Media Release: Owen and Olly’s Christmas Stocking

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Children’s Classic Concerts and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will be packing a bumper selection of musical treats into a fabulously festive stocking in Glasgow and Edinburgh this December

Saturday 5th December 2015, 1.00pm and 3.00pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sunday 6th December 2015, 3.00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

CHILDREN’S Classic Concerts’ popular percussionist presenters, Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox, have drawn up a wish list for Santa that includes a miniature performance of Delibes’s toyshop-based ballet Coppélia, a trip to the movies with Woody and Buzz, a Frozen adventure and a madcap dash down the ski slopes – with audience participation.

Making Christmas wishes come true will be the magnificent RSNO under the baton of RSNO associate conductor, Jean-Claude Picard, the Manor School of Ballet and six Area Choirs from the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Children’s Classic Concerts presenter, Owen Gunnell, said: “We think we have packed this stocking with something for everyone, but – personally – I love a bit of ballet at Christmas and I can’t wait to narrate the story of Coppélia with Olly.

“We are even getting involved in another bit of dancing later in the concert – I don’t want to reveal too much but a certain very popular snowman will be involved.”

Also featuring in Owen and Olly’s Christmas Stocking will be timeless seasonal classics Troika by Prokofiev, the Little Drummer Boy carol complete with percussion from Owen and Olly and a sing-along version of Jingle Bells.

Children’s Classic Concerts presenter, Oliver Cox, added: “As always at our concerts, there will be lots of chances for the audience to get up on their feet and join in.

“And as well as dashing about Owen and I will also be doing a bit of playing – we have a lovely medley of Christmas tunes to perform as well as a chance to get the drums out – something that I am always up for.”

Jean-Claude Picard and the RSNO will also perform the Orchestral Suite from Frozen and Rossini’s William Tell will provide a high-energy finale.

Owen and Olly’s Christmas Stocking

Saturday 5th December 2015, 1.00pm and 3.00pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sunday 6th December 2015, 3.00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Conducted by Jean-Claude Picard

Presented and performed by Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox

The Manor School of Ballet

Members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland Area Choirs from:

NYCoS Stirling, NYCoS Renfrewshire, NYCoS West Lothian (Glasgow)

NYCoS  Falkirk, NYCoS Edinburgh, NYCoS Midlothian (Edinburgh)

Children’s Classic Concerts’ Owen and Olly’s Christmas Stocking will appear at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 5 December at 1.00pm and 3.00pm and at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Sunday 6 December at 3.00pm.

Tickets are priced from £6 and are available to buy from Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office (0141 353 8000) or Usher Hall box office (0131 228 1155).

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