Children’s Classic Concerts

See and hear the All Drummed Up story become reality...THIS WEEKEND!

Our budding young musicians have been drumming up a storm in Drumchapel, with one aim – to Go for Gold!

For the fourth year running, we’ve teamed up with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to deliver after-school musical mayhem in the form of percussion project ‘All Drummed Up!’ Participants have had the chance to make new pals, dance to some beats and have a bash on a range of instruments, exploring African and South American drumming traditions.

Thanks to support from Glasgow City Council’s Community Planning Partnership Fund, the usual weekly sessions (held at Stonedyke Neighbourhood Centre from January to March) offered access to fun and games for free. The dynamic drummers were never shy of self-expression or short of team spirit!

The great news is it’s 2014: the project is bigger and better than ever, and it hasn’t had to end just yet! With generous support from the National Lottery’s Celebrate Fund, our group leaders and pro percussionists Iain Sandilands and Stuart Semple have been able to invite their protégés aged 8-18 to take on a massive mission – they’ll be channelling their energy and enthusiasm into the buzz surrounding the Commonwealth Games! With just a few additional rehearsals to go, the team are in final preparation for performing alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in ‘Going For Gold’ – a musical celebration of ambition and talent for Culture 2014.

And they’re not just doing it once - they’ll be on stage twice! First of all, at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall TODAY (Sat 17th May) and then at the Caird Hall, Dundee TOMORROW (Sun 18th May)…huge venues, big gig!!

What’s the plan? Well, CCC presenter and superstar percussionist-turned singer-songwriter Olly Cox (forget Murs!) has composed ‘We Can Fly’, a song (fairly Gary Barlow-esque in character!) designed to inspire young people and celebrate the games. So, for the first time, the scope of the project has been widened to include young people with a talent for singing from existing groups close by: Mega Macs youth club based at St Mark’s Church in Drumchapel; Ignite Theatre Company in Knightswood and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior students.

The drummers from the original Stonedyke group will be dazzling the audience on their djembes (kindly on loan from Art in the Gart) and shekeres (authentic African shakers) using some particularly apt mnemonics to help them remember the rhythms (sporting personalities “[Tom] Da-ley” and Sir “Hoy-Chris-Hoy” feature in the percussion parts of We Can Fly – who would have thought!) and the newly recruited All Drummed Up! singers will star in the first verse; later supported by 13 regional NYCoS choirs and the RSNO Junior Chorus. Hearing them come together on the key lyric, “You can do anything, you just have to try” is sure to be one of those spine-tingling moments.

Going For Gold will provide a unique platform for the young participants to share an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience, as they perform side-by-side with Scotland’s national orchestra, so don’t miss out on their medal-winning performances this weekend!

Celebrate with us at our concerts for Culture 2014!

Join us THIS WEEKEND (Sat 17th at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Sun 18th at the Caird Hall, Dundee) for one of the first major events celebrating Culture 2014!

It's now standing room only at our Glasgow concert, but there's still time to grab your tickets and Go For Gold at the Caird Hall, Dundee at 3pm on Sunday 18th May.

Our lovely lads (and Artistic Directors) Owen & Olly will be teaming up with the RSNO, RSNO Junior Chorus, 13 NYCoS area choirs, CCC's All Drummed Up project, pre-junior students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and members of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland - they're so excited to present such a wealth of talent!

It seems that Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Gold Olympian and double Commonwealth gold medallist thinks it's a special line-up too: Here's his inspirational message!

"As an official Glasgow 2014 ambassador, I am delighted to welcome you to Going For Gold.

I know that all the organisations involved in Going For Gold are committed to promoting musical excellence and nurturing the musical education of young people in Scotland.

They want to celebrate the qualities that all 800 young performers share with the elite athletes of the Commonwealth: dedication, the capacity to put in hours of training, the understanding that success doesn't come overnight and the ambition to put in the hard work necessary to achieve excellence.

I send my best wishes to everyone performing, as well as to the audience that they are about to inspire. Go for it – Go For Gold."

