Apollo Music Projects with Sir Simon Rattle – 10th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Concert

Congratulations to all who took part in the concert at Cadogan Hall on 10 June. Sir Simon Rattle sprinkled his magic dust over Ravel’s Mother Goose, and Leonard Elschenbroich gave us a magnificent account of Saint-Saëns’ 1st Cello Concerto. Sa West linked it all together, and the new film about AMP was a great hit.

New date added for Haydn String Quartet marathon

We are pleased to announce an extra day in our ambitious marathon of the complete Haydn String Quartets to raise funds for Apollo Music Projects. We will be playing at Sutton House on Sunday 8 July – come and hear beautiful music and take the opportunity to look around this magnificent Tudor building; we will also be playing at funky new venue The Dentist, 33 Chatsworth Rd on 24 June and 1 July, as part of the excellent new Sunday street market. Artisan bread and cheese, clothes, street food and Haydn – what could be better! Full details:

Sunday 10 June 2012, Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, E9 6JQ, 11.00-5.00 http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-house/

Sunday 17 June 2012, Clapton Festival, St. John at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Rd E5 0PD, 1.00-7.00 http://www.stjohnathackney.org.uk/ http://www.claptonfestival.com/

Sunday 24 June 2012, The Dentist, 33 Chatsworth Rd E5 0LH, 11.00-5.00

Sunday 1 July 2012, The Dentist, 33 Chatsworth Rd E5 0LH, 11.00-5.00

Sunday 8 July 2012, Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, E9 6JQ, 12.00-4.00

Speaker of Hackney Council attends Shoreditch workshop

Cllr. Susan Fajana-Thomas, Speaker of Hackney Council, with double bass player Liz Hosford, and children from St. Monica's, Colvestone and Orchard primary schools

The Speaker of Hackney Council, Cllr. Susan Fajana-Thomas, had these words of praise after attending the AMP orchestral workshop at Shoreditch Town Hall on 25 January: “I think it is a fantastic idea to introduce classical music to young children in this way, by bringing the instruments and musicians into the school setting. I hope many more schoolchildren in Hackney have this opportunity in the future.”