End of Year Concerts at Hackney Empire


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.”


GDPR and our updated Privacy Policy

We have updated our Privacy Policy to ensure we are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The personal data which we process is kept up-to-date, is accessed securely and will never be shared with anyone outside the charity. You can review our updated Privacy Policy here.

Funding success!

We are thrilled to be recipients of recent funding awards from the following trusts and foundations:

John S Cohen Foundation

John Thaw Foundation

R K Charitable Trust

Marchus Trust

We are also grateful to have received another round of single year funding from Arts Council England. This specific award will help us deliver seven Chamber Orchestra Workshops for 22 primary schools as well as fund a study of impact measurement of our work.

Thank you to our supporters!

Education on Fire podcast

AMP CEO and Programme Director David Chernaik took part in a great podcast with Mark Taylor, who runs a brilliant educational website Education on Fire.

A chance to hear David talking in depth about the Apollo programme.

Listen here