Children’s Classic Concerts

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A magic minimal music weekend!

We had a great time at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of their latest Minimal Music festival (on Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd May)! We were thrilled with the turnout of young people who came to experiment on the vast number of percussion instruments and loved watching them make music with some new friends! The end result was a fantastic piece that explored different rhythms and dynamics, led by the brilliant Olly Cox (not Murs) - very impressive after only 45 minutes! Hope to be back next year!

See below for a few comments from the participating families about their favourite bits and a peek at some of the photographic evidence!

“The ability of the main host and taking part”

“Changing over to try different instruments and the warm up”

“Beating the drums!”

“Playing fast and slow!”

“Copying the cowbell”

“All of it!”

An inspirational weekend of music for all the family in Glasgow! (Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd May)

On Saturday 2nd May at 4pm, our lovely Olly will be at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to lead a mix of young instrumentalists and professional musicians to perform Terry Riley's minimal composition, 'In C'. Check out the way the music changes as time goes on and be inspired! You're invited to grab a cushion, get comfy, and chill out at this cool, contemporary concert (it's free)!

Then, Olly and friends will be back to get busy with making some noise in free music-making sessions on Sunday 3rd May (suitable for ages 4 -12). Look out for the 'Percussion Jam Workshops', starting at 10:30am and 12:30pm (lasting approx. 45 minutes). Come along and express yourself in the Strathclyde Suite!

There'll be plenty of instruments to try; from djembes and drums, cowbells and claves through to the tuneful metallophone and the mighty marimba!

This comes as part of an exciting weekend for contemporary music; 2 world-famous composers (often considered the finest of the 20th Century); Steve Reich and Philip Glass will be in Glasgow to captivate the crowds with their stand-out works.

As if that wasn't enough, CCC Champion and superstar percussionist Colin Currie is also in town to perform brand new music from Reich. Catch him in concert (joined by our very own Owen!) on Sunday 3rd May at 4pm!

For more info and the full list of activities and concerts, click here!

Our new season concerts with the RSNO are shaping up - find out more!

Planning for our latest Hallowe'en and Christmas concerts is well under-way and we're thrilled to be working once again with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra! This time we'll be showcasing a mythical musical adventure and a stocking-great load of festive treats.

Tickets are on sale! Dates for your diary are as follows:

Magic and Monsters



Owen and Olly's Christmas Stocking

SAT 5 DEC 2015 : 1PM & 3PM GLASGOW


Until then, here's a wee flashback to last year's Hallowe'en extravaganza to get you excited!

Drumroll please...congratulations to the winners of our Spring concert series and thanks for taking part in our quizzes!

Massive congratulations to Abigail Nye, Charlotte Schmautz, Florrie Newberry and Skye Wilson who took part in quizzes from our concerts in New Galloway (Bongo Fury) Elgin and Stirling (Fiddlesticks) and Perth (Junk Trunk) this Spring! They gave us some fabulous feedback! See below for their winning answers about their favourite bits of the concert...

"The superhero section - I thought Olly and Owen were very funny and the music outstanding. I loved playing my violin on stage and getting the chance to keep time on the wooden xylophone - awesome :)"
Abigail, Fiddlesticks (Elgin)

"I really liked when Olly and Owen played the gypsy dance (Czardas). I liked it because they played it really well and it was funny."
Charlotte, Fiddlesticks (Stirling)

"I loved the workshop because it was lively and also really fun. My favourite piece in the concert was ‘Bongo Fury’ because it’s full of energy and I got into the beat!"
Florrie, Bongo Fury (New Galloway)

"When I went up on stage and got to play the gong because I love to play music."
Skye, Junk Trunk (Perth)

Signed drumsticks and tambourines from Owen and Olly are on their way to you. Well done!

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!