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.
Kirsty grew up in Edinburgh surrounded by a musical family and graduated from The Royal College of Music in London on modern and baroque violin. This was followed by a post graduate year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she was awarded a John McInulty Prize for orchestral playing, took part in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's apprenticeship scheme and went on to participate in the Mendelssohn on Mull Festivals 2006/ 2007.
Since completing her studies, Kirsty's professional experience has ranged from performing regularly with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra to tour dates with Kanye West and Katherine Jenkins.
She regularly records for both Grid Iron and Lyceum theatre companies and in 2012 became a member of The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Alongside an orchestral career, Kirsty has enjoyed teaching the violin/viola for both Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils, developing an early years opera and young parent's music classes with McOpera and founding a successful chamber music series at The Drake in Glasgow.
Kirsty is delighted to be joining the team of musicians at Big Noise Raploch. When she's not working, Kirsty can be found having mini adventures with her young family in the green spaces of Glasgow.
Tom grew up in Alva Clackmannanshire. While studying at Alva Academy he played trumpet in the Hillfoots orchestra and cornet in Clackmannanshire Brass Band. With a love for Jazz he moved to the guitar and was accepted to Sunderland University where he graduated in 2008 with a Bmus(hons) in Jazz Pop and Commercial Music. Over the course of the past ten years Tom has been actively teaching and performing throughout the UK. After four years of teaching with local authorities in the North East of England, Tom moved back to Scotland where for the past 6 years he has been teaching guitar, drum kit and ensemble workshops with North and South Lanarkshire Councils.
Recently Tom returned from a 3 year career break performing as a guitarist for Carnival Cruise Lines. This opportunity seen Tom travel around the world performing with some of the best musicians from other continents.
Currently Tom performs extensively with the Charity Live Music Now and with his own ensembles City Duo, Knox & Ion and ten piece band The Soul Establishment.
Tom is very passionate about music development and excited to join the Big Noise team as a musicianship tutor. He loves sharing musical stories with his students, inspiring them and passing on the knowledge he has acquired.