What we do

Since O Duo formed in 2000, they have travelled all over the world performing many different programmes both as a duo and in collaboration with various other musicians. Here is an idea of some of the concerts they can offer, and of course, please feel free to get in touch if you would like to join them on stage for a new project!

Recitals

O Duo’s mixture of popular classics arranged for tuned percussion, vibrant drumming from across the globe, and accessible contemporary works, all presented with relaxed and informative chat from the duo have been captivating a huge variety of audiences for over 10 years now (see ‘press’). A typical recital programme will range from Bach to Brubeck and beyond, and will feature a whole stage full of fascinating tuned and untuned percussion instruments… See the duo in action:

Bongo Fury
Minute Waltz
Marimba Spiritual

As well as duo recitals, O Duo often work with the acclaimed Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, and can offer both trio concerts with Morgan, or as ‘Machaca’ can expand to a whole band, adding accordion, double bass, violin and cello, and presenting a varied programme of contemporary and Latin American music. See Machaca live in Morelia, Mexico here

Concertos

Some of the duo’s first ever concerts were performing their arrangement of Vivaldi’s Double Violin Concerto in A minor, for 2 marimbas and string orchestra! Since then, thanks to a Special Commissioning Award from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, they have had two more fantastic double percussion concertos written for them. Firstly Stephen McNeff’s ConcertO-Duo, for percussion duo and full symphony orchestra, which was premiered at the Barbican by the BBC Symphony Orchestra for their 80th Birthday concert, and most recently, ‘Breaking Silence’ by Fraser Trainer, written for the duo and chamber orchestra.

‘Breaking Silence’ was co-commissioned by the BBT, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Viva, with whom O Duo gave the world premiere. Watch excerpts from that first performance here

Children's Orchestral Concerts

The duo were invited to become the Artistic Directors of Children’s Classic Concerts in 2008 and, in this role, have presented family concerts with most of Scotland’s top orchestras. Since 2011, CCC have been involved in a highly successful partnership with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Owen and Olly (as they are known across Scotland!) continue to curate and present some of Scotland’s most loved family concerts. These concerts are a wonderful mixture of music, entertainment and education, presented in the duo’s inimitable style and appealing to the whole family!

Here are some examples of concerts the duo have curated and performed in over the years.

Haunted House
The Monsters Ball
Space Invaders
Heroes vs Villains
Britten and Beyond
Magic and Monsters
Hitchhikers Guide to the Orchestra
Going for Gold (sport themed)
Numerous Christmas themed concerts

Watch excerpts from two of these concerts…

Children's Chamber Concerts

In their 6 years at Children’s Classic Concerts, Owen and Olly have devised a whole series of fantastic, fun packed chamber music concerts for children and their families, designed as an introduction to the different instruments of the orchestra and beyond! Here are some of the concerts they have created…

‘Bongo Fury’ - a percussion extravaganza with the duo, audience participation guaranteed.
‘Bongos and Brass’ – percussion duo and 5 piece brass group.
‘Fiddlesticks’ – percussion duo with string quartet, harp and clarsach.
‘Tom Toms and Tooters’ – percussion duo and wind quintet.
‘East meets West’ – classical and world music with percussion duo, clarsach, flutes and accordion.
‘Junk Trunk’ – concert with junk instruments (and their real counterparts), ranging from dustbins to hosepipes and even the floover! Make your own junk instrument and be part of the concert…
‘The Big Bang’ – percussion quartet, featuring even more percussion instruments than usual as Owen and Olly are joined by two pals…

Follow this link to see video footage from some of these concerts.

Workshops

The duo can also offer a variety of drumming or tuned percussion workshops. These can be tailored to suit any number of people, of any age.

For more detailed programmes contact O Duo direct:

ollywcox@gmail.com
oegunnell@hotmail.com