People

TestSir Simon Rattle (Patron) is one of the world’s leading conductors and is passionate about music education. He is Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and was Principal Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 2002-2018. We are thrilled to have Simon as our Patron.


Armando IannucciArmando Iannucci (Patron; President, Friends of Apollo Music Projects) is a satirist, writer, director and producer. His credits span radio, film and television and include BAFTA award-winning The Thick of It, Oscar-nominated screenplay In The Loop, and the Emmy award-winning Veep. In 2017 he published Hear Me Out, a new book on classical music, and released his critically acclaimed film The Death of Stalin. His adaptation of Charles Dicken’s David Copperfield will be released in January 2020, as will his new HBO series, Avenue 5. Armando presented a BBC Artsnight programme featuring Apollo Music Projects in 2015.


David Chernaik (Chief Executive & Programme Director) is a professional conductor and cellist. He is passionate about music education and giving children of all backgrounds access to the life-enhancing experience of music, both performing and listening. He founded the Apollo Chamber Orchestra in 1989 and since then has given many concerts with the orchestra – including chamber orchestra, string orchestra, symphony and opera performances.


Jo Boswell (Chair) joined Apollo Music Projects in April 2019. After a 27-year career with British Airways, Jo founded Sentio-B to advise companies who are seeking to improve their customer experience and help them transform their customer engagement approach. As an enthusiastic amateur violinist, Jo has been involved in orchestral music-making throughout school, university and her adult life. She appreciates the range of benefits that classical music offers and is committed to extending the reach of Apollo Music Projects. Jo is also Chair of Trustees of Ealing Symphony Orchestra, with whom she performs on a regular basis.


Philippa Naylor (Treasurer) qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2015 with KPMG and currently works at Global, managing the group’s financial reporting and occasionally working backstage with artists for Classic FM events. A pianist first and foremost, she was able to explore the academic and theoretical elements of studying music while at university, working with distinguished visiting musicians and focusing on performance in her final year. Philippa joined Apollo Music Projects as Treasurer and Trustee in 2018 and is passionate about extending live music’s developmental and emotional benefits to as many as possible. She teaches the piano in her spare time.


Rachel Brewster (Trustee) joined Apollo Music Projects in November 2019. She has worked in communications for over 20 years, the past 13 in the education sector, where she became acutely aware of the declining opportunities in the creative arts that are available to children nationally. A passionate believer in the value of a fully rounded education and the importance of music and the arts in developing children’s imagination and creativity, Rachel wants to spread the message about the work of Apollo Music Projects, to ensure that as many children as possible can experience the magic that AMP musicians bring into schools.

Clare Buxton (Trustee) is a consultant with Heidrick & Struggles, the leading global executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping firm. At school and university, Clare was an avid participant and organizer of amateur music societies, choirs and orchestras. Clare plays the clarinet, saxophone and piano, now a lot less well than she used to, and is passionate about the educational and social value of music for children as well as adults.


Meriel Cartwright (Trustee) has worked in recruitment and HR for over 10 years, predominantly in the Higher Education sector where she currently supports the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As someone who had the advantage of an early and free musical education, she is a passionate advocate for the benefits of music on development and is committed to the provision of musical opportunities for primary school children.


Jessica Lough headshot copy for websiteJessica Lough (Trustee) studied flute at the Guildhall before spending twenty years in music management. She worked as an artist manager and strategic planner at the international classical music agency Harrison/Parrott, and later set up their television and video department where she produced programmes with Kiri Te Kanawa, Andre Previn and Vladimir Ashkenazy. After starting her family, she re-trained and ran a busy private practice as a Neuro-Developmental Therapist, working with children with specific learning and behaviour difficulties.


Abigail Malortie (Trustee) works as a strategy consultant at EY-Parthenon. She has previously worked as a strategy adviser in the Department for Education, qualified as a solicitor, and spent a number of years in the charity sector. Her third sector roles included founding and scaling a think tank to become an established organisation, and supporting a chief executive to turn around his business. Abigail has played the violin since the age of 3 and has recently rediscovered her love for playing the piano. She is passionate about widening participation in classical music so that many more children can experience its benefits throughout their lives.


Peter Ptashko FRSA (Trustee) is a social entrepreneur, funder and currently, an independent entrepreneurship change management consultant working with a range of clients (with a focus on the sectors of Education, the Arts and Music). He has a wealth of experience working in the field of social enterprise globally. Peter has worked for UnLtd: supporting thousands of social entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses across (in particular) the Education Sector. He is the former Director of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) and regularly works with a range of entrepreneurs, charitable and corporate clients to help them deliver their work more impactfully and entrepreneurially; leading through an environment of constant change.


Susan Harrison is the Orchestra Manager of Apollo Music Projects and as a violinist is one of the core team delivering the project in primary schools. She feels privileged to have worked in the classroom with the children over the past ten years, as it has greatly increased her understanding of music and communication. Susan is part of the AMP administrative team and also has an independent career as a freelance musician. She teaches violin at the City of London School and privately.


Csenge Herman joined Apollo Music Projects as Charity Administrator in September 2018. Csenge has a background in Arts Administration and has worked for companies such as Askonas Holt and British Youth Opera. Csenge was born in Hungary and brought up by the Kodaly method which led her to attend the Kodaly School in Kecskemet. Music has played a huge part in her life and she is a keen music lover as well as a respected member of various London based orchestras and a woodwind teacher.


Dorothy Hoskins is the Schools’ Administrator for Apollo Music Projects, having joined the team in September 2019. Previously she was the General Manager of Finchley Children’s Music Group, and she is currently working as the Programmes Assistant for the London Music Fund. She also works as a freelance soprano, violist and project manager for other art charities. Dorothy is a proud advocate for music education and is delighted to be working for Apollo.


Mary Paterson is Apollo Music Projects’ Finance Officer. She has worked in arts management for 15 years, with roles across finance, strategy and programme management. She is also a writer who works across poetry, live art and critical theory.


hayley_pullenHayley Pullen joined Apollo Music Projects in October 2016 and is the Fundraising Officer. She is also a freelance bassoonist specialising in historical instruments. These combined interests in performance and funding the arts have inspired her to maintain a career which incorporates both making art and making art happen. She has played with orchestras throughout the UK and has previously worked in fundraising for the Philharmonia Orchestra and Southbank Centre.


The Apollo Chamber Orchestra developed the initial pilot for the Apollo Music Projects schools programme in 1999 and ran the programme until AMP became a charity in 2004. The orchestra continues to provide the musicians for AMP workshops and concerts. The orchestra was founded by conductor David Chernaik in 1989, and has won awards and accolades for its performances and recordings, including a CD of Mendelssohn’s Scottish and Italian symphonies described by the Penguin Guide to CDs as “second to none”.