Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown brings festive movie music to life

Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown

Yuletide tribute features music from Frozen, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Sitting on the sofa with a full stomach and watching a blockbuster movie has become as synonymous with Christmas as crackers and carols. So when Children's Classic Concert's dynamic hosts Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox were putting together the programme for this year's festive concert, they looked beyond the usual yuletide tunes.

'We'll be playing some famous Christmas music from the movies,' says Gunnell. 'But a highlight will also be a medley of tunes from some of the most popular Hollywood musicals of all time, that we love watching at Christmas – like Frozen, Mary Poppins, Singin' in the Rain and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – featuring us both on percussion.'

Never afraid to be the butt of the joke, both Owen and Olly will be kitting themselves out with Christmas gear, although they're keeping their final costume decisions under wraps until the concert. 'We'll both be suitably attired as usual,' says Gunnell, 'but we can't give too much away for now.'

The percussion-playing duo have been fronting Children's Classic Concerts since 2008, with Owen playing the fool to Olly's straight man. Despite, or perhaps because of, their different personalities, their obvious friendship shines through. What's the secret to their on-stage relationship?

'Not seeing too much of each other when we're not working!,' laughs Gunnell. 'And, although we're very different, we both share the same aims: to make every concert as good as it can be, and as entertaining as possible.'

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 16 Dec; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sun 17 Dec.

Children's Classic Concerts: Tinseltown

Seasonal movie music with the RSNO and Owen and Olly.

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