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Spotlight On… Sistema Scotland

Sistema Scotland is a national charity that delivers the transformational ‘Big Noise’ social change and music education programme, where the symphony orchestra becomes a community that supports children and young people to gain vital life skills such as confidence, resilience, team work, pride, creativity, and aspiration, and aims to strengthen community cohesion and tackle inequalities in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas.

As of 2023, Big Noise programmes supporting a combined 3,500 children and young people are delivered in the communities of Raploch and Fallin in Stirling, Govanhill in Glasgow, Douglas in Dundee, Torry in Aberdeen, and Wester Hailes in Edinburgh. The centres support families by providing free childcare and healthy food after school and during the holidays, and children and young people are given opportunities that they may not otherwise have.

Big Noise programmes also offer Baby Noise and Little Noise play-orientated music sessions for 0-3 year olds with their parents and carers. As well as children, young people and their families taking part, most Big Noise programmes also provide members of the wider community with the opportunity to join community orchestras and choirs. All activities and instruments at Big Noise are provided free of charge to all participants.

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About Big Noise

The Big Noise programme is particularly focused on early years’ intervention and long-term delivery. Each new Big Noise centre begins by working with children at nursery (weekly) and in Primary 1 and 2 (twice weekly), gradually building on core skills such as listening, concentration, rhythm, rhyme and teamwork whilst learning to play an instrument in a group.

As children reach Primary 3 and beyond, Big Noise evolves into an intensive and immersive programme of after-school and holiday club music teaching, performance and social interaction. Big Noise participants receive up to four after-school sessions of intervention and support a week during term time; and up to four days each week during spring, summer and autumn holidays until they leave school. Young people are given the opportunity to take part in performances and residential trips.

Big Noise centres also provide weekly sessions for babies and toddlers (and their parents). There is support and opportunity for adult community members to participate in singing and orchestral performance, as well as a range of meaningful volunteering options for adults within Big Noise.

Sistema Scotland currently delivers Big Noise programmes in 6 communities:

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Big Noise Raploch

See also: Western European Art Music, Classical, Ensemble, Participatory, Ensemble, Instrumental Specialism, Musicianship, Creative Learning, Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Lifelong Learning.

Raploch is the home of the first Big Noise programme, and the first orchestra of its kind in the UK. Big Noise in Raploch in Stirling was launched in 2008 and operates from the Community Campus on Drip Road with children from the nursery, Our Lady’s Primary, Raploch Primary, Castleview Primary, Wallace High and St Modan’s High. 

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Get in touch with Big Noise Raploch:

Big Noise Raploch
Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD 
Email: raplochadministrator@sistemascotland.org.uk 
Telephone: 01786 445707

Follow them on Facebook for latest news and updates:

www.facebook.com/BigNoiseRaploch

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Big Noise Govanhill

See also: Western European Art Music, Classical, Ensemble, Participatory, Ensemble, Instrumental Specialism, Musicianship, Creative Learning, Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Lifelong Learning.

Big Noise Govanhill is Sistema Scotland’s second Big Noise programme, launched in 2013 in the vibrant and diverse community of Govanhill in Glasgow.

Big Noise Govanhill predominantly works with children and young people from St Bride’s, Holy Cross, Annette Street and Cuthbertson Primary & Nursery Schools, as well as Holyrood Secondary School and Shawlands Academy.

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Get in touch with Big Noise Govanhill:
Big Noise Govanhill
The Neighbourhood Centre
6 Daisy Street
Glasgow
G42 8JL
Email: govanhilladministrator@sistemascotland.org.uk
Telephone: 0141 328 4113

Follow them on Facebook for latest news and updates:

www.facebook.com/BigNoiseGovanhill

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Big Noise Torry

See also: Western European Art Music, Classical, Ensemble, Participatory, Ensemble, Instrumental Specialism, Musicianship, Creative Learning, Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Lifelong Learning.

Big Noise Torry was launched in Aberdeen in July 2015 and is Sistema Scotland’s third Big Noise programme. Big Noise Torry predominantly works with children and young people at Walker Road and Tullos Primary & Nursery School, as well as Lochside Academy.

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Get in touch with Big Noise Torry:

Big Noise Torry
39-41 Victoria Road
Aberdeen
AB11 9LS

Email: torryadministrator@sistemascotland.org.uk

Telephone: 01224 974707

Follow them on Facebook for latest news and updates:

www.facebook.com/BigNoiseTorry

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Big Noise Douglas

See also: Western European Art Music, Classical, Ensemble, Participatory, Ensemble, Instrumental Specialism, Musicianship, Creative Learning, Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Lifelong Learning.

Big Noise Douglas is Sistema Scotland’s fourth centre and launched in September 2017 in the Douglas community in the east of Dundee.

The programme predominantly works with children and young people from Claypotts Castle and St Pius Primary and Nursery Schools.

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Get in touch with Big Noise Douglas:

Big Noise Douglas
Douglas Community Centre
Balmoral Avenue
Dundee
DD4 8SD 

Email: douglas@sistemascotland.org.uk

Telephone: 01382 767650

Follow them on Facebook for latest news and updates:

www.facebook.com/BigNoiseDouglas

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Big Noise Fallin

See also: Western European Art Music, Classical, Ensemble, Participatory, Ensemble, Instrumental Specialism, Musicianship, Creative Learning, Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Lifelong Learning.

Big Noise Fallin in Stirling is an exciting development from neighbouring Big Noise Raploch. It was launched in 2021 and focuses on brass instrument teaching with children from Fallin Primary School.

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Get in touch with Big Noise Fallin (via Raploch office):

Big Noise Raploch
Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD 

Telephone: 01786 445707
Email: raplochadministrator@sistemascotland.org.uk 

Follow them on Facebook for latest news and updates:

www.facebook.com/BigNoiseFallin

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Big Noise Wester Hailes

See also: Western European Art Music, Classical, Ensemble, Participatory, Ensemble, Instrumental Specialism, Musicianship, Creative Learning, Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Lifelong Learning.

Sistema Scotland’s sixth and newest Big Noise programme launched in 2022 in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh. Big Noise Wester Hailes predominantly works with children from Clovenstone, Canal View and Sighthill Primary and Nursery Schools.

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Get in touch with Big Noise Wester Hailes:

Big Noise Wester Hailes
Wester Hailes 
Whale Arts
30 Westburn Grove
Edinburgh
EH14 2SA

Email: westerhailesadministrator@sistemascotland.org.uk.

Telephone: 07918280426 

Follow them on Facebook for latest news and updates:

www.facebook.com/BigNoiseWesterHailes

How to get involved

Get in touch with Sistema Scotland:

Address:

Sistema Scotland
Raploch Community Campus
Drip Road
Stirling
FK8 1RD

Telephone:
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