Apollo Music Projects brings live classical music to children who might not otherwise experience it. Over 12 years, more than 7500 children have experienced the magic of live performance from classroom to concert hall, culminating in the thrilling spectacle of a full orchestra in concert.
Apollo Music Projects provides a unique opportunity for children to work closely with professional musicians, using the language of music to develop listening skills, communication and teamwork. Our programmes enable students to discover for themselves how to listen to and enjoy classical music, using their own imagination and experiences to enter a new world of sound, stories and feelings.
The programme introduces children to the instruments of the orchestra, the musicians who play them and the music they play, providing the opportunity to hear live music and the tools to understand what they are hearing.
Apollo Music Projects started with a pilot programme in four primary schools in Hackney in 1999. The full programme started in 2004, and Apollo Music Projects became a registered charity in 2008. We have maintained our strong link with Hackney primary schools, adding schools in Tower Hamlets, Camden, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest over the past eleven years, while developing and refining the programme. We will continue to extend our programme to boroughs across North and East London, and we plan to take our innovative approach to children in other London boroughs and in time throughout the country.
2014-15 saw the project expand from 12 to 20 primary schools plus one special school, working with over 1100 children. We also gave three extra concerts linked to the BBC Ten Pieces programme for schools not participating in our projects, reaching another 1400 children in North, East and SW London. This year we will be working with several new schools as well as many schools we have worked with before. Building long-term relationships with schools while developing new relationships is at the heart of what we do.
Armando Iannucci has joined Sir Simon Rattle as a Patron of Apollo Music Projects, and he will also be President of our new Friends’ scheme, to be launched in early 2016.
2015 saw the launch of our Apollo Associate Artists programme, led by cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, who performed with us so memorably at our Cadogan Hall Gala concert in 2014. Associate Artists visit our schools for special solo workshops, providing the children with an unforgettable insight into the lives of international soloists, and a chance to experience playing of the highest level in their classroom. The programme includes planned visits by Leonard Elschenbroich, Bartholomew LaFollette, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Nicola Benedetti and singer Roderick Williams.