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Apollo Creative Arts currently offers music lessons, and plans to expand to other creative subjects.
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Teesside songwriter launches creative school for adults and children in the North East

A North East songwriter has announced that he is launching a new creative school in Teesside.

Christopher Griksaitis, who performed in a Disney stage production in Germany, is launching Apollo Creative Arts for children and adults.

The school will concentrate on music, creative writing, drama, languages and photography.

Lessons are currently online, with the first 30 minutes of learning free, but the school will offer face-to face lessons once the COVID-19 threat has lessened.

Christopher Griksaitis, the founder of Apollo Creative Arts, commented: “We believe that arts are not just hobbies or exercises to reduce stress.

“Learning to play an instrument, to speak a new language or to write a poem gives you a discipline, gives you skills to use in any industry and helps you see the world through a more emotive and colourful perspective.

“I’ve spent my entire life studying music, drama and different languages here in Teesside and this helped me to travel the world and even realise some of my biggest dreams: such as meeting Alan Menken, one of the greatest composers of Walt Disney’s soundtracks.

“The arts and teaching fields have been evolving, especially because of COVID-19 and to face this new era, it’s important that we can incorporate effective digital lessons.

“I think that Apollo Creative Arts is what we need right now: a community where age, where you come from or if you want to become a professional artist doesn’t matter.

“We just want to encourage everybody to express themselves and achieve whatever goals they choose.”

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