The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP today (Tuesday) visited Raploch, Stirling to congratulate the Big Noise Symphony Orchestra on its first international engagement.

The Minister introduced the screening to the community of a concert filmed in Caracas, Venezuela during the orchestra’s Big Trip in January.

She said: “I know the community here is very proud of Big Noise and on behalf of the Scottish Government, I want to tell you that Scotland is proud of you too. You were representing your country overseas and you did so with tremendous style. Seeing, and hearing, what you have achieved underlines why the Scottish Government is proud to support you.

“The Big Trip is a great example of young people fulfilling their potential. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for representing Scotland at such a high level.”

Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd, who welcomed the Minister, said: "The Council has been a key supporter of Big Noise Raploch since its launch in 2008 and has responsibility for 50% of the costs of the delivery in Raploch. In addition, the programme is delivered in the Raploch Community Campus, and supported by our local primary schools.

"The most obvious triumphs of Big Noise Raploch are musical but we must always remember that the real impact is behind the music. These young people are learning confidence and resilience that will equip them to succeed across all areas of their lives."

Big Noise was inspired by Venezuela’s “El Sistema” movement.

In January 52 Big Noise musicians aged 9-15 travelled to Venezuela to work alongside youngsters at the Montalban Nucleo in Caracas. The highlight of the ten-day visit was a thrilling joint concert at the prestigious Centre for Social Action Through Music. The concert featured works across the classical canon including Beethoven, Brahms and Purcell as well as Scottish traditional music and a rousing Latin finale.

Sistema Scotland will host an online social media festival celebrating The Big Trip – with performances from the concert film released on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube over the coming week, with the hashtag #bigtripfest



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