Guido de Groote
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, I studied the violin with Jack de Wet at the University of Stellenbosch and then moved to the UK to study with Simon Fischer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
I graduated in 1999, and after some time performing around the UK as a chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral freelancer, as well as maintaining a genuine interest in teaching, I joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. During this time I was also a member of the Table Bay String Quartet and with a cross-over group known as Greenmarket Square, a quartet specializing in mixed programmes of folk, eastern european, tango and classical music . I left the BBC SSO in 2006 and now teach full-time, with Sistema Scotland and at my private studio.
John Paul O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1982 and grew up in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. Taking up the tuba at the age of twelve, he went on to study at the RSAMD under Anthony Swainson, David Dowall and Chris McShane. After graduating with honours in 2005, John Paul began a career in education holding teaching posts with the RSAMD, North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire councils.
JP has recently transferred to Govanhill from Big Noise Raploch.
Emily Scott-Moncrieff studied double bass at the RSAMD. She freelanced as a bassist with the major Scottish orchestras and worked as a teacher in Glasgow and Inverclyde. She moved to New York where she became a founding teacher at the Hands On! pre-school programme in Manhattan, and also established their art curriculum.
Emily has worked throughout Europe in a variety of ensembles and genres, as well as in her own band as a singersongwriter and composer.
Jessica studied music at Bristol University, McGill University Montreal and the Royal Northern College of Music before moving to Glasgow in 2005 as a freelance cellist and teacher.
She has since maintained a combination of freelance orchestral playing with the BBC SSO, the RSNO and Scottish Ballet with teaching at Big Noise, in schools, and on orchestral courses for young musicians and adults. Jessica plays in the Kentigern String Quartet and forms one half of violin and cello duo The Classical Folk, performing both classical and traditional Scottish music. She has appeared at Celtic Connections, including most recently in the acclaimed orchestral performance of Martyn Bennett's iconic album, GRIT.
Having benefitted from many years playing in a wonderful youth orchestra whilst growing up in Nottingham, Jessica loves the emphasis at Big Noise on orchestral playing. She was privileged and thrilled to experience the scale of Venezuelan music making first hand on a recent learning visit to observe El Sistema teaching in Caracas. Jessica joined Big Noise on a permanent basis in 2014 as a musician at the Govanhill centre and has enjoyed getting to know their very diverse local community, and in particular working with the young cellists and bassists and the parents ensemble.
Born in Fiji, Fiona attended St Mary’s Music School, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Utrecht School for the Arts in Holland.
There she stayed for 20 years working with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Radio Chamber Orchestra and also as a broadcast journalist with Radio Netherlands Worldwide, presenting and producing a wide variety of radio programmes and public discussions.
Fiona was a board member for Musicians without Borders and worked for many years as a volunteer in Bosnia working at the Pavarotti Centre and establishing the Mostar Sinfonietta.
Fiona is highly motivated by socially responsible causes and likes to make a difference in her work so was delighted to return to Scotland in 2014 with her family to work with Sistema Scotland.
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.