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!

New venues for chamber orchestra workshops

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 Music perform to Hackney schools at Shoreditch Town Hall, Hackney, London.







Stephen Hall, Executive Headteacher

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. 

Apollo Music at Orchard School, Hackney. London.

Stephen Hall, Executive Headteacher,  Orchard, Southwold and Hoxton Garden Schools

Children’s comments 2014-15

1. ‘What was the best thing about Apollo Music Projects this year?’

‘The best thing was listening to the amazing music Apollo Music played.’

‘The best thing about working with Apollo Music was getting to listen to the wonderful pieces of music because they’re just beautiful!!!’

‘It has inspired me to take up music.’

‘The best thing about working with Apollo Music Projects was that you learn something new every time they come here.’

‘When we closed our eyes and listened to the music.’

‘Because it inspired me to get an instrument and start to play and I might be like them one day.’

Apollo Music at Columbia School, Hackney. London.






2. In response to the Mendelssohn Op.44/2 Quartet, slow movement: 

‘I was feeling calm and relaxed as a smooth and soft pillow and it made me fall asleep. It even made me have a good dream on a soft bed. And it made me feel like crying.’

‘I felt like I was flying in the sky in heaven and dancing up in Heaven. It also made me feel calm, relaxed, peaceful.’

‘At the start it was a beautiful day as it was turning to night with a beautiful susnset. Then the stars start showing up and glistening, all the way to sunrise.’

‘It makes me feel like I can do anything and it makes me feel calm. And Happy.’

‘This really makes me feel calm. It also makes me feel like I am stranded on an island. I can hear the waves waving to the left and to the right.It makes me want to cry’Apollo Music at Columbia School, Hackney. London.






3. In response to the Shostakovich String Quartet no. 7, first movement:

‘The music makes me feel like I am so happy. It makes me a little scared but happy. It makes me feel excited and cool. It makes me really really calm. It makes me want to cry.’

‘I feel over the moon because it is like I am playing the instrument with them as well and it is a nice feeling.’

Apollo Music, St Mathias school, Hackney.