Inspired of the article in The Times about how to get kids to fall in love with classical music, we wanted to introduce to the man, who was a pioneer in developing education programmes in the UK: Richard McNicol.
He began his career as a professional flute player and member of the London Philharmonic during the Seventies. Whilst working there, McNicol saw a need for music education and persued the goal to link children with the world of professional music. He began pioneering work with orchestras and young people, forming the Apollo Trust in 1977. The Trust’s aim was to bring professional orchestras into the field of education – an idea which was seen as radical in those days, but thanks to such initiatives, educational work is now accepted as central to the role of classical ensembles.
(Written on April 9, 2013 )