Symphony No.96 in D major (3) Joseph Haydn
On midsummer's night Gustavo Dudamel and The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela performed a spectacular outdoor concert in the heart of Raploch, Stirling
The Big Concert featured a full performance by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra with a special guest appearance by 130 children musicians called Big Noise.
Big Noise is an orchestra programme that aims to use music making to foster confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children taking part – and across their wider community.
Set against the backdrop of Stirling Castle, the site had sweeping views of the Ochil Hills and Wallace Monument.
The outdoor performance marked the opening of the London 2012 Festival and was a unique celebration of art and social rebuilding.
The damp weather didn't keep the crowds away. Eight thousand wet weather ponchos, courtesy of the London 2012 Festival, were on standby to protect the concert goers from the elements.
Gustavo Dudamel lead the group of children aged six to thirteen from nearby Raploch, one of the most deprived areas of Scotland, through the Rondeau from Purcell's Abdelazer.
The Big Noise charity was initiated by Jose Antonio Abreu in a garage in 1975 with an aim to achieve social regeneration through music.
The charity is based on the methods of Venezuela’s “El Sistema” movement and is run by the charity Sistema Scotland.
Each young Scottish performing was presented with a medal ribboned in the Venezuelan tricolour by a South American musician.
The internationally acclaimed conductor Dudamel continues to share his magnetic enthusiasm for music with audiences of all ages around the world.
Dudamel is Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director of the Gothenburg Symphony.
The best of the Raploch child musicians were chosen to play alongside the Bolívars in Beethoven's Egmont Overture.
Spectateurs turned out in their thousands despite a soggy midsummer's day.
Maybe one of next year's performers?
Before the concert it was announced that the Scottish youngsters will perform next year in Caracas.