Have Your Ear Chewed Off with Engines Orchestra


Our friends, Engines Orchestra, are always looking for new projects and keeping their collective ear to the ground for exciting new things. Their latest concert series launches in London on September 20th and if you’re nearby, you should definitely drop by.

Chew Your Ear Off bridges the gap between audience and artist by featuring Q+As, demonstrations and discussions with some incredibly interesting creative musicians. They’ve got Mike Flynn (Jazzwise) on board to present and their first event features Laura Jurd & Elliot Galvin plus Gregor Riddell & Adam Teixeira.

Ways to connect audiences with artists is something Apollo is passionate about and it’s great to see events like this popping up. The classical world have long since worked this out and pre-concert talks are very popular. To hear a creative practitioner discuss their own work and processes is far more interesting than to read a critic’s take on it. Plus, if numbers are good for the first event, this could be a monthly happening.

The details: It’s going to be held at the Proud Archivist (NE1 5EH) which is a 5 min walk from Haggerston overground station. Doors open at 3.30pm for a 4.00pm start and tickets cost £12 with a house drink or £10 witout, £6 for concessions and under 16s.


Georgia, Engines Orchestra & MJF nominated for APPJAG Jazz Awards

67ff499b-c6c8-49d7-aa6f-28c77a42609dWe are delighted for our friends Georgia Mancio (Vocalist of the Year), Phil Meadows & the Engines Orchestra (Ensemble of the Year), LondonJazzNews (Media of the Year) and Manchester Jazz Festival (venue of the year), all of whom have been announced as nominees in the 2015 APPJAG Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Events like these raise awareness for the wealth of talent in the jazz scene in the UK and it’s a great chance for us all to celebrate the successes of others. In a global community as small as jazz, one person’s award is good news for us all.

We’re crossing our fingers for all three nominees, hoping they (very deservedly) take home awards on the night!

Phil Meadows’ Engines Orchestra

ImageWe were recently invited to an open rehearsal of the Engines Orchestra, a large ensemble project run by our good friend Phil Meadows. Although we aren’t able to make it on July 1st, we wanted to share information about this great project that we’ve been following since Phil won the Peter Whittingham Award back in December.

The Engines Orchestra is a new cross-genre orchestra open for collaboration supported by Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England. We work with artists on large-scale projects and provide performance platforms for chamber and smaller ensembles. As a community of musicians who have come together to challenge conventions and develop audiences for new music we allow everyone from top professionals to keen amateurs to get involved through our range of outreach (educational and peformance) but have a flexible professional orchestra as our flagship. Having received the Peter Whittingham Award in 2013, ‘Lifelines’ is our first project and combines a 20-piece orchestra with the Phil Meadows Group (featuring Laura Jurd,Elliot Galvin, Conor Chaplin and Simon Roth). This project is shaping up to be both incredibly different and very exciting.

Phil’s focus on community and building something which reaches lots of musicians and audiences is something which really connects with what we try to do with Apollo.

The group will be announcing their launch soon and we urge you all to go and see what it’s all about; big things are in store…