Children’s Classic Concerts

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!!

Our Spooktacular Halloween Show-stopper is on Sale!

Dust off your dancing shoes, prepare to come dressed in your freaky finest and grab your tickets* now!

Check out the What's On page for booking info. Hope to see you there!



*Please note that our concerts are recommended for children of primary school age, although we welcome everyone. Babes in arms up to the age of 12 months go free, tickets required for children aged 1+

Check out the new Season 2014-15!

We're well underway with plans for our new season concerts! The Monsters' Ball promises to be a fun-filled post Hallowe'en family adventure (Sat 1st and Sun 2nd November) featuring some top tunes and some funky dance moves - Dads get ready to embarrass the kids! As usual there'll be a costume competition with fab prizes up for grabs thanks to our friends at A1 Toys, so get your thinking caps on and get designing!

Then we'll be celebrating Christmas early on Sat 6th and Sun 7th December with the ultimate Xmas party line up of rubbish jokes, carols and tinsel! Don't miss out on Deck the Halls with Owen & Olly (see what we did there?)!

Today we're starting to un-pack our new season leaflets so we can spread the word! Can't wait to grab hold of one? Well have a wee sneak preview here!

There's even matching nail polish for the occasion!!

Owen & Olly had a fab time at Festival 2014!

There was lots of laughter, joining in (hundreds of folk in the audience came together to create a seriously impressive human drum-kit!) and top tunes on Saturday 26th July as Owen & Olly got everyone All Drummed Up for Glasgow 2014! Check out the photos on Facebook!

Catch Owen & Olly Live at Kelvingrove Bandstand!

Out and about in Glasgow during the Games? Fancy soaking up the friendly atmosphere for FREE? Then why not come and see why our lovely lads Owen & Olly have been twice-voted the best music act at the Edinburgh Fringe and why our young All Drummed Up group reduced their audiences to tears and got everyone up standing at our Going for Gold concerts back in May!* Their latest show-stopper - All Drummed Up...for Glasgow 2014 kicks off at 3pm at the Kelvingrove Bandstand on Saturday 26th July as part of Festival 2014!

*If you missed them before, check out the video here!

Owen & Olly will be turning up the volume and drumming up a storm at the newly refurbished venue (in the West End of Glasgow - accessed via Kelvin Way where it meets University Avenue) and can't wait to bring you top tunes (hopefully a sunny afternoon!), lots of laughs and audience participation for the whole family to get involved in!

Their guest performers (CCC's All Drummed Up! group along with pre-junior students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) are set to play and sing in the Commonwealth-themed finale (an inspirational song called We Can Fly, written by our very own Olly Cox - forget Murs!) in medal-winning style.

So don't miss out! Come along and be "bowled"over...they'll be sure to knock it out of the park!!

We're involved in Festival 2014 and We Can Fly!

Our very own Olly Cox (forget Murs!) has written a wonderfully inspirational song called 'We Can Fly!' which featured in our Commonwealth-themed Celebration Concert, Going For Gold in Glasgow and Dundee back in May.

The great news is, there's another opportunity to hear it as part of the Kelvingrove Banstand Festival 2014 Programme! Make sure Saturday 26th July is in your diary!!

Owen & Olly will be joined by their percussion pals from CCC's after-school music project in Drumchapel, together with pre-junior students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for another spine-tingling and tear-enducing performance. This will be the finale to another fantastic concert (called All Drummed Up...for Glasgow 2014) presented by percussion whizz-kids, Owen & Olly featuring well-known favourites and lots of audience participation!

For a wee taster or a reminder (particularly for those who are performing again!) Please click below for the lyrics and to download the track!

We Can Fly Lyrics

And even better, watch the video taken at the Dundee Going for Gold concert - it's magic!

Going for Gold Programmes now sold out...

Hello,

Just a wee post to let you know that the re-print of the Going for Gold souvenir programme has now sold out.

Many thanks to everyone who got in touch to purchase one - we hope you enjoy them as a momento of a fantastic occasion, celebrating a wealth of talent and ambition!

Perfect for your Commonwealth event! Commonwealth Flags of all 70 Nations for Hire...

If you're in the midst of planning your Commonwealth event and are looking to source the Commonwealth flags, look no further! CCC have the flags of all 70 nations available for hire.

They really do add to the sense of occasion...

or more information, click here

Office space available for sub-let at CCC HQ!

We have a room available for sub-let within our office building (in sunny Partick) from Tuesday 12th August, but sooner by arrangement.

Could be used as a 1-2 person office, or art studio. Also a possibility to rent as a recording/practice space, but within evening/weekend hours.

For more information, please click here!

The verdict is in...check out the review of Going For Gold!

Here's what Garry Fraser at the Dundee Courier had to say about the Going for Gold concert at the Caird Hall!

"Although Dundee will play no part in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, the combined forces of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, regional choirs from the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Children’s Classic Concerts presented a musical games-themed extravaganza that was as vibrant as a 100 metre sprint, colourful as an opening parade and as enjoyable as a Scottish gold medal.

There was a distinct buzz about the Caird Hall with the orchestra bedecked in a variety of sports wear – even conductor Christopher Bell – and with the fun and games orchestrated by presenters Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox, it was one hour of family fun. Tom Cunningham’s sports cantata Going For Gold provided the concert’s backbone, and it also gave the 210 children from the NYCOS choirs – Dundee, Inverness, Angus, Aberdeen and Perth – the chance to show their prowess. I’d heard this work before but there was much more enthusiasm and oomph in this delivery. As usual, the attributes of NYCOS singers stood out a mile, with perfect diction the biggest plus in their performance whether it be in sprint or marathon tempo.

The RSNO weren’t far behind in terms of enthusiasm, and although the music was very much a walk in the park compared to their normal fare – Mahler’s Eighth looms large – their professionalism shone through, with the brass and percussion opening the proceedings with an authoritative Fanfare For The Common Man.

However, these shows would not be the same without some continuity, and Olly and Owen proved to be link men extraordinaire. No strangers to Children’s Classic Concerts, their rapport with the audience was instantaneous, their enthusiasm infectious. I liked their take on ET, a film that apparently inspired Sir Chris Hoy to start cycling, but Olly’s We Can Fly, specially composed for the Games and given only its second airing at the concert, was even more memorable.

The concert’s four subtitles – Inspiration, Ambition, Talent and Celebration – all hit home with great effect, with the final Highland Cathedral and Flower of Scotland adding a touch of poignancy and national pride, the latter of which is the underlining ethos of the Games."

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