Children’s wellbeing and music – new Impact Report now published!

We are delighted today to publish our Impact Report, examining the impact of listening to live classical music on children’s wellbeing. The positive findings detailed in this report should be a welcome step forward in understanding the effect of music on children’s wellbeing and emotional development, and in underlining the importance of giving children access to the arts.

The Report includes the results of three separate studies examining the effect of listening to live music on children’s wellbeing and their creative responses to the emotional content of the music played as part of our schools’ programme.

We are very proud that our research shows our programme to have a hugely positive impact on children’s wellbeing. Engaging with live classical music through our interactive and exciting programme enables children to develop an emotional connection to the music, and supports key skills like listening and concentration. We also help children to feel that classical music is accessible and relevant to them, thereby inspiring them to learn an instrument.

Our Key Findings are shown in the infographic below. You can read the full impact report here.

We are grateful to Victoria Williamson for including our Report in her blog. Vicky wrote:

“My favourite part of the report is the conclusion regarding unexpected impacts. David wanted to explore the ways that children concentrate when listening to classical music and connect to the emotion it portrays, but his research suggests a relationship between attention, emotion and wellbeing that was more fundamental than he had imagined: A positive emotional response arose through the act of attentive listening per se. Triggering concentration through guided music listening is a pathway to wider emotional wellbeing.” – Dr. Victoria Williamson, author, You are the Music 

If you would like to chat to us about our research or would like to write about it, please get in touch! You can email David at

Apollo Music Projects supported by new podcast!

We are very grateful to the Everyone Can Love Classical Music podcast for generously supporting our work. 20% of the proceeds from their subscriptions will be donated to Apollo Music Projects. There are introductions, guides and discussions on many of the great composers and on opera. Why not check it out! 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge Success!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020 has now ended and we are delighted to announce our final total (including Gift Aid and the match funding from The Childhood Trust):
🎶🎄🌟 £27,385 🌟🎄🎶
The support for our campaign this year has blown us away, and we are so grateful to all of our amazingly generous supporters. We are particularly pleased to have exceeded our £20,000 target by so much at the end of such a challenging year. This funding really will make a huge difference and enable us to inspire even more children through the magic of live classical music. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for your support. Merry Christmas, and here’s to a more positive 2021!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge match funding increased!

Great news! MATCH FUNDING INCREASED! Although we have come to the end of our original match funding, one of our Friends has agreed to match further donations up to £2,000. Please continue to spread the word and donate, and help us to raise even more this year. Thanks to generous support from The Childhood Trust and Friends of Apollo Music Projects, all donations made to our Big Give page have been matched so far, and the matching will now continue, That means if you choose to give during the campaign, your donation, and its impact, will be doubled. Thank you for all your support so far. It means so much to us and the children we work with. This has been an incredibly challenging year for fundraising, and we are particularly grateful for any support you are able to give this year.