What is Sistema?

Sistema Scotland works to create permanent social change in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland. They use participation in the Big Noise orchestra programmes to change lives by fostering confidence, discipline, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children and young people taking part.

The Sistema name is taken from the orchestra movement established in Venezuela in 1975 by Maestro JosĂ© Antonio Abreu.  Sistema Scotland are official partners with the original organisation in Venezuela. They seek to benefit from the South Americans’ expertise, while adapting their methods to suit conditions in Scotland.

Sistema Scotland exists to develop orchestra centers on the ground in Scotland. These are known in the community as Big Noise. The first was is in Raploch, Stirling, the second in Govanhill, Glasgow and the third in Torry, Aberdeen.

Sistema Scotland has been the subject of two independent research studies. The latest was published in May 2015 and undertaken by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) in partnership with Audit Scotland, Education Scotland and Glasgow Caledonia University.

The researchers found convincing evidence of positive change to children’s lives and concluded the programme represents a good investment for society.

The impact diagrams shown here (above) were created as pictorial representations of the key impacts that were identified at this stage.   The GCPH is committed to track the impact of the work long term.

Click here (http://www.gcph.co.uk/assets/0000/5059/Sistema_summary_updated.pdf) to download a full summary of the research findings. For more information on Sistema Scotland visit their website at http://www.makeabignoise.org.uk For more information on the original Sistema project in Venezuela visit http://fundamusical.org.ve

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