Rhoda Welsh (Maternity Leave)
Rhoda hails from the Highlands of Scotland, and has joined the Torry team as lead musician for Musicianship and Choir. Rhoda is a piano player and classically trained soprano with a 1st Class Honours degree in Music (Edinburgh College/University of Abertay), and a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in Traditional Music (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Rhoda is also a qualified TEFL teacher and has spent some time working in Austria and Italy, using music and drama to teach English as a foreign language. She also devised and led a series of workshops in Scottish Music throughout Europe, before settling back home in Scotland. Rhoda works hard to provide a solid understanding of the building blocks of music, and aims to promote a love of singing and music-making within the young folk growing up with us here at Big Noise. Rhoda joined us in Summer 2017 and is delighted to be part of the Sistema family.
Emily (she/her) is currently completing a masters in music at the University of Aberdeen, having gained a first class BMus from the same institution in 2021. Her areas of study are Community Music and classical/opera singing both of which she is equally passionate about.
As a CM practitioner, Emily believes that music (in its many different forms) is a magical, empowering tool that should be shared with all.
Originally from Falkirk, she began singing with the NYCOS area choir before joining the National Girls Choir and then progressing to the flagship adult choir, of which she is still currently a member. Having achieved ´Gold’ musicianship, (the end of NYCOS’ kodàly based musicianship programme), she now passes on this knowle
dge as a musicianship teacher at the Aberdeen Area Choir. Having found a love for opera through Scottish Opera’s Connect Chorus (now known as Young Company), Emily remains a passionate performer, keen to help break down barriers surrounding classical music. Some of her performance highlights include; Carnegie Hall in New York, performing for the Queen in Scottish Parliament and other members of the royal family on various occasions, being involved with the BBC’s Passchendaele 100 concert in Belgium, singing in the Philhar
monie de Paris, performing as 'Minnie' in the EIF's adaption of West Side Story and opening the Festival this year at Murrayfield in ´Macro' before continuing in 'The Pulse' in the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Emily first became involved with Big Noise Torry as a placement student and then as a volunteer before being hired as a cover musician and support musician at the end of 2021. By the end of Summer of 2022 Emily began her current role as a musician, facilitating general musicianship for all Big Noise participants. She is loving working with all the wonderful young people of Torry.