Big Noise in tune with LA peers at meet-up.
Byline: JOHN ROWBOTHAM
Children and young people of Big Noise Raploch hosted their counterparts from United States prior to performing at a famous Edinburgh Festival music venue.
The youngsters welcomed to the Raploch Community Campus the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and the orchestra's national institute students who are drawn from across US.
The visit was part of a short residency in Stirling before the young musicians from both sides of the Atlantic performed in a oneoff open rehearsal on Sunday at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival They were led by conductor and Sistema Scotland patron Gustavo Dudamel who is music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic which helps deliver the YOLA programme . Rehearsals at Raploch were led by Los Angeles Philharmonic associate conductor Paolo Bortolameolli.
Participants also had the chance to take part in a range of activities from sports, which included introducing the US visitors to rounders. A ceilidh was laid on at the Engine Shed and community barbecue at Raploch campus.
Director of music for Sistema Scotland Peter Nicolson said: "This was a wonderful opportunity for the children and young people of Big Noise Raploch, not only to work with incredible artists such as Gustavo Dudamel and Paolo Bortolameolli but also to rehearse and perform with their own peers from the other side of the world.
It is truly a life-changing experience for our young musicians and one they will remember for many years to come."
Stirling Council is a major funder of Big Noise Raploch and support from players of People's Postcode Lottery enabled the young musicians from both organisations to meet and play together before Sunday's big event.
Deputy Leader of Stirling Council Danny Gibson said: "The people of Raploch can be justifiably proud of the confidence, skill and determination of these young performers, and this is another fantastic opportunity for them to develop skills, alongside their peers from United States."
Sistema Scotland, the charity which runs the Big Noise programmes, was launched in Raploch in 2008 with thirty-five children and six musicians. Now more than 2,500 children take part in the programme each week at its centres in Raploch, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Unique experience Coming together to make music are (front row, left) Liliana Morales, from LA, with Big Noise Raploch youngsters Shihan Huang and Mati Nowak, alongside (back left) Councillor Gibson , chief executive of Los Angeles Philharmonic Simon Woods, Peter Nicholson, Marcus Gee, YOLA National Institute and Kidznotes, from Durham in North Carolina; Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer and Paolo Bortolameolli