“Classical music can be a thrilling adventure, a magic carpet that can change the lives of children. We badly need creative and imaginative ways to put this across, and I salute Apollo Music Projects for providing just this with seemingly endless commitment and enthusiasm. Thank you, Apollo!”
Sir Simon Rattle
Patron, Apollo Music Projects
“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.”
Patron/President/Friends of Apollo Music Projects
“Our school has been very impressed with the impact that the Apollo Music Projects has had on the children’s learning. Not only have they been able to access the music curriculum in a lively and engaging manner, but they have also benefited in other areas of their education. Many of the students involved have found that listening to classical music had a calming effect on them and mentioned that they work well when music is played in the classroom. Indeed the teachers who have been a part of this programme have noticed that their classes are more open to listening to classical music after starting the project and that the concentration of the children improves as the project progresses. The children also become better able to discuss ideas around music, the science of sound and the expressive elements of the music they hear.
Of course, many children have been keen to take up an instrument once they have seen and heard the instruments of the orchestra played live and those already playing have been further inspired to progress. One great example of this is a boy in year 4 who has had many behavioural issues since starting school however, after starting the Apollo Music Project he has begun to practise with renewed passion. As a result, he has now been chosen to go onto a gifted and talented music register allowing him to receive individual tuition. Naturally, his confidence and interest in succeeding in all areas at school have vastly improved”.
Music Co-ordinator, Sir Thomas Abney Primary School