New partnership secures future for family concert series

RSNO and Children's Classic Concerts to work together from October, bringing music for families to audiences in Glasgow and Edinburgh

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Children's Classic Concerts (CCC) today (Wednesday 11 August) announce an agreement which will see Scotland's national symphony orchestra becoming the sole orchestra for CCC's orchestral concerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

For the past fifteen years CCC has delivered high-quality, entertaining, orchestral events for families in Scotland. More recently, CCC performances have been presented by the multiple award-winning pairing Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox of percussion group O Duo and 'Owen and Olly' will continue to present the series of concerts in the 2010-11 season.

The RSNO and CCC will present two programmes across five concerts next year; three at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and two at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. The first in the series is Heroes vs Villains (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Saturday 30 October; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sunday 31 October), and the second (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall- Saturday 11th December; Usher Hall, Edinburgh – Sunday 12th December) will be a Festive programme, Christmas Carnival.

The CCC/RSNO partnership – and the continuation of the Children's Classic Concerts orchestral series in Glasgow and Edinburgh – has been made possible by generous support from long-standing RSNO partner La Bonne Auberge, and Maurice Taylor, the Founder and Chief Executive of its parent organisation, The Chardon Group. Mr Taylor has also taken a keen interest in and has supported Children's Classic Concerts for many years.

The partnership is highly consistent with the RSNO's commitment to develop young people's appetite for live orchestral music. Last year saw the relaunch of the RSNO's curriculum-led Schools Concerts for nursery, primary and secondary students. Standard Life Passport to Music, a long-term project encouraging young people and their families to attend live classical concerts, was launched three years ago and has already allowed over 4,800 young people under the age of sixteen to attend RSNO concerts free of charge. The RSNO Under 26 scheme allows young people under the age of 26 to purchase £5 tickets for RSNO concerts through a dedicated website and social networking portal. The CCC/RSNO partnership presents many possibilities for collaborative promotion between these programmes, resulting in increased reach into communities.

Jane Gordon, Children's Classic Concerts Executive Director:

CCC see partnerships that guarantee excellent experiences for our audiences as the logical way forward. We are delighted that the RSNO, who have thrilled our audiences so often in the past, will now be our official partners at our headline concerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The news that this important strand of our activities has been secured will make CCC fans very happy indeed.

Simon Woods, RSNO Chief Executive:

CCC runs a superb programme for families, and bringing this together with the RSNO is an absolutely natural move for both parties, which will allow young people to experience the joy of orchestral music played in fun and relevant presentations by a great orchestra. The RSNO has never had a dedicated family concert series, and by joining with CCC we will be able to welcome a new and important audience group into the RSNO family.

Heroes vs Villains is on Saturday 30 October, 2010 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Sunday 31 October 2010 at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. To book tickets or more information contact the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office on 0141 353 8000, the Usher Hall, Edinburgh box office on 0131 228 1155, or online at www.childrensclassicconcerts.co.uk.