We are happy to announce that Simon Smith, currently treasurer of Apollo Music Projects, has agreed to take on the role of Chair of Trustees. We very much look forward to having Simon’s fresh approach taking us into the next chapter of our musical journey. It is also with great pleasure that we welcome Philippa Naylor as our new Treasurer. We are delighted to welcome Philippa to the Apollo board.
A big thank you to the Mercers’ Company for awarding Apollo Music Projects a substantial grant towards our schools programme in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The grant will help us to deliver our programmes in more schools each year.
We would like to thank Joanie Speers for her amazing inspiration and support over the past 10 years as our Chair and Trustee. She has been one of the key members of Apollo Music Projects and has played a central role in our growth and development since the formation of the charity in 2008. Joanie has decided to pass the baton down to another one of our Trustees, Simon Smith, who has accepted the role of Acting Chair.
On Tuesday 3rd July, we welcomed over 1250 children, teachers and parents to the Hackney Empire for our final concerts of the year performed by the Apollo Chamber Orchestra. It was a fitting end to a wonderful year delivering our programme to 23 different schools across Hackney, Haringey, Camden, Islington and Tower Hamlets.
Our musicians performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” conducted by David Chernaik, CEO of Apollo Music Projects, with spoken introductions and musical examples.
We spoke to some of the children afterwards, who were thrilled by the performance: “You can just relax and listen”, “It sounded amazing – there was so much detail”
Thank you to everyone who joined us including the Friends of Apollo Music Projects and our Trustees. We were also delighted to have been joined by Cllr Clare Potter, Speaker of Hackney (pictured below with pupils from St John and St James Primary School in Hackney).
“It was wonderful to see so many children completely absorbed in Beethoven’s music in this amazing venue” said David Chernaik, conductor and CEO of Apollo Music Projects, “The level of concentration from the children was remarkable.”