Children's Classic Concerts: Crash, Bang, Wallop 2
Maybe it’s because they’re percussionists by trade, but Owen and Olly have a tendency to really hit the spot. Since taking over as presenters at Children’s Classic Concerts in 2008, Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox have put together one exciting line-up after another. The latest of which is Crash Bang Wallop 2, a rhythmic blend of music and dance featuring the dynamic duo on percussion, backed by three special guests.
According to Cox, the secret to programming a successful concert for 4-14-year-olds, is to show them a good time but not patronise. ‘It’s really just a question of making the concerts as fun and entertaining as possible but without dumbing down,’ he says. ‘We always try to layer the musical side with visuals to make it more of a spectacle, and to put the music across in such a way that the kids don’t feel they’re being spoon-fed or given anything too serious.’
Helping create the visual spectacle this time are Jamo Jamo Arts, a London-based group originally from Senegal in West Africa. ‘They really embody the spirit of African drumming,’ says Cox. ‘They’re so joyful and full of energy. When they’re singing and dancing with these big smiles on their faces, it’s obvious they love what they do.’
Cox and Gunnell have also enlisted home-grown talent in the form of Glasgow street dance crew right2dance, who they’ll accompany on junkyard Stomp-style percussion instruments. Plus the talented young pipers and drummers of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. ‘They’re a really interesting band,’ says Cox, ‘and not particularly conventional. They take something traditional and do it a little bit differently – which is just how we like it.’
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 20 Mar; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sun 21 Mar