Aline Harris

Aline.jpgAline originally comes from Kent where she studied at the Kent Junior Music school before continuing her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Raphael Sommer and Eduardo Vassallo. After gaining an honours degree she moved to Glasgow where she gained a postgraduate certificate in orchestral studies at the RSAMD learning with William Conway.


After leaving college, Aline worked as a freelance cellist with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the RSNO. She worked for many years with Artlink Central bringing music into hospitals and care homes for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. In 2007 she became a permanent member of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.


Alongside her playing, Aline has developed her teaching career. Before joining Big Noise she was senior tutor for RCS Musicworks and has worked with the education department at Scottish Opera on many projects, including one in partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council and working with the Connect youth orchestra as well as devising and delivering education projects with Music Co-operative Scotland. She was appointed cello teacher at Aberdeen University in 2014 after working with the students in a series of chamber concerts and workshops.


As well as her playing and teaching commitments, Aline is also Mum to 4 lively boys who enjoy a multitude of sports and musical activities.


Elizabeth McColl

Elizabeth.jpgElizabeth started playing the violin at the age of 10 and quickly changed to viola after a family member suggested it sounded very beautiful! As a teenager she was fully immersed in the musical life of orchestral playing and singing and then went on to study viola with James Durrant at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Upon graduating she combined teaching upper strings with freelancing as an orchestral and chamber music musician while studying viola with Roger Bigley at the Royal Northern College of Music.


Alongside her string teaching, Elizabeth continued to pursue her love of singing and was on staff with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Junior Chorus, the Ulster Youth Choir, and National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS). She directed the NYCOS Edinburgh Area Choir from its foundation in 1999 until she left the UK to pursue a Masters degree in Chicago, USA in 2005. She also worked with the National Boys' Choir and on the NYCOS summer courses.


Having lived in the USA for 9 years, Elizabeth is delighted to be back in Scotland and on staff with Big Noise having joined the Raploch team in October 2016. She particularly loves working with young people and see them develop as all round musicians. She also sings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and teaches musicianship at St Mary’s Music School.


Joëlle Broad

Joelle1.jpgJoëlle has post of Curriculum Specialist for Beginner to Elementary Strings in Sistema Scotland with responsibilities across all the centres and works from the Raploch Centre.


Violinist Joëlle Broad (Fenna) studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she gained her Honours degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Performance.


Her freelance career as a Violinist has included chamber music performances on Radio 3 and several concerto performances with orchestras, amongst other chamber and orchestral work. She is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s current Education Fellow.


Laura McKinlay

Laura (small).jpgLaura was accepted into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Junior programme when she was 12 before going  onto study BMus (Hons) in Performance at the RCS in Violin and Viola.  After graduation, she then freelanced for a year with most of Scotland's professional orchestras, as well as teaching with Musicworks and NYCOS before moving down south to begin working with the Liverpool Philharmonic's learning department. She was Lead String Musician on the El Sistema-inspired "In Harmony Liverpool" programme and was also lead musicianship coach with the Philharmonic Youth Choirs and 2nd violin coach with Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, as well as continuing to freelance around the North-West of England.

After 7 years in Liverpool Laura returned home to join the Big Noise family in Summer 2017.


Ricardo Tapadinhas

Ricardo.jpgRicardo is a double bassist that graduated with Honours at the Escola de Música de Lisboa (ESML). During this time he studied with Yuri Axenov and Manuel Rêgo. He started developing his teaching experience in 2010 joining Orquestra Geração Sistema Portugal and also becoming an Assistance Professor at ESML. Although he started at the age of 20, he has worked extensively with many Portuguese Orchestras obtaining Principal and Co-Principal positions. Because of this, Ricardo had the chance to work with Susanna Mälkki, Lawrence Foster, Gustavo Dudamel, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and many others.


In 2015 he moved to Scotland and currently he is Principal Bass Player at CCCO and works as freelance in BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In January 2016 he proudly joined the staff at Big Noise Raploch.


Susannah Clark

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Susannah completed a Graduate Diploma in Music Performance (Violin) with Professor Goetz Richter at The Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney in Australia in 2011. As part of the mentoring program offered by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Susannah played and toured with the orchestra, delivering music education concert programs to schools. While working as a freelance violinist, she also taught and delivered school string programs across Sydney.


With family in Scotland, Susannah moved to Edinburgh in 2015 to undertake a Masters in Music Therapy from Queen Margaret University, graduating in 2017. Susannah is excited to be part of the Big Noise team as she enjoys working with children and young people, and holds the belief that every child has musical potential.


Verónica Urrego

Veronica.jpgVerónica was born in Venezuela and she is a product of El Sistema. At the age of nine she gave her debut concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Falcón and later became principal of the second violins until 1994.


In 1995 Verónica became leader and Assistant Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Zulia and professor of violin at the Conservatoire “Jose Luis Paz” in Maracaibo until 2004. She has received several prizes including the “Premio D. Damaso” for the best interpretation of Spanish music (Madrid – Spain, 1999) and special mentions at the “Violinisimo Festival” (Venezuela, 1998 and 2004).


She is a close collaborator to the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain as a string tutor and Director of Music of Northerlies Orchestras from 2017.


In her spare time Verónica likes to learn about world flags, read history, watch documentaries and surfing . . . on the internet!


"I did not pick the violin, my teachers at El Sistema assigned it to me but I liked the sound from the very beginning. At the start was very difficult and so unnatural. One day I watched an episode from TOP CAT my favourite comic at the moment and when Benny the Ball played the violin I thought if he can do it I CAN!"



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