Children’s Classic Concerts

Thank you to MMC's Junior String Orchestra!

On 9th March 2015, we ventured North to present our latest family show-stopper, Fiddlesticks in Elgin Town Hall. With top tunes from classical to ceilidh there was something for everyone! The concert was rounded off in style by Moray Music Centre's Junior String Orchestra; showcased below! This was the result of just 45 mins preparation earlier in the day with our dynamic duo, Owen and Olly (Owen had just been Superman in the previous number, hence the t-shirt!) the fantastic Fejes Quartet and inspirational Scottish composer, Savourna Stevenson. A short excerpt from Savourna's setting of the Snow Queen was used as a basis for this improvisation. We thought they did an amazing job of creating an eerie atmosphere, well done to all!


CCC tour over for another year, but watch this space for news on our upcoming concerts with the RSNO!

Thank you to everyone who came to one of our concerts on tour this spring in New Galloway, Stirling, Dunfermline, Perth, Dundee, Elgin, Greenock and Galashiels! We had a brilliant time showcasing our latest Fiddlesticks programme, which featured top tunes from classical to ceilidh, and of course another round of Junk Trunk concerts - which meant we could get creative with the recycling again and experiment with some really cool sounds using everyday stuff at home! We hope you enjoyed the concerts as much as we did planning them!

Watch this space for the latest news about our upcoming 2015-16 season concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO)! TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW for Magic and Monsters and Owen and Olly's Christmas Stocking! Here's a very sneeky preview of what's in-store - aka a behind the scenes glimpse at their pre-season photo-shoot!

Let's turn Junk into Funk!

It's time to dust off our Junk Trunk instrument worksheets again this Spring - the whole family can get recycling and experimenting with sound! Why not make your own garbage band? Below you'll find just a few suggestions of what you can create with the odds and ends around the house! These fab instruments can be decorated in all sorts of ways - let your imagination run wild!

Simply click to download a copy of the instructions:

Agogo Bell Worksheet

Groovy guiro

Glass Xylophone Worksheet

Samba shaker

Rainstick Worksheet

They're definitely not just a load of old rubbish, so get stuck in! You can also join CCC musicians for a pre-concert workshop to explore how musical sounds can be made out of some pretty mad materials! Check out the What's On page for details!

Moray Music Centre's Junior Strings set to star in Elgin's showing of Fiddlesticks!

With support from Moray Music Centre (MMC) and Creative Scotland, our professional team of musicians (Owen, Olly, Savourna Stevenson - also an inspirational composer, and The Fejes String Quartet) will deliver an original workshop for members of MMC’s Junior String Orchestra next Monday (9th March) ahead of the Fiddlesticks concert! They’ll be bringing Savourna’s setting of Hans Christian Anderson’s story, The Snow Queen to life - a fantastic chance to learn about how musical sounds are built up to create atmospheric and thrilling music. The young people can let their imaginations run wild and will be making a real contribution to Savourna’s existing score; the workshop experience will be made all the more meaningful by their involvement and performance in the concert.

Children’s Classic Concerts presenter Owen Gunnell:

“Really looking forward to working with the JSO, from what I’ve heard they’ll do a fantastic job of helping us perform The Snow Queen. We’ve had such a great reaction in Elgin before. Our audiences have always been up for a laugh and they really get into the music!

The Fiddlesticks programme has something for everyone, from Hollywood superhero medleys to Scottish jigs and dancing in the aisles!

Children’s Classic Concerts presenter Oliver Cox:

“We’ll be counting on the audience to help us out as usual, so expect lots of participation! We’ve got a great programme and the performance along with the JSO will be a real highlight for us and hopefully something memorable for them! Can’t wait!”

John Mustard, Head of Instrumental Instruction Services:

“I am delighted that Moray Council's Moray Music Centre will be working in collaboration with Children's Classic Concerts. This is a fantastic opportunity for the young people from MMC's Junior String Orchestra to experience both a workshop and concert with top professionals.”

Don't miss Fiddlesticks, Monday 9th March, Elgin Town Hall, 6pm. Book tickets here, or on the door (open from 5:30pm)!

All Drummed Up! is back in Drumchapel...

Yes, we're ready and waiting to make some noise with young people age 5-12! It'll be a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the most innovative and dynamic percussion professionals!

Sessions are at Stonedyke Neighbourhood Centre after school on Mondays from 9th February (schools are off that day!) through to 16th March!

