Helen Goodwill - Musicianship & Upper Strings
Helen grew up in Angus, attending junior school at RSAMD (now RCS) before taking a Bachelor of Music and PhD from Edinburgh University. After almost twenty years living in the Highlands and Aberdeenshire, Helen is really enjoying working in Dundee and rediscovering places familiar from childhood. A musicianship and upper strings teacher for Big Noise, she believes passionately in the benefits that musical activities have on children's holistic development. Helen has two teenage boys and two cocker spaniels.
Darryl Claire Dick - Musician (Upper Strings)
Darryl's musical journey began at age nine when she began her violin lessons at school in Perth. This led to her studying violin performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating in 2017 with a BMus Hons degree. Darryl studied under Susanne Stanzeliet and developed an avid passion for teaching, focusing her final year preparing for a career in teaching, attaining distinction in her pedagogy studies and receiving the Undergraduate Pedagogy Prize. Darryl specialises in the early years and has a passion for working with nursery and primary aged children. She is thrilled to be part of the new team at Big Noise Douglas and is excited to see what the future holds.
Kirsty Jones - Musician (Upper Strings)
Kirsty moved from rural France to join the Big Noise team in Dundee. She has played violin professionally in South Africa, France and Wales. As a violin teacher Kirsty was part of a team working with children in townships in South Africa. In Kenya she worked with a cellist to take music to children in remote villages. Whilst living in Wales Kirsty enjoyed teaching at the Junior department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Loving working as part of a community Kirsty was also employed as a children's worker, working in Pontypridd. She led toddler groups, children's groups, after-school clubs and youth groups. Kirsty has 2 children, 3 goats, 5 hens, 2 guinea pigs, a cat and a rabbit.
Jess Long - Musician (Upper Strings)
Jess started the viola aged 10 after falling in love with its sound. After moving to Scotland to study for an academic degree and finding she spent more time playing the viola than writing essays, she decided to pursue her passion at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she gained a PGDip. in viola performance studying with Jane Atkins.
Since then she has been teaching in a wide range of different settings including schools, her own private teaching and the community. She also freelances for groups across Scotland and enjoys playing chamber music. She believes music can really make a difference to life and she loves sharing her enthusiasm for string instruments!
Jess lives in the Fife countryside with her husband, her young son and their cat (who tolerates being chased around better than he tolerates the sound of her practising!) She is really excited to re-join the Big Noise Douglas team after her maternity leave.
Rebecca Minio-Paluello - Musician (Upper Strings)
Born in Germany, Rebecca started learning the violin in England and then continued to move back and forth between those countries, attending the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London and C.P.E. Bach Gymnasium, a music secondary school in Berlin, after which she moved back to the U.K., studying with Nick Miller, then Krysia Osostowicz and David Takeno while at Cambridge University, before moving back again to Germany to study with Helge Slaatto in Münster. Then at short notice, she broke the pattern and moved to Bethlehem, Palestine, teaching at the Edward Said Conservatory of Music for three years. Now she's back in the U.K., but new to Scotland, and curious to get to know Dundee! As a passionate music educator, Rebecca is committed to teasing out potential and sharing the transformative experience of music-making. She has recently been a Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers project in Palestine, was a MusAid Fellow at the El Sistema programme in El Salvador, and is currently completing a Colourstrings Certification.
Stacey Macleay - Musician (Lower Strings)
Stacey grew up in Dundee where she went to school. One day Mrs Wright came into her primary class and asked if anyone wanted to play the cello. Stacey didn't know what a cello was but she put her hand up anyway. She was lucky to be picked to play and her cello became her best friend. She played in orchestra all through high school and went to study music in Glasgow. Stacey studied Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde. She was also very interested in composition and wrote and produced her own music on this course.
After University Stacey toured around the world, playing cello, with different bands from Scotland. She played her cello in amazing venues in New York, Tokyo, Paris, London, and even on a rowing boat on a little loch off the M80. She taught strings all over the Highlands, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. She moved from Edinburgh with her family to Dundee last year to work with the team at Big Noise Douglas. She's very excited that some of the children from Douglas will, one day, get to have all of the fun that she has had because she learned cello.