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10 December 2011, 3pm, Glasgow

Christmas Magic


Owen and Olly opened a box of magical, musical treats and brought seasonal stories, songs and ballet to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

From the opening bars of Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, it was clear this was going to be a Christmas show to remember! Children and adults alike had made a big effort to get into the Christmas spirit, donning all sorts of shiny and glittery headwear and dancing to the uplifting music played by Turnbull High School Wind Band in the foyer before the concerts. The RSNO were on fab form as usual, and they too had gone all out with the tinsel - the stage, instruments and players were glistening in the lights!

There was some A-MA-ZING (as Craig Revel Horwood would say) dancing from the Manor School of Ballet during the RSNO's rendition of Delibes' Coppelia, who were transformed into toys for Musique Des Automates and then donned lovely Polish costumes for the Mazurka. Then Manor School tutor Fraser Paterson and his beautiful partner treated us to a graceful routine during Skating the Midnight River by Stephen McNeff.

Olly enjoyed reading The Night Before Christmas to the audience, while Owen helpfully brought it to life by acting it out, giving us a few giggles in the process as he dragged his sleigh along Flintstones-style with his feet! Owen also donned a 'onesie' before tucking himself up in bed, only to be disturbed by Olly dressed as the Syncopated Clock... he tried cuddling his teddies, counting sheep, wearing an eye-mask and ear defenders, but to no avail - the clock kept ticking and tocking right through the night!

As always, the audience joined in for a good old singalong, sounding very tuneful in their renditions of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney. In fact they had to sing the third song a good few times as we tried all sorts of tricks to get a rather fat Santa (Olly) out of the giant chimney on the stage! John the tuba player couldn't blow him out, and the huge earthquake created by the percussion section couldn't shake him. Similarly unsuccessful were the ideas of slipping him out with soap suds, hitting him with a frying pan, and using all sorts of power tools! Eventually, the clever kids in the audience realised that only a bit of Christmas Magic could solve the problem - thank goodness conductor Christian Kluxen had brought his magic wand to conduct the orchestra with!


  • Presented by Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox
  • Conducted by Christian Kluxen


The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and The Manor School of Ballet


“I liked singing along with Olly and Owen and doing silly dances.”

Aidan, age 7

“My favourite part was the Syncopated Clock because Owen was like me on Christmas Eve and it was very funny!”

Katherine, age 8

“I liked all of the dancing because I felt all the emotion and what they meant.”

Adam, age 11