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Miss Polly Virr


Polly Virr – Cello

Polly began playing the cello at the age of 6 and since then she has become a passionate chamber musician and creative improviser. Polly graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in 2015, with a first class honours degree, after four years of study with Emma Ferrand. Before her undergraduate studies, Polly was a Junior Exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music in London, under with Gordon Pringle.

Since graduating, Polly has travelled to The Banff Centre, Canada, where she worked as a musician in residence for 3 weeks, 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 with several Canadian folk and country artists, performing at Calgary Folk Festival and Big Valley Jamboree.

In 2014, Polly was highly commended in the RNCM Sir John Barbirolli Cello Prize for her interpretation of Shostakovich's Cello Sonata, and reached the finals of the RNCM Concerto Competition. As an orchestral cellist, Polly has been a member of the National Children’s Orchestra, Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Constella Orchestra, and Arch Sinfonia. 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 birth in 2016. As a soloist, Polly looks forward to performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Deane Sinfonia in March 2018.

Polly’s passion for improvisation and discovery through experimentation on the cello has led her to creating her own original music, often using technology, and Polly’s tracks have been played on BBC Introducing’s radio programme.

Polly is a founding member of the string loop pedal duo Täpp, alongside violinist Rebekah Reid. Together, Rebekah and Polly 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 continue to organize and perform their own monthly residency at Indigo in Withington, where they showcase other cross-genre musicians and collaborate with these artists on the night.

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. Polly has worked for several years as a musician in hospitals and other healthcare settings, having trained with LIME Music for Health, Opus Music in Healthcare Settings and Pulse Arts.
Polly now works as a teaching artist with Opera North’s In Harmony project, which takes music into primary schools in deprived areas of Leeds.

Contact Polly

Address: Greater Manchester
M28 2SN
Phone: 07710226244
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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