Cellist Poppy Walshaw is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and continuo player on period and modern 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. Solo concerto performances this year have included at St John’s Smith Square in London, touring Poland with Arte dei Suonatori, and at several festivals with Fiori Musicali, playing Monn, CPE Bach and Vivaldi.
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 (Germany, concertmaster Simon Standage/Pauline Nobes).
Her other continuo activities have included for the English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Early Opera Company, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Classical Opera Company, Les Ambassadeurs, 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 of Viotti quartets, Haydn trios, 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 include 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.
Poppy is also an Alexander Technique teacher, qualified by STAT in 2012, and is an assistant Alexander teacher at the Royal College of Music and Arts Ed drama school.