Children’s Classic Concerts

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:

The long awaited result of our Monsters' Ball Costume Competition sponsored by A1 Toys...!

It's...


Congratulations, Maddie! The judges felt that your home made Valka costume (from How to Train Your Dragon) was top-notch! You have officially won the chance to trolley dash around an A1 Toys shop! We can't wait to see what you'll be grabbing along the way! Enjoy your prize, it's well deserved!



Congratulations also to our 3 finalists - who've all won a fantastic A1 Toys goodie bag!

Got your freaky finest at the ready? Enter our costume comp & you could win a TROLLEY DASH at A1 TOYS!!

Got your tickets for The Monsters' Ball? Know what you're wearing yet? Never too early to plan! With plenty of chilling tunes and beastly dance moves on the go you'll need something spooktacular to stand out from the crowd - think Strictly and get the scary sequins out!! Well worth the effort when this could be the reward...a TROLLEY DASH courtsey of our pals at A1 Toys worth up to £250!!

Remember to have fun with your design, and get the whole family involved!


Last year's winner Taylor Browning-Walker had a brilliant time! Catch his prizewinning action below!

John Whitener of the RSNO provided the encouraging sound-track...

Heard about the BBC's Ten Pieces? Get creative with your child and fall in love with classical music!

Here at Children's Classic Concerts, we're thrilled to be a champion of the BBC's Ten Pieces initiative - a wonderful adventure dedicated to bringing some epic classical* music into the classroom and a whole load of fun too!

It's all around us, but the Ten Pieces film, recorded with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, digs a little deeper into this genre of music and explores the sights conjured up, as well as the sounds by each composer - imagination is key!

The film is perfect for primary age children and schools can request a free DVD copy whilst stocks last.

There are lots of fantastic resources that follow on from the film to help your child/school get hands-on and creative with music, so please visit the BBC Ten Pieces website for more details!

And if you like what you hear - make sure you and your family visit us at one of our upcoming concerts of the 2014-15 season (in either Glasgow or Edinburgh) where we'll be joining forces with the mighty Royal Scottish National Orchestra to bring you LIVE and exciting renditions of even more classical treats - plus one of the Ten Pieces. Come along to find out which one, it's a good'un!

*otherwise known as brain fizzing, mind whizzing amazing music!!