With a passion for using music as a powerful tool for communication and wellbeing, 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 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.
Polly works 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 also takes part in the Little Singers sessions and has run a workshop on improvisation with Opera North’s Verve Club for adults with learning difficulties.