I had an amazing time yesterday visiting two primary schools in North London for Apollo Music Projects. It was pretty rewarding to hear the kids respond with “this is my FAVOURITE BIT!” when they were asked to use their imagination in describing how a piece made them feel. I think that this skill is actually often lacking in professional musicians…

A number of reactions to Bach’s Prelude from the first ‘cello suite: like a breeze; like a river; and some more bizarre ideas…

“It was like this man has decided to jump off a bridge and commit suicide then he realises he’s actually really good at swimming so he swims happily ever after.”

“In the jungle and all the animals are having a party and then there’s a candle on the cake. But the candle goes in the elephant’s eye and the elephant dies. So the rest of the animals go into mourning. For the rest of their lives. And they take a photo and put it on snapchat.”

I love this.