The Apollo Saxophone Quartet has developed a long-standing working relationship with the 'leading lady of British Jazz' Barbara Thompson. In addition to numerous commissions for Barbara to write for the Apollo Saxophone Quartet from prestigious UK Festivals, the quartet has also recorded a full CD of music by Barbara. BBC4 screened a 75-minute documentary about Barbara - her music and her battle with Parkinson's Disease - in February 2012.
In 2012 Andy instigated and coordinated a project that assembled an great line-up of saxophonists to form the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra, drawing players from the UK & Germany. Its inaugural project was a CD of Barbara’s music for 12 piece saxophone ensemble, including works composed specifically for the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra, recorded at the RNCM in January 2012. The CD was released in summer 2012 and launched at a performance given by the twelve-piece Apollo Saxophone Orchestra at the World Saxophone Congress in July 2012, which also featured a video broadcast of a shorter version of the BBC documentary.
The musicians of the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra are; Rob Buckland, Meriel Price, Sally MacTaggart, Carl Raven, Fiona Asbury, Ruth Bourne, Jim Fieldhouse, Michael Brogan, Huw Wiggin, Neil Crossley, Christoph Enzel & Andy Scott.