The Big Give Christmas Challenge: 1-8 December

We are delighted to announce that we will be taking part in the The Big Give‘s Christmas Challenge again this year. Thanks to generous support from The Childhood Trust and Friends of Apollo Music Projects, all donations made to our Big Give page during Giving Week will be MATCHED! That means if you choose to give during the campaign, your donation, and its impact, will be doubled. The campaign begins at 12 noon on Tuesday 1 December, and runs for a week. Please save the date and keep your eyes peeled – we’ll be sharing the link to our Big Give page on 1 December! This has been an incredibly challenging year for fundraising, so we will be so grateful for any support you are able to give this year.

David Chernaik, CEO of Apollo Music Projects, on Classical Chats

David was invited to join Tiffany Poon for Episode 6 of her YouTube series Classical Chats, to talk about Apollo and how our programme brings classical music to children. Thank you to Tiffany and Together with Classical!  Watch the full episode here:

Together with Classical

We would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to Together with Classical for choosing Apollo Music Projects as one of the charities supported by their Launch Season campaign. They reached their fundraising target of $10,000 and we are delighted to have received a third of this.
The donation we have received will make a huge difference to our work, and is a wonderfully positive way to start the new term! We are excited about getting back into the classroom to inspire children with the magic of live classical music.
Thank you again to Together with Classical, and to all the music lovers who donated to the campaign! You can check out Together with Classical’s page and merch here.
We are also excited to announce that Apollo Music Projects CEO David will be appearing as a guest on Tiffany Poon’s YouTube series, Classical Chats. Tiffany is a concert pianist, vlogger and the founder of Together with Classical. Keep your eyes peeled for David’s episode!

Creative Writing Challenge 3

We are delighted to set our third Creative Writing Challenge!

You can view some of the submissions to Challenge #2 here.

This music is a Sarabande – a type of slow dance – by Bach, performed on the guitar by Sean Shibe, one of our amazing Associate Artists. This piece is on Sean’s new album.

How to take the challenge (Challenge 2):
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.

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 over the summer holidays.
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

Entries for past challenges are still welcomed after their deadlines, so try Challenges 1 and 2 too!