THE Big Noise children's orchestras do not need anyone to beat the drum for them - their success has been applauded many times before.

The charity behind the initiative, Sistema Scotland, could be forgiven for making a song and dance about the good news that coincided with the return from a tour to Venezuela - the country where the El Sistema system of intensive orchestral tuition originated - of more than 50 children from Raploch, Stirling.

The charity has been given £100,000 from the People's Postcode Lottery, a sum that will help it continue its work in offering life-enhancing experiences through music.

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There are Big Noise orchestras in Raploch and also in Govanhill, Glasgow, with another being established in Aberdeen, with the result that more youngsters will be given the life-changing opportun­ities enjoyed by those from Raploch.

The programme aims to use music-making to foster confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children taking part, and across their wider community. Such commitment can only bring harmony to what can often be a discordant world.