THE APOLLO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA website
1. CDE 84396 JIM PARKER POEMS ON THE
UNDERGROUND Concerto for Clarinet & Strings Music by Gerswin & Bud
2. CDE 84261 MENDELSSOHN Scottish and
MUSIC RETAILERS ASSOCIATION: Annual Award for Excellence 1994: Symphony.
The Apollo Chamber Orchestra was founded by David Chernaik in 1989 and is one
of London's leading chamber orchestras. Its highly successful association with
Poems on the Underground has resulted in several new commissions, two CD
recordings and many original and enjoyable concerts. The ACO are currently in
the second year of an innovative three-year education programme in Hackney
primary schools that includes school visits, workshops and concerts. Recent
concert highlights include three performances in the first “Spice Festival” at
Hackney Empire, and a London concert with guest soloist cellist Robert
The ACO's debut recording of Mendelssohn's “Scottish” and “Italian”
Symphonies was voted Best Symphony CD in the 1994 Music Retailer's Association
Awards, and was described as "second to none" in the 1997 Penguin Guide to
Compact Discs. Their third CD, 'Sempre Amor' - Portuguese Love Songs from the
Romantic Age, with soprano Lorna Anderson and the Apollo Chamber Players was
released in 2002. Their recording of Saint-Saëns Carnival of the
Animals, will be released in December 2005 as part of a children's book+CD,
with new poems and illustrations.
The Apollo Chamber Choir was formed to perform the greatest choral works with
the ACO, and will be performing Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
this season. Recent performances include Mozart’s Mass in C Minor in a new
performing edition by David Chernaik.
The Apollo Chamber Players and Apollo String Quartet form the chamber music
arm of the ACO. Recent highlights include a UK tour of Berio’s Folk Songs and
Portuguese Modinhas, funded by Arts Council England.