We're Going For Gold this weekend!

The National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the RSNO Junior Chorus and Children’s Classic Concert have come together in a unique collaboration to present a once-in-a-lifetime musical celebration for Culture 2014 and the Commonwealth Games.

Going For Gold

Saturday 17th May, 2.00pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 18th May 3.00pm, Caird Hall, Dundee



Over the course of a very special weekend, nearly 800 young performers from all over the country will have an unforgettable chance to shine when they share concert platforms with Scotland’s national orchestra at Going For Gold, a celebration of inspiration, ambition and talent for Culture 2014 and the Commonwealth Games.

The young people will come from 13 Area Choirs of the National Youth Choir of Scotland (from Inverness to Dumfries), from the RSNO Junior Chorus and from All Drummed Up – the Children’s Classic Concerts’ percussion project that teams children from Drumchapel in Glasgow with Juniors from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Their performances will feature in a programme of top sporting tunes and inspirational melodies that has been put together with an emphasis on fun by family favourites Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox aka Owen and Olly of CCC. Olly has even written a special song for the occasion which will premiere at Going For Gold before being performed in India and Australia later this year.

Waving a touch of magic over the proceeding with his expert baton will be popular conductor Christopher Bell, who has devoted much of his career to promoting youth music in Scotland, both as the founder and artistic director of the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the chorus master of the RSNO Junior Chorus.

Every organisation involved is committed to promoting musical excellence and to nurturing the musical education of young people. Going For Gold has come about because everyone was determined to find a way to showcase what they do as part of the cultural celebrations for the Commonwealth Games.

Christopher Bell:

“It is a wonderful idea when the mutual aims of three organisations can be met in one absolutely spectacular event.”

Children’s Classic Presenter Oliver Cox:“This is a fantastic opportunity and it is good to remember amidst all the sporting excitement that the Commonwealth Games have also provided us with the chance to celebrate culturally.”

Going For Gold, which is supported by the Big Lottery Celebrate Fund and the Big Big Sing will provide audience members from 4 to104 with inspirational performances together with the fun, games and audience participation that CCC is famous for. The musicians of the RSNO who will be dressed in their sporting finest, will be joined by pipers from the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland in a spectacular Scottish finale that will have the audience dancing in the aisles.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children and concessions and are available to buy from Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office (0141 353 8000) or the Caird Hall, Dundee box office (01382 434940)

O & O need YOU...Become a Going For Gold Champion!

Owen & Olly need YOU!

They're looking for 40 Going For Gold Champions - if you're coming to see the show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 17th May, or at the Caird Hall, Dundee on Sunday 18th May and you fancy helping them out, then read on!

Our cheeky chaps are always thinking up new ways to keep the music and the banter flowing and feedback from our audiences is really important to them.

If you can download their form (it's super simple, quick and easy to complete) bring it with you on the concert day, fill it in at the end and return it to CCC staff at the hall, you can claim your Gold medal (awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis) It's also made out of chocolate - double bonus!

So with your "golden" ticket to the concert, you can become a champion of the world of CCC! To register as a champion, please let us know you're helping out by emailing ccc@childrensclassicconcerts.co.uk or by sending a private message on Facebook, so we can have your medal ready and waiting! Thanks :-)

Here's what you need...

Going For Gold Champions - Feedback Form

Our All Drummed Up team are preparing to Go For Gold!

Our budding young musicians have been drumming up a storm in Drumchapel, with one aim – to Go for Gold!


For the fourth year running, we’ve teamed up with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to deliver after-school musical mayhem in the form of percussion project ‘All Drummed Up!’ Participants have had the chance to make new pals, dance to some beats and have a bash on a range of instruments, exploring African and South American drumming traditions.

Thanks to support from Glasgow City Council’s Community Planning Partnership Fund, the usual weekly sessions (held at Stonedyke Neighbourhood Centre from January to March) offered access to fun and games for free. The dynamic drummers were never shy of self-expression or short of team spirit!

