(Cello) former member
cellist, is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and continuo player on period instruments. She works regularly with leading Early Music orchestras such as the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, The English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dunedin Consort and Arcangelo.
Poppy read Music and Natural Sciences at Cambridge University then studied with Alexander Baillie in Bremen, Germany, gaining her postgraduate diploma with the highest possible mark. She was subsequently a Continuo Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Alison McGillivray and Louise Hopkins.
She now works throughout Europe and is in demand as a soloist, with recent and forthcoming recitals in Holland and Germany. She has performed solo concertos with Arte dei Suonatori in Poland and with Fiori Musicali, La Serenissima and the International Baroque Players at festivals throughout the UK. Forthcoming performances include Monn concerto at St John's Smith Square, and CPE Bach A minor concerto with Fiori Musicali.
Poppy has performed as continuo cellist of the English Baroque Soloists for Sir John Eliot Gardiner on several occasions, including at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and to HRH Prince Charles, the latter with the Monteverdi Choir and also performing a solo sonata. She has been principal cellist of St James’ Baroque Players in Westminster Abbey for many high-profile events, notably the main Handel Death day and Purcell anniversary concerts in 2009, broadcast Europe-wide by BBC Radio 3.
Currently she is continuo cellist for several orchestras throughout Europe: Oslo Baroque Orchestra, Arte dei Suonatori, Fiori Musicali, and Le Chardon. She has also played continuo for the English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Early Opera Company, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Classical Opera Company, Les Ambassadeurs, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, and European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Poppy regularly collaborates with renowned violinist Simon Standage in several chamber ensembles: as a member of fortepiano trio The Music Collection, for Collegium Musicum 90, and for recordings with of Viotti quartets, Haydn trios (with Hajo Wienroth), and most recently Hummel and Schubert Trout quintets for Chandos. Her many orchestral CD recordings include with The English Concert, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Early Opera Company, Gabrieli Consort and Players, and Arte dei Suonatori.
Performances on the viola da gamba have included at the National Theatre for Jonathan Miller's production of the Matthew Passion, and as a soloist for Brandenburg concertos with the Academy of Ancient Music in China and Australia.