Zoom talent show with St John & St James Primary School

Last week, three of our musicians were delighted to be invited as special guests to a ‘Year 4’s Got Talent’ Zoom Show!
John, Lucia and Helen joined Year 4s from St John & St James Primary School in Hackney – pupils who we have been working with this year – for a virtual concert. Both our musicians and the children enjoyed performing, listening, sharing and learning about all the different styles of music.
Thank you for having us!

Apollo At Home – Juliet’s Oboe

In our third video, Juliet shows us the oboe. She explains how it works and why she chose to play it, and then plays a very beautiful piece called Gabriel’s Oboe, from a film called The Mission.

Juliet tells us that in the film: “As Gabriel sits in the forest and plays these notes on his oboe, the South American people who live there start to feel much more relaxed, much more peaceful, and much more trusting. The music has a really beautiful healing effect, and I think that this a really important thing in our lives.”

What effect does this music have on you? Does it make you feel peaceful, relaxed and trusting? Have a listen!

Creative Writing Challenge 1

Apollo Music Projects is launching a Creative Writing Challenge to get you feeling inspired by and connected to classical music. When we play to classes in primary schools, the children always have such imaginative and poetic responses to the music and the way our musicians perform it. We decided that we could set musical prompts for children to write poems, stories or other pieces of writing while our musicians are unable to connect with them in the classroom.

How to take the challenge (Challenge 1):
The challenge is free and open to all, but specifically designed for all children aged 4-11.
All you have to do is listen to this piece of music. It is by Schumann, and played by violinist and Apollo Associate Artist Elena Urioste, and pianist Tom Poster.

What does it make you feel? What does it make you imagine? Where does it take you – to another landscape, another time, another body?

Now, either while you’re listening to the music or immediately afterwards, create a poem, story or any other response to the music.

You don’t have to know anything about the music to take the challenge. Just think about how it makes you feel and get writing!

Send your finished work to writing@apollomusicprojects.org by Monday 29 June.
Please include your name and your age. If you have worked with Apollo musicians in school, please also include your school and year group.
It’s not a competition, but writers will receive a certificate and the musicians will select their favourite pieces of writing for display on the Apollo Music Projects website.

We can’t wait to see your creations!

For more information or our press release, please email dorothy@apollomusicprojects.org

Apollo At Home – Diana’s video

Here is the second video in our Apollo At Home series, featuring Diana on the viola. This piece was written specially for Diana by her friend the American composer Michael Alec Rose. As Diana explains, it is inspired by a specific animal… the goat!