Born in West Wales but based in London, UK, I work as a vocalist, cellist and pianist as a session musician, arranger, songwriter and Musical Director for artists, theatre, film & ensembles.

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, John Grant, The Staves, Kelly Lee Owens, Wolf Alice, Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees), Manu Delago, Marc Almond, Charlotte Church, Tom Chaplin (Keane), Alev Lenz, Reeps One, Amber Run, Martin Grech, Ian Shaw, Be No Rain and many more.

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, The Roundhouse Circus Fest 2018 headline circus show  and more.

Project Manager, singer and arranger with London Contemporary Voices, London’s leading alternative session choir, since 2016.

Assistant Musical Director, founding member and Creative Manager with the UK’s leading refugee choir –  Citizens Of The World.

Arrangements and orchestration for the BFI feature film Pretty Red Dress (2022) starring Alexandra Burke. and for artists inc. Basement Jaxx, Emeli Sandé, Wolf Alice, Jools Holland, John Grant, Jesca Hoop, Rachel Sermanni, for performances at Union Chapel, The Globe Theatre, The Late Show feat. Jimmy Fallon, Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Collaborations & features with clients and organisations inc. ITV The Brits Are Coming, 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.

Composition for theatre productions  inc. the headline show at The Roundhouse Circus Fest 2018 and immersive performance theatre production Daughter, voted Best Overall Performance at the Nisville Jazz & Theatre Festival 2019 (Serbia). With these and additional productions I have toured around the UK & internationally to Cuba, Denmark, France, Colombia, Serbia, USA and India.

Features on live television (BBC One Platinum Jubilee Party At The Palace, BBC The One Show & Sunday Morning Live) and radio (BBC Radio 1, Live Lounge, BBC Radio London, Virgin Radio, the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Soho Radio).

Performances at venues inc. 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).

Features as a vocalist, instrumentalist and voice actor in advertisements for clients inc. Lloyds, My Builder, Just Giving, Aldi, Lancome. Composition for advertisements including promotional films for Mandarin Oriental Hotels & Just Giving in collaboration with producer and composer Hugo Goggin.

As a singer-songwriter I have been supported by Arts Council England, 2021, and have appeared in performances across London, at Nisville Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, live on BBC Radio London, finalist of songwriting contest Coffee Music Project, Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre) with London Contemporary Voices and an original 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 singer songwriter, composer and all round musical genius, who effortlessly picks up instruments and makes it look infuriatingly easy.
She is incredibly talented, in high-demand, a furiously booked up woman, and one of my favourite artists.” Salma El Wardany, BBC Radio London
 “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
 “The original music by the company is melancholic and eerily beautifulEverything 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.” Ilā Kamalagharan, Director London Contemporary Voices
“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
“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

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