Children’s Classic Concerts

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...


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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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)