Children from Big Noise Torry took to the stage with the Nevis Ensemble for a special Christmas concert at the grand re-opening of Aberdeen's Music Hall. The audience was treated to an exciting performance on Saturday 8th December, which included musical renditions of festive favourites, Scottish folk and Classical pieces.
The Christmas concert saw the Big Noise 'Dolphin' and 'Seagull' orchestras come together to form an impressive 70-piece string orchestra. The orchestra was made up of primary 4-6 pupils from Tullos and Walker Road Primary Schools. Special guests, the Nevis Ensemble, known for their fast, furious and joyful performances, as well as their passion for making music accessible for all, joined the children on the stage for an unforgettable show.
The Big Noise concert was part of the eagerly awaited reopening of Aberdeen's historic Music Hall, following its multimillion-pound transformation. Audience members, including many from the Torry community, were among the first to experience the newly refurbished venue and were able to enjoy a full day of performances and activities from local groups across the North East. The children of Big Noise Torry joined a talented line up, including Travis frontman Fran Healy, Aberdeen Performing Arts Youth Theatre and Scottish Opera.
Coralie Usmani, Team Leader at Big Noise Torry, said: "It's been a very special year at Big Noise Torry and yet again the children have exceeded expectations with their hard work and dedication. We have loved being part of the reopening of the Music Hall and the children had a fantastic time performing with the very talented Nevis Ensemble. It's been the perfect way to start the festive season.
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I'd like to say a big thank you to our wonderful funders and donors, who are helping us transform the lives of these incredible children. It is with their support that we are now able to work with more than 500 children weekly, and continue to transform lives through music."
Councillor John Wheeler of Aberdeen City Council, said: "It's been a very exciting day for Aberdeen and I am delighted that the children from Big Noise Torry were able to help us celebrate with such a fantastic concert. A huge well done to all the children who took part, they all played absolutely wonderfully. It's clear what a transformative impact Big Noise is having on the Torry community, and Aberdeen City Council are very proud to be a committed supporter of the programme. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Big Noise Torry and I am already looking forward to their next concert."
Jamie Munn, General Manager at Nevis Ensemble, said: "It's been such a pleasure to perform with the children of Big Noise Torry. The Nevis Ensemble is passionate about enabling as many people as possible to access great music. Having the opportunity to do exactly that, alongside these amazing children, has been fantastic. We hope it's not too long before we have the chance to perform with them again."
Established in 2015, Big Noise Torry currently works with more than 500 children from babies through to Primary 6 pupils, providing free immersive, instrumental music tuition, as well as an orchestra programme. Working with children in school, after school and during school holidays, the programmes equip children with a wide range of social and life skills including confidence, resilience and aspiration.
Big Noise Torry is supported by a range of partners, including Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Government, players of People's Postcode Lottery and many individuals, trusts and businesses.
Sistema Scotland, the charity which runs the Big Noise programmes, was launched in Raploch, Stirling in 2008 with thirty five children. Now more than 2,500 children take part in the programme every week at its centres in Raploch, Stirling; Govanhill, Glasgow; Torry, Aberdeen; and Douglas, Dundee.
Independent research by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health has consistently found that Big Noise has a wide range of positive impacts on children's lives. These include engagement with education, developing life skills, securing emotional wellbeing, building social skills, encouraging healthy behaviours and offering respite and protection for some of Scotland's most vulnerable children.