Iain and Stuart (the pro musicians) are back for the 5th year running to create more musical mayhem! Previous participants have made new pals, funky beats and had a bash on loads of different Samba drums!

So now’s your chance to get in the groove and start some spectacular Samba playing of your own! The Drumchapel Samba Band will be drumming up a storm between 4pm and 5:45pm each week. The project will finish up with a gig for friends and family, so watch this space!

The best part? It’s all FREE thanks to sponsorship from Glasgow Arts!

New year, brand new family concert...get ready for Fiddlesticks!

Our lovely lads Owen and Olly are geared up for another showstopper of a concert called Fiddlesticks - this time exploring violins and vibraphones, clarsachs and cowbells and basses of both the drum and string variety! They'll be joined by their brilliant pals in The Fejes Quartet (who also play for The Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and inspirational composer and virtuoso performer, Savourna Stevenson to bring you an epic fusion of jolly jazz, calming classical and Scottish folk music (i.e. toe-tapping tunes!)

As always, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get involved! For starters, why not book the pre-concert discovery workshop, String Along (running in Stirling and Dundee) at 1pm on the day of the concert? Get the answers to your burning musical questions and have a go on the clarsach yourself – you might find you’re a bit of a pro!

Got the 12 Tunes of Christmas stuck in your head, but need some help?!

Thanks to everyone who came along at the weekend to celebrate with us at our pre-Christmas parties in Glasgow and Edinburgh! We thoroughly enjoyed Deck the Halls with Owen and Olly, and it's been lovely to hear that you did too! We've had quite a few requests about the 12 Tunes of Christmas finale (we jam-packed 12 of the best seasonal songs into the tune of 12 Days of Christmas, complete with actions (courtesy of and copyrighted by Owen and Olly!) so we thought we'd lend a helping hand so you can remember it all (downloadable PDF available here)! It would make a wonderful after-dinner game on Christmas Day - get the whole family going and work off those mince pies! If you're particularly pleased with the family's efforts - why not share a wee film with us? Email it to ccc@childrensclassicconcerts.co.uk or post it on Facebook!

We've always loved William Tell...but that's us told! The Update!

What an amazing story...

It's always great to receive feedback about how we're doing, and Owen and Olly especially love hearing from you! On this occasion, they were astonished by the time and effort that Polly (9) and Tessa (7) Quaile had put in to tell them about a very important aspect of the CCC experience - the epic William Tell finale at the end of a big concert with the RSNO. Its lively pulse gets everyone going and sends us on our way with the energy needed for the rest of the day. But, hold your horses, Polly and Tessa are in the saddle now, having written the most wonderful letter to our cheeky chaps, warning them that their hobby horse prop isn't quite up to scratch!

To rectify this, they've made their own much-improved versions (we love the silver and gold finishes – perfect for Xmas) and are donating them to the cause (Christmas is the time for presents after all!) We were delighted, neigh, jumping for joy when we first saw the photos and couldn't wait to see Owen and Olly each take to the stage with a more stable steed, worthy of their 'standing as musicians' :)

Have a read of their lovely letter (below) and take a look at the moment that Polly and Tessa presented the horses to Owen and Olly backstage before the beginning of Deck the Halls!

Oops there's been a glitch! Better not be the Christmas Grinch...

Over the past few days, we've realised that we've been showing up as sold out on the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall website, but this is a glitch - there are in fact plenty of tickets still available for both the 1pm and 3pm showings of Deck the Halls with Owen & Olly! Please also be careful to select tickets for the correct time as even when you click through our site for the 3pm - the online booking system on the concert hall's page defaults to 1pm. For 3pm, please click on the drop down arrow to select it! Seems as though the Grinch has been up to his usual tricks!!

Live in Drumchapel (Glasgow), over 11 and love to make a noise? We need you!

If you, or someone you know, lives in the Drumchapel (or surrounding) area and you're free on a Monday afternoon after school - pop down to the Pheonix Centre to have a jam with some of the best percussionists in Scotland! We're joining forces with Depot Arts and want you guys to create your own music base at the Pheonix...can't wait to hear the stuff (beats, tunes, whatever!) that you create!! There'll be an opportunity to perform in a gig at the end of the project too, so keep Monday 8th December free!

Everything kick-starts on the 27th October (4 days from now!)

Can't wait to meet you - see you at 4pm! All the other details on the poster below: