As our target audience is 4 – 12 year olds, we wanted to explore a way CCC could bridge the gap between our concerts and a standard classical orchestra.  To do this, we arranged for Colin Currie and Owen to run workshops for a group of young percussionists (15 - 18) looking at contemporary pieces such as Clapping Music by Steve Reich, creating new inventions using old bike parts and tackling Varèse's iconic Ionisation for percussion ensemble; all of which was very well-received as part of a showcase concert for parents and the public at Platform.

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‘Music Education Matters’ Conference, Glasgow, 18 May 2018
Music Education Matters is an annual conference held in Glasgow by our friends at Enterprise Music Scotland.  For the 2018 conference Owen ran a workshop for the delegates on how body percussion can be used to create an easy group piece without the need for instruments or sheet music. It turned out to be one of the highlights of the day! 

Peter and the Wolf (and other stories)
Perth Concert Hall & Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, 19 – 20 May 2018

Our 18-piece Essential Orchestra took on Prokofiev’s best-loved symphonic fairy tale, Peter and the Wolf, embracing the animal characters and costumes to the max - squeals of horror/delight were heard in the audience when the wolf spat out duck feathers (sorry, spoilers)! Owen and Olly put their own spin on stories like Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping Beauty too. One young patron told us the best bit was “the amazing marimba finale [as] Owen and Olly made [her] favourite songs from the shows [musicals] even more special!” Audiences were invited to meet some of the musicians afterwards and given an opportunity to try out their instruments, which, as usual, drew large crowds of enthusiastic participants. 

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Coming Next

Soundcycle
CCC has been lucky to receive funding for performances at City Halls as part of Festival 2018 (which will see a buzz of cultural activity across Glasgow, running alongside the European Championships) this August.  As you may have guessed, we’ve chosen to celebrate cycling! In the lead-up to our sporting-themed extravaganza on Friday 10 August, we’ve been running a number of community workshops with a focus on how bikes can be used to create music and we’ve teamed up with several community bike stations, schools and learn-to-ride charities  to explore different sounds! Composer Tom Harrold has written us a new piece called ‘Unchained’ using recordings captured in these workshops and it’ll be performed live on percussion (and actual bike parts!) by world-champion percussionist, Colin Currie

We Can Fly
A very exciting project close to our hearts began in February 2018 and will continue as our new season begins (more on this to come)! It involves 11 Additional Support Needs schools across Edinburgh and Glasgow, focussing on supporting the transition between primary and secondary and finishes in style at our Broomstick Ride Halloween concerts.

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We're hiring! Could you be our new freelance Finance Manager?

We’re looking for a dynamic and hardworking freelance finance manager with at least 3 years’ experience who can thrive being part of a small but highly effective team (4 part-time staff).

The ideal candidate will have experience of similar work for a small arts company with a proven understanding of the processes required to handle quarterly management accounts, prepare end of year accounts and manage the monthly payroll.

A detailed job description can be found here.   To apply please send your CV along with a covering letter including two references to ccc@childrensclassicconcerts.co.uk.

The deadline for applications is Monday 23 July at 12.00 with interviews the week beginning 30 July.

Thanks for your feedback!

We had some really lovely comments on our #PeterandtheWolf quiz sheets - thanks so much to everyone who wrote to tell us about their favourite bits! Check out these ones:

"The amazing marimba finale! Olly and Owen made my favourite songs from the shows even more special!"
"Everything apart from going home because it was my first time seeing an orchestra."

Watch this space for a look back on our 2017-18 season - coming soon! 

CCC Presents Peter and the Wolf and other stories…

Have you heard? We’re really pleased to be presenting Prokofiev’s masterpiece, Peter and the Wolf in a few weeks’ time! Our 18-piece Essential Orchestra have been invited back to participate at Perth Festival of the Arts at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 19th May and we’re looking forward as always to returning to the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, on Sunday 20th May.  

