Children’s Classic Concerts

Glasgow - Don't miss some Big Music for your Little Ones!

We are really excited to be part of Big Music for Minis at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall again, which is set to be even bigger and better than last year! There is a whole weekend of activities from 9th - 11th October with lots going on.

Olly will be taking three kids percussion workshops - 'Monster Mash Up!' - on Saturday 10th October, a hands-on percussion jam for all the family, which features glockenspiels and guiros, cabasas and cowbells through to the mighty marimba. What's more, come dressed as your favourite monster for the chance to win a prize!

Our friends at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will also be there on Saturday and Sunday with their 'Music & Movement' sessions. They promise to get your children singing, dancing and moving to music in an enjoyable and engaging class.

With other events from Scottish Opera, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, plus craft tents, dance tents, reading busses and much, much more this is a family event not to be missed!

...SEASON! Our Halloween and Christmas concerts are just around the corner!

There’s a bit of a chill in the air now (only a slight departure from ‘Summer’!) so here at CCC we’re really looking forward to Halloween and of course, Christmas! It’s officially the start of our new season with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which is set to be bigger and better than ever before! Here are just a few things we’re getting excited about:

Our lovely lads Owen & Olly are back (in the country after a busy time abroad) to help kick-start your trick or treating fun with ‘Magic and Monsters’ on Saturday 31st October (actual Halloween, so no excuse!) at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and on Sunday 1st November at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

We're working once again with the extremely talented RSNO Junior Chorus (Halloween) and National Youth Choir of Scotland (Christmas) and they've got some cracking songs to share with you! There are some well-known favourites in both the Halloween and Christmas concert programmes as well as some excellent gags and silliness from the lads, so get ready for some teasers soon!

You can expect another amazing COSTUME COMPETITION with a phenomenal TROLLEY DASH prize (to the tune of £250!) thanks to our lovely pals at A1 Toys. For the lucky winner, Christmas will definitely come early!

We’re thrilled to announce right now, that one of the highlights of the Magic and Monsters concerts will be Misterstourworm, a narrated children’s symphony by the talented composer and long-time friend of CCC, Savourna Stevenson! It’s a myth set in the Western Isles featuring a brave young man called Coran, who is determined to rid his land of the vicious sea monster, Miserstourworm. The piece will be narrated by the brilliant James Mackenzie - many mums and dads will remember him as the immortal warlord ‘Raven’ on CBBC!

Watch this space for more updates!

Vote for the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme as Best Arts project in the National Lottery Awards!

We need your help!

Vote for usJust over a year ago, our hugely successful and inspirational Going for Gold concerts were part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. We’ve recently heard that the programme is in the running to win a National Lottery Award (it’s up against 6 other organisations in the Best Arts category)! The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme celebrated Scotland and Glasgow’s hosting of the XX Commonwealth Games and was the most ambitious and wide-reaching programme of national cultural activity that has ever taken place in the country, with audiences of over 2 million in music, theatre, exhibition, dance, poetry and film, and over 600,000 participants. Click here to vote for the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, or follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting is open now and closes at midnight on Wednesday 29th July!

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!