In partnership with United Learning and long term friend and collaborator Alexander L’Estrange, Apollo5 has been awarded Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2018 at the UK Music Teacher Awards. ‘Wassail’, a new work commissioned by United Learning was performed in London’s Southwark Cathedral and at the RNCM in Manchester in November 2017.
The VCM Foundation team delivered the majority of the workshops in United Learning Schools, and formed the professional choir for the two concerts, which included nearly 1,000 children from schools all across the UK.
The team members who were involved in making this project a success were Clare Stewart (Apollo5), Greg Link (Apollo5), Oliver Martin-Smith (Apollo5), Penny Appleyard (Apollo5), Lizzie Humphries (VOCES8 Scholar), Katie Jeffries-Harris (VOCES8 Scholar), Rebekah Jones (VCM Foundation), Laurel Neighbour (VOCES8 Scholar), Charlotte Brosnan (Apollo5 alumna) Charles MacDougall (VOCES8 alumnus), Harry Bennett (Apollo5 alumnus) Ann Wright (VCM Foundation), Paul Smith (VOCES8 alumnus).
‘Supporting schools with learning and performing “Wassail” took our team to rural Lancashire, Salford, Northamptonshire, South London and West Sussex to name just a few of the places. In many cases the schools had never worked with professional singers before. In some, “Wassail” was the catalyst to starting a school choir. It was such a pleasure to support so many teachers and pupils.’ (Ann Wright, VCM Education Manager)