Originally from the Lake District in Cumbria, Jo Ashcroft graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008 with a BMus(Hons) and a PGDip in performance. Jo enjoys a varied career as a freelance performer, community musician and teacher. She plays regularly across the UK as a chamber musician in various ensembles. Jo is heavily involved in education and community music.
Since graduating Jo has delivered workshops with Live Music Now all over the UK and in Abu Dhabi, and has worked for Perth Concert Hall, NYCoS, Drake Music Scotland and RCS. Jo currently holds teaching positions at the Stewart's Melville Schools in Edinburgh and MuBu Zone in Helensburgh, as well as teaching at Big Noise Raploch.
In her spare time Jo loves playing and watching sport of almost any variety! She is a keen cricketer and plays for the women's team at Stirling County Cricket Club.
Born and raised in Glasgow’s east end, David started playing the ‘cello at the age of 6, attending East Glasgow Music School, a local charity organization which provides weekly instrumental lessons and choir/orchestra training at a fraction of the cost of private tuition.
At the age of twelve, David accepted a place at the Music School of Douglas Academy in Milngavie, where he continued learning ‘cello and piano. After that, David went on to read Music at the Universities of Glasgow and Illinois, gaining a first class honours degree before going onto complete a Masters in 'Cello Performance (with Distinction) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
David has performed with many of the Scottish professional orchestras, and with the contemporary music ensemble Red Note. He also plays piano in a ceilidh band and is part of a string trio called StringSound.
Outside music, David enjoys eating/making/watching TV programmes about cake, travelling, and playing board games like Settlers of Catan (although he's not very good at it yet)!
David joined the Big Noise family in Summer 2014 and loves working with the young musicians in Raploch.
Cellist Peter is a graduate of both the University of York (BA Hons) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (MMus). He has worked with amongst others the BBC SSO and Ulster Orchestra, and taught for East Ayrshire Council and Strathclyde University.
He has established a reputation for improvisation and has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including Ravi Shankar and George Lewis. Since 2003 he has been an integral member of both The One Ensemble and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
Ysla is from Fife and started learning violin at the age of 8. She quickly developed a passion for music and went on to study at the RSAMD with Edwin Paling and Jerre Gibson. Shortly after graduating, Ysla took a job in Portugal as a tutti violinist in Orquestra Do Norte, Amarante where she lived out her dream of playing in an orchestra abroad. After four years, the draw of Scotland was too much and she moved back home and started teaching violin in Falkirk council.
Ysla freelances with Scottish Ballet, regularly works on education projects with Scottish Opera; tutors violin for Mull Music Makers; teaches musicianship for NYCoS and regularly plays in various string quartets. She joined Big Noise in 2009 as a musician and has been a senior musician since 2013.