Joely Koos, Cello/voice

Joely has established herself as a versatile and compelling performer, pursuing a varied musical career as a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber musician. Whittington audiences will no doubt recall her playing the cello and singing beautifully at the same time during the 2021 Festival. 

Joely has appeared at numerous music festivals and is committed to championing new cello works. As soloist, she has premiered several works in the last few years including Haddad’s “In Contradiction” with London Sinfonietta for Radio 3, Roddy William’s “Homage to Bach’s Bouree” with the City of London Sinfonia, Jacob Thompson Bell’s “A Lot Like This” written for her for the Classical/Non-classical festival in Leeds; and a work for voice and cello written for her by her son Theo Gill. More recently she performed Kagel’s “Match” (for 2 cellos and percussion) at Kings Place with her husband the cellist Timothy Gill!

Performing as principal with the English Symphony Orchestra, co-principal with the City of London Sinfonia and the London Chamber Orchestra, Joely is also regularly invited as guest principal with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Bournemouth Symphony.