Creative Writing Challenge 2 – submission display

Once again we were overwhelmed by the amazing responses to the music, and we were delighted to have so many submissions from our partner schools. Here is a selection of highlights, below the video prompt of the Kanneh-Mason trio performing Deep River.

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Deep River
This dreamy and beautiful music makes me feel a flower of emotions. It begins with a sweet and dainty tone and then widens to more of a groovy, soul sound. It is engaging and comforting as the music begins with a timid piece to a wonderful broad sound. It makes me feel luxurious and joyful and once I heard it its reminded me of the two dogs from “The Lady and the Tramp”. It makes me feel comfortable as if I am walking through a solitary street. There is no sound to be heard apart from the delicate music; begging you to lay down you head and rest.




Words and picture by Dilan (10), Year 5, Muswell Hill Primary School




Calm yourself
When your day gets hard,
Don’t get all jarred,
Calm yourself.

When you feel sad,
Don’t get MAD,
Calm yourself.

When you are struggling,
Don’t go troubling
Calm yourself.

Listen to the music,
With all your heart,
Maybe look at some art and then…

You go into a new world,
See the lush berries on the trees,
As you go across the calm seas.

Your palms brushing against the water out of the side of your boat,
As the fishes swim and float,
You have calmed yourself.
Eleanor (9), Year 4, Ambler Primary School

Emotional piece
Immediately, as I heard this emotional, sorrowful piece , it brought me back to a place I would never forget, a place where I cried profusely till there was no more tears. This was when my grandpa sadly died and I sobbed heavily as I looked at his lifeless, stiff body. My tears were uncontrollable as they still are today. It was like a million shards of morbid darkness piercing my heart, bringing over a pang of flooding darkness which consumed the love and happiness in my heart turning them into copies of hate, regret and sorrow.

As I listened a little more intently it reminded me about a point in my life where I thought there would be no end of my torment. The sad piece reminded me of when my mum was ill and I had no hope and when I felt like I was being eaten inside by my growing feeling of sadness. When the pitch of the music was ascending and became high I remembered those times I regained confidence and I found my feet, the time when happiness and joy captivated my body shutting out the darkness as if it was filling me with new life, refreshing my souI. A time when I reassured my family that she was a fighter and will get through this and she did.

Overall, this wonderful and amazing piece made me think deeply about how even through hard times you must confidently persevere and believe that after all strife there will be peace and a touch of calmness. Finally, the piece encourages resilience as the key to overcoming every barrier and adversity.
Alicia (10), Year 5, St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School




By Chelsea (7), Year 2, Ambler Primary School






A vase of flowers
In the summer swept wind
As the sky glows
As the river flows
To the waterfall stream
The nature is pulled away to a screen
Of dawn
As all of the animals come out and yawn
Rosa (6), Year 1, Ambler Primary School




By Sonny (7), Year 2, Ambler Primary School






It makes me feel splendid with joy and miserable at the same time but not that sad.
It makes me imagine sweet and calm things, for example peaceful and kinda sad stuff but I’m still bright and I’m ok.
Normally it takes me to a quiet place where everything is created with happiness.
Loda (8), Year 3, Devonshire Hill Primary School

Deep Deep Down
You will find a fish with a frown
Swimming and looking for a family she owns
Years and years went by still looking for a family she owns. Tears falling apart and one day she will be crashing and crashing until the end. One dark night she saw a huge and huge never ending fish with white sharp teeth looking for something to eat.
But then she saw something on his back, it looked like a birth mark the same she had, so it must, must be her brother.
Abir (10), Year 5, Carlton Primary School






Poem by Joseph (7), Year 2, Ambler Primary School






Birthday’s Over
My birthday is over
Nothing more to unwrap
I get put to bed
For a long night’s nap

I shift and move
Why do days like these end?
If only I could have
This one again.

And then I see it
At the end of my bed.
One BIG panting present:
With a tail, some legs,




Poem and picture by Wilf (8), Year 3, Ambler Primary School

Apollo At Home – Four Horns!

This week’s video, our final video of term, features Christine, who runs our brass workshops. She shows us how the French Horn works, and then plays all four parts to the hunting horn music from the ballet Giselle. Have you ever heard four horns play together before?

We are recruiting Trustees

We are looking to strengthen our Board to support Apollo in its next stage of growth and development; as well as successfully navigating our way through the challenges we face as a result of disruption to our programme delivery due to Covid19. We are at a pivotal point in our journey and we are seeking motivated, passionate and committed Trustees who can support us along the way.  

Currently our Board of Trustees consists of eight people, of whom the majority have been with Apollo less than 2 years, so we’re full of ideas and energy. We are looking to bring one to two new Trustees onto our board to address particular skills and expertise that we need at this critical stage in our journey. In Trustees, we look for people who are passionate about what we do, who can contribute to our expansion plans and who can challenge our current thinking and processes in a constructive way. 

As a Board, we meet four times a year, but depending on your skills, contacts and time, there are a number of on-going initiatives that Trustees can get involved in and contribute to.

What are we looking for?

The most important credential for anyone on our Board is that they understand what Apollo Music Projects does, the benefits to children it brings and are passionate about helping us secure our future.  As such, it is not a prerequisite to have prior experience as a Trustee on a charity Board.  

Given the challenging times facing the schools we partner with currently,  we are ideally looking for someone with hands-on experience of primary school education whether it be teaching, leadership, management, policy, research etc.

As a Trustee, you will share in our collective responsibility to ensure that Apollo delivers against its mission, is financially sound and continues to add value across the areas it works. You will have strong support in achieving those aims from staff and fellow Trustees.  

 Apollo Music Projects is committed to building a board which is reflective of the communities it serves. Therefore, applications are particularly welcome from candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds. 

Person specification 

  • Commitment, passion and energy 
  • A background in primary school education is desirable
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort 
  • Strategic vision 
  • Good, independent judgement 
  • An ability to think creatively 
  • A willingness to speak their mind 
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship 
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team 
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 

How to apply

Download the AMP Trustee Role Description.
Please send your latest CV and a covering letter to Within your covering letter, please include how you see yourself contributing to the next stage of Apollo’s growth in the coming 2-3 years.

Deadline for applications is 31st July 2020.

Apollo At Home – Lucy’s Spanish Dance

Many of our schools will recognise this week’s musician – it’s Lucy, one of our workshop leaders. She plays a Spanish Dance called Rondalla Aragonaisa. Listen out for all the special tricks Lucy does on her violin!