Article Source: Children's Classic Concerts
First Published: 21 October 2020 14:09
Updated: 21 October 2020 14:10
Image: Owen Gunnell with Lorna Rough RSNO violin at La Bonne Auberge. Credit Martin Shields
Children’s Classic Concerts’ Presenter and percussionist, Owen Gunnell, is preparing to walk the eerily empty corridors of the Caird Hall, Dundee - he’s looking forward to dusting off the cobwebs and unpacking his percussion gear. But, is all as it seems, or is there something strange going on?
In a unique digital presentation of Children’s Classic Concerts popular Halloween collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, CCC has created an innovative production that embraces the challenges faced by the cultural sector at the current time.
With the Caird Hall opening especially for the filming and for the first time since the start of lockdown, CCC were able to take advantage of an empty concert hall and the technical wizardry that filming affords to create an engaging presentation of orchestral music. Featuring both soloists from the RSNO and a reduced, socially distanced orchestra of 20, The Haunted Concert Hall invites the family audience to view the orchestra as it is rarely seen.
The film will reach families not just in the central belt of Scotland but UK-wide making orchestral music free and accessible regardless of limitations on live performances due to COVID.
Many of the most popular aspects of CCC’s Halloween concert will continue to feature prominently. Students from the University of the West of Scotland have animated drawings created by CCC’s young followers which will feature during ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’, the RSNO Junior Chorus will appear via a virtual meet up and the much-loved costume competition will go ahead with entries to be posted on the CCC’s facebook page (participants must be photographed whilst watching the film!). The winning entry will receive a private virtual concert/workshop session with Artistic Director, Owen Gunnell
Children’s Classic Concerts Artistic Director/Presenter Owen Gunnell said: “Even though we are sad not be presenting our Halloween concerts live on stage this year, getting let loose in a huge empty concert hall like the Caird Hall was an opportunity we couldn’t miss. Some of the corridors backstage were pretty spooky even before we gave them the Haunted Concert Hall treatment! We can’t wait for families to settle down (not too comfortably of course…) on 31st to watch - hopefully we can spread a little bit of CCC silliness, share some incredible performances and get everyone in the Halloween spirit!”
Director of Concerts and Engagement at the RSNO, Bill Chandler, said: “Halloween is going to feel different this year without outdoor trick-or-treating, so we are excited to be a part of this safe and fun way to celebrate the spooky season, completely free-of-charge for families across the UK. We are so proud of young people across the country who have been so brave this year, but I think even this bold new generation will be spooked by some of the encounters Owen faces in The Haunted Concert Hall. Our musicians and Junior Chorus have had a lot of fun being involved in this performance, as we always do with Children’s Classic Concerts, and can’t wait to tune-in for the concert on Halloween.”
Since 1994, Children’s Classic Concerts has reached 400,000 children and their families. With the aim of providing inspiring and engaging introductions to orchestral music, our concerts encourage active audience participation and sing-alongs, educating young audiences in a fun and informal atmosphere. CCC concerts are devised for children age 4 – 12 but loved by every generation.
Children’s Classic Concerts’ The Haunted Concert Hall will premiere live on CCC’s facebook page and youtube channel on 31 October 2020 at 2pm. It will be available to watch for 30 days. The concert will be free to view but donations to CCC will be welcome via text and paypal through CCC’s website childrensclassicconcerts.co.uk
Supported by Creative Scotland, La Bonne Auberge and Glasgow City Council
A community cycling hub, a bridge spanning Strathclyde Loch, a residential outdoor centre, plans to generate renewable energy, and a major attraction based around play are some of the ambitious plans.
Scottish market events company is leading the way with the launch of an innovative new online shopping experience to support independent brands this Christmas.
Koor, a free app making individual choral practise enjoyable, launches a series of festive workshops to enable people to share the joy of singing from the safety of their own homes.
Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre retailer, has teamed up with Teenage Cancer Trust to give local heroes a Christmas to remember!
Library users can now order books in advance and then collect them from one of 12 locations across South Lanarkshire.
Sites for 15 new Local Nature Reserves across South Lanarkshire have been identified and the council hopes to designate the majority of these sites as LNRs during 2021.
As Christmas approaches, Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre retailer, has released the first of three festive themed podcasts!
Clyde 1 and Forth 1 are set to broadcast an exclusive session from multi-award-winning global star, Sam Smith on Monday 16th November!
Tickets for Scotland's biggest and best Christmas drive-in go on sale tomorrow morning at 7.30am!
The Stay At Home Choir have partnered with Koor, a free app that helps choral singers learn, improve and enjoy singing, to deliver their virtual Christmas celebration this year.
Communities across Scotland are being urged to celebrate Scotland’s national day on 30 November by wearing their kilt as part of the #GetYerKiltOn tourism initiative.
Scotland's biggest and best Christmas drive-in is BACK as itison announce its Drive-In Movies will return to Loch Lomond Shores for the 8th year in a row!
Scottish market events company is leading the way in marketplace e-commerce with the launch of an innovative new online shopping experience to support independent brands this Christmas.
Loch Lomond Shores has announced a nature-inspired photography competition for amateur photographers which will run until November 20th!
On November 1st, fans have the chance to watch the moment NOVA made history as the youngest ever winner, plus exclusive insights from all ten shortlisted artists on their outstanding albums.
Scottish Book Trust’s patron and award-winning author Val McDermid has joined young people of Scotland to contribute to a time capsule for Book Week Scotland.
The 2020 winner of Scotland’s national music prize, The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, was revealed as Nova, the youngest ever winner, for her debut release ‘Re-Up’.
People saved by living kidney transplantation have given thanks to their donors and the NHS on the 60th anniversary of the first living kidney donation in the UK.
Scottish Book Trust has launched Book Week Scotland's 2020 programme, which focuses on the theme of Future.
Europe's largest winter music festival, Celtic Connections, has announced that the 2021 event will be going digital!
There are just a few days left for young people age 18-28 from Lanarkshire to become digital champions as part of the creation of the world's first Rural Youth Project Smart Village.
The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to mark Remembrance Day safely from their doorsteps by taking part in a national two-minute silence.
Some of the top names in Scottish hospitality have launched a new ‘Save Our Jobs’ campaign calling for urgent support from Westminster and Holyrood to safeguard up to 100,000 jobs.
After a sensational summer tour of sell-out shows, The Parking Lot Social team returns to their home city for a Halloween edition of their massive, interactive drive-in events.
Independent lingerie retailer Silks Boutique is supporting Wear It Pink Day this Friday 23rd October with £2 from every bra sold on the day being donated to Breast Cancer Now.
Children's Classic Concerts in collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have created an innovative Halloween production that embraces the challenges faced by the cultural sector.
Historic Environment Scotland has published its 6-month Action Plan until March 2021 and sets out how it will prioritise and continue to resume its core activities over the next six months.
Macdonald Resorts is seeing a marked increase in demand for its self-catering accommodation, as people opt for safe staycations within their family bubbles.
Fans who missed out on Little Mix’s sold-out London O2 Arena shows will get an opportunity to see their idols on the big screen at Vue Cinemas this November!
Following the success of last year's gritter naming competition, South Lanarkshire Council have launched another round.