Media Release: Children’s Classic Concerts and the RSNO present festive offerings in Glasgow and Edinburgh


Christmas Countdown

Sunday 4th December 2016, 1pm and 3pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Christmas Swingalong

Sunday 11th December 2016, 3pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

PERCUSSIONIST paragons, Owen & Olly, are back, with a separate seasonal show for each city. Two distinct programmes, personalities and prop bags – but both packed with festive fun.


Our traditional seasonal concert sees Owen & Olly team up again with the full force of the RSNO, and new assistant conductor, Holly Mathieson, for a host of festive family favourites – as well as a few unexpected surprises.

Adding extra Christmas glamour are guests, the female chamber choir Les Sirènes (winners of Choir of the Year 2012) and dancers from the Manor School of Ballet. Audience members will also be given the final say in the programme, through Strictly Come Carol-ing, an on-the-day vote for their favourite carol – the three presenters will be urging them to rally for Rudolph, joust for Jingle Bells or fight for Frosty, in the run up to the big reveal.


A festive concert that’s a little different to the usual offerings, and crammed with Christmas cool. Owen & Olly will be joined by the RSNO Big Band, a hand-picked selection of the best jazz musicians around.

Featuring high-energy versions of Christmas and movie swing classics, there’ll be plenty of opportunity for audience singing and dancing, with familiar children’s favourites.

“We’re both excited about jazzing things up a bit (pun intended!) with this swingin’ take on a Christmas concert,” says CCC artistic director and presenter, Owen Gunnell.

“It’s going to be brilliant fun to have everyone up and dancing along to Chatanooga Choo Choo, and joining in with Let It Snow. And a great opportunity for kids to hear a superb group of musicians play classics such as the Nutcracker and The Pink Panther Theme.”

Each concert will also feature the dynamic duo showing off the percussion talent their fans know and love them for, with a fast paced and furious demonstrations of their unique skills as the highlight of each show.

“I’m particularly looking forward to wheeling out our large selection of percussion instruments to join in the musical fun,” said Olly Cox. “We’ve even asked the dancers from the Manor School of Ballet to join us at both venues, for an extra touch of festive magic. Just ignore the slightly larger, hairier one, in the back…”

Notes to editors:

A perfect introduction to classical music for children aged four to 12 and their families, our concerts encourage active audience participation and sing-a-longs, with presenters Owen & Olly educating through performance, in a fun and informal atmosphere.

Devised and performed by Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox.

Children’s Classic Concerts’ Christmas Countdown will appear at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 4 December, 1pm and 3pm; Christmas Swinglaong at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Sunday 11 December, 3pm.

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). @CCC_LoveMusic CCCLoveMusic

Supported by Creative Scotland and La Bonne Auberge.


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