Lives transformed by charity’s youth orchestras

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Amy Walker, 11, Vicky Blair, musician and Big Noise team leader, Shannnon Galloway, 10, and Iwo Rutkowski, aged 7.

‚ÄčEducation Scotland heap praise on Sistema's Big Noise youth orchestras

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29th September 2017 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Lives have been transformed by a charity youth orchestra which provides free music tuition in deprived areas.

A report praised Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise orchestras, which were pioneered in Stirling’s Raploch estate nine years ago.

Since then they have been set up in Glasgow, Aberdeen and most recently Dundee.

The orchestras are based on a Venezuelan project which was started in 1975, and which aims to provide an intensive orchestral programme for school-age children and young people which increases their self-confidence and brings them together.

They were evaluated in a report by Education Scotland which praised Sistema’s approach and achievements.

The report found that the projects helped build trust and increase the self-esteem of children involved, as well as boosting confidence, concentration and building a "resilient mindset".

Nicola Killean, chief executive of Sistema Scotland, said: "I am delighted that the Education Scotland report has recognised our key strengths and highlighted the commitment and quality of the staff team and the child-centred approach.

"Big Noise is about using music as a tool to engage with children and young people and it's the quality of people we recruit and train, and the relationship they build with the children, families and communities that allows us to have maximum impact."

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "As the Education Scotland report highlights, Sistema Scotland is making a significant and positive impact, improving the lives of the children and young people involved in the programme and benefitting their families and the wider communities in Raploch, Govanhill and Torry."

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