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Big Noise as orchestra plays Stirling Castle

Big Noise orchestra
Image caption The orchestra uses music-making to inspire the local children

The Big Noise Orchestra from Stirling's Raploch estate has performed at the town's castle for the first time.

The orchestra project was launched in 2008, inspired by a Venezuelan scheme to help poorer children.

It has violins, violas, double basses and cellos and later this year aims to add woodwind, brass and percussion to become a full symphony orchestra.

The Big Noise performed at the G20 summit in St Andrews and at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh.

Ahead of the performance, Big Noise manager, Kathy Whitaker, said: "We are so pleased to be playing at the castle, which is such a big feature on the skyline from Raploch.

"All the children are so excited to be playing in such a grand place. We can't wait."

Since it was launched, more than 250 children at the local Raploch Primary School, from nursery age to P5, have been taught to play instruments.

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