Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the 10th anniversary of Sistema Scotland Big Noise this Wednesday.


Big Noise Orchestras in Scotland first started in Raploch in 2008. Since then, they have opened in Glasgow’s Govanhill, Aberdeen’s Torry, and Dundee’s Douglas and have taken on 2,500 children and young people.


Mr Crawford submitted a motion to Holyrood, congratulating the organisation on the 10 anniversary of Big Noise. The motion gained cross-party support quickly and is now due to be debated by all MSPs.


The debate will be followed by a reception in the Scottish Parliament’s Garden Lobby, where the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will attend and say a few words.


Guests will have a chance to hear a number of performances from Big Noise groups throughout the evening.


Also in attendance will be Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer.


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“I am so proud that Big Noise first started in Raploch, my constituency, and that it has become a success across the country.


“Big Noise orchestras help to build confidence in children and young people. They have been proven to increase concentration and self-esteem – helping to give them the tools to believe in themselves.


“Thousands of children from areas of multiple deprivation have now had the opportunity to engage in this fantastic programme – and some even go on to become volunteers in the organisation themselves. It is a project that truly helps to bring positive transformation to communities and in such an engaging and innovative way.


“I am very much looking forward to the debate and reception in the Scottish Parliament on Sistema Scotland Big Noise’s 10th anniversary. This is an opportunity to recognise the success of the staff, volunteers, children, families and communities who have been involved over the past decade, and to make their success.”

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