Community Work & Teaching

With a passion for using music as a powerful tool for communication and wellbeing, Polly works as an active cello and music theory teacher.

Contact Polly to enquire about private lessons.

In April 2017, Polly travelled to Ghana to teach music to children living at the JayNii Streetwise Foundation; a safe haven for children who would otherwise be living on the streets. Over the course of 3 weeks, the children learnt how to play the violin, as well as music theory, singing and various musical games and skills encouraging team work, perseverance and patience.

Polly currently works as a cello tutor for the Olympias Music Foundation, an award-winning music charity based in Manchester working to champion diversity in music.

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Polly has also worked for several years as a musician in hospitals and other healthcare settings, having trained with LIME Music for Health, Opus Music and Pulse Arts. Together with a colleague, Polly undertakes music residencies on the wards of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, supported by LIME.


For four years, Polly worked for Opera North on their In Harmony Education programme and has also taken part in several other education projects for the company.

In 2017, Polly worked alongside storyteller Ursula Holden-Gill, writing and performing the music for their Happily Ever After tour. Polly has also taken part in the Little Singers sessions and has run a workshop on improvisation with Opera North’s Verve Club for adults with learning difficulties.


Loop Pedal/Creative Composition Workshops

Most recently, Polly has been delivering her own loop pedal workshops to various organisations across the UK, including Music in Secondary Schools Trust, Sheffield Music Hub, Peak District Music Service and individual schools. These workshops encourage young musicians to step outside their comfort zones and discover their own voice using improvisation and experimentation on their instruments. The workshops involve loop pedal demonstrations, improvisation exercises, composition activities and more – tailored to suit beginners through to advanced. In addition to the musical skills acquired through these sessions, Polly strives to build confidence, communication skills and create a sense of ownership for the participants involved.

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Contact Polly to find out more…

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