We are so happy to tell you that Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s premier solo percussionist, has become an official ambassador for Sistema Scotland!

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Photo by Özge Balkan


Dame Evelyn will promote our work and the Big Noise programmes in Raploch, Govanhill, Torry and Dundee, highlighting the independent evaluation of Big Noise and the many benefits for the children, young people and families who take part. She will also support our commitment to improve lives, strengthen communities and help children and young people grow into healthy, happy adults.


Dame Evelyn Glennie said, “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Ambassador to Sistema Scotland. I believe whole-heartedly in building bridges and making sure that all our young people within Scotland have shared access to music making. The work that Sistema Scotland has already done is amazing and their vision continues to be high and wide. I’m determined to support their work and raise awareness of the impacts of Big Noise and the many other initiatives embarked on. My commitment to social cohesion and developing our listening awareness is a life-long mission. All the work that Sistema Scotland does truly resonates with everything I’m passionate about.”


Benny Higgins, our Chairman, said, “I am delighted that Dame Evelyn Glennie will be supporting the work of Sistema Scotland and raising awareness of the impacts of Big Noise. Dame Evelyn is known across the world not only for her wonderful skills in music, but also for her commitment to social cohesion and improving how we listen and learn from each other - values we very much share here at Sistema Scotland.”

Nicola Killean OBE, our Chief Executive, said, “What a privilege it is to welcome Dame Evelyn to our Big Noise family! I know she will be an incredible inspiration to the children and young people of Big Noise, as she already is to our colleagues.” 




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