The children and young people who take part in the Big Noise programme in Stirling are from several different schools in the area; including Our Lady’s Primary, Raploch Primary, Castleview Primary, Wallace High and St Modan’s High.
Sistema Scotland works to create permanent social change in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland. The organisation uses participation in the Big Noise orchestra programmes to change lives by fostering confidence, discipline, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children and young people taking part.
Big Noise Raploch has continued to grow and now has almost 500 active members from babies to young people in secondary six. These concerts gave some of the children in the afterschool club the opportunity to perform for a big audience for the first time.
Nicola Killean, CEO, Sistema Scotland, said: “Christmas is a very exciting time for the children and young people in the Big Noise Centres. They spend many weeks rehearsing for their Christmas concerts and love the chance to show what they have learned to their families and friends. We would like to thank Stirling Council for their enthusiasm for the Big Noise Raploch programme and their continued financial support. We also wish to thank the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for helping us fund these special Christmas Concerts.”
Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Johanna Boyd, said: “We are immensely proud of Big Noise Raploch at Stirling Council and of the fact that it is delivered in the Raploch Community Campus and supported by our local primary schools. The most obvious triumphs of Big Noise are musical, but we must always remember that the real impact is behind the music. These young people are learning confidence and resilience that will equip them to succeed across all areas of their lives, and I was delighted to come along and enjoy their performance.”
Pictured here is Cllr Johanna Boyd, Leader of Stirling Council, with Stacy Lee Fisher