Percussionist Joley Cragg is a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Professional work includes City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, The Berkeley Ensemble, numerous shows with Alex Parker Productions and training with London Symphony Orchestra Timpani and Percussion Academy. Highlights of Joley’s solo experience includes performances of Xenakis Psappha with London Contemporary Orchestra in the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, performing Hi Hat and Me at LSO St. Luke’s, and winning the 2011 Chartered Surveyor’s Solo Percussion Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Alongside this, Joley is a keen chamber musician and is a member of contemporary music ensemble The Workers Union, who are constantly commissioning and performing works for their unusual line up of instruments. The ensemble have worked closely with Sound and Music, PRSF, New Dots and Non-Classical, and have commissioned many works by notable composers, including Joe Cutler, Matthew Kaner, Ryan Latimer, Kate Whitley and Benjamin Oliver. Joley recently also worked alongside the Berkeley Ensemble, featuring on the album Stabat Mater, a work previously un-recorded of the same name by Lennox Berkeley. A live recording was also broadcast on Radio 3 for the Spitalfield’s Summer Festival 2016.
Joley graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a First Class degree in Timpani & Percussion and a Concert Recital Diploma. She is also a keen educator and holds the position of drum kit/percussion tutor for The Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth
‘Joley Cragg’s brilliant, vehement performance of Iannis Xenakis’ Psappha…. ’ Paul Kilbey, Bachtrack, Sept 2012.