Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants brings classical music to kids

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's family-friendly show features an adventurous score

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Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants brings classical music to kids

Finding ways to bring young children and classical music together can be a difficult task – but if anything’s going to make it easier, it’s a pair of underpants. Or more specifically, a golden pair – as worn in Giles Andreae’s popular picture book Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants. Inspired by Andreae’s tale of a brave young knight who helps a bare-bottomed king get his underwear back, composer Paul Rissman has created an adventurous score, over the top of which narrator Chris Jarvis (of CBeebies fame) reads the story.

‘Chris will teach fun songs and actions before the piece gets underway,’ explains Kirsteen Davidson Kelly of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, ‘so the whole audience can join in with him and the orchestra during the performance. The piece also features illustrated projections by Korky Paul, who will be joining us beforehand to help the audience make their own golden underpants.’

As Davidson Kelly says, finding ways to engage families with the orchestra is a key part of the SCO’s work. ‘It’s really important to us that as many children as possible have the chance to get to know our players and their instruments,’ she says, ‘and experience the excitement of hearing a top-class live orchestra in a relaxed setting.’

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Sat 14 Feb; City Hall, Glasgow, Sun 15 Feb

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants

Paul Rissmann's adaptation of Giles Andreae's children's book is conducted by Ben Gernon and is presented by Chris Jarvis. Note: May contain a bottom. Among other items on the programme are Handel's suitably explosive Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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