YOUNG people from a music and social change programme have taken part in a unique concert alongside the world-renowned Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). 

A total of 86 young musicians and singers from Big Noise Govanhill performed alongside the orchestra at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, December 2 with concertgoers being treated to a special rendition of original track We Make A Big Noise. 

The song was written as a collaboration between song leader Penny Stone, award winning composer Seonaid Aitkin and the young musicians and was performed by the joint symphony Orchestra and Big Noise Govanhill choir. 

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The lyrics of the piece came from the programme's participants and incorporate lyrics written in languages including Turkish, Hindi and Urdu. 

In March, Ms Stone was invited to lead a music composition workshop with the Big Strings Orchestra at Big Noise Govanhill with the aim of helping the group explore their creative side and translate it into lyrics, melody and rhythm which reflect the rich cultural diversity of Govanhill. 

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Andy Stevenson, RSNO director of learning and engagement, said:  "Our partnership with Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise centres is an integral part of how the RSNO engages with communities across Scotland.

"Welcoming the young people of Big Noise to the stage alongside our musicians and artists is an exciting experience for everyone involved.

"Happy 10th anniversary Big Noise Govanhill from all at the RSNO - we wish them many more years of bringing music to the young people of Govanhill."

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Big Noise is a high-quality music education and social change programme, where the symphony orchestra becomes a community which supports children and young people gain vital life skills such as confidence, resilience, creativity and aspiration. 

It is delivered by the charity Sistema Scotland. 

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David Munn, Sistema Scotland’s director of music and curriculum, added:  "The brilliant collaboration between Big Noise and RSNO was perfectly on show tonight in the performance of 'We Make a Big Noise' - written in part by our fantastic young musicians themselves.

"Everyone at Sistema Scotland and is immensely proud of all of our young people from Govanhill that took to the stage tonight.

"Tonight's performance not only highlights the dedication of the orchestra in inspiring the next generation of young musicians, but also underlines the transformative impact of Big Noise in nurturing confidence, resilience, and creativity in our communities."