The great news is it’s 2014: the project is bigger and better than ever, and it hasn’t had to end just yet! With generous support from the National Lottery’s Celebrate Fund, our group leaders and pro percussionists Iain Sandilands and Stuart Semple have been able to invite their protégés aged 8-18 to take on a massive mission – they’ll be channelling their energy and enthusiasm into the buzz surrounding the Commonwealth Games! With just a few additional rehearsals to go, the team are in final preparation for performing alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in ‘Going For Gold’ – a musical celebration of ambition and talent for Culture 2014.

And they’re not just doing it once - they’ll be on stage twice! First of all, at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 17th May and then at the Caird Hall, Dundee on Sunday 18th May…huge venues, big gig!!

What’s the plan? Well, CCC presenter and superstar percussionist-turned singer-songwriter Olly Cox (forget Murs!) has composed ‘We Can Fly’, a song (fairly Gary Barlow-esque in character!) designed to inspire young people and celebrate the games. So, for the first time, the scope of the project has been widened to include young people with a talent for singing from existing groups close by: Mega Macs youth club based at St Mark’s Church in Drumchapel; Ignite Theatre Company in Knightswood and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior students.

The drummers from the original Stonedyke group will be dazzling the audience on their djembes (kindly on loan from Art in the Gart) and shekeres (authentic African shakers) using some particularly apt mnemonics to help them remember the rhythms (sporting personalities “[Tom] Da-ley” and Sir “Hoy-Chris-Hoy” feature in the percussion parts of We Can Fly – who would have thought!) and the newly recruited All Drummed Up! singers will star in the first verse; later supported by 13 regional NYCoS choirs and the RSNO Junior Chorus. Hearing them come together on the key lyric, “You can do anything, you just have to try” is sure to be one of those spine-tingling moments.

Going For Gold will provide a unique platform for the young participants to share an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience, as they perform side-by-side with Scotland’s national orchestra, so don’t miss out on their medal-winning performances this May!

When the All Drummed Up! family get together, there’s always giggling, bouncing around and loads of weird and wonderful sounds to be heard (you don’t know what’s hit you - safe to say it’s LOUD)!

With such big performances looming, preparation is key! Thankfully the All Drummed Up! members had a wee practise run (minus the RSNO!) before an audience in Drumchapel Community Centre on 8th March led by Olly and partner in crime/fellow CCC presenter Owen Gunnell.

We've been busy bees! Check out the latest news & musical mayhem from the CCC tour!

So, it's definitely time for a catch up on what we've been getting up to over the past few weeks!

Owen & Olly have had a blast with helping you to create fabulous funky instruments from everyday junk and jamming with you all in their Garbage Band! The lovely people of Glenrothes and Killin had the chance to join in first, but don't worry we're coming to Stirling on 27th April with Junk Trunk! There's a pre-concert workshop, so grab your gear and get going with your very own instruments then!

We've also taken concerts to Pitlochry, Elgin and Glenrothes where we had some great audiences who were up for lots of participation! As ever, the guys were a hit with their cheeky charm and friendly banter!

Ever the professionals - check out some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Owen & Olly warming up for the Bongos & Brass concert in Elgin!

Our Commonwealth Celebration Concert Going For Gold, is on Sale!

We're thrilled to be hosting a concert in celebration of the Commonwealth Games and very excited to be collaborating with some amazing talent across the country. For full details, please see below!

Going For Gold is our contribution to Culture 2014!

Tricks for Turning Junk into Funk No. 5!

Check out the latest instalment of our Junk Trunk extravaganza!

Click on the worksheet below and you're ready to agogo!!

Agogo Bell Worksheet

Tricks for Turning Junk into Funk No. 4!

Stuck for ideas on a rainy day? Look no further!

Be inspired by the weather and get creative!

[Warning: Play your instrument in moderation - we don't want it to rain forever!]

Rainstick Worksheet

Tricks for Turning Junk into Funk No. 3!

Grab our version of this instrument below!

Groovy guiro!