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Sistema Scotland: Concert to launch Govanhill Big Noise project

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Media captionThe charity Sistema Scotland has launched its second children's orchestra in the Govanhill area of Glasgow.

Primary school children have performed a community concert in Govanhill in Glasgow to mark the launch of Scotland's second Big Noise Orchestra.

The project, run by the Sistema charity uses music-making to help children in less affluent areas build their confidence, pride and aspirations.

The first Big Noise centre was set up in Raploch in Stirling in 2008.

The Scottish government awarded funding of more than £1.3m to establish a similar initiative in Glasgow.

Sistema Scotland is based on the El Sistema music education programme set up in Venezuela in 1975.

After-school sessions

In Stirling the charity works with 450 children from babies to teens.

A government-commissioned evaluation found children were more confident, happier, better behaved and more able to focus as a result of taking part.

Earlier this year, 10 Raploch children successfully auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

In the Govanhill project, the Big Noise team of eight musicians has been working with P1 and P2 children at four local primary schools over the past 10 weeks.

Four hundred children performed for the local community and invited guests in a marquee in Govanhill Park to mark the orchestra's launch.

A summer school is also being held at the project's base in Forsyth House, and after-school sessions will run at the centre when the new school year starts in the autumn.

Sistema Scotland chairman Richard Holloway said: "We hope the whole Govanhill community can get behind this orchestra. The children are bursting with enthusiasm and potential.

Image caption The children have been learning how to play instruments as part of the Big Noise project

"In 10 weeks we have formed an impressive string orchestra. Over time we will bring in woodwind, brass and percussion to form a full symphony orchestra. Not only will it produce wonderful music, it will transform lives."

Govanhill Housing Association and Govanhill Community Development Trust (GCDT) were involved in bringing Sistema Scotland to the area.

GCDT chairwoman Lyn Ewing said: "As soon as we heard what they were doing in Raploch we thought this could be a great thing for Govanhill.

"After a visit to see the children rehearsing, we became convinced we had to have our own Big Noise."

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