Polly Virr

Creative Session Cellist

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I am a professional cellist with a passion for creativity and collaboration. I've worked with bands including Everything Everything, Slow Readers Club, Palace, Island, Cherry Ghost... I can improvise and write my own unique cello parts for your music, or read from pre-written scores, depending on your project.

I am a professional freelance cellist based in the UK, where I perform as an improviser, soloist and session musician, alongside working as an educator, facilitator and composer. I am a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where I studied cello with Emma Ferrand.

In 2016, I travelled to The Banff Centre, Canada, where I worked as a musician in residence, collaborating with other musicians from around the world and writing/recording my own music. This prompted further travels to Calgary for the Summer of 2017, where I collaborated and performed with several Canadian folk and Country music artists.

I perform/record regularly as part of the the singer/songwriter scene in Manchester. My ability to improvise and create in the moment of performance enables me to collaborate with artists of many different genres and adapt to a huge variety of playing styles. My love for improvisation and discovery through experimentation on the cello has led me to create my own original music for cello and electronics.

I have extensive experience of both in-studio session work and remote recording from my home studio and have worked across many musical genres.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

GenresSounds Like
  • Justine Vandergrift
  • Ideal Forgery
  • Everything Everything
Gear Highlights
  • Rode NT1A Microphone
  • DPA Cello Microphone
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