Elanor Gunn (Acting Head of Centre)
Elanor Gunn was born in North Wales and began playing the violin aged 6. She moved to Scotland to study violin at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with William Chandler and Ruth Crouch. Elanor loves learning new languages and spent a year on exchange in Germany during her degree. Since graduating she has very much enjoyed playing professionally in orchestras and chamber groups, including as first violinist of the Astrid Quartet.
Elanor was lucky enough to be leader of both the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and then National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, which included a tour to China! The amazing experiences she had in youth orchestra have led her to be passionate about providing those experiences for the next generation. At university, Elanor studied El Sistema in Venezuela and thought it sounded like a brilliant way for children to learn music – so she was delighted to get a job for Sistema Scotland! Elanor has also worked for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Live Music Now, tutoring and delivering workshops to young people.
Ali Gornall studied double bass at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. She started teaching during her undergraduate and whilst working as a free-lance double bassist in London continued her teaching at the Royal Academy of Music’s ‘First String Experience’ which worked with groups of young string players.
Ali moved back to Scotland to be one of the founding team of Big Noise Raploch. Alongside her Big Noise work she has played with all of the Scottish orchestras and been involved in various education projects.
Ali is now in the role of team leader for Big Noise Govanhill and enjoying laying the foundations of Sistema Scotland’s second centre in this Glasgow community.