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Friday 24 September, 2021

Young people and families in Stirling are to benefit further from Sistema Scotland’s music programmes following the announcement of a new strand in Fallin.

Working in partnership with Stirling Council, the scheme will expand upon Sistema Scotland’s presence in the Raploch area of the city, enabling up to an additional 90 children, young people and families to benefit from the joys of learning a musical instrument together. Big Noise musicians will focus on teaching brass instruments alongside a strong grounding in general musicianship and will work with children in primary five and six at Fallin Primary School. The children will have sessions in school and then have the opportunity to join an after-school programme in the community. Families will be invited to be involved regularly, hoping for a similar positive impact on community cohesion as the work in Raploch.

To mark the launch of Big Noise Fallin, brass musicians from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) recently worked with participants and Big Noise musicians, culminating in two special concerts for older pupils at Fallin Primary School.

Cllr Chris Kane, convener of Stirling Council’s community and planning regeneration committee, which oversees the local authority’s partnership with Sistema Scotland, said: “We are delighted to build on the success of Big Noise Raploch and work in partnership with Sistema Scotland to launch a Big Noise programme in Fallin.

“Expanding this transformative programme into other areas of Stirling has been a long-standing council priority and it’s fantastic that more families and communities will reap the benefits we have seen in Raploch. Taking part in Big Noise helps our children and young people develop important life skills such as confidence, creativity and resilience and has a positive impact on the wider community.

“I know there has already been great interest in the programme in Fallin, and I can’t wait to see our new intake of Big Noise participants shows their musical talents in concert for the first time.”

Young people from the Big Noise programme in Raploch have gone on to a range of positive, post-school destinations including full-time employment, college, modern apprenticeships, university, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Some will be involved in the work at Big Noise Fallin.

Andrena Davidson, whose son, Jensen, is in P6 at Fallin Primary School, said: “Big Noise coming to Fallin is such a great opportunity for the children. My boy has been talking about this constantly for the past few weeks – he’s so excited. We’re excited too. He loves anything to do with music. Having the chance to do this with his friends at school will be wonderful for building their confidence and learning together. I’m so glad that he’s able to take part in Big Noise here at Fallin Primary School.”

The Big Noise Fallin after-school club will begin on September 29 and in due course (subject to COVID-19 restrictions), the participants of Big Noise Fallin and Big Noise Raploch will learn, rehearse and perform together on a regular basis.