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 was released in January 2020, as was 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.


Helen England (Chair)


Ian Hoggart (Treasurer) 

Karen Brownlie (Trustee) 


Simon Curtis (Trustee)


Susan Harrison is the Charity Secretary and 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.


Dorothy Hoskins is the Charity Administrator & Schools’ Co-ordinator for Apollo Music Projects, having joined the team in 2019. Alongside her two days a week at Apollo, Dorothy is the Programmes Assistant at the London Music Fund. Previously, she was the General Manager of the Finchley Children’s Music Group. Dorothy is a freelance soprano, singing regularly with London’s professional church choirs, and a project manager for arts charity Create. She is also a keen violist and plays in her local orchestra.


Selina Wagstaff is the Finance Officer for Apollo Music Projects. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 16 years, including working with health and wellbeing charities and in arts administration at Aldeburgh Music. She has a passion for music and was a former member of the BBC Symphony Chorus. Selina has an MBA from Henley Business School and is a Member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (MICB).


Gemma Kern is the Fundraising Officer for Apollo Music Projects. Most recently, Gemma worked as a Service Coordinator for Link Age Southwark, a local charity supporting older people. Previously, she worked in a number of primary schools and as Finance Officer at The Clement James Centre, an education charity in West London. Gemma’s past musical exploits include playing the piano, playing the French horn in the Young Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and singing in London Concert Choir.


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”

Apollo Chamber Orchestra

VIOLIN
Elizabeth Pigram (Leader), Robert Gibbs (Guest Leader), John Smart (Co-Leader), Takane Funatsu,, Jeremy Sampson, Lucy Waterhouse, Rowena Kennally, Willemijn Steenbakkers, Philippa Barton, Gemma Sharples, Susan Harrison (Principal 2nd Violin), Joanna Lee, Ginny Strawson, Lucia D’Avanzo-Lewis, Helen Robinson, Michael Jones

VIOLA
Fay Sweet (Principal), Diana Mathews (Co-Principal), Helen Goatly

CELLO
Ben Davies (Principal), Laura Rose (Co-Principal), Celine Barry, Philip Collingham

DOUBLE BASS
Elizabeth Bradley (Principal), Andy Marshall (Principal)

FLUTE
Jane Spiers (Principal), Tim Taylorson (Co-Principal)

OBOE
Juliet Lewis (Principal), Clare Hoskins (Co-Principal)

CLARINET
Neyire Ashworth (Principal), Victoria Medcalf (Co-Principal)

BASSOON
Rachel Edmonds (Principal), Jo Turner (Co-Principal)

HORN
Julian Faultless (Principal), Christine Norsworthy, Jo Withers

TRUMPET
Christopher Pigram (Principal), John MacDomnic (Principal), Peter Rudeforth

TROMBONE
Danny Scott (Principal), Richard Pywell

BASS TROMBONE
Andrew Lester

TIMPANI
Stephen Gibson

PERCUSSION
Matthew Rich, Chris Terian, David Tosh, Rob Farrar