Sistema Scotland was set up to encourage more children to engage in music making and spread awareness of the huge social benefits to be reaped from playing a musical instrument. Thanks to an award of an amazing £150,000 from our players, more and more children have been able to get involved in the charity's classes and workshops.
July has been a momentous month for Sistema Scotland. On Wednesday 23rd July, the two Big Noise orchestras, Govanhill and Raploch, performed together for the first time at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow. Watched by more than a billion people on television, the performance enabled the orchestra's young participants to demonstrate their musical talents as part of a wider celebration of Scottish culture and heritage.
The Big Noise orchestras filmed their performance prior to the live event itself, amongst the beautiful scenery at Govanhill Park which is situated in one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Scotland. 190 children aged between seven and sixteen were involved, playing a range of different instruments. The piece accompanied world-renowned classical violinist Nicola Benedetti's stunning rendition of "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond", one of the nation's favourite tunes, at the Opening Ceremony.
When she's not performing with major symphony orchestras around the world, Nicola Benedetti works hard to spread the word about the wonderful work that Sistema Scotland carries out every day. Speaking about last week's performance, she said, "What a fantastic celebration of Scotland's cultural landscape, to have the Big Noise Orchestra performing at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. It is an honour for me to play alongside them. Sistema Scotland is an organisation the entire nation should celebrate and feel proud of."
Nicola Killean, CEO of Sistema Scotland, added, "The children have been rehearsing the music for months but we weren't able to tell them what it was for right away. They are so proud to be representing their communities and Scotland in such a high profile event viewed by millions. We always have to remind people at events like this, when our most obvious triumphs are musical, that the real aim of Big Noise is to equip the children for success across all areas of their lives. But the music is fantastic too, especially tonight. And of course none of our work would be possible without the generous support of funders including the players of the People's Postcode Lottery."