About

Polly May is both an exceptional musician and a facilitator for music in a wide variety of guises.  She studied music at Edinburgh University, where she gained formal training in singing, composition and orchestration, before heading to Trinity College of Music to further her vocal studies as a Mezzo-Soprano.

Polly has worked extensively as a soloist across the UK and Europe, at the opening concert for the Edinburgh International Festival 2014 and debuting at the Proms in 2012 with the BBCSO.  She also works regularly with professional vocal ensembles such as the BBC Singers and Exaudi, as well as working as a session singer for Film and Pop.

Alongside her singing work, Polly has also written film scores, collaborating with Alexis Bennett. Films include ‘Monsoon Tide’ and ‘Retribution’.  Polly also arranges music for ‘The Hoochie Toots’, a female close harmony group, as well writing new music for theatre and musicals.

Polly is an active Choral Director, having worked with a number of choirs over the years.  In 2013, Polly set up The Southwest Songbirds, a ladies community choir in Earlsfield.  They sing a variety of repertoire, from traditional choral to pop, and grow in number every year.  They perform in their own concerts as well as being invited to sing in Festivals and for local events.  More recently, Polly has set up The Junior Songbirds, which is a training choir for young voices (7-13 year olds).  They regularly sing in church services and perform in a variety of concerts.

Polly has been working as a Singing Teacher and Vocal Coach for over 10 years.  She offers tuition to children and adults and works with all repertoire including Classical, Musical Theatre and Pop.  She also teaches piano and theory.

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