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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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