“I’ve seen Apollo Music Projects up close in the school classroom and on stage in front of hundreds of school kids, and each occasion has brought out extraordinary depths of involvement, attention and enthusiasm from the children involved. The Project seems to draw out the full personality of the kids, and give them the confidence to talk and laugh and be moved by music in a really fresh and unpatronising way. It was genuinely inspiring to see how quickly a roomful of eight and nine-year-olds got excited and energised by what could otherwise have been pretty challenging contemporary music. It was great to see the Project persuade children that classical music needn’t be stuffy, and more importantly, it was thrilling to see how captivated and enthused the kids were and how confident they became talking and being creative in front of others. Apollo Music Projects is an inspiring idea in action, and deserves even wider support.”
“The Apollo Music Project works. I had the good fortune to attend a workshop performance day in Hackney with several hundred children from local primary schools who had been systematically trained in the art of listening to classical music through demonstration and performance from live musicians. Players introduced the children to the sounds of each instrument, playing excerpts and introducing basic structural concepts from the pieces to be performed, thus providing the audience – including teachers – with comprehensible means of navigating a piece of classical music which might otherwise simply float over their heads.
The engaging manner of the players, the excellence of performance, and the sound quality of information imparted led to an impressive result. The children not only sat still and listened to about an hour’s music, but were also clearly enjoying the experience. They rushed up to chat to players at the end of the session when invited to ask questions about the instrument, about the musician and their life in music, and hear music played for them close at hand.
It’s no surprise to hear that these same children have now happily sat through entire Beethoven symphonies in concert, given these tools for listening. Once again showing that everyone, regardless of background, race or creed, has the potential to be touched by the great art music of our age given the opportunity to a) know about it b) experience it in live performance.
Apollo Music Projects is performing the greatest service in building audiences for classical music, laying foundations for its future existence and building bridges
between performers and communities. It deserves recognition and support at the highest possible level.”
Zoë Martlew, cellist & music education expert
Seeing their stories come to life with the improvisation of the quartet really took them on an adventure and made the goosebumps rise on all our arms!
It was incredible to see the children transfixed on the orchestra with instruments many of them had never seen before. For some children who struggle with their creativity, seeing their stories come to life with the improvisation of the quartet really took them on an adventure and made the goosebumps rise on all our arms! Since the project, we have used music in our literacy lessons to help build suspense and atmosphere in our writing and many children have told me they want to play an instrument! Could you play for us every week?! –
Amy Frankau, Orchard Primary School
We have absolutely loved working with Apollo Music Projects. The opportunities that it has created have been invaluable and they have opened the children’s eyes to something totally new. I have never seen my class so engrossed by music and to then listen to them comment on Beethovens 6th Symphony was incredible! Thank you!
Catherine Sutcliffe, Rushmore Primary School