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Big Noise orchestra planned for Aberdeen

A THIRD Big Noise orchestra for young Scots will be set up in Aberdeen.

Big Noise orchestras, based on the influential El Sistema youth music programme of Venezuela, have already been established in Raploch, Stirling and Govanhill, Glasgow.

The latest will be based in the Torry area of Aberdeen.

Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council's convener of the education, culture and sport said that the council would work with Sistema Scotland, the body which runs the orchestras, to establish a Big Noise centre in Torry in 2015.

Councillor Laing added "The hope is that having succeeded at learning to play an instrument participants will succeed in other areas of their lives too which will help them to reach their full potential."

Councillor Willie Young said: "Sistema Scotland is committed to working in Torry to effect social, generational change; believing that through membership of the orchestra, children will learn that they can work hard at something, succeed and feel confident as a result".

George Anderson, communications manager for Sistema Scotland, said: "Aberdeen seems ready to make a very firm commitment to a Big Noise orchestra in Torry and things are looking very positive."

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