We are delighted to welcome our new Company Administrator Nathalie Meghriche to the Apollo team. Nathalie worked in administration and project management roles within the arts & culture sector for 10 years and in the charity sector as a volunteer manager for 4 years. She joined Apollo Music Projects as Company Administrator in May 2018. Nathalie was appointed following an extensive search and interview process, and we are sure that she will be a tremendous asset to Apollo Music Projects.
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
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!
We are delighted to be holding four of our five chamber orchestra workshops in new venues this year, funded by Arts Council England. The first workshop at The Dream Centre, Tottenham was a great success in a stunning venue. Next week sees a return to Shoreditch Town Hall and a first visit to Great Hall, Leyton. April sees a return to The Dream Centre and a first visit to Regent Hall, Oxford Street.
Apollo offer an experience which is unfamiliar to many children and a valuable opportunity for them to develop creatively, socially and culturally. Through this programme children develop a richer, wider experience of classical music and classical instrumentation. Having ‘real’ musicians in a classroom breaks down the many perceived barriers to accessing classical music and musicians and creates an opportunity for children to engage with different genres of music in a familiar context, gradually building their knowledge and understanding to appreciate a concert at the end of each programme.
Children speak very highly of the sessions they receive and of the experience of seeing a classical concert, which is an entirely new experience for most. It is hard to overestimate the value of enriching children’s experience in this way and opening up other worlds and cultures. The specialism and expertise of ‘real’ musicians in classrooms creates a safe and aspirational setting for pupils to explore and understand the structures and disciplines that underpin music and performance.
David and his team are able to quickly win the respect and trust of the classes that they work with. The carefully structured programme introduces children to each element step by step, building curiosity and developing understanding. They work very effectively within a busy school environment alongside our class teachers and music specialists. They reflect on the impact and effectiveness of each programme, seeking feedback and responsively developing what they do to ensure it meets the key aims. Apollo have offered our pupils an experience that is hard to replicate outside of this programme and it is highly valued by our schools.
Stephen Hall, Executive Headteacher, Orchard, Southwold and Hoxton Garden Schools