Music and Science Extravaganza from Children's Classic Concerts

Saturday 26th October 2019, 3.00pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sunday 27th October 2019, 3.00pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Chemisty, astronomy, music, and even time-travel are set to collide this month as Children’s Classic Concerts (CCC) take Scotland’s youngsters on a whirlwind musical tour in their extravaganza show ‘Weird Science.’

Now in its 25th Anniversary year, Children’s Classic Concerts, promoter of Scotland’s best-loved family music events, will present a science-themed programme on 26 October in Glasgow and 27 October in Edinburgh.

Performing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and RSNO Junior Chorus, popular CCC presenter and percussionist Owen Gunnell will bring the audience into his unique science lab, with a few surprises along the way. Joining Owen are Glasgow Science Centre’s resident experts, Celine Smith and Ross Brackenridge, as he explores astronomy, palaeontology, biology and chemistry – with a musical difference.

With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on stage, audiences will enjoy music from Back to the Future, Jurassic Park and the hilarious Elements Song. With live science experiments throughout - Children’s Classic Concerts really are starting their 25th Anniversary with a bang.

Children’s Classic Concerts Artistic Director/Presenter Owen Gunnell said: The connection between music and science has always fascinated me and when would there be a better excuse to play with fire in front of a live orchestra!  So many great scientists have also been musicians - in fact, Borodin, one of the composers featured in the concert was a chemist.  I also get to create my own experiment using a range of percussion with our new science-themed medley that finishes the concert – it is going to be explosive!

Celine Smith from Glasgow Science Centre said: “Being a music graduate who moved into a science career means I will literally be in my element (pardon the pun) being part of Weird Science. So excited to have the opportunity to combine my two passions.

Fellow Glasgow Science Centre colleague Ross Brackenridge said: “I’m frankly beside myself that I’m going to do what I love best alongside a full-scale orchestra! We’re used to plenty of bangs, fizzes, whooshes day to day doing our various science demonstrations so it’ll make an interesting change to hear them coming from a percussion section as well as us (or Owen of course)!

The audience will have a chance to try out some of their own science experiments in the foyer before and after the concert with Glasgow Science Centre brining their On Tour team to the venues

Star prize for the most creatively science-themed costume:

One lucky audience member will find themselves with the biggest treat of all (no tricks!) this Halloween – a family pass to Glasgow Science Centre.

Since 1994, Children’s Classic Concerts has reached over 375,000 children and their families. With the aim of providing inspiring and engaging introductions to orchestral music, our concerts encourage active audience participation and sing-alongs, educating young audiences in a fun and informal atmosphere. CCC concerts are devised for children age 4 – 12 but loved by every generation.

Children’s Classic Concerts’ Weird Science will appear at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 26 October, 3.00pm and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Sunday 27 October, 3.00pm. Tickets are priced from £7 and are available to buy from Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office (0141 353 8000) or Usher Hall box office (0131 228 1155).

Supported by Creative Scotland, La Bonne Auberge and Glasgow City Council