I had big fun tonight at The Big Noise’s Big Concert in Raploch. OK, I got wet and cold because it is summertime in Scotland and that means wind and rain – I mean really, really wet. But the music more than made up for the weather. Thankfully, the rain let up for the second half which meant that I dried out a bit and it really did make for an enjoyable ending to a great evening.
But I don’t want to talk about tonight; I want to talk about The Big Noise because they are doing big things and I’m very excited about it!
Here’s the deal:
Big Noise is an orchestra programme that aims to use music making to foster confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children taking part – and across their wider community. It is based on the methods of Venezuela’s “El Sistema” movement and is run by the charity Sistema Scotland.
[Text from Big Noise’s website.]
So, basically, they take a load of kids who live in economically depressed areas (in this case, Raploch) and they give them an amazing opportunity to transform their lives through music. And, in fact, an opportunity to transform a community through music. And it’s working. It’s really, really working. In fact, it’s working so well that there are more groups in the works for other bits of Scotland and the Raploch group is working with the Stirling Council to ensure continued funding.
More than that, it’s working so well that 450 children ranging from pre-school to 13 are finding passion through music. They are working together and the community is behind them with support and energy – as evident by the massive crowd that showed up tonight and braved the horrid weather to listen to these amazing kids play.
Wow! I am just in awe of the dedication shown by everyone involved!
Oh! And a special shout-out today for my parents who are celebrating 43 years of marriage. Wow! I am just in awe of their dedication to each other!