A group of international musicians have arrived in Aberdeen to help boost the confidence of youngsters at two city primary schools.
Performers from as far as Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Italy have formed Big Noise Torry – a choir that will equip children with new skills and more self-esteem.
Now the group is working hard with primary one and two pupils from Tullos and Walker Road primaries before they make their stage debut next month.
Angela Taylor, convener of the city council’s education and children’s services, worked to bring the musicians to Aberdeen.
She said she was delighted they had now arrived and that she was confident they will have a meaningful impact on children.
She said: “We are very excited to welcome such a distinguished group of musicians to Torry.
“Independent research published this week shows that the Big Noise orchestras already operating in Stirling and Glasgow are bringing about significant changes to children’s lives, and they have been judged a good investment with the potential to quickly generate outcomes worth more than the cost of delivery.
“I have every confidence that this innovative approach will help unleash the full potential of Torry’s children – not just in music but across their lives.”
The project is being supported with funding from Aberdeen City Council and the charity Sistema Scotland.