APO Young’ is our free fan club for 5-15 year olds. It was the idea of James Taylor, son of APO’s Music Director, Andrew. Inspired by Blue Peter’s engagement with its audience, James decided to approach the APO committee with his idea – who embraced it with enthusiasm!
APO Chair, Emily Bushby (who is ‘Secretary Squirrel’ of the APO Young crew) explained, ‘We’ve always welcomed children to our concerts and have held various special educational events over the years, but we love James’s idea to have a special fan club, as it means we can put on more-regular events to encourage children to enjoy orchestral music. We’ve formed a special crew that James chairs as the Head of APO Young and our ‘Picture Bug’, Ana, has designed a special logo.’
APO Young is free to join and open to children aged 5-15 years old. Members get a goody bag including a membership badge, regular newsletters and invitations to special rehearsal events, as well as discounts on concert tickets and special seat reservations.
APO Young launched in October 2018 with a special members’ event, which was followed by another event during rehearsals for our May 2019 concert.