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Peter Nicholson to be Sistema Scotland Director of Music

Sistema Scotland has appointed Peter Nicholson as its new Director of Music, succeeding Francis Cummings who moves to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Sistema Scotland has appointed Peter Nicholson as its new Director of Music.

The composer, musician and educator will assume responsibilities on 12 November 2018, succeeding Francis Cummings who is leaving to begin a role as Head of Junior Conservatoire (Music) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

About Peter Nicholson

Peter Nicholson has been an integral part of the Sistema Scotland team since 2009 when he joined the organisation as a Musician. He went on to assume the position of Senior Musician before also undertaking the role of temporary Team Leader at Big Noise Raploch.

Within his new role as Director of Music, Peter will be responsible for leading on the musical and educational vision, advocacy, curriculum development and programming at Sistema Scotland.

Peter is a graduate of the University of York and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He has extensive experience as a teacher and workshop leader in local authority, higher education and third sector contexts.

As a freelance cellist, he has worked with a range of professional symphony orchestras and ensembles alongside establishing a reputation for working across genres and styles as a composer and performer. Peter is a member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and The One Ensemble.

‘An exciting challenge’

Peter Nicholson said:

‘I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed as Director of Music at Sistema Scotland.

‘Since joining Big Noise Raploch nine years ago, I have developed huge admiration for the communities we serve and for the staff and young people who populate the Big Noise centres. To be able to help steer the future musical direction of an organisation I know and love is a massive honour and an exciting challenge that I can’t wait to begin.’

‘A true asset to Sistema Scotland’

Nicola Killean, Chief Executive of Sistema Scotland, said:

‘We are delighted to have appointed Peter Nicholson as the new Director of Music.

‘Peter has been a true asset to the organisation since he joined us back in 2009 and I am positive he has the passion, experience and ambition we need to embark upon our next ten years of making a Big Noise in communities across Scotland.’

Header photo: Peter Nicholson with young people from Big Noise