Nicola Killean describes the vision of Sistema Scotland to tackle deep rooted inequality and foster hope by providing the opportunity for whole communities to engage with music.

Elsje Kibler-Vermaas introduces the work of the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA), particularly in disadvantaged communities in LA.

Young musicians Aaron Soriano from YOLA and Symone Hutchison in Scotland described the joys and challenges of being part of a youth orchestra.

Symone Hutchison 

Big Noise Raploch, Stirling, UK
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Originally from Raploch, Symone Hutchison started playing trombone at the age of ten through the Big Noise youth music programme.

In 2015, Hutchison gained a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) Junior Department where she studied with Nigel Cox and gained additional musical experience as part of the RCS’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Brass Ensembles. She also performed as part of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, and the Clackmannan District Brass Band as a solo trombonist.

Hutchison commenced her undergraduate degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2019. She plays with Dalmellington Brass Band. Her future ambitions are to teach at an organisation like Big Noise, while also working as a freelance musician.