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Big Noise Govanhill delight festive fans with new music

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Image caption Big Noise Govanhill thrilled the audience at its Christmas concert

A new piece of music inspired by Little Red Riding Hood has been performed for the first time at the Big Noise Govanhill Christmas concert.

More than 1,200 children engage with the project every week by learning to play an instrument and make music.

The new piece was specially composed by Emily Scott-Moncrieff and performed by children from the Symphony Orchestra.

It was narrated by Richard Holloway, chairman of Sistema Scotland, which runs the Big Noise programme.

The performance also featured Big Noise Govanhill's youngest ever String Orchestra and its most advance woodwind, brass and percussions group.

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Image caption Big Noise Govanhill engages with 1,200 young people

Now in its fourth year, Big Noise Govanhill aims to transform lives through music.

Councillor David McDonald, deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, praised the initiative.

He said: "This is my first visit to Big Noise Govanhill and I've been blown away by the children's performances at their magical Christmas concert.

"I'm sure I speak for all my colleagues in the council when I congratulate Big Noise Govanhill on what has been achieved in only four and a half years."

Big Noise uses the orchestra as a model for learning and aims to provide children with an invaluable range of life skills and experiences, including confidence, teamwork and resilience, so they can fulfil their potential.

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Image caption Big Noise Govanhill will celebrate its fifth birthday in 2018

Charity Sistema Scotland works with about 2,500 children and young people every week across Scotland in their four Big Noise centres in Raploch, Stirling; Govanhill, Glasgow; Torry, Aberdeen; and Douglas, Dundee.

Ali Gornall, team leader at Big Noise Govanhill, said: "All the Big Noise musicians, staff, and volunteers have been really excited for our Christmas concerts where we see all the after-school club groups perform and demonstrate their commitment and achievements of this last term.

"I am always proud of the dedication I see from the children that attend Big Noise after-school club.

"They attend up to three nights a week after a hard day at school to learn the foreign, yet satisfying, language of music."

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