Percussionist Joley Cragg is a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a First Class degree in Timpani & Percussion and a Concert Recital Diploma and commenced postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London in September 2016.

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.

Professional work includes City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, The Globe (Romeo and Juliet, Summer of Love 2017 Season), The Royal Shakespeare Company (Cymbelline, Barbican Theatre and Queen Anne, Haymarket), numerous shows with Alex Parker Productions and training with London Symphony Orchestra Timpani and Percussion Academy.  

Joley recently 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.

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, PRS for Music Foundation, 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.  Most recently the ensemble were featured as composer  Matthew Kaner’s first piece for his Embedded: Radio 3’s Composer in 3 residency in partnership with Sound and Music. Matthew’s piece ‘Collide’ was broadcast on Radio 3 each morning during September. The ensemble have recently been awarded a grant from the Medical Research Council for the groups latest project, titled ‘Hearing HIV’.

Joley has a special interest in Indian music and regularly performs on the tabla. She has worked on new operas and in a contemporary setting using the instrument. Recent performances at The Globe had a tabla feature. Some of Joley’s compositions for the instrument are featured in Kuljit Bhamra’s book series ‘Read and Play: Indian Tabla Drums’, available now.

Joley is an RCM Award Holder, supported by the Ian Evans Lombe Award. Joley also holds the 2016 Bell Percussion Award and is grateful for further support from The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, The Diamond Education Trust and The Women’s Career Foundation.

Joley ‘Joley Cragg’s  brilliant, vehement performance of Iannis Xenakis’ Psappha…. ’ Paul Kilbey, Bachtrack, Sept 2012. /