Ross Pople

Biography

Born: May 11, 1945; Auckland, New Zealand  
Conductor Ross Pople is the founder and leader of the London Festival Orchestra, a modular, independent ensemble based at The Warehouse, a converted Victorian industrial building located in London's South Bank. Pople originally started out as a cellist in his native New Zealand, and after studying with émigré musicians there he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Music. During his course of study at the RAM, Yehudi Menuhin took Pople under his wing Read more and named him the solo cellist for the Menuhin Festival Orchestra; Pople also studied in Paris with André Navarra and Nadia Boulanger. In 1971 Pople was named principal cellist with BBC Symphony Orchestra, a distinction so accorded by then-conductor Pierre Boulez.

In 1980, Pople had an engagement as soloist in Germany with the London Chamber Orchestra, but the LCO had to back out. He assembled a group of friends under the rubric "London Festival Orchestra" to cover the date, taking the name from a recording orchestra he had conducted in sessions for English Decca. As the concerts were very well received, Pople decided to take the London Festival Orchestra out of its lowly, recordings-only context and transform it into a full-time performing and touring orchestra. By 1984, the group had made its mark, mostly outside of England, and Pople began a concert series entitled "Cathedral Classics" where the orchestra played concerts in the various large cathedrals in Europe; the broadcasts resulting from this concert series helped establish the London Festival Orchestra at home. After tours to the Far East and South America, Pople began to concentrate anew on recording the orchestra. A 1991 recording of Felix Mendelssohn's early String Symphonies for Hyperion proved a solid hit and helped re-establish the London Festival Orchestra as a force in recording once again.

In 1992, Pople and his wife, London Festival Orchestra administrator Anne Storrs, purchased and rehabilitated an old factory building in London's South Bank in order to establish a permanent home for the orchestra. The Warehouse, as it is called, has proven a successful and popular concert destination in London. Pople is an expert chamber player, and the London Festival Orchestra is designed to be modular -- it is not unusual to attend a concert program at The Warehouse where chamber works and orchestral music are programmed side-by-side. At the time The Warehouse was under reconstruction, Pople also established a relationship with the German Arte Nova branch of BMG, and while the London Festival Orchestra has recorded for many labels, the lion's share of the recordings have been with Arte Nova. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Sons Of Bach - Symphonies, Concertos, Chamber Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94700 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Christian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Machiko Takahashi,  Klaus Kirbach,  Roland Münch,  Bart Van Oort  ... 
    Conductor:  Didier Talpain,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Roland Kieft,  Ross Pople  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1 & 4, Hebrides Overture
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340260 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Meditation: Classics For Relaxation
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777525 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Mischa Maisky,  Patrick Gallois,  Matt Haimovitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Semyon Bychkov,  Neeme Järvi,  Ross Pople  ... 
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 / Pople, London Festival
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340310 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Handel: Messiah / Pople, London Festival Orchestra, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 418490 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Harold Lester,  Ben Lees,  David Barrell,  Richard Edgar-Wilson  ... 
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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    Boyce: Symphonies / Ross Pople, London Festival Orchestra
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340320 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Boyce
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Norwegian Airs, Etc / Pople, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 496840 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Pople, London Festival
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 378650 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jason O'Mara
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Concerti Grossi / Pople, London Festival Orchestra
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 373250 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Warlock: Capriol Suite, The Curlew / Pople, London Festival Orchestra
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 378680 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Warlock
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Simply Christmas - Home For The Holidays
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88581 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Gregor Joseph Werner,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Michala Petri,  Richard Stoltzman,  Eddie Gomez  ... 
    Conductor:  Ross Pople,  John Georgiadis,  Martin Neary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  London Festival Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Handel: Water Music / Pople
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 304980 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Janacek: Idyll, Mladi, Suite / Ross Pople, London Festival
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 305010 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Edward Beckett,  Anthony Pike,  Anthony Jennings,  Derek Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Orchestra members
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    Holst: Orchestral Music / Pople, London Festival Orchestra
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340220 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Michael Freyhan,  Edward Beckett,  Malcolm Messiter,  Rachel Bolt
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Britten: Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge, Etc / Pople
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340520 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Malcolm Allison
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Pople, English Voices, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 304670 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Angharad Gruffydd Jones,  Jonathan Brown,  Amanda Smith,  Stephen Farr
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Voices,  London Festival Orchestra
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    Saint-saens: Carnival Of The Animals, Etc/ Ross Pople, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 378570 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Nicholas Walker,  Michael Freyhan,  Edward Beckett,  Robin McGee  ... 
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Pople, Liebeck, Hill, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340480 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Ann Liebeck,  Martyn Hill,  David Barrell
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir,  New London Children's Choir
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  • 19.
    Serene Spirit - Divine Harmonies For Mind And Soul
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000389602 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Richard Wagner,  Luigi Cherubini  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Cheryl Studer,  Timothy Farrell,  Pavel Gililov  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Christian Thielemann,  Igor Markevitch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 20.
    Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000174302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Teresa Berganza,  Gil Shaham,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Eloquence - Day Dreams - Music For Romantic Moments Vol 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469670 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes,  Mischa Maisky,  Patrick Gallois,  Fabrice Pierre  ... 
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Thomas Füri,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Camerata Bern,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Une flute a l'opera / Patrick Gallois
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445822 Release Date: 07/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Victor Massé,  Paul Agricola Génin,  Jules Massenet,  Jules A. Demersseman  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Favourite Classics / Ross Pople, London Festival Orchestra
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55001 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Edward Beckett,  Ross Pople,  Malcolm Messiter  ... 
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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