Halloween fun: The latest, inspirational production by Children's Classic Concerts
- Kelly Apter
- 12 September 2018
Broomstick Ride is Oliver Cox's swan song, who leaves Children's Classic Concerts in the apt hands of Owen Gunnell
For the past ten years, Children's Classic Concerts (CCC) has had two hugely talented musicians with a propensity for silliness at its helm. Since their arrival in 2008, Owen and Olly (aka Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox) have dressed up, messed up (intentionally) and had a blast introducing the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to young audiences.
But all good things must come to an end, and later this year Cox will relocate to the US, leaving Gunnell to forge ahead with a new format for the shows.
As a fitting farewell during Broomstick Ride, his final appearance with CCC, Cox will present a song he wrote for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, reworked for the occasion. Titled 'We Can Fly', the inspirational piece will feature new material created by disabled children working with Drake Music Scotland.
'When I was first writing the song, I envisioned it being performed by a variety of children and adults all over the world,' recalls Cox. 'And the theme of "you can do anything, you just have to try" is important and a universal one. I hope this project, and this particular version of the song, really captures the essence of that.'
Alongside Cox's swansong will be a suitably Halloween-esque programme of music and mayhem. 'We've got a good selection of "flying' music" - so the Ride of the Valkyries as well as some Harry Potter,' says Cox. 'Myself and Owen have been brushing up on our broomstick flying technique, and of course we'll have the usual singing and dancing, with fancy dress encouraged as always.'
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 27 Oct; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sun 28 Oct.