Polly began playing the cello at the age of 6 and since then she has performed as an improviser, chamber musician, soloist and session musician, alongside working as an educator, facilitator and composer.
Polly is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she studied cello with Emma Ferrand.
In 2016, Polly travelled to The Banff Centre, Canada, where she worked as a musician in residence, collaborating with other musicians from around the world and writing her own music. This prompted further travels to Calgary for the Summer of 2017, where Polly collaborated and performed with several Canadian folk and Country music artists. Polly performs regularly as part of the the singer/songwriter scene in Manchester. Her ability to improvise and create in the moment of performance enables her to collaborate with artists of many different genres and adapt to a huge variety of playing styles.
Polly’s passion for improvisation and discovery through experimentation has led her to creating her own original music, often using electronics, and Polly’s compositions have been played on BBC Introducing.
Polly is a founding member of the string loop pedal duo Täpp, alongside violinist Beka Reid. Together, they compose their own original music with influences of classical, folk, jazz, world, drum and bass and everything in between! Täpp performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2016 and won 2nd place at NonClassical’s Battle of the Bands 2018.
Polly is also a member of the 5-piece Manchester based Alt Indie/Rock band Ideal Forgery. Recently described as ‘an undiscovered diamond in the rough’ they strive to write ‘good music on real instruments’ which has had a heartfelt impact on their fanbase. They have recently released their new E.P.- DEBUT which is available to listen to on Spotify, iTunes, Sound cloud; Check it out here!
With a passion for taking orchestral music to all audiences, Polly has sat as the principal cellist of the Street Orchestra of London since its debut tour in 2016.
Polly also works as the cello teaching artist with Opera North’s In Harmony project, which takes music into primary schools in deprived areas of Leeds.