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: 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: