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 MonstersSAT 31 OCT 2015 : 3PM GLASGOWSUN 1 NOV 2015 : 3PM EDINBURGHOwen and Olly's Christmas StockingSAT 5 DEC 2015 : 1PM & 3PM GLASGOWSUN 6 DEC 2015 : 3PM EDINBURGHUntil then, here's a wee flashback to last year's Hallowe'en extravaganza to get you excited!
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
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
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!
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 WorksheetGroovy guiroGlass Xylophone WorksheetSamba shakerRainstick WorksheetThey'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!
With support from Moray Music Centre (MMC) and Creative Scotland, our professional team of musicians (Owen, Olly, Savourna Stevenson - also an inspirational composer, and The Fejes String Quartet) will deliver an original workshop for members of MMC’s Junior String Orchestra next Monday (9th March) ahead of the Fiddlesticks concert! They’ll be bringing Savourna’s setting of Hans Christian Anderson’s story, The Snow Queen to life - a fantastic chance to learn about how musical sounds are built up to create atmospheric and thrilling music. The young people can let their imaginations run wild and will be making a real contribution to Savourna’s existing score; the workshop experience will be made all the more meaningful by their involvement and performance in the concert.Children’s Classic Concerts presenter Owen Gunnell: “Really looking
Yes, we're ready and waiting to make some noise with young people age 5-12! It'll be a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the most innovative and dynamic percussion professionals! Sessions are at Stonedyke Neighbourhood Centre after school on Mondays from 9th February (schools are off that day!) through to 16th March!Iain and Stuart (the pro musicians) are back for the 5th year running to create more musical mayhem! Previous participants have made new pals, funky beats and had a bash on loads of different Samba drums! So now’s your chance to get in the groove and start some spectacular Samba playing of your own! The Drumchapel Samba Band will be drumming up a storm between 4pm and 5:45pm each week. The project will finish up with a
Our lovely lads Owen and Olly are geared up for another showstopper of a concert called Fiddlesticks - this time exploring violins and vibraphones, clarsachs and cowbells and basses of both the drum and string variety! They'll be joined by their brilliant pals in The Fejes Quartet (who also play for The Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and inspirational composer and virtuoso performer, Savourna Stevenson to bring you an epic fusion of jolly jazz, calming classical and Scottish folk music (i.e. toe-tapping tunes!)As always, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get involved! For starters, why not book the pre-concert discovery workshop, String Along (running in Stirling and Dundee) at 1pm on the day of the concert? Get the answers to your burning musical questions and have a go on the clarsach
Thanks to everyone who came along at the weekend to celebrate with us at our pre-Christmas parties in Glasgow and Edinburgh! We thoroughly enjoyed Deck the Halls with Owen and Olly, and it's been lovely to hear that you did too! We've had quite a few requests about the 12 Tunes of Christmas finale (we jam-packed 12 of the best seasonal songs into the tune of 12 Days of Christmas, complete with actions (courtesy of and copyrighted by Owen and Olly!) so we thought we'd lend a helping hand so you can remember it all (downloadable PDF available here)! It would make a wonderful after-dinner game on Christmas Day - get the whole family going and work off those mince pies! If you're particularly pleased with the family's efforts -