Sistema Scotland youth orchestras to receive £2.5 million from government

Posted on: March 15, 2016

“Orchestras for children in deprived areas of Stirling, Glasgow and Aberdeen are to receive £2.5 million from the Scottish Government,” writes Phil Miller in Saturday’s (3/12) Herald (Glasgow). “The money, over four years, will go towards supporting Sistema Scotland, the charity behind the Big Noise orchestras in Raploch, Govanhill and Torry. Sistema Scotland works with more than 1,500 children and young people in these areas, offering intensive classical music training…. The Scottish Government has now funded Sistema Scotland with more than £4m since 2012/13. It said the latest funding package will enable Sistema to work with at least an extra 700 young people across its three Big Noise centers. Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said … that independent evaluation has shown that the charity’s work had increased the confidence and self-esteem of the children involved…. She added: ‘I want every child and young person in Scotland to be able to reach their full potential and fulfil their ambitions. Through its creative, empowering and energizing approach, Sistema Scotland is helping us to achieve this and so much more, transforming the lives of thousands of young people in three of our most disadvantaged communities.’ ”

Posted March 15, 2016