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.


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.


Verónica Urrego


Verónica is from Venezuela and studied violin at the El Sistema music programme, where she obtained her Bachelor in Music.  She held teaching posts in different cities around her country and was invited to deliver teaching training programmes at a variety of conservatoires.


She now lives in the UK where she works at Sistema Scotland as an upper strings tutor and conductor. She has recently completed her Master Degree in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has been associated with National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain as both a tutor and a conductor for many years.


Laura Macmillan

Laura (small).jpgBorn and brought up in Denny, Laura began learning the violin age 7.  She was awarded at place at the RCS Junior Conservatoire and it was from here that her love of music really progressed.  After studying a degree in Performance on both Violin and Viola at the RCS, Laura began freelancing with all of Scotland's Orchestras including the BBCSSO, RSNO, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera.  She then moved to Liverpool to begin working with the Liverpool Philharmonic's "In Harmony" project - a Sistema-inspired project very similar to Big Noise.  She also did a lot of work with the Philharmonic's Youth Choirs and Youth Orchestra, as well as continuing to perform in and around the North West of England.  Laura returned to Scotland in 2017 to begin working with Big Noise Raploch and has really enjoyed getting to know all the young people and families in the area, as well as being part of all the music-making.  Laura also does a lot of work with bands and regularly tours the UK with her band "Amsterdam."


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.


Heidi van der Swaagh (Maternity Leave)

Copy of Staff - Website photo (6).pngBorn and raised in a small mountain town in Colorado, USA, Heidi started learning cello at the age of seven. She was home-schooled until the age of 16 and then spent the last two years of high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts outside Boston, MA where she studied cello with Andrew Mark.


Heidi graduated with High Honours in Cello Performance and Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied cello with Alison Wells and Alan Stepansky and cello pedagogy with Bai-Chi Chen. She then taught strings and general music for two years in Maryland public schools and was actively involved with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s El Sistema program OrchKids. 


She then received her MMus in Cello Performance with a focus on pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Alison Wells. 


Heidi has performed with the Scottish Opera, the Scottish Ensemble, the York Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Chamber Orchestra of London, the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bayerische Philharmonie. 


Heidi is the principal cellist of the Nevis Ensemble, with whom she has performed and led creative music and song writing workshops with communities across Scotland. She is also Co-Director of Credo Music’s year-round program, Credo Club, and Lecturer in cello at the RCS’s Early Years and the Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House Juniors division. 


In her spare time, Heidi is an avid baker. She loves trying new recipes and perfecting old ones. She is thrilled to join Big Noise Raploch.




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