Thursday, February 8, 2018

Happy Birthday to 'Big Noise'
10 Years old in 2018

Big Noise, Raploch, Stirling, Scotland 

 Big Noise is run by the charity Sistema Scotland, and transforms the lives of children living in disadvantaged communities. The symphony orchestra, and learning a musical instrument, are the tools used to equip children with a range of social and life skills: confidence, resilience and aspiration.
Big Noise works across four communities, with more than 2,500 children, from birth to adulthood, in school and nursery, after school and in the holidays. It enables children to reach their full potential, and to bring about permanent social change in their communities.
It was started by Richard Holloway, who went to Venezuela to see how Sistema worked and then  set about making it all happen initially in Raploch, Stirling.

2008 - 35 Children
2010 - 317 Children
First Side-by-Side concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2012 - 428 Children
2013 - Launch of Big Noise, Govanhill, Glasgow
2014 - 1100 Children
The Big Trip to Venezuela
2015 - 2000 Children
Launch of Big Noise, Torry, Aberdeen
2016 - Side-by-Side Concert with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
La Mortella - Concert tour to Italy
2017 - Launch of Big Noise Douglas, Dundee

2018 - 2,500 Children
10th Birthday Celebrations

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Want to Celebrate Handel's Birthday?

George Frederic Handel - born 23rd February 1685

There will be cake!

On Handel's birthday, 23rd February 2018, there will be free entry at Handel House from 11.00 - 6.00. Refreshments will be available to visitors throughout the day. Every hour, on the hour, there will be a 15 minute recital by members of the Amadè Players, starting at 11.00, the last one at 4.00 pm

Handel moved into the newly built house in Brook Street, London, in 1724 and lived there until he died in 1759. It was here that he wrote some of his most famous works, including Zadok the Priest, and The Music for the Royal Fireworks.

It is now called Handel House Museum with the mission to promote the knowledge, awareness and enjoyment of Handel's music to as many people as possible. Events include live performances, educational and outreach activities, and exhibiting and interpreting objects connected with his life.

In addition the museum promotes the diverse and continuing musical heritage of 23 Brook Street, through its association with Jimi Hendrix who lived there in the late 20th century.

Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB     Tel: 020 7495 1685