We are delighted to welcome four new primary schools to the Apollo programme: Arnhem Wharf, Lea Valley, St. Joseph’s, London Fields and Tyssen Primary Schools will all be starting in the next few weeks. We are delighted to be working with them, and look forward to a fantastic year. This takes the total number of schools for this year to 27, our highest total so far. We look forward to adding more schools next year, with several new schools already signed up to start in September.
We are delighted to announce that our Schools Administrator Oliver Pashley has been appointed as Sub-Principal Clarinet with the wonderful Britten Sinfonia. A fantastic job and well-deserved. Sadly this means that Oli will not be able to continue as Apollo Schools Administrator. He has been a great member of our team, and a pleasure to work with. We wish him all success in his new role. Csenge Herman, our General Administrator will take on the additional role of Schools Administrator later this month, so everything will continue to run smoothly.
We are delighted to be starting this year’s series of chamber orchestra workshops for children taking part in our programmes. The first of eight workshops will take place at the wonderful Great Hall, Leyton on Tuesday 5 February. The programme will feature music by Bach, Mozart, Piazzolla and The Simpsons Theme, and the children will have the opportunity to meet the musicians and see the instruments up close. Further workshops will take place at The Dream Centre, Tottenham and Regent Hall (Salvation Army), Oxford Street. Please contact us for further information, or if you would like to attend as an observer.
On 18 January the Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Wright, made a speech about the importance and value of the arts.
‘… engagement with the arts is linked with higher happiness and self-esteem in young people, helping them to foster feelings of personal pride and achievement.’
‘Creativity is increasingly recognised as a vital skill by employers and educators alike. In many ways, it is the most future-proof skill we can have. The challenge is how to help our young people to see the range of careers that culture has to offer. And wherever they come from and whatever they look like, to help them see themselves pursuing those careers. But we don’t have to make a living through culture for culture to change the way we live. How we engage with culture of all kinds can change the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves, and that is particularly true when we are young.’
‘Skills of self-confidence, teamwork and dedication are eminently transferable, and they are learned through the opportunities arts and culture can offer. And I want more young people to be able to take advantage of these opportunities’.
(The above quote was usefully re-tweeted and endorsed by the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds.)
‘I know my colleagues at the Department for Education share our ambition in these areas. And I will be working with them to bring the benefits of drama, dance, art, music and more to a greater number of young people.’