We are delighted to report that we have exceeded our target of raising £10,000 in the Big Give Christmas Challenge and with matched funding, we were able to raise £20,691. With Gift Aid and after the small admin fees, that makes a take home total of £22,298!
Thank you to everyone, including the Friends of Apollo Music Projects, who donated and helped us reach our goal during this campaign – we couldn’t have done it without you! We are also grateful to our Champion charity The Childhood Trust and to Pauline & Ian Howat, who generously pledged to match £10,000 worth of donations.
Thank you for helping us bring the magic of live classical music into underprivileged schools!
WELCOMING NEW TRUSTEES
We are delighted to welcome two new trustees, Rachel Brewster and Peter Ptashko. Rachel has worked in communications for over 20 years, the past 13 in the education sector, where she became acutely aware of the declining opportunities in the creative arts that are available to children nationally. A passionate believer in the value of a fully rounded education and the importance of music and the arts in developing children’s imagination and creativity, Rachel wants to spread the message about the work of Apollo Music Projects, to ensure that as many children as possible can experience the magic that AMP musicians bring into schools.
Peter is a social entrepreneur, funder and currently an independent entrepreneurship change management consultant working with a range of clients in both the Public and Private sectors, holding a series of leadership and Board-level positions across these two sectors (with a focus on the sectors of Education, the Arts and Music).
These are very exciting times for Apollo Music Projects as we expand our programme to reach more children each year. We look forward to working with our new trustees to take Apollo Music Projects on the next phase of this exciting journey.
We are delighted to announce that Jo Boswell has succeeded Simon Smith as Chair of Trustees. Jo is a fantastic addition to the AMP board and has the ideal background and experience to help guide Apollo Music Projects in the next exciting stage of our development.
“It is a privilege to step up to the role of Chair of Apollo Music Projects. In the short time that I’ve been involved with the charity, I’ve been hugely impressed with the impact the programme has had on the schools involved, as well as the dedication of the small team involved in running this. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience on the trustee board, and I look forward to working with them and the Apollo team as we expand our reach to more schools and children. I would like to pay tribute to retiring trustees, Simon Smith and Peter Brunner, who have both played an important role in the charity’s expansion journey so far.”
We want to say a huge Thank You to two Trustees who are stepping down from the AMP board. Simon Smith has been a fantastic Chair and Trustee for the past three years and will be greatly missed for his clear thinking and passion for what we do. Peter Brunner has been a Trustee for 7 years and has helped guide us from the small charity he joined to the thriving organisation he leaves. Many many thanks to both.
“I remain as passionate about what Apollo does and achieves as the day I started, which makes stepping down hard. But having worked with my successor as Chair, the incumbent Trustees and interviewed both new Trustees I know Apollo has the right leadership and Trustees to support the next stage of its journey.” Simon Smith
“I am certain that Apollo, under your guidance, has a very bright future, in whichever direction it expands, and I look forward to supporting it as a friend over the years to come. There cannot be many similar charities with such an excellent and committed board of trustees.” Peter Brunner