Gordon Duncan - Senior Musician
Gordon grew up in the East Neuk of Fife. He spent much of his childhood involved in musical activities from choirs to ceildhs to symphony orchestras. He went on to study violin performance with Tamas Fejes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Gordon finds great fulfilment in working with children and has a broad range of teaching experience; peripatetic, community projects, directing ensembles and orchestras. He is delighted to join the Big Noise team and to get to know the Douglas community.
Jenni Babonneau - Senior Musician
Originally from Finland, Jenni started playing the cello at the age of 6. In Tampere she learned the cello with several teachers (Pirjo-Riitta Toivakka, Tuula Tikkala, Lauri Voipio and Pauli Heikkinen). During her studies in Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Bachelor of Music in Music Pedagogy) Jenni spent some time learning Czech music and free improvisation in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2016 she obtained her diploma of Master of Arts in Music with distinction from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel where she studied under Viviane Spanoghe.
She believes that music is everyone’s birth right and works actively to make music education available for everyone. Jenni has been a part of Big Noise family since December 2016 when she joined the Torry team. She’s been working in the new Big Noise centre in Douglas since August 2017.
Stacey Macleay - Senior Musician
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.