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About The Orchestra

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'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, was released in December 2005 as part of a children's book+CD, with new poems and illustrations.

The Apollo Chamber Orchestra provide the musicians for Apollo Music Projects, a highly-successful education programme bringing live music to over 1200 children in primary and special schools in disadvantaged areas each year.

The Apollo Chamber Players and Apollo String Quartet form the chamber music arm of the ACO.