CCC introduce new 18-piece mini orchestra – The Essential Orchestra.
Through annual partnerships with YMI Fife and ONFife, 600 schoolchildren work with CCC musicians on 4-week music and storytelling projects and attend three supporting CCC concerts. In 2014 a similar YMI project is delivered in West Lothian.
Brilliant communicators and virtuoso classical percussionists, Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox, are appointed as joint Artistic Directors and principal presenters.
CCC bring their community work to the main stage by inviting participants with Additional Support Needs to perform ‘We Can Fly’ alongside the RSNO in Broomstick Ride.
First Essential Orchestra concerts, The Three Little Pigs, perform to sell-out audiences at Perth Festival of the Arts and Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.
Going For Gold concerts are created by CCC, the RSNO, the RSNO Junior Chorus, NYCOS, the Royal Conservatoire, the National Youth Pipe Band, All Drummed Up and the Big, Big Sing. Performed by the RSNO and over 800 young participants from Inverness to the Borders, to a total audience of 2,392 in Glasgow and Dundee.
CCC commission The Snow Queen by Savourna Stevenson and Stuart Paterson. Previewed at Glasgow UNESCO City of Music Family Day, premieres are attended by a total audience of 4,225 in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Christopher Bell becomes CCC’s Artistic Director.
Orchestral concerts are performed in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Inverness, Kelso, and Dumfries.
CCC’s education work increases tenfold; hundreds of workshops are delivered to thousands of children all over central Scotland.
Major sponsor, Standard Life, supports CCC for nine years, winning an Arts and Business Sustainability Award.
Supported by the Scottish Arts Council, CCC commission Hansel and Gretel from the same team – another critical and popular success.
Up to nine full orchestral concerts are presented annually in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
CCC founded to inspire a love of classical music in young people by introducing them and their families to exciting live performances; the opening concert sells out and is declared “a smash hit” by the Herald.