You might remember Peter and the Wolf from your own childhood; with catchy musical themes and animal characters, it’s easy to see why it has been used time and again as a compelling introduction to instruments of the orchestra, in schools and in concert halls over the years. Harlow Robinson captures the phenomenon beautifully in his 1987 biography of Prokofiev, “Long after his own idyllic childhood, he continued to love children for their unfettered imagination, sense of play and inability to dissimulate. That he never forgot what it meant to be a child, and how children think, is evident in the playful but never condescending music he wrote for them, most of all…‘Peter and the Wolf,’ written when Prokofiev was a boy of forty-five.”

If you’re not familiar with the piece, click here for a lovely recording, with narration by Leonard Bernstein – the story is simple, Peter is a young boy who enjoys taking care of his pets, including a bird, a duck, and a cat. When a wolf lurking in the forest beside his home threatens his animals, Peter organises a hunt, outsmarts the predator and takes him to live at the zoo. Woven into Prokofiev’s score are musical themes to represent each of the characters; the flute becomes the bird, oboe = duck, clarinet = cat, 3 French horns = wolf and the strings express Peter himself.

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Members of our Essential Orchestra have been selected not only for their world-class musical talent – they’ve all got the gig because of their ability to interact and have fun with the audience, ideal for bringing characters like Peter and his animal friends to life on stage. The concert is a celebration of musical storytelling, so expect other tales too – we’ll transport you from Peter's enchanted forest to Romeo and Juliet’s castle stopping off for a spin around Sleeping Beauty’s ballroom. 

Owen and Olly are also excited to be in on the act – they’re ready to set the scene and get young imaginations running wild. As always, they’ll need help from the audience along the way, to make sure they don’t lose the plot!

Owen: 
We’re so happy about this new programme and can’t wait to put our own spin on such well-known stories. Bring on the costumes, fun and games and no doubt a bit of drama too!

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Over the decades, the work has been performed by countless orchestras and has attracted an impressive number of celebrity narrators, including Sting, David Bowie, Lenny Henry, Terry Wogan, Patrick Stewart, and Sean Connery.  We’re excited to announce the addition of our very own superstar, Olly Cox (no stranger to spinning a yarn) to the list!

Olly: 
I’m really looking forward to narrating Peter and the Wolf, I loved it when I was a kid. We’ve also got an impressive show-tunes mash-up from arranger Paul Campbell who has done a brilliant job – it’s guaranteed to make the audience smile. Hope to see you there!

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The performance lasts an hour and is followed by an opportunity for the audience to meet some of the musicians and try out their instruments – this could be the start of your own musical adventure! 

Fun Facts:
-It took Prokofiev barely more than a fortnight to compose/arrange the music
-Prokofiev composed his first piece at age 5, and his first opera at age 9!
-A movie of Peter and the Wolf, directed by Suzie Templeton in (2006) won an Oscar for best-short film.

Unique opportunity for budding percussionists!

We’re inviting committed young musicians across the central belt to collaborate with cutting-edge international percussionist, Colin Currie (one of the most respected players in the world) and our very own percussion superstar, Owen Gunnell on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April at Platform (Glasgow) - here’s how to get involved:

If you, or someone you teach, is a percussionist currently working to a Grade 6 level or above, and would like to participate in the weekend of workshops led by Colin and Owen, as well as take up the opportunity to appear in a public performance alongside the professionals (Sunday 22nd April), please email us for an application pack.

Sessions on both days run from 10.30am - 4.30pm. Spaces are limited and offered first come first served.  

As part of the weekend’s activities, participants will also get the chance to work with Glasgow-born composer Tom Harrold, to create material using bicycle parts that will contribute to a new work ‘Soundcycle’.  This is due to be premiered during the European Championships’ Festival 2018 in August in a sport-themed concert with the usual fun and games for all the family. We’ll have plenty of updates regarding this project, so stay tuned.