2023 Summer Festival Artistic Directors: Joely Koos and Roderick Williams



Joely Koos

Joely has established herself as a versatile and compelling performer, pursuing a varied musical career as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. Joely has appeared at numerous music festivals and is committed to championing new cello works. This year she will be premiering a new work by Jeremy Sams where she sings and plays at the Whittington festival, presenting a new cello/piano work by Gianluca Castelli at the Solent music festival and featuring as soloist at central London's Fitzfest.

Appearing as principal with the English Symphony Orchestra, co-principal with the City of London Sintonia 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.

She can also be heard on many well known film soundtracks and albums and won a Grammy for her contribution on 'Back to Black’.

Joely is professor of Cello at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and teaches at Eton College. She runs her summer cello course "Cello Dynamo" and is regularly invited to give masterclasses at various schools and conservatoires and for the London Cello Society.



Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams was first invited to the St Endellion Summer Festival in 1994 to sing the role of Ned Keene; he has been singing operatic heroes and villains there ever since, including Balstrode, Billy Budd, Nick Shadow, Escamillio, Marcello, Baron von Scarpia and Eugene Onegin.  He has also performed in recital, opera and concert outside Cornwall, including the BBC Proms (most notably at the Last Night in 2014), The Three Choirs Festival and on six out of the seven continents.  He was chosen to sing and to compose music for the Coronation of King Charles III, albeit it briefly.  He was awarded an OBE for services to music in 2017.  Roderick has made very many recordings, beginning with his appearance on the award-winning Chandos Peter Grimes of 1995, a direct result of his debut at St Endellion.