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.


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.


Paul Rompani (Secretary) has more than 20 years’ senior management experience in the charitable not for profit sector focusing predominantly on health and youth development. He has undertaken numerous voluntary and representative roles in the sector and co-founded The Skateboarding Foundation. He has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics and is an alumnus of the Henley Business School Leadership Programme and the Clore Social Leadership Experienced Leader Programme.


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.


Tom Floyd (Trustee) is a project manager with the Royal Opera House and has a wide experience of working in classical music and music education. Passionate about advancing the opportunities for young people to access high quality music education, Tom has led national music eduction programmes for Sound and Music in addition to working as a freelance conductor and composer on projects for organisations including the ROH Youth Opera Company, Britten Sinfonia, English Touring Opera, Into Opera and the Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir. Tom is also the Artistic Director of Shadow Opera.


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.


Dorothy Hoskins is the Charity Administrator & Schools’ Co-ordinator for Apollo Music Projects, having joined the team in September 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.


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.


Madeline Claire de Berrié joined Apollo Music Projects in March 2020 and is the Fundraising Officer. She is also a freelance singer and instrumentalist specialising in historical performance. Alongside her performance career she has worked in music outreach education for organisations such as the Fosbrooks Folk Education Trust, Music First, the Music in Secondary Schools Trust. Passionate about the power of the arts, she is a founding member of Arts at the Intersection, a collaboration with Spirit of Peace and Unity Music. 


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”.