Martin Whitfield MSP has joined colleagues at a #BigNoise parliamentary reception to mark 15 years of Sistema Scotland.

The reception provided MSPs with an opportunity to hear about the transformative impact of Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programmes. The charity targets and works with some of Scotland’s most challenged communities through its Big Noise programme.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the start of the Big Noise programme in Raploch, Stirling. It started with six musicians supporting 35 young schoolchildren. Now there are six Big Noise programmes across Scotland working with over 3,500 children and young people.

The reception included a musical performance and the opportunity to speak to some of those involved in Big Noise.

Speaking after the event, Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“I really enjoyed the fabulous musical performances at the #BigNoise reception. They showed just how vital music education is for young people to help build confidence, pride and community. 

“Sistema Scotland has carried out some amazing work over the last 15 years, bringing musical opportunities to children and communities that have missed out without their support.

“I was pleased to attend the event and thank them for all they are doing for young people.”

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