Charity Sistema Scotland is on a mission to transform the lives of children in some of Scotland's most disadvantaged communities.
Sistema's Big Noise orchestral programmes use intensive instrumental learning and playing in an orchestra to help children build their confidence, resilience and aspiration and to fulfil their potential, all while having fun making music together. Celebrating its 10th birthday in 2018, Sistema Scotland works with over 2,500 children in the communities of Raploch in Stirling, Govanhill in Glasgow, Torry in Aberdeen and Douglas in Dundee.
Over the past five years, the charity has received over £1 Million from players of People's Postcode Lottery. This support has enabled Sistema Scotland to bring the long-term benefits of Big Noise to two more communities and more than double the number of children taking part.
Independent researchers have identified many ways in which Big Noise differs from other programmes - it is intensive, immersive, and focused on positive long-term outcomes for the children and their communities.
Sistema Scotland's inspirational staff musicians develop meaningful relationships with children from infancy through to school leaving age in order to help them develop into strong and confident young adults. The young people greatly value their engagement with the staff musicians who support, encourage and act as role models to them, giving them resources they can draw on again and again in their future lives.
Joe, a Big Noise participant, said, "Big Noise has had a real impact on my life. When I was younger I was small and dyslexic so I was bullied. I was a very angry child so I wouldn't do anything worthwhile. Big Noise has built up my courage and really made me focus."
Nicola Killean, Chief Executive of Sistema Scotland, said a big thank you to our players for their support. She said, "With your help we are now engaging with 2,500 children across four communities in Scotland and supporting them to achieve positive outcomes in all areas of their lives. We plan to develop our programmes further over the coming years and work with more children to develop their confidence and aspiration, build lifelong friendships and make a very Big Noise!"