I am a classically trained Welsh vocalist, cellist and pianist, working as a session musician, composer, arranger, songwriter and MD based in London, UK.
To see some of my recent projects browse the NEWS section of this website.
To get a quick idea of what I do, my credits include;
Session & performance credits with artists including Elbow, Laura Mvula, Nitin Sawnhey, Basement Jaxx, Jools Holland, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jules Buckley, Angel Olsen, Emeli Sandé, Patrick Watson, Imogen Heap, Dermot Kennedy, The Staves, Kelly Lee Owens, Wolf Alice, Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees), Marc Almond, Charlotte Church, Tom Chaplin (Keane), Alev Lenz, Reeps One, Amber Run, Manu Delago, Martin Grech, Ian Shaw, Be No Rain and many more.
Collaborations & features with clients and organisations including The Brits, David Attenborough; A Perfect Planet 2020, The Six Nations, Pandora, My Builder, Tiffany, Liberty, Lloyds Bank, RBS, English National Ballet, Just Giving, Lancome, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Aldi, Stand Up To Cancer, Cirque Bijou, TEDX, UNHCR, Swiss Embassy, WOW Festival, Living Words Foundations and Peace One Day.
Features on live television (BBC One Platinum Jubilee Party At The Palace, BBC The One Show & Sunday Morning Live) and radio (BBC Radio 1 with Greg James, Live Lounge, BBC Radio London, Virgin Radio, the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Soho Radio).
Performances at venues including Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall, the Roundhouse, Shepherds Bush O2, The Globe Theatre, Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Cafe, Glasgow Hydro Arena, Manchester AO Arena, Cadogan Hall, Union Chapel, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, international tours (Cuba, Dubai, Denmark, India, USA, Serbia).
Musical Direction and Assistant Musical Direction for ensembles and theatre/circus productions in London and around the world: BBC One Platinum Jubilee Party At The Palace performance with Elbow & Citizens Of The World Choir 2022, The Globe Theatre (Measure for Measure, 2021); string direction for Dermot Kennedy (The Brits Are Coming, ITV); projects with London’s leading alternative choir London Contemporary Voices & with Citizens of the World Choir, the UK’s leading refugee choir, and theatre and circus projects including a two week run at The Roundhouse Circus Fest 2018headline circus show and so on.
Assistant MD, founding member and Creative Manager with the UK’s leading refugee choir – Citizens Of The World, a refugee, asylum seekers and friends choir with patrons including Emily Watson OBE, Ann Mitchell, Ian Shaw & Gulwali Passarlay.
Composition for theatre productions has included the headline show at The Roundhouse Circus Fest 2018 and the performance theatre performance piece Daughter, voted Best Overall Performance at the Nisville Jazz & Theatre Festival 2019 (Serbia). With additional productions I have toured around the UK & internationally to Cuba, Denmark, Serbia, USA and India.
Features as a vocalist, instrumentalist and voice actor in advertisements for client including Lloyds, My Builder, Just Giving, Aldi, Lancome. Composition for advertisements including films for Mandarin Oriental Hotels & Just Giving in collaboration with producer and composer Hugo Goggin.
Arrangements and Orchestration for artists including Basement Jaxx, Emeli Sandé, Wolf Alice, Jesca Hoop, Rachel Sermanni, for performances at Union Chapel, The Globe Theatre, The Late Show get. Jimmy Fallon, Queen Elizabeth Hall and for the feature film Pretty Red Dress (2022) starring Alexandra Burke.
As a singer-songwriter I have been supported by Arts Council England 2021 and appearances have included live sessions on BBC Radio London, Glastonbury Festival 2019, finalist of songwriting contest Coffee Music Project, a performance at Queen Elizabeth hall with London Contemporary Voices and a live stream series Something Old Something Borrowed Something New (2020 – present).
“The show’s USP is it’s live band; Meg Ella’s soulful voice underscores these antics, creating a rich atmosphere […]” Time Out
“a woman with the voice of an angel.” Theatre Box
“[…] captivated immediately, by both her pure, effortless singing and warmth of her voice, and by her emotional but honest delivery” Marc Almond and Othon Matargas
“Exactly 28 minutes into the rehearsal’s second half, Ms. Brookes, the pianist, was leading the choir through a song involving lots of body percussion, in which the singers beat their chests. “We’ve only got two minutes left, so let’s do it a bit faster,” she said. “Have a bit of a dance! We don’t really get to do this at the moment.”” The New York Times
“The original music by the company is melancholic and eerily beautiful” Everything Theatre
“Meg has an exceptional, rare and valuable skillset working professionally as a musician at the highest level but also as an arranger, workshop leader and project manager across multidisciplinary projects that bring together professional artists with vulnerable and seldom heard members of society.” Anil Kamalagharan, Director London Contemporary Voices
“Meg excelled in all areas. She gently led and guided the professional musicians whilst still being able to be responsive and flexible with the dancers who were creating their choreography at the same time. Given the chance I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Meg again in the future; She is disciplined, reliable, intelligent, multitalented and a pleasure to have around.“Jess Cohen, Earthfall Dance Company