Apollo At Home – video from Roderick Williams

This week we are absolutely thrilled to be sharing this video from our Associate Artist, Roderick Williams, which he very kindly recorded specially for all the children we’ve been working with this year. We are hugely grateful to Roderick for this lovely message, incredible performance, and for his ongoing support of our work. Enjoy!

Creative Writing Challenge 1

Apollo Music Projects is launching a Creative Writing Challenge to get you feeling inspired by and connected to classical music. When we play to classes in primary schools, the children always have such imaginative and poetic responses to the music and the way our musicians perform it. We decided that we could set musical prompts for children to write poems, stories or other pieces of writing while our musicians are unable to connect with them in the classroom.

How to take the challenge (Challenge 1):
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. It is by Schumann, and played by violinist and Apollo Associate Artist Elena Urioste, and pianist Tom Poster.

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 by Monday 29 June.
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