Sistema Scotland is a charity set up in the belief that children can gain huge social benefits by playing in a symphony orchestra. We use music making to foster confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children taking part – and across their wider community.
We take the Sistema name from the orchestra movement established in Venezuela in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu.
We are very proud to be official partners with the original organisation in Venezuela. We seek to benefit from the South Americans’ expertise, while adapting their methods to suit conditions in Scotland.
Sistema Scotland exists to develop orchestra centres on the ground in Scotland. These are known in the community as Big Noise. The first is in Raploch, Stirling. The second is in Govanhill, Glasgow. We have plans for further centres across Scotland.
The transformative power of music is sweeping the United States and the world through the inspiration of Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema. Founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema is a tested model of how a music program can create both great musicians, and dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nation’s most needy children, deeply benefitting youth from all backgrounds who participate. It now teaches music to more than 500,000 of Venezuela’s most vulnerable children, and hundreds of thousands more young people around the globe.